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Academic Competitions

View a range of scholarships and competitions meant for the most diligent and dedicated of students. Our large collection of scholarships are updated regularly with links to find out more. Apply to one today! Learn More »

Fiat Lux Scholars

The Fiat Lux Scholars Program is a community of scholars and dedicated staff who empower a select cohort of first-generation, income-eligible students to enhance their development, growth and academic success. Learn More »

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The Transfer, Returning, & Veteran (TRV) Program

The TRV Program helps transfer, reinstated, and veteran students ease the transition into the campus, lifestyle and community of UC Merced while they prepare for their future in graduate studies, professional schools, internships, or careers. Learn More »

Guardian Scholars Program

The Guardian Scholars Program provides a sustainable network of academic and personal support services that promote degree attainment for foster youth at UC Merced. Learn More »


Orientation is a one-day event for new and transfer students where you jump-start your UC life by meeting with your advisor to register for classes, making connections with faculty, staff and students, and learning about campus resources. Learn More »

Success Mentor Program

Success Mentors support and empower first-year students to develop strategies and skills that will enhance academic, intrapersonal, and interpersonal development and develop a sense of Bobcat pride! Learn More »

STEP Program

Strengthening Talents & Exploring Pathways (STEP) is a TRiO Student Support Services program that provides support in areas of academic development, graduate school exploration, financial education, and career exploration opportunities. STEP is open to all first-year, low-income, and/or students with disabilities. Learn More »

PALS: Peer Assisted Learning Support

Peer Assisted Learning Support advances the idea of learning communities by providing a least restrictive environment for learning, promoting access to knowledge, and modeling learning behaviors and skills that encourage success. Learn More »

Undergraduate Studies 10

Aimed at first-year and transfer students, USTU 010 stresses the importance in handling personal responsibility and helps students acknowledge that they are responsible for the choices that they make in college. Learn More »

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Bright Success Center
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343

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