Our Mission & Vision


Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.


Merced College serves as a gateway to the future, providing accessible, affordable, and relevant education and workforce training for students in our richly diverse region. The college offers programs of study that lead to transfer, associate degrees, and certificates. Merced College provides basic skills and noncredit courses, as well as community education for personal and professional enrichment.

Core Values

Student Success
We focus on student access and success.

Supportive Environment
We promote an atmosphere of trust where communication and teamwork cultivate a rich environment for teaching and learning.

We utilize agility, innovation, and responsible risk-taking to create our preferred future.

We actively engage with the community and community partners to respond to cultural, educational, economic, and technological needs.

We embrace diversity and equity as community strengths and celebrate these qualities in our institution.

We strive for continuous improvement based on data-driven self-reflection, objective assessment, and dialogue.


"Students are our focus and we are known by their success"