Do you even know how enrollment strategies work (UC to Cut Freshmen Enrollment, 1/18/09, independent.com/ucfroshcut)? Get your head out of your arse and understand that UC Merced: (1) has something to offer students unique to itself. (2) There is nightlife and day-life in the Merced community. (3) UC Merced is “in demand”-this year UCM actually surpassed its enrollment goals and is expected to indefinitely, despite ignorant Valley bashing from people who have never visited campus or had a conversation with a UC Merced student. (4) A campus does not reach enrollment of 25,000 in 3 1/2 years. UC Merced’s growth is unprecedented in the UC system, thanks to the unparalleled passion of its students, faculty, and staff, in addition to support from its sister UC campuses and the Merced community.
I was eligible to attend all 10 campuses, but UC Merced was my first and only choice. It is a campus where students can take a larger share of ownership in its progress, in addition to taking an active role in campus- and system-wide development. Its infrastructure is state-of-the-art, both in performance and environmental stewardship. So anybody who thinks UC Merced is second choice to all is welcome to contact me for clarification. – Joshua Bolin, UCM ’07