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Reviews 1631 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The popular sport on campus is mainly basketball since UC Merced does not have a football team, else that sport would be even more popular. The basketball games give students the opportunity to do something on the weekends and cheer on the bobcats. As from personal experience and other UC Merced students the basketball team is great at what they do and have a great support system.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UC Merced is a very diverse campus, I like being able to interact and make friends with students that come from different backgrounds. My campus has so many endless opportunities I did not know about, these opportunities are there for students to obtain and gain skills needed to succeed in their academics as well as once they graduate. Even though UC Merced was not my top three choice on university to attend, I do not regret enrolling on this campus. The students and staff are all encouraging academically as well as helping you seek opportunities out of academics. The people, staff and the campus, makes UC Merced very unique.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Class sizes are typically small. This allows participation as well as relationships with other students and the professor. Professors usually all have office hours, and if not they are easy to communicate with through email. Courses are challenging but it is not out of the ordinary.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are many job opportunities or chances to do research around the school.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: THere are programs that teach students about the dangers of stalking and sexual assault. As well what to do when you are in an abusive relationship or someone you know is in one.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On campus housing is adequate. It is expensive but that is typical for college. Off campus is cheap, and typically houses in bellevue or el redondo are big and nice.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Most people in greek life are typical greek life students. They usually through parties, not many talk about community service though.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't have a football team. The soccer team is very good though.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is new and developing. However, students are typically very honest and friendly. They usually seek to involve everyone. Professors are approachable due to smaller class size. Housing is also great and affordable off campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Despite the stabbing incident, UCM is a pretty safe and secure campus with campus security actively making rounds.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Class sizes are small for the most part, however biology classes are really big and the professors can not give you the attention needed since their is so many biology majors. Other majors though have great professors and class sizes; for example the Earth Systems Science major has an amazing chairman and professor Marilyen Fogel who is incredibly smart, accomplished, humble and humorous.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UC Merced does offer a variety of job and internship opportunities and it seems as though employers want UCM graduates.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is very convenient being that you could run to class and make it on time if you wake up late. Also, you are able to take advantage of all that the school has to offer like the gym and libary.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I honestly do not know much about the greek scene since it does not interest me. However it seems that I do not want to partake because the members aren't really all that genuine maybe and it feels like you are paying to have friends and be social.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit in relation to sports is minimal however the athletic facilities are nice.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The campus is beautiful, class sizes are small and intimate which amplifies the learning experience and the location of the school really lets you focus on school and your future.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The buildings, especially the Summits and Half Dome are fairly new, and right now they are pretty well kept. As far as the Terraces, I would not know.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: No one is pressured to join the Greek Life on campus. Those who are a part of it seem to really enjoy it, though.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: People are involved, but they are not the biggest part of many students' lives.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The sense of community is like no other on this campus. Everyone seems to know one another and is able to get along very easily.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of California, Merced is beauteous campus, and is diverse. Overall, I see that a lot of professors are dedicated, and are very helpful during their office hours.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have a stabbing incident on campus however everything was handled very well. Many resources were given to students and still are.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is nice. The professor are truly passionate about their subjects. I like the close-knit feel the school because its new.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am currently a first year so I don't really know about Greek-life at the school. I guess if it was big I'd be aware of it so I'm guessing it's not.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics I feel is not a big part of UC Merced although they try to make it I honestly know nothing about any sport on campus. They have soccer, basketball and volleyball I believe. I don't ever see any athlete dressed up on game days, I've never even seen the schools jerseys. So yeah sports are not big at this school.

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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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