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University Friends Circle enhances strong relationships between University of California Merced and communities of the Central Valley through programs that promote social and intellectual interaction. University Friends Circle raises funds to support UC Merced endowed scholarships and a Student Impact Fund (SIF) that supports projects and student organizations that significantly contribute to UC Merced student success. University Friends Circle is open to all who support the mission and activities of the organization.

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University Friends Circle is a dues-based organization. For just $50 per year, you will receive a monthly newsletter, membership directory, discounted luncheon program rates, and special invitations to UC Merced events. Click here to join now!

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Monthly luncheon programs feature an outstanding UC Merced faculty member who shares about his or her research and the real societal impact. Throughout the year, UFC organizes additional events, including an annual scholarship reception and athletics tailgate parties.

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We strive to support deserving UC Merced students through our fundraising efforts, which include the UFC Endowed Scholarship and Student Impact Fund.

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Upcoming Events

University Friends Circle – December 2018 Holiday Social
Thursday, December 13
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Broadley Residence


Events and Happenings


UC Merced Campus

The UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium is and annual event where faculty, staff members and students from the departments of bioengineering/...

Downtown Campus Center, 105

If you've considered teaching K-12 but think you have to hold a baccalaureate in education to do so, here's some great news: You can hold a degree...

Merced Theatre/Art Kamangar Center

We are pleased to share that we are continuing our tradition of hosting a Fall Commencement. The ceremony, which will be held at 11 a.m. on December...

Off Campus

Come mix and mingle at the University Friends Circle (UFC) Holiday Social. The annual event provides a special evening for celebrating UFC’s...

Featured News

December 13, 2018

The French Meadows Forest Restoration Project, an innovative collaboration approved this week, aligns the expertise of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced, the U.S. Forest Service, the...

December 13, 2018

UC Merced researchers have evidence that California’s forests are especially vulnerable to multi-year droughts because their health depends on water stored several feet below ground. “Each year our...

December 12, 2018

A new effort is underway to lay the groundwork for the next major development at UC Merced — a fourth school, this one with the Gallo family name on it. The planning initiative is a faculty-led...