Bobcat Advising Center

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About the Bobcat Advising Center

Welcome to the Bobcat Advising Center!  We are the new advising home for all first year students entering UC Merced in Fall 2018 as well as all undeclared students.  Our academic advisors are here to support you on your educational journey and help you identify ways to maximize your UCM experience.

Our academic advising staff is expanding and advising assignments for incoming Fall 2018 first year students will be added to this site within the next several months.  We will send emails to our incoming first year students in late May and June related to registration for fall classes.  Please read your UCM email account daily and log in to your UCM portal to view the incoming student checklist.  The checklist includes important information related to Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing, and more.

In the meantime, if you are a Fall 2018 entering first year student who has an urgent issue, you can call the Bobcat Advising Center at (209) 291-9739 or email  (This central email can be used by entering first year students in any major as well as those who are undeclared.)  Due to the high volume of current and incoming students, we appreciate your patience awaiting a reply.

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Office location: COB2 261

Main phone number: (209) 291-9739

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​Contact an Academic Advisor

Academic advising is a team effort.  Your advisor will provide the support and information you need to make decisions about your education. Academic advisors care about you as a whole person and are here to guide you, listen and motivate you when you need some extra encouragement. It is your responsibility as a UC Merced student to read and understand the UC Merced General Catalog, and to know and fulfill the requirements for graduation.

General Contact Information

General Questions:

Who is my advisor?

* Incoming first year students will receive an email to their UCM email account from the Bobcat Advising Center in late July/early August with their individual academic advisor assignment.

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    Requesting an Override

    Overrides may be needed to register for certain classes at UCM.

    All override requests should be submitted directly to your assigned academic advisor (see above) at least 2-3 business days before your assigned registration time.  Send override requests from your UCM email account only.  You can also send messages to the general office email at  Include your name, ID#, intended major(s), the course in which you wish to enroll, and the reason that you need an override.


    Undeclared students wishing to enroll in MATH 21, MATH 22, PHYS 8, or PHYS 9 must submit a request for a MAJOR override. Only students who plan to major in Engineering, Applied Math, Chemistry, or Physics need to enroll in these courses.  Speak with your assigned academic advisor for more information.


    UCM policy allows students to repeat a maximum of 16 units in which you earned a D+ or lower grade.  If you think you may need to repeat a course, it is best to meet with your assigned academic advisor in person during walk-in hours or an appointment to discuss how repeating the course may affect your academic progress, intended major, academic standing, graduation plan, post-graduate plans, and more.

    You must request a "repeat override" from your assigned academic advisor for any course you hope to repeat.  To submit a repeat override request, email your advisor directly from your UCM email account.  Include your name, UCM ID number, intended major(s), and the course you wish to repeat.  You can also use the general email at

    If you are trying to repeat a course for a third time (or more), you will need to fill out the "Petition for Second or Subsequent Repeat" form which can be found on the Registrar's website.


    You will need to plan your classes each semester so you do not have time conflicts between your classes.  If there is a time conflict, you should look at alternate sections (different times) of one of the classes or look at alternate classes that fill other requirements that you still need to complete to graduate.

    UCM policy does not allow students to enroll in classes that meet at the same time or have final exams at the same time unless the student has advance consent from both instructors.  In the extremely rare case where you think you might need to enroll in two required courses with a time conflict, you would need to meet with both instructors in advance to obtain permission by using the Time Conflict Override Form.


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