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Living Learning Communities

Expressing interest in a housing program is NOT required. Residents are welcome to express interest in getting involved to enhance their residential experience.

Living Learning Programs

Fiat Lux Scholars

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Available To: Eligible First Year and Continuing Students

The Fiat Lux program is aimed to enhance your academic performance, drive and ambition, and overall college experience. Members of this program are encouraged to live together as part of the Fiat Lux Living-Learning Community. Fiat Lux residents will have the opportunity to participate in monthly Faculty Receptions and participate in the common course USTU 10.

Interested students should contact the Fiat Lux Program.

Natural Sciences Living Learning Communities

Available To: First-Year Students

Students in the School of Natural Sciences may participate in a one of four academically themed living-learning communities.

Leadership and Service Living Learning Community

Available To: First-Year Students

The Leadership and Service Living Learning Community (LSLLC) is open to first year students who are interested in exploring and developing leadership and becoming an active and engaged member of their community.

Social Justice Living Learning Community

Available To: First Year and Continuing Students

The Social Justice Learning Community is for first year and continuing student interested in engaging in diversity, inclusion, and social justice work. Residents within this community are expected to engage in and learn about social justice in an interdisciplinary manner, through projects that they work on, monthly discussions, community service and social justice programming either in the halls or within the wider UC Merced community.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Available To: First Year and Continuing Students

The Gender Inclusive (GI) housing option was developed to provide a safe and inclusive environment for students regardless of their gender identity and allows students of all gender identities to live among each other in the same suite/room. Gender Inclusive rooms are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and all interested residents must be accepted into the program in order to receive a GI room assignment. Students who are interested in learning more about the GI housing option should contact Dallas Carter at


Available To: First Year and Continuing Students

The AFRO Hall Living and Learning Community welcomes first year and continuing students from all cultures, who are interested in exploring the African Diaspora.

UP: The Upperclass Experience

Available To: Continuing Students

Now that you have finished your first year, are you ready to declare a major, find an internship in your field, build your network, and finish your undergraduate studies? The UP experience will provide students opportunities to be ready for their next life and career endeavors.

Ingenieros Unidos

Available To: Continuing Students

Established under the concern that there was no single organization on campus that empowered Hispanic Engineers and Scientists, Ingenieros Unidos was established as a student chapter of The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Ingenieros Unidos aims to share common goals and aid each other in developing the skills needed to succeed in college and in the professional workplace. The goal of Ingenieros Unidos is to serve its members and form an ever lasting bond of brotherhood where everyone is equal and able to share their experiences to the community. As people with common goals Ingenieros Unidos feels the need to serve students in the advancement of their math, science and engineering education. The IU familia is ready to support the Hispanic Engineering community in Merced and expand the ever growing SHPE familia and its mission to empower Hispanics in STEM.

Transfer Living Learning Community

Available To: Transfer Students

The Transfer Living Learning Community provides a supportive environment for transfer students to successfully transition to UC Merced’s culture & community.

As a community of transfer students who are transitioning from another campus to life here at UC Merced we aim to provide resources that vary widely from the freshmen services because we recognize that the support you need is different. We do this by providing academic support for upper division courses, a transition course that is only for transfers, a close-knit community of students who are also looking for a social experience that will help them build a network on campus, plus an opportunity to meet faculty and learn about the value of research.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Students will be able to identify & use resources on campus to help them with their transition to UC Merced.
  • Students will be able to identify & use resources on campus to help with academic challenges.
  • Students will belong to an inclusive community of transfer students to ease their social transition into UC Merced culture.
  • Students will engage in the Merced community so they feel connected to more than just the university but the city in which it’s situated.
  • Students will support & encourage one another in their academic and personal pursuits.
  • Students will be look for ways to be involved on campus so they become lifelong UC Merced bobcats.