Parents and Educators


The University of California fall priority-filing period is November 1-30 each year. The spring priority filing period is July 1-31.

At UC Merced, we recognize that the support and encouragement of family members, guidance counselors and educators can make a big difference in helping students consider higher education and apply for college.

Below you'll find information that will help you and your student learn more about the newest University of California campus.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions: (209) 228-4682 or

Counselors: Remember, the University of California Counselor Conference is held each year on different UC campuses. Registration for the following year begins in late spring. 

Our outstanding faculty are being recognized for the groundbreaking achievements every day. Visit the School pages: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts for updated information about their interaction with students, their research, and their accomplishments.

UC Application Website opens August 1
Fall Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) application September 1-30
UC Merced Preview Days October 9, 22, 29
UC Application filing period November 1-30
Spring Transfer Orientation TBA
Deadline to take SAT/ACT (1st year only) December 30
FAFSA priority filing period October 1 - March 2
California Dream Act Application October 1 - March 2
Update your address March - August
Visit Campus September - April
Begin releasing first year admissions decisions March 1
Priority deadline for submitting FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification form March 2
Summer Session Enrollment Opens TBA
Online Housing Application Opens March 3
First Day to apply for Housing deferment March 3
Summer Housing TBA
Experience UC Merced Event TBA
Inside UC Merced Event TBA
Bobcat Day April 22
Orientation Registration TBA
Spotlight UC Merced Event (freshman focus) TBA
Deadline to submit SIR (Frosh) May 1
Spotlight UC Merced Event (transfer focus) TBA
Entry Level Writing Requirement TBA
Summer Session A (6 weeks) May 22 - June 30
Disability housing accommodation requests due (frosh) May 31
Deadline to submit SIR (Transfers) June 1
Financial Aid: Deadline to submit supplemental documents June 1
Waiver for Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Plan June 1
Deadline to submit Transcripts and Exam Scores June 1
Deadline to submit online housing application (Transfers) June 3
Deadline to submit your Statement of Legal Residence (learn more) June 15
Summer Session B (8 weeks) June 19 - August 11
Disability housing accommodation requests due (Transfers) June 30
Deadline for receipt of transcripts July 1
Deadline for receipt of official exam scores July 15
Summer Session C (6 weeks) July 3 - August 11
Orientation Dates - Fall Entry  TBA
Orientation for Transfer Students - Fall Entry TBA
Last day to enrol in the Deferred Payment Plan TBA
Registration and housing fees due TBA
Housing Move-In Day TBA
Fall Semester Instruction Begins August 26, 2015
                                   Virtual Events 2016-17  
UC TAG Workshop September 27, 2016 View Recording
Student Panel October 18, 2016 View Recording
Transfer Student Panel October 25, 2016 Register
Applying as a Non-Resident October 27. 2016 Register
Personal Insight Questions November 8, 2016 Register
Personal Insight Questions November 15, 2016 Register
UC Application Tips November 22, 2016 Register


Going Greek: Sororities and fraternities are now established at the UC Merced campus. For more information visit the Fraternity and Sorority website.

On the Move: Students can visit the Wilderness Center located in the Recreation Center and participate in the Yosemite Leadership Program. For more information,visit the YLP site.
For the Sports Enthusiasts: Join our volleyball, soccer, baseball, basketball, softball, lacrosse, cheerleading, ultimate Frisbee, or aquatics teams. Check out the Recreation site to learn more.
Get Fit and Have Fun: Students can take a break from studying and stay in shape by using our beautiful new equipment, taking fitness and dance classes, or playing basketball or volleyball in the gym.

Conditions of Admission: Please make sure your students know they need to maintain their academic edge to come to campus in the fall.
Applicant Status for Counselor: A valuable tool to help you assist current applicants and provide you with historical information on your schools past applicants.
Virtual Tour: Get a taste of what it's like to visit UC Merced from your office.
Virtual Publications: Lean more in-depth information about our campus and gain access to information that can't be found in our normal print publications.
Quick Reference for Counselors: Valuable information about eligibility requirements and more.
Safety: Ensuring the safety of students is a priority at UC Merced.  Students can take advantage of services offered through our police department, such as campus safety escorts.