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Newly Admitted Graduate Students

Welcome to UC Merced!

Congratulations on your admission to UC Merced. We are excited to welcome you to our graduate student community!

The next step in the admission process is to officially accept your offer and submit your statement of intent to register (SIR). To guarantee any funding offers extended by your graduate program, please submit your SIR by the April 15, 2024 deadline.

Admitted Graduate Student Guide

Our guide for newly admitted graduate students contains next steps and resources to help you navigate the transition to graduate studies at UC Merced.  Click here to view.

"I'm Admitted, Now What?" Virtual Infomation Session

Friday, April 12, 2024 at 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
During this webinar and Q&A, the Graduate Division staff from our recruitment, admissions, and funding departments will share important information and the next steps now that you've been admitted. 

Action Items After You Have Submitted Your SIR

Step 1: Send any outstanding documents such as official test scores or official copies of transcripts to the Graduate Division. To view outstanding documents on your application checklist, log in to the application portal. If you have questions related to outstanding documents contact the Graduate Admissions team.

Step 2: Claim your UCMNetID. Your UCMNetID is the account name associated with you and the first part of your UC Merced email address. To claim your ID, enter the email address or phone number used to create your graduate application. Once you have obtained your UCMNetID, you will need to Enroll in 2-Factor Authentication. You will need your claimed UCMNetID and password to enroll. *If you have previously claimed a UCMNetID, you can disregard Step 2.


Watch the video below for more information on claiming your UCMNetID.

Step 3: Log in to UC Merced Connect and click on My Merced. UC Merced Connect is a one-stop shop for campus services and information relevant to the UC Merced community. In UC Merced Connect, you will find additional action items to be completed before arriving on campus and finalizing your matriculation. You will also be able to access your personalized student checklist, full of helpful information. My Checklist is the best resource for knowing your responsibilities as a UC Merced student. 

Class Registration

Registering for classes is the first step toward preparing for your arrival. If you have not been in touch with your faculty advisor regarding course registration, please contact your graduate program staff for information on which courses you should register for.

School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts




School of Engineering




School of Natural Sciences 

Applied Math:

Chemistry & Biochemistry:



You can also find additional resources about the registration process on the Office of the Registrar's website.

Save the Date: Graduate Orientation Week

Graduate Orientation Week (GROW) begins August 15, 2024. In-person attendance is mandatory for all incoming graduate students.