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In-Person Tour Information

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In-Person Guided Campus Family Tours are back! Registration is required and is currently limited to one student and four guests. Masks are required for all visitors during the entirety of their time on campus.

In order to provide a seamless experience, please be aware of the following COVID-19 and CDC Protocols.

We ask you to perform a COVID-19 symptom assessment before arriving on campus. If you or your guest(s) feel sick, or have been in contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please refrain from visiting campus. Please visit our Do Your Part website for detailed information on how to self-check for COVID-19 symptoms.

You and your guest(s) are required to bring a face covering to wear when visiting campus. Face coverings should be worn at all times, especially when physical distancing of six (6) feet or greater is not possible.

Public restrooms will be available for use in the Administration Building which is conveniently located across the walkway from the Welcome Center. We strongly encourage abiding by public health guidelines, including washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer.

Upon arrival to campus, please proceed to the Welcome Center for check-in. You can view the campus map here.

Tour groups will be limited to twenty (20) persons total. (1 student per registration).


Answering ‘YES’ to any of the health screening questions will result in the cancellation of your campus tour. The following questions will be asked before proceeding with your campus tour:

  • Have you or anyone in your immediate traveling party, been told to quarantine/isolate by a medical provider or the health department?
  • In the past 14 days, have you or anyone in your immediate traveling party, had close contact (i.e. less than 6 feet of physical distance) for 10 minutes or more with someone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19?
  • Are you or anyone in your immediate traveling party, experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing which is new or not explained by a pre-existing condition?
  • In the past 48 hours, have you or anyone in your immediate traveling party, had at least two of the following symptoms which are new or not explained by a pre-existing condition: fever, chills, repeated shaking chills, fatigue, muscle pain, body aches, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell?
  • Did you or any member in your immediate travel party, have a temperature of 100.4 at any point in the past 72 hours?
  • Have you or any member in your immediate traveling party, tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

For the safety of our campus community, we are limiting the number of interior buildings that tour groups will enter.

While UC Merced is taking all precautions to safeguard our community, we cannot eliminate the risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection on campus. Please be reminded that you are undertaking your visit at your own risk.


UC Merced Dining Services is excited to welcome students and their guests to the Pavilion Dining Center while they are on campus for tours. 

When you and your guest visit the dining facilities, you are both required to follow campus COVID-19 guidelines and stay at least six feet apart. You may also be subject to a temperature check upon entering. 

The Pavilion Dining Center is open and accepts residential and non-residential meal plans, as well as Cat Dollars, credit cards and debit cards. Entry for breakfast costs $10.95 and entry for lunch costs $11.95. More information about the Pavilion Dining Center is available on the Dining Services website

You can view the hours of operation here.



To get directions to the campus, input the address 5200 N. Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343. You can also view a campus map here. The main entrance of campus is off Bellevue Road and Lake Road.

You can park in any non-reserved space in the Bellevue Lot which is located on the right side as you enter campus. UC Merced uses the License Plate Recognition (LPR) permitting system. You will need to purchase a digital permit by downloading the WayToPark mobile app. Use Zone 1111 (valid for parking in the Bellevue Lot).

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For more information, visit the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) website. Once you have gotten your digital permit through WayToPark, proceed to the Welcome Center. No physical permits will be issued.

Download the Campus Map.


What if the tour I want to join is at capacity?
Due to COVID-19 policies, all guests must be pre-registered. We will be unable to accommodate additional guests or walk-in registrations.

Can I bring more than four guests for the Guided Tours?
At this time, we are unable to accommodate more than four guests per registered student for the Guided Tours. This is to allow the maximum number of admitted students to attend while maintaining physical distancing during the tour. We will not be able to make any exceptions to this policy.

How do I get to campus and where do I park for tours?
You can use Google Maps to coordinate your arrival to campus. Our physical address is: 5200 N. Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343. See above for parking information.

Can I speak with an admissions counselor to ask specific questions?
Guests can utilize our Students First Center (SFC) services, our one-stop-shop for help with questions regarding Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, and Billing, for help with specific questions during their visit. If the Enrollment Services Advisor is unable to answer your question, they will refer you to an admissions advisor.


If you have any additional questions about your upcoming visit, contact us at: 

Welcome Center

(209) 228-6316


Juan Román

(209) 228-4635

We look forward to seeing you on campus!