New Student Registration and Orientation Resources

Below you will find documents and information to support you in learning more about SSHA, our advising office, and registering for courses.


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Orientation Documents and additional resources

Click and download documents used during Orientation

New Student Orientation Presentation

Learn more about academic planning, discovering your strengths, and how to apply yourself while at UC Merced.

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SSHA Advising 2017 Student Handbook

Learn more about SSHA majors, general education requirements, advising office procedures, SSHA academic policies, and tips for the first year of college.

Helpful Online Resources

Extensive list of frequently used links and websites for SSHA students.

Pathways to Student Success (CCPA)

Put together by the office of Center for Career and Professional Advancement (CCPA), "Pathways to Students Success" offers a four year career planning route.

Study Abroad for SSHA Students

Interested in studying abroad? As a SSHA student it is definitely possible! Visit the Office of International Affairs in KL 101.

Engineering Service Learning Presentation

Engineering Service Learning offers courses (ENGR 097/197) with exciting real-world experience and opportunities for professional growth. Learn more here.

Download the Engineering Service Learning flyer.

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Suggested Schedule by Major Chart

Below are suggested schedules by major. Select the column based on your Writing course placement (you will learn your Writing/Math/Chemistry placement once you attend orientation). If you did not attend orientation and want to know which Writing course you placed in please email (using your UC Merced email) your major advisor (include your full name, student ID, and declared/intended major). If you do not know who your advisor is find out here.

For list of approved GE courses click below:

Additional Links:

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New Transfer Student Resources

For questions regarding your suggested schedule please email (using your UC Merced email) your major advisor (include your full name, student ID, and declared/intended major). If you do not know who your advisor is find out here.

For list of approved GE courses click below:

Additional Links and Resources:

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Requesting a Prerequisite Override

If you are interested in taking a course but have not completed the prerequisite(s), you will need permission from the instructor to enroll in the course. Email the instructor of the course and request permission to enroll without the prerequisite; if the instructor allows you into the course forward their approval email to your academic advisor or ssha.advising@ucmerced.edu, and include your full name, student ID, current delcared major, and course name and number (ex. ECON 100).

If the instructor is not listed under the course you will need to wait until the beginning of the semester and get written permission from the instructor by having them fill out a Requisite Override Enrollment form and turning it in to the Students First Center before the add deadline.

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Preparing for Health Careers (Pre-Health Advising)

With careful planning, preparing for health professions can be done in majors outside of the sciences. The links below will guide you on resources, events, newsletters/listervs, and scheduling an appointment to meet with a Pre-Health Advisor.

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Emailing SSHA Advising and your Academic Advisor

If you are requesting information from our office and/or your academic advisor it is important that you follow the following professional email protocol using your UC Merced email account:

Include the following:

  • Full name
  • UCM Student ID
  • Currently declared major
  • Detailed message

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