Merced, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,948 ($13,070)
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Reviews 1108 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: I wouldn't know because I don't party.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: There isn't very much known about what sport events are going on, they aren't a big part of campus life.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The on campus housing options are nice, and close to everything on campus.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: While they get you where you need to be, timing of bus arrival is terrible, and it takes forever to get from point A to Point B.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is definitely preferred to the food offered in the Dining Center

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is predominantly Hispanic/Latino, but part of this is because Merced is not always the first choice of a college for most students. There are students of the LGBT community and students are very supportive of them. No on is treated differently and the LGBT community is very social and has many friends. They are not discriminated against. The campus also holds events such as establishing clubs for the LGBT community and a new event this year- Drag Bingo.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Entertainment is usually going to be parties. There's not much to do in Merced. You can go downtown, have dinner see a movie, but that's pretty much it. Or chill in the dorms and have a movie night with friends.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It seems as though weed is becoming more popular among all people now that the drug is legalized. However, peer pressure is not a problem for weed or alcohol. I know people that don't drink or smoke weed, still attend parties and still have a great time. No one is treated any differently. Everyone on campus is really friendly and easy going.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Everyone mainly uses their own laptop as it is an easier convenience. However, as far as computer labs go, the library as far as i know only offers 6 computers. There are a few computer labs, but they are utilized for classes.

College Freshman

Majors: I am currently an undeclared science major debating Human Biology or Chemistry. I am part of the Pre-Health Program at UC Merced with intentions of becoming a physician. I like how UC Merced offers a program for "future physician" wanting to practice in the Central Valley which allows selected students to go on to medical school at UC Davis. It almost serves as a guaranteed acceptance into medical school. If you a considering pre-med, this may be a program to look into.

College Freshman

Majors: I am an undeclared major, therefore, I have not experienced any difficulties or changes within my "major".

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors truly care about your education and are dedicated to helping you. They are easy going and easy to talk to. Class sizes are small which is a plus to stay focused and friends are easily made in class so that you can receive help outside of class from a peer. There are a lot of Biology majors as well as Engineering majors, so if you are considering either of those majors, there are plenty of peers to assist you as well.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid advisers really care about helping and assisting students. Student assistants are also made available for students who feel more comfortable talking with a peer rather than "worker".

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Rent is cheap. Average price of living on campus is $300-350 a month plus utilities which are around $20 a month. Off campus housing for students are usually found in the new developments. Therefore, the homes students live in are brand new.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Hot during the Summer and mildly cold during the Winter.


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Harini Kompella
Santa Clarita, California
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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