University of California - Merced, also known as UCM or UC Merced, is one of the 10 campuses of the University of California. Situated in the San Joaquin Valley in Merced, California, the first classes of the university were held on September 6, 2005. The entire campus is situated upon 810 acres.
UC Merced offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university currently has the following research institutes and schools:
Students of UC Merced participate in club and intramural sports like softball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, baseball, lacrosse, and volleyball. They are also involved in various on-campus clubs and organizations including the African American Student Association, Alpha Kappa Psi, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Delta Epsilon Mu-Theta Chapter, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Bobcat Band, Arts Revival Triad Society, and University Women of Merced Network. In addition, the students publish newspapers and journals like "The Prodigy", "The Other Child", "The Right Side", "The Kumquat", and "Imagination Dead Imagine".