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Calvin E. Bright Success Center

STEP is just one on many programs housed by the Bright Success Center. Together, STEP and the BSC facilitate mutiple events, workshops, and services to UC Merced Students!


The mission of the Calvin E. Bright Success Center is to provide learning support, transition programs, and individualized interventions which empower UC Merced students to be successful in their academic and personal development. We provide opportunities and co-curricular experiences that enhance knowledge of university resources, academic and personal growth, and advocacy and access. Through intentional collaborations and program delivery, we focus on overcoming barriers and celebrating academic milestones.  

The Bright Success Center provides many services such as:

Fiat Lux: a community of scholars and dedicated staff who take a holistic approach to empower a select cohort of first-generation, income-eligible students to enhance their development, growth and academic success. Transfer, Returning, and Veteran Program (TRV) works closely with first-generation students who enter UC Merced as Transfer Students through community colleges.

Guardian Scholars: a sustainable network of academic and personal support services that promote degree attainment for foster youth at UC Merced. They work alongside TRV by providing foster youth information on our program who enter UC Merced as Transfers from Merced College.

Orientation: The mission of UC Merced Orientation is to be an empowering and transformational experience that prepares a successful pathway to graduation. Orientation staff is responsible for Freshman orientation, but has provided immense support to TRV with Transfer Orientation.

Success Mentor Program: empowers first-year students to develop strategies and skills that will advance academic, intrapersonal and interpersonal development through one-on-one mentoring with upper-division students. The Success Mentor Program provides workshops that also apply to new incoming students.

STEP Scholars Program: a program designed for UC Merced Undergraduate students who are either first-generation, low-income or have a documented disability. This program uses mentoring and creates personalized events to help students in their professional development, academic success and mental wellness.

Services for Undocumented Students: is committed to empowering undocumented students to achieve their academic and personal pursuits, and actively contribute to the world.


Location: Kolligian Library, West Wing (Room KL 222)

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Phone: 209-228-7252


University of California, Merced
Calvin E. Bright Success Center
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343