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Fall 2024 First Year Registration


To register for your Fall 2024 classes:

  1. Review your academic history and any AP or IB exam scores or college courses completed in high school.
  2. Review the 4-year plan for your intended major in MyDegreePath (MDP) and the Catalog.  The 2024-25 Catalog was released on April 1, 2024.
  3. Check your test scores or previous college courses to see if you need a preparatory class.
  4. Use the MDP Roadmap and Plan Builder to plan your required Fall 2024 classes.  The 2024-25 MDP roadmaps are available as of June 2024.
  5. Review the Schedule of Classes (open course list) for class times and open seats.  Select your classes.  Don't be worried if some courses seem full right now!  Seats that have been "hidden" (reserved for first years) will open on the Schedule of Classes between June 17-21, 2024.
  6. Connect with your Bobcat Advising Center (BAC) temporary summer academic advisor at a Zoom workshop or Zoom walk-in hours during June 2024 (before registration week) if you have questions.  See the Fri. May 31, 2024 message on your UC Merced email for more information.
  7. Register for 12-16 units at your assigned registration time between June 24-27.


After registration:

  • Registration will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week after your assigned time.
    • Seats will continue to open when students drop and add courses throughout the summer.
  • Waitlists for closed classes open to first years at 9:00 am on Mon. July 1, 2024.
    • Being on the waitlist does NOT count toward full-time enrollment.
  • Stay enrolled in at least 12 units (full-time status) even if you are trying to adjust your schedule during summer.
    • Full-time status is required if you qualify for financial aid or academic scholarships.


As a first year college student at a UC research university, you have the freedom and responsibility to:

  • Choose your classes each semester.
  • Take different classes every semester.
    • Each class is only one semester (16 weeks) long.
  • Choose your class times.
  • Register for (enroll in) your classes at your assigned registration time each semester.
    • Register for 12 or more units each semester to be full-time (required if you receive financial aid or scholarships).
      • Waitlisted units (trying to get into a class that is full) do not count toward full-time enrollment.
      • Most students take 14-16 units each semester to meet Undergraduate Normal Progress to Degree.
      • You can take a maximum of 18 units in your first semester at UC Merced.
  • Use the many available resources and actively engage with your classes and professors to earn the highest possible grades.


Wondering where to start?

Hints to prepare to register between June 24-27, 2024:

1.  Explore and read the sections on this site and the information sent to your UC Merced email.

  • Messages and videos about registration will be sent to your UC Merced email throughout June.
  • To find your UC Merced email:
    • Select Undergraduate Students to log on to your student portal.
    • Click on the email icon.
      • Read your UC Merced email each day.


2. Review your academic history to see how you qualify to take or skip certain classes at UC Merced in Fall 2024.

Your "academic history" refers to things you have already done that make you eligible to skip certain classes or take certain classes in your first semester at UC Merced.

Your academic history includes:


  • Your scores on Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams


The reason to review what you have already done:  do not waste your time or money taking a course in Fall 2024 that you have already completed or do not need!


3.  Review your intended major and the 4-year graduation plan for Fall 2024 first year admits in that major.

  • Review the sample Four-Year Course Plan in your intended major in the 2024-25 Catalog.
    • Select Academic Programs in the left column.
    • Select your intended major.
      • The sample 4-year graduation plan is located above the list of required courses in that major.
  • Use MyDegreePath (MDP) to plan your first semester classes based on your individual academic history.
    • The 2024-25 MDP plans for Fall 2024 admits are available starting June 2024.


4.  Select your preferred Fall 2024 classes and alternate (backup) choices.


5.  Explore how to register using the online registration system.

  • See How to Register for Classes and start to become familiar with the online registration system.  (You will use it every semester!)
  • Attend the Next Steps and Course Registration Overview webinar with the Office of the Registrar:
  • Description:
    • Wondering how to use the online registration system at UC Merced?  Join the Office of the Registrar team for tips on navigating the registration system so you are prepared to register for Fall 2024 classes at your assigned time between June 24-27, 2024.
  • Watch the short Steps to Register for Classes video.


6.  After you have watched the short videos and reviewed the above information, connect with your BAC temporary summer academic advisor during Zoom walk-in hours starting Mon. June 3, 2024, if you have questions about:

  • Major(s) and optional minor(s)
  • Course sequencing
  • General Education (GE) requirements
  • Intended career goals
  • How AP exams, IB exams, or college courses taken in high school impact the courses you are eligible to take in your first semester
  • Registration for Fall 2024 classes

See the Fri. May 31, 2024 message sent to your UC Merced email from your BAC temporary summer academic advisor.  We look forward to helping our Fall 2024 admits starting June 3, 2024.  We will be available in June 2024 and throughout the summer!