The University of California, Merced, reported a record-breaking enrollment for fall of 2017. Nearly 8,000 students are attending the coming school year.
The school reported 7,375 undergraduates and 592 graduate students for the year, up 8.6 percent from 2016.
“UC Merced’s record enrollment is fueled by growing popularity and increased demand, as demonstrated by a significant increase in applications and subsequent registrations to our campus,” said Dorothy Leland, chancellor for the school.” We continue to support our students on their academic journeys by placing a strong focus on the development of academic programs, hands-on research opportunities for undergraduates and a growing array of student activities and amenities.”
The school is the fastest-growing university in the U.S. according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
“This year we exceeded our enrollment targets thanks to increased recruitment and retention efforts across campus,” said Charles Nies, vice chancellor for student affairs.
According to a statement released by UC Merced, “Nearly all of UC Merced’s students hail from California, and as many as 75 percent of first-year students are first-generation college students. The campus enrolled an estimated 66 percent Pell Grant-eligible first-year students in 2017, representing students with the highest level of financial need, and expects to distribute approximately $150 million in financial aid and scholarships during the academic year.”