May 21 2015

Zocalo Public Square: What UC Merced’s Class of 2015 Tells Us About the Future of California

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…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 the San Joaquin Valley have doubled. More than half of our students come from low-income families and more than 45 percent are Latino…

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