Demand grows for UC Merced amid college admissions frenzy

(The Mercury News) MERCED — UC Merced rises out of nowhere, a tidy cluster of modern buildings and perfectly spaced trees surrounded entirely by Central Valley grasslands. Students walking or skateboarding to class along the campus’s main walkway can often see the snowcapped Sierra Nevada in the distance and grazing cows up close.

The strikingly pristine rural setting, miles from downtown, is apt for what the 10-year-old campus is to so many: a second chance on the edge of California’s higher education… (Read More)

What UC Merced’s Class of 2015 Tells Us About the Future of California

(zocalo) At commencement this past weekend, UC Merced sent a crop of about 1,100 graduates off into the world. Six years ago, when we awarded degrees to our first full graduating class, we had just under 300. That’s a sign of our growth, but more importantly—of demand.

Last fall, we received more than 20,000 applications, but we had seats for fewer than 10 percent of them. Much of that demand comes from populations that historically have not sent large numbers to the UCs – students from the San Joaquin Valley, for instance. In fact, since UC Merced opened, high school applications to the entire UC system from… (Read More)

Want to Rent a Place in Merced? Good Luck (Merced Sun-Star)

A new apartment building is rising from the ground on Compass Pointe Avenue and Pacific Drive in north Merced, to accommodate an influx of college students, on Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Merced. Christopher Winterfeldt

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