University of California - Merced Summary

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Basic Statistics

Merced, CA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
80 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Friends and the friendly people you'll meet here
  • Great diversity
  • Helpful professors
  • Leadership opportunities

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Inflexible dining commons hours
  • Lack of athletic facilities
  • Lack of events for students over 21

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

UC Merced Student Reviews

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College Freshman

Overall Experience: The class sizes are perfect with the average of 20:1 student to teacher ratio. But I don't know much of anything else.

College Freshman

Overall Experience: A degree from this school is almost like a magic key. A degree from the University of California opens so many doors because they're such prestigious schools.

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College Freshman

Campus Dining: Haven't eaten on campus yet. Not more than once. But we do have the opportunity to use our meal points at any restaurant or stand throughout the whole city.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I haven't had the chance to examine these quite yet.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My high school did a good job helping me understand things like how to apply but they didn't help me to apply. I filled out the FAFSA and Cal Grant application to receive financial aid through my school


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