Merced, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,948 ($13,070)
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Reviews 1220 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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!

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.

4 College Sophomore

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

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.

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.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It depends what you like but they just have about every kind of ethnic food you would like and a good variety of fast food restaurants.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Everything is on point. Its cheap and everything is a little far but the neighborhoods are nice and so are the houses.

College Junior

Majors: I wouldn't be sure because I never haas one or know much about internships except that its like some sort of training with possible pay.

College Junior

Majors: I don't have any at the moment.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's not great, but you can occupy yourself with other things

3 College Senior

Nightlife: The nightlife isn't great to be honest. But the people from Merced/UCM make it really fun

3 College Senior

Facilities: It's a very green campus and the buildings are very futuristic looking

1 College Senior

Campus Dining: Ate there for 3 years, made me gain a lot of weight to be honest. The options are very unhealthy.

4 College Senior

Majors: I really enjoy the Biological Sciences major, although some classes are difficult.

4 College Senior

Majors: I love my specific program at my school, I am involved in research as well.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Rent is incredibly cheap and the houses are very new and beautiful

3 College Senior

Athletics: I don't like sports that much, but I go to the gym and it's fairly small but I still like it.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The buildings are really new, which is totally sweet and beautiful.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The university campus is far from the places off campus that students live in. What beats the distance is the cost and the luxury that students live in with walk in closets and even a pool in the backyard.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: The dining hall is extremely small and the viable options are not the best. There are many improvements that have to be done towards that area.


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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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