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Reviews 1690 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have no football team!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I loved all my classes and my professors my first year here at UC Merced.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I just recently got a job on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never felt that I wasn't safe while I was on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Overall I enjoyed the campus life, it helped me meet some great people.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life is fair here at UC Merced.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym and athletic center are used by everybody on campus and are truly amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: We have every single thing we need in order to be successful.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: this campus is beautiful and the people here are always friendly and ready to help

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My big lectures are about 200-300 student class. It's by far bigger than high school lectures, but the professors still make it so interactive. I love the classes, but the professors have a lot of expectations that some are hard to reach.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall, the value of school that deal with student workers is great. I'm a student worker, and the best thing about my job is that we focus on doing our best to help each other and students. It's our goal, as well as other offices and departments on campus.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe. Leaving work past 12 is not difficult because I feel so safe with all the university cops.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing on campus is by far the best way to make friends. It's so well kept, I loved it.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Im indifferent about Greek life. It's not something that attracts my attention.

3 College Junior

Athletics: A lot of the athletes are so willing to help non-athletes. They are so friendly.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I feel as the school has so many resources since it's such a new school with funds. I'm by far glad and pleased I chose this school.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus Housing has been a great experience where you meet people from all over the state. I have made really good friendships with my roommates unlike others who say have bad experiences. I felt like the key to getting along with your roommates is to try and get along with each other, be comprehensive, respect each other and their things, and just be open-minded and friendly. I lived in housing that was close by to the dinning commons and the classrooms. It is more convenient to live close by to the services provided to you.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is cool and fun for those who are part of it but those who are non-greeks don't really have the opportunity to enjoy the parties they throw because not everyone is invited/let in. Greek housing is off-campus since the school is still under development, however many of the Greek groups do help the community.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: This University has different sports but do not have all the sports a high school has. People don't really support the sports unless it is soccer and volleyball maybe even basketball.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My overall experience so far has been challenging, coming from a long way from my home town it was a little difficult for me to adapt. My first semester was good because I met different people from all kinds of places and all semester it was all laid back. As for the second semester I took my education more seriously, I decided to take it up notch and it went well.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The courses at this university I would say are challenging, and I really learn a lot from them. Which i believe is good because later in the future I feel like will need these tools to then apply to the real world. The professors can challenge you and make you go to places that you felt you would not push yourself to, and they are very helpful when you need them. Class sizes is another thing that is good from this campus and because most of the class sizes are small.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The career prospects from students that graduate from this university are high and have set a good job if you do a lot of internships within your major. The quality of the career center services on campus are resonablly good because they could guide you to jobs internships and even do research.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus security is good on campus just because there is a lot of resources to use at night when your on campus because cat cops could always walk you to your destination late at night. In addition, security on campus is always on point.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus for the first two years was one of my best decision that I have taken in my life. The reason why is because everything was so convienent. The advantages were that you could sleep in a bit more just because the classes were relatively close to the dorms. Food was always made at reasonables hours for students to eat. Most everything that we needed was on campus so there was no need to go off campus for stuff.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The greek life affects on the campus social atmosphere is not much of a difference because it really is not that popular therefore it does not really matter whether a student becomes part of a greek life.


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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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