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First Year: Dates & Deadlines

Important Dates & Deadlines

    FALL 2021 SPRING 2022
Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) First year student submission deadline Extended to May 17, 2021 Mid-November 2021
  Transfer submission deadline June 14, 2021 Mid-November 2021

Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)

*If this online questionnaire to verify California residency is listed in your checklist at, you must submit it.

First year student SLR deadline



May 5, 2021



Mid-November 2021

  Transfer student SLR deadline June 19, 2021 Mid-November 2021
Financial Aid Priority deadline to submit the Free Application for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) March 2, 2021 March 2, 2021
  Deadline to submit supporting documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and to complete all requirements listed in your checklist at June 1, 2021 Dec. 1, 2021


Housing application opens

March 1, 2021 TBD
  Deadline to sign Fall 2021 Contract  June 1, 2021 TBD
  Transfer housing application deadline June 4, 2021 TBD
  Two-year residency exemption request June 1, 2021 TBD
New Student Orientation Orientation registration opens April 19, 2021 January
  Priority Orientation registration deadline for first-year students June 1, 2021 -
  Complete online Pre-Orientation TBD -
Placement Exams Must be completed by 4 p.m. Check your UC Merced email for more information. TBD TBD
Course Registration 

Your academic advisor will send information about placement exams to your UC Merced email address.

June 2021 November 2021
  Your academic advisor will email you recommended courses based on your intended major and placement exam scores. Mid-June 2021 November 2021

Online class registration for incoming transfer students

Online class registration for incoming first year students


July 2021

July 2021

December 2021

Official transcripts due in the Office of Admissions

Postmarked or electronically
submitted by July 1, 2021

Received in the Office of Admissions
by Jan. 10, 2022


Official test scores due in the Office of Admissions

Received in the Office of Admissions by July 15, 2021 Received in the Office of Admissions
by Jan. 10, 2022
Health Insurance Waiver

Waiver application opens at

May 12, 2021 November 2021

Deadline to submit waiver

Aug. 1, 2021 January 2022

Late waiver deadline with $50 fee


Reserve Textbooks

Prior to August 15, it is recommended that students visit the University Bookstore website to order their textbooks online for in person pick up at the University store. By ordering online students will be able to avoid long lines.

Prior to August 15



August 15 and beyond, students are able to walk into the Annex and shop for materials, in person.

The bookstore offers used, new, digital and rental options on most textbooks.

August 15 and beyond TBD
Fee Payment Deadline

Tuition and housing fees must be paid at MyBill at

Mid-August 2021 Mid-January 2022
Move-In Day

Move in is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 through Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, 8am - 5pm. Move-in details will be posted soon. Students will be assigned a specific move-in day and time via their UC Merced email by the first week of August. Housing Move-In Information

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 through Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, 8am - 5pm January 2022
Proof of Immunization

All incoming students are required to complete a TB Risk Screening Questionnaire and provide proof of immunization and/or immunity to certain diseases prior to the first day of instruction. Visit the MyHealth section on the portal.

August 26, 2021 January 2022
Instruction Begins   August 25, 2021 January 1, 2022