Long before the doors opened at 9 a.m., a line of students had already gathered outside of the Learning Resource Center.     

Merced College hosted its first spring Extreme Registration on Saturday, Jan. 11 and the students turned out in record force. Facilitated be numerous Merced College staff members from across campus, the event affords students the opportunity to complete the entire registration process in just a few hours.

“We’re thrilled that they’re here,” Vice President of Student Services, Mike McCandless said. “Hosting events like this, we want to make sure students connect with academic support services early.”

McCandless was there to greet students as they entered the library, while volunteers passed out water and granola bars as attendees made their way inside. Participants were greeted by colorful signs, marking the various stations that students would need to visit in order to complete their registration.

Extreme Registration is an event designed for students that don’t have a lot of spare time to visit the campus and get their registration squared away. This marks the third year of Merced College hosting the event, with the turnout growing steadily each time out.

“This as an event that that offers students support from application to registration,” Dean of Student Equity and Success, Lonita Cordova said. “We host the event on both Merced and Los Banos campuses, ensuring we give students every opportunity to prepare themselves,”

Students received help with applications, schedule planning, financial aid, student fees and school orientation. The library provided a comfortable backdrop and students did some catching up with classmates while waiting for their turn.

“It’s definitely beneficial for a large group of students,” returning student Fabian Tovar said. “It’s a bigger space, and you’re able to find any help you need.”

-- Alessandria Pedretti