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About The Calvin E. Bright Success Center

Committed to Students

The mission of the Calvin E. Bright Success Center is to provide support in the areas of educational equity and access, learning support, and transition to and through the university which empower students to achieve their academic, personal, and career goals and dreams.

Originally the Student Advising and Learning Center, the center was renamed to the Calvin E. Bright Success Center (BSC) in 2011 in honor of San Joaquin Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Calvin E. Bright.

“I remember the difficulties I encountered in my first year in college and I am committed to helping give students who have a will to succeed the support they need to achieve their goals and dreams.” - Mr. Calvin E. Bright

The Bright Family Foundation, of which Calvin E. Bright is the president and chairman, generously gave a $2 million gift to help UC Merced in its pursuit of high-quality support for students.

The Bright Success Center offers a range of tools and resources designed to support undergraduate student success. In addition to providing academic coaching, transition support, and learning support resources, the BSC offers a variety of online tools and in-person workshops aimed to help students step up to the challenges and demands of university life and beyond. Our wide range of programs, from Fiat Lux to Transfer, Returning Students, and Veteran Programs to Guardian Scholars and many more, help support and encourage our students to take an active role in their scholarly endeavors through individualized attention from a staff passionate about the success of Bobcats at UC Merced and beyond.


"Our young people are the future
     of the Central Valley and California..."

We all play a role in helping ensure
     that they can reach their fullest potential."

--Calvin Bright, 2011