Graduate Orientation Week (GROW)

Graduate Orientation Week (GROW) is a one-week period of activities and programs held at the beginning of each academic year to provide students with an opportunity to learn about UC Merced and the Merced Community as well as provide an opportunity to take care of important pre-enrollment tasks.

GROW will have specific events geared toward incoming School of Engineering graduate students which include: TA training, Lab safety training, and specific graduate group events. Resources for incoming Engineering graduate students who will be joining the Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies (BEST), Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS), Environmental Systems (ES) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) graduate groups will be provided.

All incoming Graduate Students are required to attend GROW held:

Monday August 14, 2017 – Friday August 22, 2017 (August 11, 2017 - August 22, 2017 for international students).

The registration deadline for GROW is Friday July 28, 2017 at 12:00pm.

Be sure to register here!

The schedule includes sessions that provide practical information concerning the resources of departments and programs, the graduate groups, the University and Merced, as well as social events that offer students a chance to make new friends and to build community. The activities listed in the orientation calendar are open to all new graduate students. Events are free, and all require advance registration.

GROW Schedule

*All new students are expected to participate in GROW and all sessions are required unless you are notified otherwise.