Positioning for the Future

Merced is well-positioned to play a leading role in the coming economic resurgence in California’s Great Central Valley. Merced already boasts affordable land, abundant labor, and an attractive lifestyle. With the University of California, Merced campus slated to open in 2004, the missing ingredients – research and technology – will be in place to support today’s knowledge-based industries.

"UC Merced is provided with a truly unique opportunity for building a world-class research university in the under-served San Joaquin Valley.  We will strive to be the 21st century model campus of the UC system in education and research to benefit the community economically, environmentally and culturally."



Sung Mo "Steve" Kang
Chancellor, University of California, Merced