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UC Merced Reports Record Numbers of Applications and Admission Offers for Fall 2007 Freshman Class

March 30, 2007


MERCED, CA - The University of California, Merced announced
it has extended offers to 6,676 highly qualified students for
admission to its freshman class in the fall of 2007, according to
preliminary data released today (March 30, 2007) by the campus. The
admission total, representing nearly 81 percent of the record 8,257
students who applied, is the highest in the three-year history of
the newest UC campus, which has a current enrollment of 1,286
students. [*NOTE: Data included is preliminary and subject to
change as the campus is still completing freshman offers.
Information about geographic, ethnic and other categories will be
made available on April 5 in conjunction with the release of
systemwide freshman admissions data.]

“We are extremely pleased to offer another outstanding group of
scholars a chance to attend the newest and most welcoming campus in
the UC family,” said UC Merced Chancellor Steve Kang, who assumed
his position March 1. “I want to encourage all of these impressive
young men and women to visit our rapidly growing campus and see for
themselves how a UC-quality education in a small, personal setting
can change their lives forever.”

Freshmen students have until May 1 to review their offers of
admission and file an official Statement of Intent to Register
(SIR). Final registration numbers will depend on how many students
successfully complete the enrollment process and arrive on campus
in the fall. Freshman enrollment averaged about 550 students in the
university’s first two years of operation, which is in alignment
with the average growth in student enrollments for UC San Diego, UC
Santa Cruz and UC Irvine during their first five years of existence.

Focused on Fall 2007

Encarnación Ruiz, UC Merced director of undergraduate
admissions, said the university has been preparing diligently for
solid growth in the size of the 2007 freshman class since the fall
of 2006.

“The record number of applications and admission offers are
reflective of a greater interest in the campus as a whole,” he
said. “There are a number of factors contributing to a vastly
improved college atmosphere at our campus: more academic majors, an
increase in the number of faculty, guaranteed on-campus housing for
freshmen, the launch of our first competitive sports programs, and
the recently opened health and recreation center.”

Shared Experience Program

UC Merced will participate in a special UC program designed
to admit academically qualified students who meet UC admissions
requirements but cannot be accommodated by one or more other UC
campuses to which they applied. The Shared Experience Program will
allow such talented students to enroll at UC Merced through the end
of their sophomore year and then transfer to their original campus
of choice, if they wish, provided they meet the program’s academic requirements.

“Based on our retention rate of more than 80 percent, I am
confident that a substantial number of students participating in
the program will choose to remain here,” said Chancellor Kang. “Now
that we are able to offer more majors and minors, guaranteed
housing for all freshmen, campus sports and more facilities, I’m
sure an increasing number of these outstanding students will want
to be part of UC Merced’s campus community. Of course, they will
have the option of returning to the offering campus if they wish,
but they will be encouraged to continue their education at UC Merced.”

This year, four UC campuses - Berkeley, San Diego, Los Angeles
and Irvine - are expected to make a total of just over 1,000 Shared
Experience offers to exceptional students they cannot accommodate.
The program will help balance growth across the UC system during a
period of record demand - systemwide applications were a record
110,994 this year - while increasing the total number of students
who have access to the system. It is patterned after a program used
for a few years in the 1980s and is expected to run for two to four years.

“This innovative program accomplishes one of the University of
California’s goals, which is to increase access to the University
for qualified students from throughout the state,” said Sue Wilbur,
director of undergraduate admissions at the UC Office of the
President. “It’s a win-win situation. Participating students will
have the opportunity to study at an engaging campus that affords
undergraduate access to world-class faculty, phenomenal
undergraduate research opportunities and a collegial university
experience that can only be found at a small, close-knit campus.”

Next Steps in Enrollment Process

To take the next step toward enrolling at UC Merced in the
fall, admitted freshmen must submit the Statement of Intent to
Register (SIR). Freshman SIRs are expected by May 1 and Ruiz
encourages students to submit the SIR as soon as possible to get
their housing, financial aid, orientation and other important
matters in order. Freshmen students who file the SIR after May 1
will be considered on a space-available basis.

Admitted students are encouraged to take advantage of admit
events hosted by the Office of Admissions including Bobcat Day on
April 14, a day filled with activities and informational sessions
for prospective students and their families.

Transfer applications are currently under review, and transfer
students will receive notification of admissions decisions by the
end of April. Transfer students are expected to submit their SIRs
by June 1 and are invited to attend Transfer Day, a special admit
event presented by the Office of Admissions on May 5.

For more information about the admit events or to arrange campus
tours, which are available every Monday through Saturday, students
are encouraged to call (209) 381-7880 or (866) 270-7301 toll free
in California.

Graduate Admissions

The Fall 2007 graduate admissions process is
ongoing, with more than 245 applications already received for
master’s and Ph.D. programs and many offers of admission already
extended. Students who are still interested in applying to the UC
Merced Graduate Division are encouraged to contact the division at
(209) 228-4429.

UC Merced opened September 5, 2005 as the 10th campus in the
University of California system and the first American research
university of the 21st century. The campus significantly expands
access to the UC system for students throughout the state, with a
special mission to increase college-going rates among students in
the San Joaquin Valley. It also serves as a major base of advanced
research and as a stimulus to economic growth and diversification
throughout the region. Situated near Yosemite National Park, the
university is expected to grow rapidly, topping out at
approximately 25,000 students within 30 years.

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