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Student Newsletter  |  June 2018


This month, it’s all about course registration, which is coming up starting June 20. Check your email frequently for an email from your academic advisor, because he or she will be sending you some resources to help construct your fall 2018 class schedule.

You will register for classes on the student portal at a randomly assigned time between June 20 and 22. You will register for classes BEFORE attending New Student Orientation. You can check your registration appointment time at MyRegistrationTime on the portal.

You’re a few steps closer to joining us in the fall! We hope you are having a fantastic summer!

The UC Merced Admissions team
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

June 20-22: Online class registration for incoming first year and transfer students

June 26: Online textbook reservation begins at

June 26-July 24: New First Year Student Orientation

June 29: Last day to complete online pre-Orientation

July 1: Official transcripts must be postmarked or electronically submitted to the Office of Admissions

July 1: Online housing check-in available; complete move-in forms online and change move-in times

July 13: Transfer Student Orientation

July 15: Official test scores are due in the Office of Admissions

July 15: Preliminary residence hall room assignments sent; first bills available

We are excited to welcome you to the Bobcat family! New Student Orientation starts June 26, and you most likely have already registered. Your next step is to complete pre-Orientation online, which should take 1 hour.

The deadline to complete pre-Orientation is two weeks prior to your orientation date. If you have any questions, you can email

The Office of Admissions admitted you to UC Merced with a set of conditions that must be met to ensure that your admission offer will remain intact. View the Conditions of Admission for first year and transfer students.

Notify the Office of Admissions immediately of any changes to the courses that were reported on your application and subsequent communications or updates, including the Transfer Academic Update.
Final, official transcripts from all high schools and higher education institutions must be postmarked or electronically submitted to the Office of Admissions or before July 1.

Notify the Office of Admissions if you have difficulties getting your transcripts sent. Check the student portal frequently to confirm that we have received your official documents and to review your checklist for any unresolved items.
  • If you have sent your test scores to a UC campus and they are not listed, contact the UC Application Center at 800-207-1710 for assistance.
If you are an international student and have attended school outside of the United States, visit the portal to view any foreign records the Office of Admissions requires.
Official scores for ALL exams you have taken must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by July 15.

You can confirm that we received your official ACT and/or SAT scores by logging in to your UC application. Do this frequently until you have confirmed that all official test scores have been received.

If you are an international applicant and have attended school outside of the U.S., please visit the portal to view any external exam scores the Office of Admissions requires.
If you reported AP or IB examinations passed with acceptable scores on your application, it is recommended that you have your official test scores sent to the Office of Admissions as a condition of your admission. If AP exams appear on your checklist on the portal, they are required, and you must contact the appropriate testing agency immediately to have your official scores sent to the Office of Admissions.

To make life easier, the UC Merced Campus Store allows you to reserve your textbooks after you have registered for classes.

Reserve your textbooks online:
Visit, find "Course Books" and click on "Textbooks." Here, you will find instructions on how to reserve your textbooks. Log in to the student portal and select MyRegistration, then select "View Books" to load all your courses on the Campus Store website so you can begin reserving your books.

Rent your textbooks:
The Campus Store offers a textbook rental program at a fraction of the purchase price. Call 209-228-2665 for more information, or read the FAQ.

Purchase electronics at educational discounts:
You have the option to purchase technology (computers, software, hardware, etc.) using your student account. The Campus Store is an authorized Apple reseller and sells laptops, iPads and Apple accessories. You also can by discounted technology from Dell and Microsoft, and trade in your devices for credit at the store.

Show your school spirit!
Be sure to stop by during New Student Orientation and stock up on UC Merced spirit gear! We have a wide selection of clothing and UC Merced merchandise, as well as snacks and drinks. When you support the Campus Store, you are actively contributing to the future growth of UC Merced and supporting the campus community.
Online Reservations:
June 26 - Aug. 16

Housing and Residence Life will begin making assignments in early July, and official assignments, roommate information, and move-in instructions will be sent by Aug. 10.

To make the move-in process faster, we ask that you complete an online check-in module, which will cover important forms and information about living on campus. Online check-in will be available starting July 1.

If you have any questions about the housing process or need to speak with someone about your application, you can reach the Housing and Residence Life office at or 209-228-4663. When emailing, please include your name and student ID number.

We also provide services for students looking to live off-campus.

We love to host you during a visit to UC Merced!

Can't make it to campus? You can take a virtual tour of UC Merced!


Would you like to get to know some fellow classmates before you get to campus? You can find other students who will be starting at UC Merced in fall 2018 on Facebook.

To add yourself to your UC Merced "Class of" Facebook group, visit the Rufus Bobcat groups page and select your expected graduation year (most likely Class of 2022).
Connect with fellow classmates on Facebook


The Students First Center has a slew of social media contests planned this summer. We're giving away a festival-style beach chair, UC Merced water bottle and two Polaroid cameras!

Keep an eye on Rufus Bobcat's social media for details!

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