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Our Mission


The Degree Attainment for Returning and Transfer Scholars (DARTS) program is a supportive community designed for returning and transfer students. We understand and value the unique experiences and perspectives non-traditional students bring to our vibrant campus community. The DARTS mission is to celebrate the diversity of our students and to assist in the discovery of services available to UC Merced students. We accomplish our mission by offering career development services, tutoring and workshops according to student needs.

Message from our Coordinator


Our program supports students through integration and transition services such as community support, resource awareness, research awareness, and career exploration. The program offers several social and academic events a semester, as well as academic support and a book loan program. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this program is having the Fellows. The Fellows are student workers in various fields motivated to support the transition of other transitioning students. We also have traditional Fellows who support the program with institutional knowledge. The Fellows create programming and host events in support of the population. We welcome family and supporter participation because we know how important it is to have familial support on this significant journey in your life. The Fellows staff areas of interest: things they wish they had known or services they wish were available to them. I know the best source of support is someone who understands what you are going through. We know transitioning students can feel isolated, so we offer community activities and support. We know transfer students need access to resources, so we bring those to you and provided referrals to other departments as needed. We know research opportunities built on relationships can be difficult to navigate when transitioning, so we have our Career Specialist and our Fellows keep an eye out for potential opportunities specific to your interests. We know ultimately you will need some sort of advanced degree or career preparation, and again we have a career specialist ready to assist you with your needs. Now all we need is you. You have a place on our campus and we will help you find it. You just need the DARTSide!!

We are part of the Calvin E. Bright Success Center and located on the third floor of the Kolligan Library (Room 346). Our program is funded by a $2.2 million Department of Education grant to support institutional improvement. UC Merced is the most diverse campus in the University of California system. The campus culture can be defined by its leadership, innovation, adaptability, and its students: that’s you.