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Meet the Bobcat Advising Center (BAC) team!
Visit the Bobcat Advising Center
Visit us in Kolligian Library (KL) 122 on the first floor next to the Lantern Cafe
Bobcat Advising Center
Check in for appointments or walk-in advising with your BAC academic advisor at our front desk
Welcome, Bobcats!
Life-sized bronze sculpture of UC Merced's official bobcat mascot by artist Alan H. Hamwi titled "On Edge"
Beginnings at UC Merced
Join a proud tradition and walk through the Beginnings scupture at the start of your first semester

Our Mission

The Bobcat Advising Center (BAC) is the academic advising home for all first year students in every major, all lower division undeclared transfers, and all continuing undeclared students in any class year.

We promote student success through academic advising appointments, walk-in advising, workshops, and connecting students with appropriate resources.

Our team is here to support your educational journey as you work toward your personal, academic, and career goals.


We are located in Kolligian Library (KL) 122.

  • KL 122 is on the first floor near the elevator and next to the Lantern Cafe/coffee shop.

  • Check in for BAC academic advising at the large front counter.

Welcome to both our new and returning Bobcats!


Success Tips

Spring 2024 Admits

Complete the three mandatory trainings (Sexual Violence Prevention, Alcohol Edu, and Mental Well-Being for Students) by the training deadlines.  These one-time trainings must be completed by every new admit early in your first semester at UC Merced.

If you plan to apply for a job on campus, you will have additional required trainings for all UC employees (including student employees).

Read your UC Merced email daily.

Review the 2023-24 Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Mid-semester grades in lower level classes (numbered 001-099) will be posted by professors on Tues. March 12.


Summer 2024 Registration for Current Students

Summer Session classes at UCM are optional but a great way to get ahead.

Many UCM summer classes are taught online.

A typical courseload in Summer Session is two classes.

Mon. Jan. 29:  summer class schedule available and assigned registration times posted in MyRegistration.

Tues. Feb. 20 to Fri. Feb. 23:  assigned registration dates and times for current UCM students.

You must enroll in 6 or more summer units at UCM before you can apply for summer financial aid.

Summer financial aid applications open on March 1.


Fall 2024 Registration for Current Students

Mon. March 4:  fall class schedule available and assigned registration times posted in MyRegistration.

Mon. April 1 to Fri. April 5:  priority registration for students in certain approved cohorts.

Mon. April 8 to Fri. April 19:  assigned registration dates and times for current UCM students.  Register in 12-16 units at your assigned time if you might receive financial aid in Fall 2024.

Being on the waitlist for a closed class does NOT count toward full-time status.

Fri. June 14 at 11:59 pm:  registration and waitlists "freeze" for current students (no changes allowed) so Fall 2024 admits can register.

Mon. July 1 at 9:00 am:  registration and waitlists "unfreeze" (reopen) for current students.






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Hints for a successful spring semester:

Log on to your Connect student portal and continue to read your UC Merced email each day.

Use the Success Anywhere site to stay informed and connect with free tutoring resources to help you earn the highest possible grades.

Log on to CatCourses each day when classes are in session.

Schedule an appointment with your BAC academic advisor each semester.

Attend office hours with your professor and teaching assistant (TA) in each class.

Get involved and build your resumé!  See our Exploring Interests & Majors page for ideas.


Fall 2024 Registration for Fall 2024 Admits

Fall 2024 admits will be given access to placement exams approximately 5-7 business days after you submit the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

Placement exams opened on March 1, 2024 with a priority deadline of June 7, 2024.

Fall 2024 admits:  review the information and short videos in the Fall 2024 First Year Registration section to prepare to register.

Read your UC Merced email regularly for important messages about registration.  To find your email:  go to, log in, and select the email icon.

Registration webinars (on Zoom) will be held in June 2024.  Watch your UC Merced email for more information.

Fri. May 31:  read the message on your UC Merced email from your BAC temporary summer academic advisor that includes information about optional Zoom summer walk-in hours (drop in on Zoom) that begin Mon. June 3.

Mon. June 24 - Thurs. June 27:  assigned registration times for Fall 2024 admits.  You will register online.  More information will be sent to your UC Merced email in early June.

Enroll in 12-16 units at your assigned time.  Registration will remain open 24 hours a day after your assigned time. 

Mon. July 1 at 9:00 am:  waitlists for closed classes will open to Fall 2024 admits.  Being on the waitlist does NOT count toward full-time enrollment.

July 10 - 31, 2024:  New Student Orientation for Fall 2024 admits (in person).  You will register for Fall 2024 classes online in June before you attend Orientation in July.