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Busy Weekend Planned for Prospective Students, Families, Alumni

October 7, 2015

Preview Day is Oct. 17.Each fall, UC Merced opens its doors to the community to show what takes place on a research university campus.

During Preview Day — scheduled for Oct. 17 — UC Merced welcomes hundreds of high school and community college students and their families to campus to learn about UC Merced and see everything the campus has to offer.

Our goal is to give those students considering UC Merced an opportunity to get a feel for the campus,” said Juan Villegas, associate director of admissions and outreach. “UC Merced provides a unique experience, and we want students and their families to experience that firsthand before selecting us as their top choice.”

Preview Day, open to anyone interested in learning more about UC Merced, will give attendees the chance to learn about majors and meet staff and faculty members in the university’s three schools — Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. There will also be representatives from admissions and financial aid to help prospective students and their families understand the application process.

The priority filing period for Fall 2016 admission to the University of California is Nov. 1 through 30. Prospective students can begin the application process online now by visiting, saving the application to submit in November.

Preview Day runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17. Registration and campus tours begin at 9 a.m. For information:

Family, Alumni Activities Planned

The campus will also be brimming with numerous Family Weekend activities October 16 through 18, to entice parents and family members back to campus to spend time with their students. For more information: Pre-registration is recommended online.

The weekend provides something for UC Merced alumni as well; activities are set for Oct. 16 through 18. Homecoming: Welcome Back Weekend 2015 features a wide range of events offering Bobcats an opportunity to reconnect with the campus.

The weekend kicks off with a Merced County Courthouse Museum exhibit dedicated to UC Merced's rich history and transformation over the past decade from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 16. The exhibit is free and open to the public on Friday and Saturday. Alumni Weekend concludes with a Bobcat Brunch at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 18. For information:

Brenda Ortiz

Senior Public Information Representative

Office: (209) 228-4203

Mobile: (209) 628-8263