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Summer Session 2020

Update: April 7, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, campus housing during Summer Session will be available for students who are enrolled in at least six (6) units for Summer Session, have a summer housing application, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have an existing contract for spring and are currently living on campus
  • On-campus housing is the safest or only housing option for the summer

If you meet these criteria, please call 209-228-2293 for more information or email UC Merced Housing.

Be well and be safe,


Update: April 6, 2020 6 p.m.

Dear UC Merced Students,

Spring classes resumed last week, and we appreciate your adapting to remote instruction as you engage with your faculty in new, innovative ways. We continue to respond to updated information and make decisions with a focus on your success.

New information from local health officials predicts the peak of the COVID-19 cases in Merced to be in June. Therefore, we have made the decision to continue remote instruction for all sessions of Summer Session. Making this decision allows all of us to move forward with a plan and certainty about how to deliver a quality educational experience for you.

If you have questions, please contact the staff in Summer Session. You may also direct specific questions about summer housing or access to resources and technology for summer by contacting those offices. 

We greatly appreciate your efforts as we transition. We believe that this is the best option as we continue to focus on everyone’s well-being.

Take care,

Charles Nies
Vice Chancellor
Student Affairs

Update: April 6, 2020 8 a.m.

Summer Session has been informed that instruction will be remote for all sessions (A, B, C & D). We anticipate a formal announcement shortly. Summer Housing will be available for students who need campus housing. If you need summer housing, please apply as soon as possible. If you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to me by email. I will share your concerns with campus leadership.

Stay well, Bobcats! 

Much love to you all,


Update: April 2, 2020

Dear Bobcats and Summer Visiting Students,

A big thank you to everyone who has participated in the survey that was sent by email yesterday afternoon. It’s not too late to respond if you haven’t done so! Your responses are helping campus leadership make decisions about how to move forward with Summer Session.

We expect an announcement about the mode of delivery of Session A by tomorrow. Summer Session believes Session A will be delivered remote/online, the same way spring courses are currently being delivered.

If you have more specific questions related to Summer Session, please email me, and keep an eye out for a formal announcement about Session A very soon.

Please take care of yourselves, Bobcats, you are all our future and we need every one of you to remain safe and well.

Much love to you all!


March 18, 2020

Dear Bobcats and Summer Visiting Students,

We hope you are healthy, safe and getting the things you need during these challenging times. Please make yourself aware of the services available at UC Merced to help you through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Summer Session is planned for summer 2020. The leadership and faculty of UC Merced and the UC System are constantly responding to the evolving COVID-19 Pandemic. They will make the best decision possible to serve you with regard to Summer Session 2020. Campus will provide updates on instruction, including plans for Summer Session as they become available. Updates related to Summer Session will be posted on this page.

For now, please continue to make your plans for Summer Session 2020. If you need summer housing, please apply. UC Merced Housing has special summer rates available. If you make a housing reservation and need to cancel it due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, you will not be penalized. Please visit the housing website for updates or contact housing directly at if you have any questions.

It is possible that instruction for Summer Session will be delivered in a remote format. To attend remotely you will need access to a computer and internet.

In the words of Dania Matos, Associate Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer, “We are at our best when we are there for each other and prioritizing community and humanity beyond our routines”.

We will get through this together. Take care, be safe, and be healthy.

Much love to you, Bobcats!


Tammy L. Johnson
Summer Session