The first new American research university in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The 10th campus in the prestigious University of California system, UC Merced is diverse, growing and committed to those ideals that serve the state, nation and world through research, education and public service.
In 2003, UC Merced approved its founding Principles of Community. These principles have guided the campus in its growth so far. They will undoubtedly be reviewed and modified by future UC Merced faculty, students and staff.