University of California, Merced facts for kids
|Motto||Fiat lux (Latin)|
Motto in English
|Let there be light|
|Type||Public research university|
|University of California|
|Endowment||$55.5 million (2019)|
|Chancellor||Nathan Brostrom (interim)|
|Students||8,847 (Fall 2019)|
|Undergraduates||8,151 (Fall 2019)|
|Postgraduates||696 (Fall 2019)|
|Campus||Rural, 810 acres (330 ha); 7,045 acres (2,851 ha) total|
|Colors||Royal blue and gold
|Athletics||NAIA Division II – California Pacific|
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.
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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