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GROW 2021

Graduate Orientation Week (GROW)

Graduate Orientation Week (GROW) encompasses a number of workshops, training programs and events held at the beginning of each academic year to introduce new students to the campus community and prepare them to start their graduate studies at UC Merced. 

GROW will be held in-person, is required by all incoming students and will begin on Monday, August 16th, 2021. Note that many of the trainings during GROW will be held synchronously and asynchronously. In addition to your in-person training, we will be using Catcourses - a campus-wide system used for teaching, research, and collaboration purposes. Each student will be assigned particular trainings that are required for all UC Merced graduate students, including a TA training, Sexual Harassment and Prevention training, Office of Research training and more.

August 16th is a milestone at the start of each year because it is the date by which all new graduate students should be registered as students and paperwork completed for employment (more info soon about paperwork processes this year). It is also the official start of GROW, and we will still have some required training starting August 16. However, other parts of GROW have been spread out over a pre-GROW summer schedule that includes webinars, zoom panels, and email updates. The full schedule along with more information can be found here: 

Be sure to check your UC Merced email for updates and reminders for upcoming pre-GROW events. 

GROW registration is now open! Please sign up at your earliest convenience.

Register for GROW by Friday, July 30th by noon. 

Pre-GROW Information

In an effort to provide inportant information over the course of two months before GROW rather than the week of, we have developed the Pre-GROW series. This series provides important information related to graduate school at UC Merced. Below are the dates and sessions being held over June and July. Please note that these will be recorded, so if you are unable to attend the live ZOOM session, they will be available for review. We encourage you to attend as many as possible to ensure that all of your questions are answered. 

  • Wednesday, June 2 - Housing in Merced
  • Wednesday, June 22 - Graduate Divsion Office Hours 
  • Wednesdsay, June 30 - Graduate Student Association Panel
  • Wednesday, July 7 - Office of International Affairs (OIA) Office Hours
  • Wednesday, July 14 - New Hire Paperwork Workshop/ Graduate Funding Workshop
  • Wednesday, July 21 - Health Services Workshop
  • Wednesday, July 28 - Navigating Advisor/Advisee Relationships
  • Wednesday, August 11 - Graduate Division Office Hours 

Recorded Sessions

Housing for Incoming Students:

Dean's Office Hours:

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Panel:

Office of International Affairs Workshop:

Grad Funding and New Hire Paperwork:

COVID-19 Directives Town Hall: 

More important GROW information can be found below:

New Student Checklist

Microteaching Language Evaluation Information

School of Natural Sciences Orientation Information

Contact Information: 

For general GROW related questions, please contact:


Natural Sciences:

Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts: