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University of California, Merced
The University of California 1868 Merced.svg
Motto Fiat lux (Latin)
Motto in English
Let there be light
Type Public research university
Established 2005
Parent institution
University of California
Academic affiliation
  • APLU
  • WASC
Endowment $55.5 million (2019)
Chancellor Nathan Brostrom (interim)
Provost Gregg Camfield
Academic staff
264
Students 8,847 (Fall 2019)
Undergraduates 8,151 (Fall 2019)
Postgraduates 696 (Fall 2019)
Location , ,
37°21′58″N 120°25′25″W / 37.366°N 120.4235°W / 37.366; -120.4235Coordinates: 37°21′58″N 120°25′25″W / 37.366°N 120.4235°W / 37.366; -120.4235
Campus Rural, 810 acres (330 ha); 7,045 acres (2,851 ha) total
Colors Royal blue and gold
         
Athletics NAIA Division II – California Pacific
Nickname Golden Bobcats
Mascot Bobcat
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The University of California, Merced (UC Merced) is a public research university in Merced, California. It is the newest campus of the University of California. The university has 8,847 undergraduate students and 686 graduate students.

History

On May 19, 1988, the Regents of the University of California voted to begin planning to place a campus in the San Joaquin Valley due to an increase in the number of students at the other campuses. On May 19, 1995, the Board of Regents chose Merced as the location for the system's tenth campus. In 2001, the university used an $11 million grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to buy a 7,300 acre plot of land next to Lake Yosemite just north of Merced. This was the largest land purchase by the University of California for one of its campuses.


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