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UC Merced is growing

An initiative to enhance student life and expand access to UC Merced

Since opening in 2005, UC Merced has advanced the UC system's rich heritage, improved levels of educational attainment and quality of life while conducting life-changing research.  

Why expand UC Merced?

The 2020 Project campus expansion represents a commitment by the State of California and the University of California to increase access to the UC system for eligible state students and to support a rapidly growing region.  The expansion project is a key element of UC Merced's vision

An ambitious, master-planned and comprehensive enhancement

The 1.2 million GSF project is being designed and built in three phases between 2016 and 2020.    The project is being implemented as a master planned initiative developed by a world-class team of architects, planners, engineers and construction professionals.   The design and construction budget is $1.3 billion and includes 13 buildings and supporting infrastructure.  Every building will achieve at least a LEED Gold certification.  Click here to download the Project Map (PDF)

Key enhancements include: