(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)

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