Health & Safety

Merced, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,948 ($13,070)
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel really safe and secure on campus.

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5 College Student

Health & Safety: Security officers are everywhere. They are very helpful. You can use their company when walking at night if you are scared.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Overall, I think the health and security of the campus is well established. The health services offered are basic and useful for the average student. The security around campus allows most students to feel pretty safe about roaming around, even after dark.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel okay on campus majority of the time but i would like to see some type of security especially walking to the parking lot at night.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Our school is really safe theirs not much violence or thefts and you can see the campus police wherever you go. There is also call boxes which you can call if anything disturbing is the air.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 259th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 292nd
    Safest Campuses
  • 571st
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Harini Kompella
Santa Clarita, California
Human Biology
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Students generally feel secure on campus. The town of Merced itself is safe during the day, but it’s good to be more alert during later hours, when there are a number of people who try to harass students and other Merced townspeople. With the police patrolling campus regularly, students feel comfortable enough to walk around on campus later at night, especially if they have to go back to their car or dorm after a late class or need to talk on the phone outside. While the police are around, they are not overbearing; they keep their distance. There is also an escort program on campus which allows students who do not want to walk alone late at night to call up a trained escort to guide them safely to their destination. However, it is not too common for students to use this service. There are also emergency centers around campus that students can call for help or to signal trouble.

Not all the students are as pleased with the health center’s services. There have been complaints that the personnel do not know how to prioritize appointments based on the level of emergency and over the inconvenience of getting an appointment. The quality of the services is pretty high, though, with the nurses and doctors doing thorough checkups. However, they are not always 100 percent sure what the student’s problem is or how to refer a student to another specialist accordingly. A student’s potential experience with the health center truly depends on the individual’s case; there are many students who have not had any complaints with the health center, yet others who have had a strong dislike for it.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 5
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
UC Merced Police Department
5200 N. Lake Rd.
(209) 228-8273
Safety Services
  • Campus escorts
  • Emergency booths
Health Center
H. Rajender Reddy Health Center
5200 N. Lake Rd.
(209) 228-2273
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Health education
  • Laboratory testing
  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 55 responses

  • 16% None
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Drugs
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Gang violence
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 55 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 56% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 15% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 5% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 42% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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