Location
Merced, CA
Undergrads
5,363
Tuition (in-state)
$35,948 ($13,070)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 1206 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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.

3 College Senior

Facilities: There is still time for the university to grow and improve each year there is a new building opening so there is more things to be done.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It is a beginning university that only opened its doors 9 years ago so it still has time to grow and improve.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sexual assault on campus is a big NO-NO! Nobody gets away with it if it ever occurs. Everyone will be supportive if it happens.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UC Merced is incredible! You honestly won't believe it till you start to attend, because I definitely didn't want to come here. After a while, it quickly grows on you.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is not bad. No one is treated like a criminal at all; but there are some things that are not lenient.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life here isn't like it is at most schools. It doesn't really matter if you're part of Greek life or not; everyone is accepted.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is really good! The only slight problem is that the locals aren't very excited to have a UC here and it's mostly because of funding. On the bright side, Yosemite is very near so we have access to a great scenery. Everything here is accessible!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: UC Merced is very slept on. No one believes it until they start attending. The academic programs are excellent and professors know you by your first name, even in lectures! Campus life is wonderful. People know each other and if you don't, it's not that hard to get to know people. Overall the school is excellent.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life on campus is great! Everyone is friendly and people aren't stuck-up at all. We have many little events and fun things to do as well as big events!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is so diverse it's crazy. You might even think we are the United Nations. Anyway, no one is judged for their different backgrounds.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is good and it varies for a while, but if you're constantly on campus, it becomes the same old thing.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Honestly, off-campus housing is great! You don't have RA's telling you when it's quiet hours and you are also close to the school and other necessities.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's easy to get financial aid, but if you need more, it's really hard. Very stress-inducing. It makes me want to cry because you always need proof and sometimes you can't give them the proof they need. I need more financial aid, but I keep having to fax documents and it's making me cringe.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at my school are really cool. Nobody is stuck-up, well nobody that I have encountered. Everyone is really friendly!

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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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