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Bobcat Day

Rufus the Bobcat and tour guides

Saturday, April 18, 2020

UC Merced is pleased to host Bobcat Day, a special day for first year students, transfer students and their families.

When: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Where: UC Merced Campus

This is our biggest event of the spring! Come see UC Merced at its liveliest and take a tour of campus, meet with faculty, attend presentations from each of our academic schools, talk to Financial Aid and Admissions staff, discover student clubs and organizations, and much more.

This is your chance to explore the university and learn about the academic and student life opportunities we offer. 

Get answers to your questions about:

  • Admissions
  • Majors
  • Research and Internship Opportunities
  • Housing and Dining
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Student Activities and Athletics

Presentation topics will cover financial aid, admissions, student life, and much more!

Register for Bobcat Day

Select the category below that best describes you.

Rufus the Bobcat

Fall 2020 admitted first year students and transfer applicants awaiting decisions

You will need your UCMNet ID and password to register for the event.

Register Now

Registration for prospective students, families, and all other guests

Prospective future students*, families, community members and all other guests

*Including Count Me In opportunity students

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Details About Bobcat Day - Download the Bobcat Day 2019 Agenda

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Schedule at a Glance

9:30 a.m.

Registration Opens

10 a.m.

Financial Aid Table Opens


Academic and Student Support Presentations Begin


Campus Information Fair Opens


Campus, Housing, Library and Laboratory Tours Begin


Student Entertainment Begins

10 a.m.

School of Engineering (admitted students)


School of Natural Sciences (admitted students)


School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (admitted students)


Applying to UC Merced (prospective students)


Financial Aid and Scholarships

11 a.m.

Campus Jobs, Internships and Career Planning


Financial Aid and Scholarships


Fraternity and Sorority Life


Student Support Services


Student Life


Study Abroad


You've Been Admitted ... What's Next? (admitted students)

1 p.m.

Academic Advising for First Year Students (admitted students)


Applying to UC Merced (prospective students)


Associated Students of UC Merced (ASUCM) Campus Activities Board

2 p.m.

Financial Aid Table Closes


Academic and Student Support Presentations End


Campus Information Fair Ends


Campus, Housing, Library and Laboratory Tours End


Student Entertainment Ends


Bobcat Day Ends


View this year's agenda as an interactive Flipping Book: Bobcat Day 2019 Agenda & Map (Flipping Book)

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Campus Information Fair and Student Entertainment

Booths will line the Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Quad, giving you the opportunity to talk with representatives from each academic school, various student services offices and student organizations.

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Campus Tours and Demonstrations

Tours of the campus, housing, laboratories and the library will be led by student tour guides. Several registered student organizations will provide entertainment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Important Financial Aid Information

At last year’s Bobcat Day, Financial Aid advisors were in high demand from students wanting clarity about their financial aid packages. To make it easier for you this year, there are a few things you should have handy on Bobcat Day:

  • Your UC Merced student ID. Your student ID will have been emailed to you. You don’t have to memorize it; you can show advisors the email confirmation you received when you registered for Bobcat Day on your phone, or bring a printout with you.
  • Your financial aid award letter and completed Direct Costs worksheet. Watch the How to Complete the Direct Costs worksheet video for help completing the worksheet.
  • Don’t have a paper financial aid award letter? No worries. Use the UC Merced student portal to view the details of your financial aid package. We can still help you if the only paper document you have to bring with you is the completed Direct Costs worksheet.
  • Please also be certain to review your financial aid checklist and complete requirements as soon as possible.

Take care of your checklist items here!

If you have been admitted to UC Merced, not only can you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), you can complete some of the items on your checklist:

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Preparing for Bobcat Day

Weather Forecast

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen and maybe even a hat, since you will be spending a lot of time outdoors. We will have water refill stations around campus, so bring along a refillable bottle.

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