Let's face the facts here. UC Merced is perceived to be the lowest ranking UC in the system. While not considering the fact that this is the newest UC, many students at my school tend to think that Merced is inferior even to community colleges. (I'm under the basic impression that UC > State > CC).
Their assumptions about Merced are, of course, due to their extensive knowledge of the UC gained by NOT visiting the campus, NOT researching the school, and by NOT believing what other students tell them.
When I tell them I'm going to Merced, more often times than not I am told that I am better off at a JC or State.
Honestly, I am perfectly fine with going to Merced. Actually, I would have preferred it over most other UCs (except Berkeley. I'm in the bay area and it would've been nice to take BART to school).
Anyone else getting this negative pressure? I don't know where all this hate is coming from but it sure gets annoying from time to time. Seems like everyone is too wrapped up in rank to care about opportunity. -__-''