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Semester Start Checklist

Welcome to the New Student Readiness Checklist site!

Below is a web version of the New Student Readiness Checklist. To access a PDF version, click HERE.

Be Academically Successful

  • Begin logging into your UC Merced Email, CatCourses, and UC Merced Connect daily
  • Generate Duo backup codes so you can authenticate and access UC Merced services with Duo if you cannot access your mobile device
  • Download and set-up the Campus VPN


Be Well


Mandatory Trainings for New Students

  • Review your Mandatory Training Requirements (personalized links were sent to your UC Merced email address)
  • AlcoholEdu
    • Complete Part 1 by September 12, 2022
  • Violence Intervention & Prevention Program (VIP)
    • Complete by September 30, 2022
  • Mental Well-Being for Students


Be Engaged


Connect with UC Merced

  • Students First Center: (209) 228-7178
  • Information Technology: (209) 228-HELP (4357)
  • Health Center: (209) 228-2273
  • CAPS: (209) 228-4266
  • UCMPD  Emergency: (209) 228-2677 (CAT-COPS)
  • UCMPD Non-Emergency: (209) 228-8273


This site is maintained by the Division of Student Affairs. To submit questions or suggestions about this site, please contact
Learn more about campus safety precautions and associated information about UC Merced at Campus Ready.