It looks possible that there have been more than the usual rejections for Computer Science this year at the other UCs. My speculation is that this may lead to a very strong CS class this year at UC Merced. Combined with a new campus and probably slightly fewer students than other UCs - this year may make it attractive to go for UC Merced. What do you folks think?
If I were a high school graduating senior this year (Y2021), I’d definitely give it a try for EECS @UC Merced given the smaller class size, decent faculty members, curriculum design, and newer computing facilities, etc.