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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

Fall 2023 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, complete the additional required trainings for all 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. October 17.


Spring 2024 Registration for Current Students

Mon. Oct. 2:  spring class schedule available and assigned registration times posted in MyRegistration.

Mon. Oct. 30 to Fri. Nov. 3:  priority registration for students in certain approved cohorts

Mon. Nov. 6 to Fri. Nov. 17:  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 Spring 2024.

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

Mon. Dec. 11 at 11:59 pm:  registration and waitlists "freeze" for current students (no changes allowed) so Spring 2024 admits can register.

Thurs. Dec. 14 at 9:00 am:  registration and waitlists "unfreeze" (reopen) for current students.






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Hints for a successful fall 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.


Spring 2024 Registration for Spring 2024 Admits

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

Spring 2024 admits:  review the information and short videos in the Fall 2023 First Year Registration section to prepare to register.

Wed. Dec. 13:  assigned registration times for Spring 2024 admits.  More information will be sent to your UC Merced email in early December.

Fri. Jan. 12, 2024:  New Student Orientation for Spring 2024 admits (in person).