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Visit Us

Admissions staff welcomes vistorsSeeing Is Believing

The best way to find out whether you belong at UC Merced is to see our campus for yourself. Student-led tours are available Monday through Friday and on select Saturdays. Tours usually last an hour.

Visit the admissions website to make a reservation.

Virtual tours

If visiting in person isn't an option, allow us to bring the campus to you. Our virtual tour allows you to see all that our campus has to offer at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home.


Maps and Directions

A campus map, including buildings, landmarks, roads and other points of interest, can be downloaded here.

UC Merced, 5200 N. Lake Road, is about eight miles northeast of the city of Merced’s downtown area. Driving directions to the campus from the region’s major airports (San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose and Fresno) are available online.

Driving directions for travelers coming to campus by way of Highway 99  – the nearby state route that stretches nearly the entire length of California’s Central Valley – are:


Directions from southbound Highway 99

  1. Head southeast on CA-99 South.
  2. Take Exit 187B toward Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
  3. Turn left onto CA-59 North/Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
  4. Take the third right onto West 16th Street.
  5. Take the third left onto G Street.
  6. Turn right onto East Bellevue Road.
  7. Turn left at Lake Road.
  8. Arrive at the main entrance to the UC Merced campus.

Directions from northbound Highway 99

  1. Head northwest on CA-99 North.
  2. Take exit 187A for G Street.
  3. Turn right onto G Street.
  4. Turn right onto East Bellevue Road.
  5. Turn left at Lake Road.
  6. Arrive at the main entrance to the UC Merced campus.