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GROW 2023

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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 begins on Tuesday, August 15, 2023.

GROW will be held in person and attendance is required by all incoming students. August 15 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). 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.

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


Registration for the incoming fall 2023 cohort is now open.


Please register no later than Friday, July 28, 2023 by 5pm. 

Pre-GROW Webinar Series

In an effort to provide important information over the course of two months before GROW rather than the week of, we have developed the Pre-GROW webinar series. These webinars will provide important information to help you with the transistion 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.

Contact Information: 

For general GROW related questions, please contact:


Natural Sciences:

Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts:

Additonal GROW Information:

New Student Checklist 

Accessing UC Merced Connect

Instructions for Class Registration

Microteaching Language Evaluation Information

GROW Email Messages: