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Campus attractions and activities will re-open in accordance with campus safety guidelines.

On-Campus Attractions

Summer Session student plays basketball at the Gallo Recreation Center
Joseph E. Gallo Recreation & Wellness Center
The center contains state-of-the-art cardio and fitness equipment, group exercise equipment and a multi-purpose gym. Students can watch their favorite television programs on the five cardio theatre television systems in the main cardio area, while others will take in the views out the windows as they workout in the distributed cardio areas.
The two-court gym features a full-size NCAA basketball court, two cross courts for basketball and volleyball and a competition volleyball court. There are also two regulation badminton courts available in the gym as well. Students can check out equipment to use during their visits to the Gallo Recreation Center.


Exhibit artwork shown at the Kolligian Library

Kolligian Library & Exhibits
This LEED® Gold building is the showcase for the treasures it hosts inside. Campus-wide views, and glimpses of the Sierra foothills in-between the shadows of the modern landscape, you’ll find plenty of room to study including rooms for reservations where you can buckle down to work in small groups. Here you will also find special collections of rare books, manuscripts and digital collections emphasizing the history and people of California’s Central Valley. Explore exhibits in the library.


UC Merced Admissions student tour providers at the Welcome Center.


Welcome Center
The Admissions Welcome Center is located in the Terrace Center. Incoming first-year or transfer students attending Summer Session before the fall term may find attending a one-hour student-led campus tour helpful to get you acquainted with our expanding campus. 

UC Merced students practicing karate.
Student Organizations and Events 

Discover the wide offering of student organizations and events that can enhance your academic experience.  Joining a student organization is a great way to build your network, acquire new skills and connect with people who can help further your success after graduation. Student club events can be found here.


UC Merced student volunteer working in the student run community garden.


Campus Community Garden
Founded by master gardener De Ette Silbaugh, students and members of the Sustainable Engineers in 2010, the garden aligns with UC Merced’s mission in “green sustainable” efforts and to help fight food insecurity by providing access to fresh produce. The garden is located on Rancher’s Road behind Valley Terraces/Half Dome and is entirely student supported and maintained. Students can receive free, fresh produce to help prepare healthy meals.