University of California, Merced

public university in Merced, California

The University of California, Merced (UC Merced) is a public research university in Merced, California. It is the newest campus of the University of California. The university has 8,847 undergraduate students and 686 graduate students.[7]

University of California, Merced
The University of California 1868 Merced.svg
MottoFiat lux (Latin)
Motto in English
Let there be light
TypePublic research university
Parent institution
University of California
Academic affiliation
Endowment$55.5 million (2019)[1]
ChancellorNathan Brostrom (interim)
ProvostGregg Camfield[2]
Academic staff
Students8,847 (Fall 2019)[4]
Undergraduates8,151 (Fall 2019)[4]
Postgraduates696 (Fall 2019)[4]
Location, ,
37°21′58″N 120°25′25″W / 37.366°N 120.4235°W / 37.366; -120.4235Coordinates: 37°21′58″N 120°25′25″W / 37.366°N 120.4235°W / 37.366; -120.4235
CampusRural, 810 acres (330 ha); 7,045 acres (2,851 ha) total [5]
ColorsRoyal blue and gold[6]
AthleticsNAIA Division IICalifornia Pacific
NicknameGolden Bobcats
UC Merced logo.svg


On May 19, 1988, the Regents of the University of California voted to begin planning to place a campus in the San Joaquin Valley due to an increase in the number of students at the other campuses.[8] On May 19, 1995, the Board of Regents chose Merced as the location for the system's tenth campus.[9] In 2001, the university used an $11 million grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to buy a 7,300 acre plot of land next to Lake Yosemite just north of Merced. This was the largest land purchase by the University of California for one of its campuses.[10]


  1. As of June 30, 2019; includes UC Regents portion allocated to UC Merced. "Annual Endowment Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2019" (PDF). University of California. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  2. "Gregg Camfield Named Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost". Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  3. "2011 Faculty Headcount" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Fast Facts 2019-20". University of California, Merced.
  5. "UC Financial Reports – Campus Facts in Brief" (PDF). University of California. 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  6. "Web Colors and Fonts | University Communications". Archived from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2015-10-14.
  7. "Fast Facts 2019-20 | UC Merced". Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  8. Reinhold, Robert; Times, Special To the New York (1988-11-26). "Battle for California Campus Waged Far From Urban Glow". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  9. "UC Merced Planning - Project Overview". 2008-04-06. Archived from the original on 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  10. "University of California to Acquire Virginia Smith Trust Land and Augment Trust Endowment with $11 Million Packard Grant | Newsroom". Retrieved 2020-05-29.

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