Athletics

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

5 College Student

Athletics: The club sports are very interesting to watch. I enjoy watching them just about as much as the varsity players

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: relatively good amount of school spirit

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varisity isn't that big but intramural is huge on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics here at UC Merced are okay. I know that our soccer teams are pretty good. Overall, a good number of people attend sporting events, but the number could improve a lot. There is some school spirit when it comes to the sports teams. Again, it could improve a lot. I often see the intramural and club sports teams with tables set up around campus to gather participants. The athletic facilities are nice, although I do not use them very often. The people who use the athletic facilities most of the time are the varsity athletes.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 586th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1290th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Harini Kompella
Hometown
Santa Clarita, California
Major
Human Biology
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Sports aren’t prevalent at UCM. This is not a school full of students with athletic scholarships or with big weekly games. Nevertheless, there are students passionate about sports—that join or start clubs focusing on a certain sport. There are regular intramural games, and sometimes UCM does host competitive games (i.e. basketball and volleyball) with other schools. The teams have yet to become well-established. However, there is a great gym for students to practice or even play basketball, volleyball, etc.—just for fun. There is also a recreation field where people play and practice soccer and lacrosse regularly. Students also go play games and sports off campus.

There are numerous students here at UCM who used to play competitively in high school, who miss the excitement of homecoming games and just big games in general. However, such students have a great time in the gym with friends throwing hoops and catching up on their game, and it is convenient for them since the gym is not overly crowded. There have been attempts to start up football, but they have not been overly successful so far. UCM welcomes the start of new sports and athletic clubs; if a student is determined enough to form a team, he or she can work with staff and other students to make it happen.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NAIA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: California Pacific Conference
School Colors
Royal blue and gold
School Nickname
Golden Bobcats
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Bobcat Dance Team
  • Cheer
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Martial Arts
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Futsal
  • Volleyball, sand
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Little Lake Field
Most Popular Sports
Lacrosse and volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, and dodgeball
School Spirit
While the school does not currently have any big games, there are students who are passionate about starting sports clubs or making them grow more. There is hope that these groups will lead the way to teams playing at varsity levels. There is a fair amount of students who look forward to the intramural games or competitive games against other schools that occur every once in a while. This is especially the case on a Friday night. However, there could be more students attending these games; there needs to be more promotion and hype if UCM wants more athletic school spirit.
Getting Tickets
Considering that UCM does not currently offer any division sports and does not have any big, well-known sport teams, getting admission to the limited sports events is not difficult at all. There are intramural games, along with the occasional competition against another school in which UCM club teams play. The admission is always free and open to all, and tickets are just as easy to get as finding a seat at the event.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Less than a mile away from campus is Lake Yosemite. This freshwater reservoir is a popular recreation area for both Merced locals and UCM students. Students often enjoy walking to the lake and taking in the beautiful scenic view, with the surrounding willow trees and the neighboring field (which sometimes has cows). Some students also take a jog or ride their bikes. Lake Yosemite has become a popular place for club events, as well, including barbecues.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 67 responses

  • 25% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 27% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 48% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 69 responses

  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 45% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 14% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 38% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 19% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 68% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 10% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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