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First Year New Student Orientation


The New Student Orientation program includes activities that are designed to help you successfully transition to the campus and prepare you for an exciting first semester. Orientation is a required event where you will explore resources, build relationships with fellow students, staff and administrators, reflect upon goals, and find out what it takes to be a successful Bobcat! 

At orientation you can:

  • Learn tips that will help you achieve academic success at UC Merced
  • Get information about helpful campus resources
  • Hear from current students about campus life
  • Get your individual questions answered


Check out our frequently asked questions for first year new students.