Priority registration is intended to serve campus student cohorts experiencing unique circumstances and is intended to be used rarely. Three criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis when priority registration status requests are reviewed.
- Federal, state, or University of California mandates that require accommodations and provisions or
- Special circumstances that require significant blocks of time for UC Merced programs involving university-sponsored representation that may interfere with class schedules (*See Note below) or
- Recruitment incentives that assist UC Merced in attracting and retaining high academic achieving cohorts.
- Cohort name and total number of participants;
- Reason for request and period/term for which priority registration is requested;
- Evidence of need for priority registration in view of the cohort's activities/unique circumstances;
- Statement of support from the requestor (typically the cohort's advisor/sponsor) including justification and documentation; and
- Contact information for the individual submitting the request.
- Students with documented special needs who require special attention in the scheduling process and who have approval each term from the Accessibility Services Coordinator. These students are allowed to register one week prior to the start of regular registration.
- Students who are current or prior members of the active duty Armed Forces, Armed Forces Reserve and State Guard (not tied to receipt of Veteran Educational Benefits). These students are allowed to register one week prior to the start of regular registration.
- Students who are Foster Youth and have approval each term from the Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator.
- Students who are NAIA athletes.
- Students who are Regent and Chancellor's Scholars.
- Students who are Homeless Youth.
- Students who have legal dependents, including children enrolled in ECEC.
- Whether or not the student cohort regularly represents the university at or as part of officially-recognized university activities;
- Whether or not the officially-recognized university activity constrains students' ability to attend classes at different times of the day or week; and
- Whether or not the university has control over the time periods in which the activities take place (for example, practices or performances).