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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.

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A view of Half Dome from the Merced River in Yosemite National Park
July 18, 2019

One of the pillars of UC Merced is service and giving back to the community. Now the university, Yosemite National Park and partners in the region are offering a new program to help a group of people...

UC Merced's Gateway Scholarship, College Track and KIPP program partnerships provide students the tools and support needed to be successful at the university.
July 16, 2019

UC Merced students come from all over the state, some from very long distances. But for dozens of students just five miles away from campus, getting here took its own kind of journey. Becoming...

The Sustainability Research and Engineering Building will house the university's first Center of Excellence.
July 12, 2019

The growing UC Merced campus is nearly ready to debut the second phase of the innovative Merced 2020 Project, a multiyear plan to add 1.2 million gross square feet of classroom, office, research...