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UC Merced Admissions, Undergraduate:

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Find a UC Merced Regional Admissions Advisor near you for help with the admissions process.

Juan Carlos López

Southern California: East Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Coachella Valley, Imperial Valley and Southern San Diego.

JuanHometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major in college: History/Education

Fun fact about me: I like to read historical novels on my free time.

Why I love UC Merced: UC Merced is a great place for opportunities; research, connection with innovators, creators and thinkers. It a place for student to grow and flourish in their career outcomes. Most of all UC Merced offers a tranquil environment to study and receive a quality UC Merced education.

Phone: (209) 382-4045


Iona Nee

Southern California: Orange County, Northern San Diego, Los Angeles County, and Other.

Iona Nee

Hometown: Eagle Rock, CA

Major in college: Political Science

Fun fact about me: I was once on Nickelodeon and HBO shows.

Why I love UC Merced: UC Merced is GREEN from the ground up! Sustainability is the guiding principle in the campus' design, planning and operations.

Phone: (209) 761-6703
Twitter: @IonaUCMerced


Janelle Cardenas

Southern California: Los Angeles County, North Orange County, and Ventura County

Janelle CardenasHometown: Valencia, CA

Major in college: Sociology

Fun fact about me: I am a proud alumna of UC Merced and I studied abroad in London, England.

Why I love UC Merced: I love UC Merced because of all the opportunities it has to offer it's students. I am so proud to be an alumna of this amazing university!

Phone: ​(209) 201-3376


Timothy Ford

Northern California: Alameda, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, Placer, Yolo, Sacramento and Other

Tim FordHometown: Sunnyvale, CA

Major in college: Theatre with a Dance emphasis

Fun fact about me: I am actively involved in musical theatre when I'm not traveling for work. I also won Lip Sync Battle on a recent cruise to Mexico.

Why I love UC Merced: UC Merced is committed to creating and fostering a community of diverse students, faculty and staff. Our students are able to learn and achieve success in a small intimate setting similar to a private school, with the prestige and resources that comes with being a member of The University of California. Along with that comes the fact that our students continue to play a key role in pioneering and shaping our university’s growth for future generations to experience and enjoy. There is a lot of pride in UC Merced and its anticipated growth from the community at large.


Phone: (209) 761-9570


Abraham Lopez

Abraham LopezNorth Central Valley: Calaveras, Merced, Madera, Mariposa, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne

Hometown: Merced, CA

Major in college: Economics, Political Science and History

Fun fact about me: I perform live jazz music on the saxophone.

Why I love UC Merced:  I love UC Merced because all the staff and faculty I’ve met on and off campus are passionate individuals about help our students thrive. I also love how the campus and the community of Merced host events together downtown at the Art Kamangar Center and the Multicultural Arts Center.


Phone: (559) 824-7481
Facebook: @AbrahamUCMerced
Twitter: @AbrahamUCMerced
Instagram: @AbrahamUCMerced


Maria Martinez Madrigal

Maria MadrigalSouth Valley: Fresno, King, Kern, and Tulare

Hometown: Stockton, CA

Major in college: Communicative Disorders

Fun fact about me: I enjoy treasure hunting and walking my dogs.

Why I love UC Merced:  I love UC Merced because the opportunities students will find with our MACES Center and the partnership with NASA. That partnership gives our undergraduate students an opportunity to receive training from NASA, hold internships and work on NASA related research. These students have the potential to become future NASA researchers or astronauts! 


Phone: (661) 578-3290
Twitter: @ucmerced_sva
Instagram: @ucmerced_sva


Transfer Admissions Advisors

Sheila Xiong

Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma

Sheila XiongHometown: Merced, CA

Major in college: Psychology

Fun fact about me: I love stand up paddle boarding (SUP)!

Why I love UC Merced: UC Merced is a place with tremendous heart; our staff, faculty and students are some of the most compassionate and hardworking individuals. The amount of support and resources available to help individuals grow, dream, succeed and pursue the unknown is just incredible. You can feel it the moment you step on campus that UC Merced is the start of something new, something extraordinary— and that’s what I love the most.

Phone: (209) 201-5583
Instagram: uc_tip
Twitter: uc_tip