U-C Merced, which opens it's doors to undergraduates this September, has announced that it has received a statement-of-intent to register from 867 freshmen. Administrators were expecting eight hundred.
Of the 867 only 248 or less than 30 percent are from the Central Valley. It was hoped that one half of the first-year class would be from the region.
As it stands now two hundred and sixty members of the freshman class are from the Bay area. One hundred and eighty are from the Los Angeles region.
U-C Merced Spokeswoman Sheryl Wyan says nearly one half of those who have indicated they plan to enroll this fall say they're the first in their family to attend college.
"What's exciting about that of course is that U-C Merced able to play a role in increasing access to students who traditionally don't go on to college."
The university is expected to meet its first-year enrollment goal of one thousand students. The combination of freshman, transfer and graduate students is currently just under that figure.
(Photo courtesy: U-C Merced)