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Merced 2020: Building the Future




UC Merced is in the midst of an ambitious campus expansion that will position the university for academic distinction, research excellence and continued student success. The international award-winning, $1.3 billion project will add new classrooms and laboratories and increase access to higher education for thousands of students, while doubling the available space on campus by 2020.

Implementing this vision for growth is among the most important initiatives in UC Merced’s young history, and the External Relations team is a key part of this effort.

Featured News

ESPN’s SportsCenter showcased UC Merced's men's volleyball setter, Joey Medina, on Sunday as part of the network’s #SeniorNight segment.
March 30, 2020

COVID-19 might have prevented graduating senior Joey Medina from playing his final volleyball match with his teammates this spring, but one thing might soften the blow — being featured on ESPN. ESPN’...

CalTeach helps address the shortage of math and science teachers through innovative programming.
March 24, 2020

When you add UC Merced students majoring in math and science with a mentor teacher it equals real-life experience teaching in local schools. That’s one of the many goals of UC Merced’s CalTeach...

March 17, 2020
UC Merced is taking the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of the campus community with the least amount of disruption to its mission of education, research and public service. The COVID...