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President Merced

Welcome to Merced College where students are our focus! The Merced College Team is committed to helping you achieve your educational and career goals. We are committed to embracing the most innovative practices, pedagogy, services, and technology to give you a first-class educational experience.

Our committed faculty, classified professionals, and leadership work hard to ensure access and success for all students.

Since first opening our doors in 1962, thousands of students have pursued and achieved their academic and professional goals. With approximately 15,000 students enrolled, we provide cutting edge and innovative programs to prepare society ready graduates with both regional and global perspectives.

We put students first whether we are providing academic counseling, teaching in the classroom, maintaining our beautiful campus and facilities, or assisting with student support programs and services. With more than 135 associate degrees and certificate programs available, guaranteed transfer agreements with four-year institutions, and comprehensive career technical education programs, Merced College is prepared to equip you for the career of your choice.

Merced College is accredited with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. A number of our specialized programs maintain their own professional accreditation as well.

At Merced College, we honor and pursue our mission, institutional philosophy, and core values and beliefs. We also pursue the goals of our current strategic plan, striving always to improve our institutional effectiveness and our learning outcomes for students.

We are glad that you have discovered Merced College as a place where you can continue on your individual path to a better future through education. Every member of the college community is here to support you in reaching your academic goals.

It is my sincere hope that you find a home at Merced College. Please let our dedicated team of professionals know how we can best meet your needs. I look forward to seeing you when you are on campus.

Chris Vitelli, Ed.D.