Nov 12, 2019  
2017-2018 Catalog (Archived) 
2017-2018 Catalog (Archived) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student & College Services

Air Force Reserve Officer Training (AFROTC)

Students may take AFROTC courses for academic credit with no commitment to the Air Force. For academic credit, a student may take the courses as electives to learn more about national defense, airpower strategy, the Air Force lifestyle, and Core Values. Students can register for classes through Fresno State’s extension program. If a student wants to take the courses as a lead-in to a commission as an Air Force officer, he/ she must eventually join the cadet corps to prepare to enter active duty as a second lieutenant. Merced College students, who wish to pursue commissioning as cadets, and not just as students, must be full-time students with at least 12 credit hours per semester and maintain a 2.0 CGPA. They must also be accepted to Fresno State by their junior year in order to complete the commissioning path. In either case, a student or cadet can use the theory and skills learned in Aerospace Studies as leadership experience that will be invaluable for either an Air Force or civilian career. Books and supplies are provided at no cost to the student; uniforms will also be furnished for qualified students at no costs.

For more information, contact California State University-Fresno, AFROTC at (559) 278-2593 or visit

Art Gallery

The Art Gallery, located in the Theater Building, presents high quality art exhibits in a wide variety of media throughout the school year for enjoyment and enrichment. Featured shows include student, faculty and guest artist exhibits. All art gallery events are free and open to the public. Art exhibitions are often scheduled in conjunction with theater events. For a schedule of Art gallery events, please visit or call (209) 386-6644.

Associated Students

Student Government - Dedicated to improving student education, life and experiences!

Associated Students of Merced College (ASMC) is a student government organization. The mission of ASMC is to provide students with representation and advocacy on campus. ASMC is led by a nine-member Student Executive Board who are elected by students each year.

Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, ASMC works to:

  • Advocate for the inclusion of students in the overall policy and decision-making processes of the college, especially as it relates to institutional effectiveness. This includes participation in the program review and the student learning outcome/service area outcomes process.
  • Promote awareness of the student’s role in the academic community
  • Enhance the quality and scope of education at the college, both inside and outside the classroom
  • Schedule activities to enhance student life at Merced College
  • Empower students with leadership opportunities

ASMC represents student interests to a variety of audiences, including: college administration, faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees. Members participate in shared governance by serving as representatives on major college committees. ASMC is also a member of Region V of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) and California Community College Student Affairs Association (CCCSAA).

During the Fall and Spring semesters, ASMC holds open council meetings every Tuesday at 02:00p in the Student Union Building, Room 137. Students and members of the community are encouraged to attend and share ideas, concerns and/or comments with the governing council. The council does not meet the first week of the semester, during finals weeks, or during summer or winter breaks. In accordance with the Brown Act, agenda items must be submitted in writing before 12:00 noon on the Thursday before the intended meeting. Agendas will be posted in the window of the ASMC Office on Thursday afternoons. Action items may not be added to the agendas after the deadline.

Merced College
Associated Students of Merced College
3600 M Street
Merced CA 95348
Phone: (209) 384-6119


A student must be registered for the current semester and pay the ASMC fees at the Student Fees Office. There is a $1 Student Representative fee and a $5 Student Body fee. Students can opt out of either fee through the student waiver forms available at the ASMC office or Student Fees Office..

ASMC Member Benefits and Privileges:

  • Right to seek office within student government
  • Discount admission to college athletic and theater events, and all ASMC sponsored activities
  • Eligibility to apply for ASMC scholarships
  • Membership in student clubs


The Merced College Bookstore is located in the Student Union Building on the Merced Campus. At the Los Banos Campus the bookstore is located at the end of Building A. Both bookstores offer a textbook rental program inside the bookstore or online, and students can reserve new and used textbooks online for both stores as well. You will find in stock exact items your instructors have requested each semester such as new and used textbooks, paperbacks, study aids, art materials and nursing supplies. You will also find stationery items, collegiate apparel and other supplies. The bookstore will buy back textbooks each semester during finals week and at the beginning of each semester. Special orders and custom orders are welcomed any time. Regular bookstore hours are from 7:45a to 3:00p Monday through Friday, and from 5:45p to 7:15p Monday through Thursday. Extended business hours are offered during the beginning of each semester, please go to for details and extended business hours for both campuses.

California Mini-Corps

California Mini-Corps offers part-time employment to full-time college students who are seeking a career in teaching and is located at Tri-College Center TC-3 at Merced Campus. The Mini-Corps program gives students the opportunity to work flexible hours in a classroom as tutors assisting migrant students. College students are placed in a public school grades K-12. Tutors get paid $10.00 per hour and work hours range from 10-20 per week. Applicants must be Spanish/English bilingual. Please contact the coordinator, Margarita Covarrubias at (209) 384-6046 or covarrubias.m@ for more information.

CalWORKs Program

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) is a state funded welfare-to-work program designed to help individuals on public assistance (TANF). TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a cash aid program (welfare) for parents who meet income guidelines and have a child at home under the age of 18.

CalWORKs serves as a liaison between the student and the Human Services Agency (HSA), the Department of Workforce Investment (DWI) and the Merced County Office of Education EMPOWER program by providing educational and career opportunities combined with an array of high-quality support services that enable students to complete their educational goals, find gainful employment and successfully transition into the workforce.

CalWORKs staff provides customized support services during the student’s educational and employment journey toward self-sufficiency. For more information, contact: Merced College (209) 381-6515 or Los Banos Campus (209) 381-6428, or visit

Campus Dining

Complete meals, soups, sandwiches, pizza and snacks at competitive prices can be purchased in the college’s attractive cafeteria located in the Student Union Building. The Campus Café also provides on-site affordable customized catering for small to large luncheons and BBQ. See the campus dining page for more information, or call (209) 381- 6549.

Career Center And Transfer Center Services

Merced College provides students career resources at the Career Center and transfer resources at the Transfer Center. Each center is located on the third floor of the Lesher Student Services building on the Merced College campus. Students are encouraged to visit the centers to learn more about the services they provide. The Centers are open during the fall and spring semesters from 08:00a. to 04:30p. Monday through Friday. Summer hours will be posted on the website. Call (209) 384-6243 for Career Services or (209) 384-6239 for Transfer Services.

Child Development Center

Child Development Center services are available on campus for the children of students, staff, and community members. The program is an infant/preschool educational program and serves as a laboratory for students majoring in Child Development. A charge is levied for this service; however, if you qualify, financial aid is available. Applications are available on the CDC website and at the Child Development Center.

College Clubs

With more than twenty clubs, it’s easy to find people who share similar interests!

This is your open door to Merced College and we want to get you connected. Associated Students of Merced College (ASMC) recognizes more than twenty student clubs and organizations on campus representing a broad range of interests. Feel free to attend their meetings; they’re always looking for new members.

The role of campus clubs are to:

  • Increase opportunities for students to engage in activities which contribute to educational and/or social growth outside the classroom
  • Establish coordination, communication and cooperation among the officially registered student clubs
  • Promote the development of student leadership, service and networking
  • Promote campus and public awareness of inter-club council activities

Student clubs are governed by the Associated Students of Merced College. Each club designates one (1) student who will represent and serve the club at ASMC Council Meetings and have a vote on all issues. During the Fall and Spring semesters, ASMC holds open council meetings every Tuesday at 02:00p in the Student Union Building, Room 137. The meeting agenda and minutes are on display at the ASMC office.

For information on clubs and club activities, visit the ASMC webpage.

Counseling Department

The Counseling Department is staffed by professional counselors with training and expertise in the areas of personal, educational, and vocational/career development. In addition to services provided by the professional counseling staff, the Center is also staffed by teaching faculty who can provide academic advisement in their areas of concentration or major. Counselors will assist students in making satisfactory progress in their program of study and will confirm that they are taking appropriate prerequisite course work necessary for success in higher level courses which may be required for their major.

Counselors are also assigned to other support services and programs, including Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, Disabled Student Program & Services (DSP&S), International Student Services, the Career Center, Transfer Center, Foster Youth Center, Veterans Services, V.T.E.A., CalWORKS, Non-credit Matriculation and Student Athlete Support.

Appointments with counselors done either on an appointment or walk-in basis. The Counseling Department is open Monday through Friday from 08:00a to 04:30p and some Wednesday evenings until 07:00p. Please plan to check-in no later than 30 minutes prior to closing.

Disabled Students Program & Services

The Disabled Students Program & Services (DSPS) offers educational support services for students with a variety of disabilities, including those students with physical, psychological, communicative and learning disabilities. Support services and accommodations include, but are not limited to, priority registration, scheduling assistance, academic and vocational counseling, interpreters, test-taking accommodations, assistive technology and e-text, Kurzeil, or PDF.

For students with learning disabilities or suspected of a learning disability who are enrolled in college classes, DSP&S offers assessment to determine individual strengths and weaknesses and program eligibility according to the California Community College criteria. Students with verified disabilities who require alternate formats of college publications and resources should check with DSP&S. Materials available include, but are not limited to, Braille, large print, audio books and electronic text. These formats help accommodate students’ specific needs and are created in the timeliest manner possible.

DSP&S serves as a liaison with the campus and community agencies on behalf of students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to visit DSP&S in the Lesher Student Services Building, 2nd floor, office #234 on Merced Campus (209) 384-6155 or (209) 384-6311 (TDD) and in the Student Services Building on the Los Banos Campus (209) 381-6423 or visit the website

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and CARE Programs

The Merced College, EOPS program provides academic & personal counseling, book service, book loans, priority registration, and EOPS grants for eligible students.

The CARE program is an additional service provided through the EOPS program to assist the single parent students that have a child under the age of 14 that receives TANF. The additional services to CARE eligible students include CARE orientation and workshops, CARE grants, meal cards, gas cards, and bus passes.

To determine eligibility for EOPS/CARE, contact the EOPS office at (209) 381-6596 or the Los Banos EOPS Office at (209) 826- 3495 for more information.

Facilities Usage

College facilities are available for use by public agencies and community organizations to serve the educational, economic, and artistic interests of the citizens of the community. Hundreds of events per year are scheduled on the Merced campus. A comprehensive master calendar is maintained in the Facilities Office. Both indoor and outdoor facilities are available, subject to priority of instructional programs. Reservations for meetings and/or banquets should be made well ahead of time by calling the Facilities Office at (209) 381-6593.

Financial Aid

Merced College administers a student financial aid program designed to assist students in meeting college costs. The amount of financial aid awarded varies from student to student, depending on individual student need and resources.

Financial aid awards are based on calculated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may apply online at Application assistance is available in the FAFSA Lab located on the 3rd floor of the Lesher Student Services Building on the Merced Campus and through the Financial Aid Office, Student Services Building A on the Los Banos Campus.

Available programs include: 1) the Federal Pell Grant; 2) the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG); 3) the Federal Work Study Program; 4) State of California Cal Grant programs; 5) State of California Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG); and 6) Merced College Foundation Scholarships.

Note: Merced College does not currently participate in any Direct Loan or Federal Family Loan Program.


Financial aid funds come from appropriations made by the Federal and State governments and through scholarship awards made by individuals and other public and private agencies and organizations. Hence, each of these funds MUST be administered according to different sets of policies, regulations, and/or specific requirements. To make the process of receiving aid as simple as possible, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines eligibility for most state and federal assistance programs. Students are also required to file a Grade Point Average Verification Form with the California Student Aid Commission for a Cal Grant. Separate applications for specialized grants (the Child Development Grant and the Chafee Grant for Foster Youth) are also required. Scholarship applications for a number of locally administered scholarships are available each year in the Financial Aid offices on both campuses during the month of March.

Student Eligibility

Policies relating to the College’s general admission and academic progress standards are described elsewhere in this catalog.

The following are the requirements for most financial aid administered by Merced College:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen,
  • You must be registered with Selective Service, if applicable,
  • You must have a valid Social Security number,
  • You must be working toward an eligible degree or certificate program;
  • You must be making satisfactory academic progress;
  • You must not owe a refund on a Federal grant or be in default on a Federal educational loan;
  • You must have “financial need” as determined by submitting the FAFSA;
  • You must have a high school diploma, or GED, or pass the California High School Proficiency Examination.
  • Recent legislation affecting student eligibility reduces student eligibility for Pell Grants to the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters. This is a lifetime limitation not a limitation per school.

To be eligible for California grants, students MUST also:

  • Be a resident of California, and have “financial need” based on the criteria for the BOG or Cal Grant Programs.
  • Recent legislation AB130 and AB131 “The Dream Act” (CADA) provides eligibility for certain AB540 students to apply for and receive state grants, scholarships and waivers. Current information regarding dates and application procedures can be found online at

Deadlines/Priority Dates

To be considered for California State Cal Grant A, B, and/or C programs, the FAFSA/CADA (California Application for Dream Act) application and the GPA Verification form for Cal Grants must be filed by March 2 of each year. It is recommended that students obtain a proof of mailing from the Postmaster to document filing on or before the March 2 deadline. Please read the GPA Verification form instructions carefully because changes are made every year.

The Merced College Admissions & Records office automatically verifies electronically GPAs for all students who have completed a sufficient number of degree applicable units and meet the AB540 criteria if applicable, prior to the deadlines. Students should check with A&R to determine if their GPA has been submitted electronically to the California Student Aid Commission.

Merced College Foundation scholarship applications are due annually on March 31. The window of opportunity for scholarship applications is March 1 to March 31. If March 31 falls on a weekend, then the due date is the last working day before the weekend. Notices will be posted each year. Students can obtain a scholarship application in the Financial Aid scholarship office or online at the Merced college Financial Aid website.

Merced College Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

For financial aid eligibility, federal regulations require students to move toward the completion of a degree or certificate when receiving financial aid. These regulations state that Academic Progress Standards MUST include a review of periods of enrollment in which students did not receive aid as well as the periods they did receive aid.

Student’s satisfactory academic progress will be reviewed at the end of each semester or upon the student’s initial application for financial aid, whichever comes first.

For the purpose of financial aid eligibility, students MUST meet the following minimum standards:

  • You must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 in all units attempted. This includes a cumulative GPA as well as a 2.0 for your last two semesters.
  • Your financial aid transcript history must reflect at least a 67 percent successful completion of all enrolled units.
  • You will be expected to complete a degree or certificate program based on the 150% maximum of the published unit requirement. Exception to this maximum may be made with appropriate documentation on a case-by-case basis.

Students may appeal a denial of aid based on the maximum time limits by submitting an appeal form and an educational plan, which has been reviewed and signed by a counselor, and which shows the revised goal and specific additional unit requirements. Students may also appeal a denial based on poor grades. The appeal forms can be obtained on the Merced College Financial Aid web site forms page Each appeal will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students will be notified in writing of a probationary status or denial of financial aid when academic progress has not been met.

Financial Aid Repayment Policy

Per federal regulations, any student who receives financial aid and then withdraws from all classes prior to completing 60% of the semester/ program and/or course will be required to repay a portion of any unearned federal financial aid. If the student has received more than earned, notification will be sent as to the amount of aid to be returned, the due date, and the procedure. If the student has not yet received the full amount earned, notification will be sent regarding a post-withdrawal disbursement the student may receive, the response date, and the procedure. Federal regulations only allow students to receive financial aid for classes they actually attend. Students who receive financial aid for classes they drop before the first day of class or that they otherwise never attended must return those funds. There is no appeal process. Federal regulations do not allow a college to make any exceptions to the Return of Title IV requirements. Students who do not repay the funds owed are disqualified from eligibility for federal student aid at any college or university.

Note; Students may not receive financial aid from more than one institution during the same enrollment period.

Return to Title IV Funds calculations are based on the student’s:

  1. Federal Financial aid award;
  2. enrollment status (full, three-quarter, half, or less than half time) at the time of final withdrawal; and
  3. the portion of the term completed.

Honors Program

The Merced College Honors Program is designed to meet the needs of exceptional students by providing an enriched educational environment. Students are challenged to reach their full intellectual potential and to better prepare themselves for the academic demands of a four-year college or university.

Enrollment: Any new student with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, or any continuing student with a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, may enroll in honors classes. Students who do not meet one of these enrollment requirements may also enroll in individual honors classes by successfully completing the challenge process. Inquiries regarding the Honors Program should be directed to Dr. Max Hallman, Honors Program Coordinator, at (209) 384-6327 or at

Curriculum: The core curriculum of the Honors Program will consist of several honors-designated courses that fulfill CSU and IGETC transfer requirements. At least two of these courses will be offered each semester. In some cases, the courses offered will be taught in back-to-back time slots with instructors coordinating their lectures.

In addition to the core curriculum, a two-unit honors seminar will be offered each semester. These seminars are intended to give the student an opportunity to do advanced reading and research under the close supervision of a Merced College faculty member or members.

Honors Scholarships: With available funds through the Merced College Foundation, McConnell Honors Scholarships are offered to a number of students enrolled in honors classes. These scholarships carry a $1000 award and may be provided for a maximum of two years. For more information on honors scholarships, contact Dr. Max Hallman at (209) 384- 6327 or the Financial Aid Office at (209) 384-6031.

Alpha Gamma Sigma

Initial Membership: Students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 can attain initial membership upon completion of at least 12 semester units within a maximum of two semesters at any recognized institution of higher education. (No units acquired more than two years prior to application for initial membership will be used prohibitively.)

Temporary Membership: Life members of the California Scholarship Federation who graduated with a minimum GPA of 3.5 at the high school level, are invited to become a temporary member during the first semester at a community college. Upon the payment of fees, temporary members have all the privileges of membership except that of holding office.

Continuing Membership: An initial or temporary member can attain continuing membership status by achieving at least a 3.0 GPA for the previous semester in courses recognized in college standing, or by maintaining a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better in courses of recognized college standing. (Continuing members will receive a one-semester grace period to recover from a drop below 3.0 GPA. There will not be two consecutive grace periods.)

Permanent Membership: A member can apply for permanent membership by maintaining a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher and by being a member of AGS for at least one term. A continuing member who has maintained a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher and who has been a member of AGS for at least two terms may also apply. All applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 semester units of recognized college courses with a minimum of 30 units completed at a community college.

Retroactive Membership is also an option. Ask an advisor for details.

For additional information, please visit the following website:

Lambda Nu (LN)

Lambda Nu (LN) is a national honor society for the radiologic and imaging sciences. Its objectives are to:

  • foster academic scholarship at the highest academic levels
  • promote research and investigation in the radiologic and imaging sciences
  • recognize exemplary scholarship

There are currently 182 LN Chapters in 43 states. Lambda Nu’s name is derived from the lower case Greek characters in the formula ln, which represents the physics of the inverse relationship between wavelength (l) and frequency (n), an essential parameter across the diversity of modalities comprising the professions.

Membership: To be accepted to the California Omega Chapter of Lambda Nu, radiologic and imaging sciences students must:

  • Have cumulative GPA must be a 3.40 or higher on a 4.0 scale after one full-time semester (or equivalent) of a professional program.
  • Be enrolled in a radiologic or imaging sciences program as a full-time student for at least one term.
  • Show evidence of professional commitment beyond minimum requirements of the program, including, but not limited to: cumulative GPA higher than Chapter minimum, actively pursuing an independent research project, active membership in a professional organization, as evidenced by: membership in ASRT, CSRT or SDMS societies, holding office or committee appointments, preparing for presentation of a professional paper or poster, preparing for competition in a Quiz- Bowl or clinical based employment in a radiologic or imaging sciences field.
  • Pay a one-time membership fee at the time of application.

Privileges: Members of Lambda Nu are entitled to:

  • Wear the Lambda Nu cords at graduation;
  • Apply for Lambda Nu scholarships;
  • Participate in projects of the local California Omega chapter.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest international honor society serving colleges offering associate degree programs. Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa currently has more than 1,200 chapters in the United States and abroad. Its main purpose is to recognize and encourage academic excellence among associate degree students, but the four hallmarks to which Phi Theta Kappa is dedicated are scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship.

Membership: To be accepted into Phi Theta Kappa, a student must:

  • Have completed at least 12 units of course work at Merced College;
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.45 or higher;
  • Complete and submit a membership profile form;
  • Pay a one-time membership fee at the time of application.

Privileges: Members of Phi Theta Kappa are entitled to:

  • Wear the Phi Theta Kappa stole at graduation;
  • Have the Phi Theta Kappa seal affixed to their diploma;
  • Attend regional and national conventions;
  • Participate in the Summer Honors Institute;
  • Apply for assorted Phi Theta Kappa scholarships (there are 39 million dollars in transfer scholarships available);
  • Participate in projects of the local chapter.

The principal induction is held during the spring semester, but memberships will be accepted throughout the academic year; however, graduating students must apply at least 45 days prior to graduation.

Housing Services

Although the College does not officially authorize any housing, advisement for students seeking housing is available in the Associated Students of Merced College office. For further information, contact ASMC at (209) 384- 6114.

Job Opportunity Services

Job Opportunity Services offers employment referral assistance for part-time, temporary, and full-time jobs for students attending Merced College and for up to two years after graduation. Other services provided are resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search assistance, and information regarding employment trends. The center also provides listings from summer camp programs locally and countrywide.

Students who already have jobs may sign up for Cooperative Education, earning college credit while they work and providing an opportunity for skill development and career exploration. (209) 384-6068.

Interdisciplinary Literacy Center

The Interdisciplinary Literacy Center (ILC) is always staffed with support to assist students with reading and writing assignments. Students who enroll in an English course are automatically enrolled in the non-credit EDU-112D course. There are no fees for this course and attendance is optional The ILC is located in the Communications Building, Room 2.

For more information, call BSSOT Program Office, (209) 381-6477.

Learning Communities

Learning Communities are pairs or clusters of courses that revolve around a theme or major. These courses are taught by creative faculty dedicated to student success. Learning Communities enhance students’ academic and social opportunities, improve connection with faculty and peers, and provide greater involvement in learning. If students are interested in learning communities they must enroll in all of the linked classes.


The Library opened is located on University Avenue on the north side of campus. The library purchases materials, technology and media and provides services in support of Merced College’s institutional learning outcomes and provides the following:

  • Information and reference help for students and faculty;
  • Information competency and library instruction;
  • Print materials, media, and technology for students and faculty;
  • Access to online and electronic resources;
  • Spaces for reading, media viewing, studying, collaborative projects, and meetings

Current Merced College students, faculty, and staff have access to over 40,000 books and 150 print newspaper and periodical subscriptions in the library. In addition, they can use student information stations to access the electronic book collection, several online databases, and full text journal subscriptions through the Merced College Portal. The library also has an index to and extensive holdings of the New York Times on microfilm. A variety of other materials is available including pamphlets, CDs, DVDs, books on CDs. Technology is available for students to listen to and view media in the library.

Faculty Librarians assist students and faculty with information and reference needs and provide class-based information literacy instruction and library orientations. Students are encouraged to approach reference librarians for assistance in locating information and materials. Interlibrary loan is available through the reference librarians.

Most library materials may be checked out. Students may borrow books and media for specified periods of time ranging from two weeks to overnight. Some reserve and media items are for in library use only.

Only current students, faculty, and staff of Merced College can check out materials, use reserve materials, or use computer stations.

Math Lab

The Math lab is always staffed with math faculty to assist students with math skills acquisition. The lab provides faculty support and computer tutorials for all math students. Math instructors assist students individually with questions from basic to advanced math. Graphing calculators are available for use in the lab only. Students who enroll in a math course are automatically enrolled in the non-credit EDU-112B lab course. There are no fees for this course and attendance is optional. The Math Lab is located in the Science Building, Room 201 (upstairs). Print services are available in the Math Lab. Students must purchase a print card in Student Fees or the Bookstore: $2.00 for 50 copies.

For more information, call Student Success Program, (209) 384-3177.

Merced College Theater

The MC Theater presents a variety of music, drama, dance, and other of live performances throughout the year. Featured performances include student productions by the theatre and music departments, as well as, events by local and international artists and performers. Most theater events are open to the public-please visit the website or call for ticket information. or call (209) 386-6644.

Online Courses

MCC offers some courses in an online and/or hybrid format as an alternative to traditional face-to-face classes. Online classes require no on-campus sessions, where hybrid courses require one or more in person meetings. Specific details vary per semester. Students are advised to refer to the class schedule for these courses. No distinction is made between the expectations and outcomes of online and hybrid courses with on-campus courses. The content and outcomes of the classes are the same as those taught in the face-to-face classroom. It is the flexibility of time and convenience that appeals to distance education students.

Online courses require a self-disciplined student. Courses require frequent participate through online communication with the professor and other students. These courses are best suited for those students who are self-motivated and do not procrastinate. The ability to manage time and take responsibility for deadlines is critical to success. To see if online classes are right for you, take our online readiness quiz located on our website.

The student enrolled in an online class should have a solid understanding of Internet browsers (for example, Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer) and using file attachments and word processing programs. They should also be good problem solvers who are not intimidated by technology.

Online students must have consistent access to the Internet. If necessary, students may gain access to the Internet and MCC online courses via the library and study central during posted hours. Certain classes have specific software requirements that may or may not include extra fees. Check the website and class schedule for more information.

Puente Project

Puente students…

  • Succeed academically
  • Are recognized as leaders and scholars
  • Graduate from four-year colleges and universities
  • Belong to a statewide network of leaders and professionals.

Puente was founded in 1981 by Co-director Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath at Chabot College in Hayward. The program mission was to increase the number of Mexican American/Latino students transferring to four-year colleges and universities. Since then, Puente has expanded to numerous community colleges throughout the state. Today, Puente is open to all students who wish to transfer to a four-year university.

Many components work together to prepare Puente students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities:

English and Guidance Instruction: Puente students take two consecutive English classes, ENGL-85 and ENGL-01A. These classes provide a supportive and stimulating environment for Puente students to build confidence in their writing and reading skills through an exploration of the Mexican American/Latino experience. All Puente students are also required to enroll in the program’s Guidance 30 and Guidance 45 courses.

Counseling: Puente students work closely with their Puente counselor until they transfer, exploring career options, developing an academic educational plan, and identifying lifetime goals. Students visit University of California, California State University and private college campuses and attend an annual Puente student transfer conference.

Mentors: Business or professional mentors share with students their personal, academic, and career experiences, and provide a window into “real-life” work environments. The network of trained Puente mentors provides many resources for the Puente students, their families, their colleges, and the community.

Other Activities: Puente students are required to attend university field trips and cultural and program events. These events are designed to help students achieve the goals of the program.

Call the Counseling Department at (209) 381-6478 for more information.

Student Health Services

The mission of Student Health Services is to provide students with services, education, and resources necessary to make responsible, informed decisions regarding their physical and mental health and well-being. Services, health promotion activities, community and campus resource information and referrals are provided to currently enrolled Merced College students.

Licensed Personnel: Registered Nurse (RN); Licensed Marriage Family Therapists (LMFTs)
Eligibility: Full or part-time students, who are currently enrolled and active in classes, are eligible for service. Students must present a current Merced College ID card at the time of service.

Cost: All services are included with payment of the health fee.

Services include:

Personal counseling with a licensed therapist (short-term)
Health information and education
Blood pressure checks
Over the counter medications
Family planning: information, condoms, pregnancy tests
First aid
Tuberculosis (TB) skin testing
Community resource information

Treatment of a Minor: Any student under the age of 18 is required to have a parental consent form signed prior to receiving the following services: personal counseling (to be determined by therapist, based upon need), TB skin testing, and flu vaccinations.

Accident Insurance: Accident insurance is included in the student health fee and provides on-campus accident coverage while attending college or college-sponsored activities. It is recommended that each student carry voluntary insurance coverage for off-campus emergencies and illnesses.

Student Health Services is located in the Student Union Building on the Merced Campus (209) 384-6045, and in the Student Services Building at the Los Banos Campus (209) 381-6423. Please visit the website at for more information.

Student Success Program

The Student Success Office oversees student academic support services including Tutorial Center, Math Lab, Study Central, Supplemental Instruction (SI), and Learning Communities. The ultimate goal of the Student Success Program is to connect students with the appropriate academic support services and resources needed to achieve their educational goals. For more information, contact Tomasia Drummond, director of Student Success, at (209) 384-6318.

Study Central

Study Central is a place where students can receive assistance from highly trained peer guides, and faculty who specialize in a variety of academic fields. It provides a comfortable environment for students to study or work on homework, individually or in small groups. Study Central is equipped with computers and Internet access for research and class-related assignments. In addition, Study Central offers free, drop-in academic workshops that cover a variety of topics supporting student success. Study Central is located in the Student Union Building and it is open Monday through Friday from 09:00a to 02:00p. Print services are available in Study Central. Students must purchase a (green) Study Central print card in Student Fees or the Bookstore: $2.00 for 50 copies. Call (209) 384-6177 for more information.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions to assist students with traditionally difficult academic courses. SI sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by SI leaders (students who have previously excelled in the course) and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as role models. SI sessions are open to all students in the course and are attended on a voluntary basis.

Tutorial Center

The Tutorial Center provides tutoring at no cost to students who are currently enrolled in the course for which the student is seeking tutoring. Students must complete a tutoring referral form and be referred by a counselor or instructor to receive tutoring services. The Center provides individual and group tutoring in most subjects and is always staffed with professional faculty and highly-trained peer tutors. Tutors are students who have been recommended by their instructors and have completed a tutor training course. The Tutorial Center is located at the Merced campus in Communications Building Room 1. The center is open Monday and Tuesday, 09:00a to 07:00p, Wednesday and Thursday 08:00a to 05:00p, and Friday 08:00a to 02:00p. Print services are only available to students receiving tutoring. Student must purchase a print card in Student Fees or Bookstore: $2.00 for 50 copies.

For more information, call (209) 384-6329.

Veterans Services

Merced College welcomes veterans wishing to further their education and encourages them to seek assistance at the Veteran’s Resource Center, which is located in the Student Union Building. Staff are available to provide the paperwork and information necessary to establish eligibility. Veterans are also supplied with information about other campus resources and local agencies services. Department of Veterans Affairs encourages all new and returning veterans to contact them directly at or (888) 442-4551 for questions about veteran’s benefits and payments.

Merced College is one of 1900 members of the Servicemen’s Opportunity College dedicated to assisting service members, their family members, and veterans in attaining their educational goals.

Academic counselors specializing in veterans services are available to provide educational and career planning. Counseling services are provided on the second floor of the Lesher Student Services Center, next to Admissions & Records. Class registration information can be found in the “Schedule of Classes” booklet printed each semester or on the Merced College website:

Veterans with disabilities can receive assistance from the College’s Disabled Student Program & Services (DSP&S) program. Call (209) 384- 6155 for more information about available services.

Personal Counseling is available through the Merced College Student Health Services Office. Call (209) 384-6045 for more information.

Additional information may be found at or by calling (209) 384-6113.