UC Merced

The history of the University of California, Merced dates back to 1988, when the UC Regents first authorized planning for at least one additional campus based on projections of long-range enrollment demand. From an initial review of more than 80 sites in the San Joaquin Valley, 20 were initially advanced for additional study.

The Merced community actively mobilized to attract UC Merced and was successful in making the case for the first new American research university built in the 21st century. UC Merced is the 10th campus of the prestigious University of California system and is a very diverse university that is committed to those ideals that serve the state, nation and world through, research, education and public service.

The campus opened on September 5th, 2005. In 2012, UC Merced had over 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students. These students are conducting some of the most cutting-edge research of our time, including stem cells, artificial intelligence and renewable energy.

The current schools within UC Merced are:

UC Merced offers a growing list of majors, minors and graduate programs taught by more than 140 full-time faculty members, visiting professors and lecturers, who have come to us from some of the world's top-ranked universities.

Just like at other UC campuses, academic research is a critical part of UC Merced's mission. The process of discovery provides our students with a deeper understanding of the world and its cultural, social, natural and engineered systems.

Special research institutes established at the university include:

To find out more about UC Merced, please visit their site at

This information was taken directly from the University of California Merced website.

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