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Division of Undergraduate Education & Affiliated Programs

Dean’s Office

The Dean's office serves as the central administration for centers and programs within the Division of Undergraduate Education.

Bobcat Advising Center

The Bobcat Advising Center (BAC) is the academic advising home for all first year students in every major, all undeclared lower division transfers, and all continuing undeclared students in any class year.  BAC launched in Fall 2018 with eight professional advisors and one Director.  Professional academic advisors provide holistic, developmental advising through mandatory interventions to support the educational journey of each student toward their personal, academic, and career goals.

Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL)

The Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL) advocates a union of scholarship and instruction, grounded in the academic principles of research and focused on supporting the success of a diverse student population in a research university context. To enable students to excel academically, we support a campus-wide culture that values, fosters, and rewards continuous improvement in teaching and learning.

STEM Tutoring Hub

The STEM Tutoring Hub provides academic support to the UC Merced undergraduate students through a variety of services aimed at supporting academics and learning. Tutoring sessions are discipline-specific and occur at various campus locations. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center (UROC)

The UROC Scholar community is for high-achieving, motivated students who want to prepare for and excel in graduate school. Scholars take their academic work seriously, work hard to maintain good grades, and are actively engaged in faculty-mentored research opportunities. UROC Scholars are expected to represent the ideals of academic excellence by achieving to the best of their abilities and engaging in enriching academic and professional experiences throughout their undergraduate careers.

UC Centers, Sacramento (UCCS) and Washington D.C (UCDC)

UC Center Sacramento (UCCS) academic internship program participants earn UC credit, maintain their financial aid eligibility, and gain valuable work experience while interning in Sacramento. Internships are available for almost any major! Participants take classes with students from all UC campuses, which provides an intellectual and social community throughout the semester or summer.

The UCDC program offers qualified students from all majors the opportunity to spend a semester in our nation's capital. Students will combine an internship in their area of academic interest with field research and coursework taught by University of California professors on site. While in Washington, students will live at the University of California, Washington Center, located in central D.C. The center houses 250 students from nine of the University of California campuses, along with the University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of San Francisco, and Washington University in St. Louis.

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center was borne out of partnership between the Library and the Merritt Writing Program. Informed by committee reports, program assessments, and research, the pilot writing center project was launched in 2014 with the goal of strengthening UC Merced’s campus culture around writing. Now a program within the Office of Undergraduate Education, the University Writing Center continues to collaborate with the Library, the Merritt Writing Program, and other constituents across campus to further develop a culture of writing at UC Merced. UWC tutors are undergraduates from a variety of majors across campus. All tutors have passed WRI 10 and participate in a mandatory orientation at the beginning of the semester as well as ongoing training workshops throughout the year. Some have also completed WRI 110 (Tutoring in Writing).

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program is designed to be an inclusive community of developing scholars committed to academic excellence and community engagement. The program focuses on four key attributes that reach across the entire undergraduate experience: Inclusivity, Interdisciplinarity, Inquisitiveness, and Collaboration. Curricular and co-curricular requirements will guide Honors Students to reach new heights and excel in their academic, professional, and personal goals. Curricular requirements include Honors-designated courses, seminars, and contracts facilitated between Honors Faculty and Honors Students. Co-curricular requirements focus on Experiential Learning as well as Community Engagement, Mentorship, and Leadership. Honors Students have the opportunity to join the Honors Living Learning Community, develop relationships with faculty, participate in leadership workshops, and attend special events including community-building forums. The program is welcoming the first cohort of Honors Students in Fall 2024.