Location
Merced, CA
Undergrads
5,363
Tuition (in-state)
$35,948 ($13,070)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 1123 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel really safe and secure on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am a first year student and have never lived off campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The school bus known as Cattracks is great. Very convienent.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I haven't been to very many night outings, but the one's I have attended have been okay.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus. I have met students who are from Africa. I have met students who are Middle Eastern. I even met students from the East Coast. Also, there are many people who are very open with their sexuality. Theirs also belonging to many different religions.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is extremely convienent, since you have a large amount of access to the library and other buildings. The dorms are really close to the classrooms and food centers. Also, the dorms have custodial staff that clean the restroom for you.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid and recieving it is not the problem. The problem is the amount they give you, which leaves you with no choice but to take out loans.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There are several different programs designed to support students academically. The one that I am apart of is called the "Fiat Lux Scholars Program". This program is great! It is designed to help first generation college students and has a lot of perks from being apart of it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many different food place in downtown Merced, one being JR Tacos. This restraunt has really great Mexican food, but they are a little on the pricey side. However, they do offer a student discount if you have your student ID.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are serious measures taken if a student is caught with drugs or alcohol on campus. Not many students have been caught in this situation, but a few have. These students' punishments range from having to attend a mandatory workshop and write about to being kicked out of school.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: Security officers are everywhere. They are very helpful. You can use their company when walking at night if you are scared.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Weather: During the summer, it is hot, and during the winter it is cold. The climate is nice. I usually see people at parks and kids playing on their front yards when i pass.

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5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: there is a lake with a park blocks from the school. And not to forget Yosemite National Park less than two hours away. The city is nice and it has a very friendly atmosphere. Shops, movie theaters, and exciting places all constitute the city.

1 person found this useful Report
College Student

Computers: Since i have not been exposed to much of the university, i can not be perfectly correct in my answer. However, the school has wi-fi which is important for student life.

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4 College Student

Transportation: I know that it's quite a drag to get transportation to the school when living off campus. However, the bus is very accessible an easy to use and drops you off relatively close to the university. Ride sharing is very convenient since carpooling saves the gas money, time to find a parking spot, and you make aquaintences.

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College Student

Drug Safety: Since I have not experienced much at the university, I can not say much. However, the times I have visited were very calm and no viewing of drugs or alcohol were accessible.

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4 College Student

Nightlife: I personally do not attend parties or bar/clubs, but I know it is very fun from people i have heard from. Since I am only an incoming freshman, I have not been exposed to such nightlife experiences.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: The only problem with my field of study is the lack of availability of classes that I need to take. For the most part, however, the classes are interesting.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: I want to work in the psychology field but am not sure what specifically yet. I am concerned as to how difficult it will be to find a job that interests me.

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1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: there is nothing to do, and the city of Merced is extremely boring.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I haven't witnessed any rules being broken to witness the strictness of these policies, because everyone follows the rules for the most part.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: I grew up in the central valley so I am used to the weather here.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships may seem like a lot that the school offers, but in comparison to the overall cot of this school, you end up taking out loans anyway.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: This school claims to be the best in terms of its diversity. But being a white student, even if we are the minority here we lack benefits that students of other students get simply because of their race or ethnicity.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are accessible in several areas around campus if you don't have one of your own, but having your own computer is much easier, and the internet speed is great and reliable.

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Harini Kompella
Hometown
Santa Clarita, California
Major
Human Biology
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There tends to be a fair amount of skepticism about UC Merced, due to its young age. Because the school is located in a fairly small town and only opened its doors a little more than six years ago, there are plenty of students who come to UCM concerned about how established the University actually is and how boring life might be on or off campus. However, students tend to be surprised at what UCM has to offer. It definitely lives up to the UC standard, providing students with research opportunities and leadership positions. Students tend to not only adjust, but eventually come to love the cozy, neighborly atmosphere of the school. Those very accustomed to the busy city lifestyle might be shocked at the smallness of the place, but the general consensus is that there is plenty to do, both on and off campus, and that it is just a matter of exploring.

Ultimately, the University is like any other college in the sense that there will be parties. However, the party scene is not so big on campus, due to its size and the fact that there are not any fraternity or sorority houses. But there is a fair share of off-campus parties. For students more interested in extracurricular activities, UCM provides awesome opportunities, especially since students will have a chance to be at the forefront of many organizations, or even start a new organization or sports team, and create more school traditions. Students agree that by attending UCM, they have the opportunity to lay the foundation for a University with great potential. Plus, the brand-new facilities—including the labs, classrooms, and even the new, clean dorms and restrooms—are an asset to being a young school. Thus, while UCM might not provide one with a typical college experience, due to its smallness and newness, it's definitely possible for a student to have a worthwhile experience here if he or she is willing to get involved with campus life.

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