UC Regents saw great potential in the San Joaquin Valley, which presented a vast territory and a promising economy, fruit to being one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, and in 1998, they decided that the tenth campus in the UC system would be located in Merced.
"Other than CORE 001, nothing else was supported as a campus-wide requirement; this meant that students who changed schools, especially students who transferred as juniors, had to meet a whole new set of G.E. requirements”. Having a campus-wide requirement meant that students who changed their major or transferred schools could have a better opportunity to finish on a set time.
UC Merced’s student newspaper, The Prodigy, could lose all of its funding from the Associated Students of UC Merced, or ASUCM, becoming the next publication on a UC campus to go head-to-head with its student government.