Parents and Educators


The University of California fall priority-filing period is November 1-30 each year. The spring priority filing period is July 1-31.

At UC Merced, we recognize that the support and encouragement of family members, guidance counselors and educators can make a big difference in helping students consider higher education and apply for college.

Below you'll find information that will help you and your student learn more about the newest University of California campus.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions: (209) 228-7178 or

Counselors: Remember, the University of California Counselor Conference is held each year on different UC campuses. Registration for the following year begins in late spring. 

Our outstanding faculty are being recognized for the groundbreaking achievements every day. Visit the School pages: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts for updated information about their interaction with students, their research, and their accomplishments.

Spring Application Filing Period July 1-31
Fall Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) application September 1-30
UC Merced Preview Day October 21
UC Application filing period November 1-30
Spring Transfer Orientation TBA
Deadline to take SAT/ACT (1st year only) December 30
FAFSA priority filing period October 1 - March 2
California Dream Act Application October 1 - March 2
Update your address March - August
Visit Campus September - April
Begin releasing first year admissions decisions March 1
Priority deadline for submitting FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA Verification form March 2


Going Greek: Sororities and fraternities are now established at the UC Merced campus. For more information visit the Fraternity and Sorority website.

On the Move: Students can visit the Wilderness Center located in the Recreation Center and participate in the Yosemite Leadership Program. For more information,visit the YLP site.
For the Sports Enthusiasts: Join our volleyball, soccer, baseball, basketball, softball, lacrosse, cheerleading, ultimate Frisbee, or aquatics teams. Check out the Recreation site to learn more.
Get Fit and Have Fun: Students can take a break from studying and stay in shape by using our beautiful new equipment, taking fitness and dance classes, or playing basketball or volleyball in the gym.

Conditions of Admission: Please make sure your students know they need to maintain their academic edge to come to campus in the fall.
Virtual Tour: Get a taste of what it's like to visit UC Merced from your office.
Virtual Publications: Lean more in-depth information about our campus and gain access to information that can't be found in our normal print publications.
Quick Reference for Counselors: Valuable information about eligibility requirements and more.
Safety: Ensuring the safety of students is a priority at UC Merced.  Students can take advantage of services offered through our police department, such as campus safety escorts.