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Division of Student Affairs

Transfer: After You Apply

Access your portal

Students with RufusVisit to access your portal. From your 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.

Complete your application update

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

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

Beginnings sculptureCheck your portal

Starting in March (April for transfer students), you can log in to your portal to view the status of your application. Be sure to look at your checklist for any required supplemental documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or the Office of Admissions.

What happens if I was denied admission? 

The Office of Admission has an established appeal committee composed of three unit 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