Merced, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,948 ($13,070)
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Reviews 1235 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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College Freshman

Overall Experience: A degree from this school is almost like a magic key. A degree from the University of California opens so many doors because they're such prestigious schools.

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College Freshman

Overall Experience: The class sizes are perfect with the average of 20:1 student to teacher ratio. But I don't know much of anything else.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: Haven't eaten on campus yet. Not more than once. But we do have the opportunity to use our meal points at any restaurant or stand throughout the whole city.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I haven't had the chance to examine these quite yet.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My high school did a good job helping me understand things like how to apply but they didn't help me to apply. I filled out the FAFSA and Cal Grant application to receive financial aid through my school

College Freshman

Facilities: There are many things going on on campus but I haven't had the opportunity to experience them yet.

College Freshman

Majors: Haven't had one yet. But I do plan on having one in the way of work study. This will help

me get used to having a real job and such.

College Freshman

Majors: Not in a program quite yet

3 College Freshman

Diversity: UC Merced is mostly Asians and Latinos. About 35% for each. The remaining races include Caucasians and Native Americans and a few others.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are many restaurants down town but not much else. The city has one mall and one movie theater and they both don't have much. Discounts for students are abundant. There is Merced College but its not near our campus. We have a bus system only open to the UC Merced students that take us many places but the better attractions are in other towns which you need a car for. The campus is really safe but the city outside of campus can be hit or miss. It kind of reminds me of Alameda (Its pretty and set up for pedestrians) but the people remind me of the people in Richmond (thug like, dress provocatively, sagging pants, tattoos, and men who check you out). But I've only been into the city a couple times so maybe don't take my word for it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: UC Merced is only about 10 years old so everything is brand new. The dorms are gorgeous and the dorm advisors work hard with the custodial staff to keep them clean. The dorms are set up to encourage interaction between people and because the campus is smaller than a mile long distance from the dorms to the classes is small.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I wouldn't say its okay but I wouldn't label it as bad either. There're 6 sororities at UCM and most of them revolve around a theme. One of them is for latinas. Which I am not so I obviously can't really join.

College Freshman

Athletics: I don't know much about my schools sports teams

4 College Freshman

Academics: Theres a lot of people going into the same major as me but my classes are still small. I have 8 classes a week each an hour and 50 minutes. 2-3 of them are discussions so I can leave whenever I'd like and 2 I can do in the comfort of my room because they're online. There're many job opportunities.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are small so you really get to know your teachers and they are super friendly and do everything they can to help you understand the material.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Being built in the 21st century, the university counts with the latest eco friendly technology. With wide open spaces to study and take a relaxing walk through while enjoying the architecture structure one is sure to learn to love the outdoors. Tired of the school environment? With a less than 15 minute walk you can find yourself in the Yosemite lake where you can enjoy swimming or having a picnic with a few of your friends and watch while the sun sets behind the green grass.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: If youre outgoing, easy to talk to... its very easy to talk to people. Students as well as teachers are so friendly its hard not to find friends on the first day!

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The variety of the restaurants isnt a lot. The quality isnt bad the food is pretty good but years after the same thing it does get a bit repetitive.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being part of the Greek LIfe only comes with the benefit of being able to get into more parties. One is obviously able to wear their clothing that represents but other than that there is not really any benefit or luxury one gets to enjoy due to being part of the greeks.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was definitely better than most of the UC's in the system which is why many people regardless being accepted to UCLA and Berkeley decided to attend UC Merced.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Its all about knowing the right people or bringing the right outfit or contributions to the party.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Everything is new and clean!

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school gave an alright bobcat grant. But seriously? I'm expected to take 16k in parent plus loan alone for one year.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Its good. Ive been having trouble because I failed to classes in the fall.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: They are all pretty nice and very diverse. They are friends with anyone even if you aren't in greek life.

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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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