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After Orientation

Check Your UC Merced Email

In the weeks leading up to your first semester, a number of important messages and announcements will be sent to your UC Merced Email address. Get in the habit of checking your email regularly so you don’t miss out.

Before You Get to Campus

Use a Planner for all your important dates and deadlines.

Financial Aid

Complete any outstanding Financial Aid requirements.


Skip the long line to purchase your textbooks by reserving them online through the Campus Store. If you are receiving Financial Aid and you order your books more than 10 days before the start of the semester the cost of books will be deducted from your financial aid refund.

Parking Info

Go to the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) site for permit eligiblity and  information on prices. Be sure to use ePay to pay for your parking permit ahead of time to expedite the process of picking up your permit when you arrive to campus. 

CatTracks Bus System

Get to know the various CatTracks routes and schedules.

Health Insurance Waiver

For more information visit the Student Health Services website.

Continue Your Academic Preparation

Online Workshops

Numerous workshops and opportunities will be available to you throughout the semester, but if you want to participate in free online workshops now, you can.

Online Resources

Whether you download documents or link to online resources, the Calvin E. Bright Success Center website has a plethora of resources to help you thrive academically.

Know and Use Your Resources

Peer Assisted Learning Support (PALS)

Offered through the Calvin E. Bright Success Center, learning support (aka, tutoring) is FREE; subjects for which support is offered for include many lower division courses. The schedule for the upcoming semester will be available during the third week of instruction. Bookmark the PALS Schedule site now!

Center for Career and Professional Advancement

Whether you are looking for a job or resources to help you select and plan for your future career, the Center for Career and Professional Advancement has what you need.

Recreation and Athletics

As you heard at Orientation, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Check out all that Recreation and Athletics has to offer so you can keep your body and mind in top shape.

Get Involved

Stay Connected with Orientation

Orientation Leaders and the professional staff in the Calvin E. Bright Success Center are here to answer your questions. Stay in touch through Facebook or you can send us a message.

Office of Student Life

With a commitment to Leadership, Service, and Social Justice, the Office of Student Life offers numerous programs and initiatives to help you get the most out of your university experience.


A successful college career includes social as well as intellectual development. Invest in your own success by getting involved. Visit CatLife to see which of the 180+ clubs and organizations interest you and get involved. Start recording all of your activities now and build your Involvement Portfolio (co-curricular transcript) with club membership, service hours, workshops & events, and more!