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University of California at Merced

University of California at Merced

University of California at Merced

The University of California, Merced, commonly referred to as UC Merced or UCM, is the tenth and newest of the University of California campuses. Located in the San Joaquin Valley at Merced, California, UC Merced was the first American research university to be built in the 21st century. The University is also a census-designated place (CDP), that was uninhabited at the 2010 census.

UC Merced is headed by a chancellor. After a nation-wide search, on January 17, 2007, the Regents of the University of California named Sung-Mo (Steve) Kang, dean of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Baskin School of Engineering to be the university’s new chancellor. Previously, the position was held by Carol Tomlinson-Keasey from 1999 until she resigned on August 31, 2006. She returned to teaching and research in psychology in 2007 and later died of breast cancer in 2009.  On September 21, 2006, the Regents named Roderic B. Park, a former interim chancellor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as the acting chancellor for UC Merced.  Park remained acting chancellor until Kang took office in early March 2007.

Although UC Merced is located in a rural area associated with agriculture, it emphasizes cutting edge interdisciplinary research grounded in natural science, math, engineering and social sciences. The campus takes advantage of the surrounding environment by investigating issues relating to environmental systems of the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada, and of its youth by having programs in genetic research conducted in state of the art research labs. It also benefits from proximity to Silicon Valley and other major universities. Research in fields like language acquisition and cultural issues is facilitated by the highly diverse ethnic makeup of the Central Valley.
UC Merced operates on a semester basis rather than the quarter system for its academic term. The Berkeley campus is the only other UC campus on a semester system.

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University of California at Merced Tuition and Fees

Note: Fees shown are per semester

UNDERGRADUATES Residents Nonresidents
Educational Fee $5,076.00 $5,076.00
Student Services Fee $486.00 $486.00
Health Services Fee $50.00 $50.00
Transportation Fee $87.50 $87.50
Student Life Fee $15.00 $15.00
Associated Students Fee $65.68 $65.68
Recreation Fee $146.00 $146.00
Student Health Insurance* * *
Non-Resident Tuition $N/A $11,439.00
TOTAL $5,926.18** $17,365.18**
GRADUATES Residents Nonresidents
Educational Fee $5,076.00 $5,076.00
Student Services Fee $486.00 $486.00
Health Services Fee $50.00 $50.00
Transportation Fee $87.50 $87.50
Student Life Fee $15.00 $15.00
Associated Students Fee $10.00 $10.00
Recreation Fee $146.00 $146.00
Mandatory Health Insurance* * *
Non-Resident Tuition $N/A $7,551.00
TOTAL $5,870.50** $13,421.50**

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