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UC Merced Pre-Arrival Instructions

Contact Information
UCEAP Reciprocity Information:
UC Merced Study Abroad
5200 North Lake Road
Kolligian Library, Room 101
Merced, CA 95343
Phone: (209) 228-4722
Fax: (209) 228-4708
Contact: Craig Harmelin

UCM Students First Center for Important Resources
Visa & Immigration Information:
International Students & Scholars (ISS) Office
5200 North Lake Road
Kolligian Library, Room 101
Merced, CA 95343
Phone: (209) 228-4722
Fax: (209) 228-4708
Housing is not guaranteed. Be aware that the standard rental agreement for some housing options is nine months (or until the end of the academic year for students arriving in spring). Students leaving their housing before the end of the agreement may be subject to a cancellation fee.

On-Campus Housing (UC Housing)

Undergraduate Students

Housing and Residence Life, University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343
Phone: (209) 228-4663
Fax: (209) 228-7640

Application Available: March 4, 2013, 9:00 a.m. California time

Application Notes: Students must have a UCMNetID and password to apply.
Application Deadline: May 3, 2013
Even if the deadline has passed, there still may be places available in campus housing. E-mail the assignments office if you are interested in applying for housing after the announced deadline. For the best chance of placement, include "any room type, any location" in your list of housing preferences.
Application Fee: None
Advance Payment: Pay your $300 Reservation Fee immediately following your application.
Method of Payment Options: Online by credit card (learn more here)
Notification of Housing Assignments: Sent by e-mail. A Contract Acceptance Notice is sent by the office of Housing and Residence Life to your UC Merced e-mail account. This email confirms that your housing is now guaranteed.

Other Housing Resources (Non-UC Housing):


Students should be aware that this housing is not UC sponsored or endorsed and that it is not advisable to rent before arrival when you can visit the rental in person.

Finding a Place

Finding a Roommate

Arrival Information & Orientation


When should I arrive?: No later than August 25, 2013
You may arrive no more than 30 days prior to the date printed on your visa certificate of eligibility (DS-2019). Students who do not have pre-arranged housing should arrive as early as possible.
Date on Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019): ​August 22, 2013

Orientation (Mandatory)

Date: August 26, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Location: Kolligian Library, Room 101

Take the following to the check-in and orientation meeting: your visa, passport, DS-2019 form, and your I-94 form (a card issued by the immigration officer at arrival in the U.S.)

Move-In Dates

Residence Hall Move-In Date: August 25, 2013

Temporary Accommodation Information

 (Non-UC Housing)
Costs are subject to change.

Ground Transport to Campus

Costs and times are subject to change.
Course Enrollment
Department Links
Schedule of Classes
Course Catalog

MyUCMerced Portal (Tool for online course registration, provides information regarding grades, billing, class schedule, housing application status, and more.)
MyUCMerced Enrollment Tutorial
Registration Error Definitions
Important Dates and Deadlines

Enrollment Time: Begins on April 2, 2013
Check "MyRegistration" in the MyUCMerced portal for your appointment time.
(All times are California time.)
Adjustment Period: August 29 - September 5, 2013
Undergraduate Students
About ID Numbers at UC Merced

Students must claim their UCMNetID and access their online student account in the MyUCMerced portal to enroll. Your Student ID (SID) number will be sent to you as soon as it becomes available. You will use the SID to claim your UCMNetID and create your password.

SID (Student Identification)is a 9-digit number assigned by UCM to every new student. This SID is used by UCM as your unique identifying number.

UCMNet ID is an ID that you claim using your SID number and other required personal information to confirm your identity. Your UCMNet ID does not have to be a number. is where you use your UCMNet ID and password to access your online student account and enroll in courses.

Claim your UCMNet ID
Once you received your SID, click the "First Time Users, claim your UCMNet ID" link.
Graduate Students
Graduate students usually register after consultation with the department’s graduate advisor. Check with your host department for registration advising.
Financial Information

UCM Portal: View your student account. Financial information is available online. You are responsible for checking your student account regularly and paying any fees that apply.

Paying Fees

Health Insurance Fees: Fees will be billed to your account each term. See Health Insurance & Services information below.

Academic Resources

Academic Support Services
Academic support for non-native English speakers is offered on campus.

Bright Success Center

English Language Institute

Health Insurance & Services

2013-14 costs and information are listed below.  

Requirement: Students are automatically enrolled in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan, unless they complete a waiver form that provides proof of equivalent coverage, and it is approved.
Cost: Fall Semester: $709 (undergraduates); $838 (graduates)
Spring Semester/Summer*: $992 (undergraduates); $1,173 (graduates)
Billing: Each semester
Payment Deadline: August 21, 2013 
Effective Dates:
Fall Semester: August 15, 2013 - January 14, 2014
Spring Semester/Summer*: January 15, 2014 - August 14, 2014
*If you are a registered student during Spring semester, your Spring SHIP fee provides coverage through the end of Summer.

Waiver Deadline:
Students may return the waiver request form using the online form.
Fall Semester: August 12, 2013 
Spring Semester: November 26, 2013 - January 7, 2014