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First Generation College Students in the School of Natural Sciences
Learn how the School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced supports First Generation STEM Students
The EXCEL! Experience
Learn more about the support provided by EXCEL! Academic Coaches and what is expected during a semester experience.
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Check out the tools and resources available to students to increase productivity, manage your time effectively, and develop helpful studying strategies to be successful! 
Academic Requirements and Policies
Learn more about the major and minor requirements to ensure that you are making progress toward your degree as well as policies regarding academic standing. 
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Academic Success
Learn how to continue to be academically successful during your experience at UC Merced.


John Newton, M.Ed.
Program Coordinator
Academic Coach
Teri Sotelo-Campos, BA, CPC
Student Support Specialist
Academic Coach










The UC Merced School of Natural Sciences EXCEL! Program, in collaboration with the campus community, promotes student success by empowering students to become self-directed learners and decision-makers.


In an environment that is welcoming, inclusive and supportive, the EXCEL! Program will provide quality academic coaching and referral services to help students cultivate effective and adaptable behaviors, develop successful academic strategies, and to connect with university resources. The EXCEL! Program will assist students to explore career options, be accountable for academic plans, and gain the skills needed to be a successful college student.