UC Merced is making it even easier on students to spend their summer here. For the first time, on-campus housing will be available to students enrolled in summer session courses.
According to Leslie Santos, director of housing and residence life, summer school students will live in the Valley Terraces. Valley Terraces are the two- and three-bedroom apartment-like suites with a common living room and spacious bathroom. As an incentive to sign up sooner, rather than later, the university is offering a deal to early birds.
“The first 50 students who apply and pay their $150 reservation fee will get a double-occupancy room all to themselves,” Santos said. “That means more space and more privacy in a shared suite.”
Applications for summer housing will be available online, beginning March 10. Students opting to live on campus will get an eight-week contract for $2,525, which includes the price of the room, meals at the Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center, utilities (except telephone service), cable television, high-speed Internet, activities and 24-hour access to staff in case of emergencies.
The housing contract begins June 15 and ends Aug. 8.
Summer session is an exciting time for students and the community. It’s the one time when UC Merced classes are open to almost anyone, regardless of academic experience, said Assistant Registrar Erin Webb.
“It’s a great time for anyone to take a UC class,” she said. “It’s an intense session, but it’s great for those interested in what our campus has to offer.”
Students south of Merced have the option to take classes without setting foot on the main campus. A variety of courses will be broadcast via two-way, live videoconferencing to UC Merced’s educational centers in Bakersfield and Fresno to make learning more convenient for residents in those areas.
Students enrolled in summer session through the educational centers will see and participate in the on-campus courses as they are happening.
Registration began this week and will continue until classes start June 16. Students are encouraged to register early, because classes do fill up. Last year, more than 300 students enrolled in the program.
There are two regular sessions that are six and eight weeks long, and a “special summer session,” featuring two courses designed for high school students.
Courses will be offered on a variety of topics, such as genetics, advanced math, the Vietnam War, and more. Additional options will be announced shortly.Webb said the variety of courses makes UC Merced the ideal summer education choice for high school and college students, in addition to the general public.
“We really do offer something for everyone,” she said.
Summer session classes are open to anyone at least 18 years old, though high school juniors can also enroll as long as they have a letter of recommendation from their principal or counselor.