A record number of freshman and transfer hopefuls have applied to the University of California at Merced for the 2010 fall semester, according to figures released today by the UC System.
The newest UC campus has received more than 12,000 applications, 21 percent higher than last year. Freshman applications totaled 10,594, up from 9,034 in 2009, while transfer applications rose to 1,772 from 1,185 the prior year. The five-county Fresno region had the highest percentage increase in freshman (5.6 percent) and transfer (31.6 percent) applications to the UC system of all regions, demonstrating UC Merced’s significant role in expanding access to the UC system for students statewide and increasing college-going rates among students in the San Joaquin Valley, according to a UC Merced press release.
Since the fall of 2004, the year before UC Merced opened, applications to UC campuses from Central Valley residents have increased 51 percent and admissions have risen 47 percent, as of 2009.
Those who don’t receive an acceptance letter for Fall 2010 should strongly consider applying for Spring 2011. Applications for spring are due in July.
The next step for any college-bound student is applying for financial aid; the deadline to turn in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is March 2.