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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off-campus housing available, usually occupied by juniors and seniors. It is way cheaper than living at the dorms, but there are limiting because many do apply for off-campus housing.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many sushi joints, Mexican restaurants, Thai food places.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: It is easy to not get into trouble. You need to do something seriously bad to be the center of attention to administration.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not to complicated, and the UC gave the most financial aid than other UC's.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's pretty much the same thing every time.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The are a handful of places to eat on campus, and all have moments when they are very appetizing. However, off campus restaurants and food joints are great too.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are relatively close to classrooms, dining area, and gym. It is hard to find reception in some dorms, however.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Cheap and lots of it

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not tons of options, Merced is still growing

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Mostly off campus but its there if you want to party

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All very new, clean, and spacious

3 College Freshman

Athletics: They're very fun to watch on your free time. They are not supported enough by the campus of community.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You can not go anywhere and live in a house for so cheap. Housing is like dorms, you usually have roommates.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: When you eat the same thing everyday, anything is better.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is very strict about maintaining a healthy environment for all students. So they enforce a non-smoking campus.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I would say apply to scholarships if you do not want to take out a loan. Though they will cover your cost fully, some of it is split between subsidized and unsubsidized loans.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I have not been to any parties out here, So I would not know.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is pretty good, but it can get a little salty sometimes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: In my personal opinion living on campus is great. The only thing that could be better is the hours on recreational activities that are available, such as the game room.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Food is somewhat diverse and have student discount

College Freshman

Administration: I do no live on campus so I do not know.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I needed to resend information to receive aid.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There aren't many parties but they are fun.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are many options but it can get old fast.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus.

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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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