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After You Apply

Video: Life of an Application

Now that you've applied to the University of California, what happens next?


Access your portal

Visit to access the UC Merced Connect Platform. From there portal, you'll be able to check on your admission status, learn about campus events and update the Office of Admissions about any changes to your academic record.

How to Log In to the UC Merced Connect Platform

  1. Visit the or to download the UC Merced Connect Application.

  2. If you’re a first-time user, you must claim your UCMNetID and create a password. To do so, you will to input your first name, last name and email address exactly as it appears on your UC application.

  3. Check your email to find your claim number, select I have a claim number and enter your claim number to create your login and password. You will be redirected to the portal homepage.

If you need help logging in, contact the Students First Center.


Complete your application update (Transfer applicants only)

You must provide your final grades from the previous term and list all courses in progress or planned for the term before you expect to enroll. Your updates will ensure we have the most current academic information available. Even if you do not have any in-progress or planned courses and your record of course grades was complete in your original application, you must log in to your application and complete the Transfer Academic Update.

Priority deadline for fall applicants: Jan. 31

Priority deadline for spring applicants: Sept. 30


Notify us of any changes to your academic record

If your class schedule changes, or if you receive any D or F grades, you must do the following:

  1. Log in to the connect platform at
  2. Click on “myCourseUpdates” and follow instructions thoroughly before submitting your update.

Check your email regularly and respond to any requests from our office 

During the application evaluation process, our office might send you communications requesting additional information in order to complete our review. It is very important that you respond to these requests in a timely manner. Make sure our emails are not being routed to your junk mail folder.


Apply for financial aid

Complete your FAFSA or California Dream Act application by March 2 and add UC Merced to your list of universities.

You can access the FAFSA at and the California Dream Act application at


Check your admissions decision

You will receive an email from our office once your admissions status has been updated. Once you receive the email follow these steps to see the status of your admission:

  1. Log in to the connect platform at
  2. Click on “myAdmissions” to view the status of your application decision. 


Student services found in your portal:

Your checklist

On your personalized checklist, you can find all of the requirements that you need to complete and the deadlines they need to be completed by. 

Each student has different Financial Aid, Admissions, registration and residency requirements that need to be fulfilled, so your checklist might not look the same as your friend's or classmate's. Learn more about taking advantage of your checklist.


What happens if I was denied admission? 

The Office of Admission has an established appeal committee composed of three staff members who review all cases.  When submitting an appeal to a decision, please provide relevant information that may not have already been available. Information about how to appeal a decision is provided at

Get in the Know with the Admitted Students Website!

Now that you’ve been admitted learn what your next steps are, connect with us on different platforms or speak with an advisor. We invite you to attend one of our many virtual student events and view our drone tours for a soaring view of our national award-winning sustainable campus. Visit: