Academics

Location
Merced, CA
Undergrads
5,363
Tuition (in-state)
$35,948 ($13,070)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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 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.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Bio-engineering is hard but worth it. Takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

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.

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.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 22nd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 36th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 365th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 765th
    Smartest Professors
  • 1006th
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Harini Kompella
Hometown
Santa Clarita, California
Major
Human Biology
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What makes the academic experience at UCM so unique compared to other UC schools is that it is a public University with a private school setting. As a result, there's more personal attention and more resources provided to ensure an individual's success. Across the spectrum of students here with completely different majors, the consensus is the same—the professors' interactions with their students are certainly something to be awed at, and the opportunities are endless. No matter what field a student wants to pursue, he or she is bound to receive a worthwhile academic experience.

In general, the staff at UCM is committed to a student’s success, which is characteristic of UC's renowned reputation, but which is perhaps more noticeable at UCM due to its small size. Not only do students have enough opportunities to get personal attention from their professors, but they also have the chance to attend free tutoring and workshop sessions to help improve their study skills and grades. Many students also agree that the on-campus library is the best place to study, with many seating arrangements—whether one wants the more comfortable couch setting, the individual desk, or the spread-out table near the window overlooking the lake. The library also has four floors, with each accommodating the different noise levels one may wish to encounter. Perhaps one pitfall of the academic department at UCM is the occasional lack of classes offered, which lately occurs more and more due to the recent California budget cuts. Essentially, there are plenty of classes available, but they are not offered every semester, requiring some meticulous planning on the student's part.   

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
21:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
226
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
46
Total FT Faculty
267
Faculty with Terminal Degree
84%
Average Faculty Salary
$72,498
Full-Time Retention Rate
83%
Part-Time Retention Rate
75%
Graduation Rate
58%
Programs/Majors Offered
25
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • 20 to 49 students: 41%
  • 50 or more students: 19%
  • Fewer than 20 students: 40%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Natural Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 10%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 10%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
There are currently no online courses available at UCM, perhaps due to the University's small size and the fact that it just opened up a few years ago. Honestly, it might be harder to fund online courses at the moment due to California's budget cuts. However, many of the classes have online systems for students to turn in homework.
Best Places to Study
  • Housing Den
  • Kolligian Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask for help when needed.
  • Get involved in activities and be open-minded. Remember, UCM is a fairly new school, so it's also a great chance to become a leader.
  • Go for FREE tutoring. Think about it-more or less it's part of your tuition, so make use of it!
  • Study at least four hours for each class you attend (common formula: three hours per unit).
  • Visit TA and professor office hours.
  • Work first, then leave partying for later. Get your priorities straight and remember the main reason you're at college: to get an education.
Did You Know?
Undergraduates have more access to on-campus research opportunities compared to the students of any other UC school.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 53 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 54 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 62% Latinos
  • 25% Theirs no one really that I know of.
  • 12% Asians

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