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Reviews 1734 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have not seen any peer-pressure and when it comes other who do say "no" to drinking or to do any other drugs those are still treated with respect and not seen any differently.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some of my professors were great while others were okay, I would never take a class where they were teaching. My favorite professor was Cher Finley I took her class twice for writing, she had a great sense of humor and she was very helpful with the work given.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our school offers sessions with police for training when it comes to certain situations such as walking alone at night and things like that. It's nice because you never know what can happen.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is expensive but it is worth it to have everything around you. Living off campus is kind of a hassle in my opinion. If you can stay on campus I say go for it. The dorms are really pretty and nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not involved with the Greek Life due to my grades but my friends who are seem super happy to be involved. They do a lot for the community, they have many great events and I believe it is a great way to make friends your first year of college by joining.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Personally, I have only attended two of the basketball games that our school held. I am not really a sports person. There was a lot of spirit coming from other students, our cheer and dance team performed and they did great!

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school itself is nice, what isn't great is that there is nothing to do around that area.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I feel most professors in UC Merced are energetic and try to make their lectures enjoyable. Many professors are friendly and will have time to see you in office hours.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It all depends on you, if you are studing computer science for example, we have clubs that support you and events to help your resume building like the mobile app challenge. Most of your networking will come from these off campus activities, so along with your classes, you should be able to find employment quickly.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I regularly study in the library until midnight so most of the time I have to walk through the campus at night. Not one have I ever felt unsafe going back home. Along with that the campus police are very friendly to students, they will often host events where people like the chief of police will show students they mean well and only look out for them.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On campus housing is very good in UC Merced only because I have not found a single thing to complain about in my one year in the doorms.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: From what I've seen, greek life is not as big as it would be in other schools but there are a lot of students who join. The only thing different in our school vs. older schools is in UC Merced, there is no hazing.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are not a huge part of this school. The best sports them UC Merced has to offer is soccer but even then its not something many students will go watch.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I did not expect too much from UC Merced because of how new it was, the school is about 11 years old. In the first day of school I looked into many clubs to occupy my time. Durring my search I found the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers(SHPE) where I met many amazing students both in and realted to my field of study. These students that I know call friends have helped me through many academic hardship. With this club I even had the oppotunity to go to a career fair in Oregon where I talked to Intel and Microsoft representaties. This school provides you many opportunities, you just have to find them.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Could be improved with lecture time because sometimes on math I do feel like I need more time to understand the concept but then again it is college. The professors are great, friendly and each one has a sense of humor to not keep things too boring.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are advisors around which can help but the only thing is you have to go to them. Some people seem to forget that they are around for some reason. But the opportunities here are just lying around.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They really do remind people about the risks and to be aware of their surroundings. In fact the RA's and lectures have always got it stuck in my head about what to do and not in certain situations if I ever got to them...

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Haven't had any problems yet and the RA's do listen to what you have to say. Things are pretty straightforward so you develop a daily routine quick. Roommates are a hit or miss but what can you do about that.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Almost every person I know has changed into a different person once they join Greek Life. They go out/ are more social their personality changes for the better. Haven't met somebody that has regretted it yet and even though I am not a part of it. I can tell they enjoy their life a lot more.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: From a small campus it's not the best because the athletic facilities are small. It also does get overcrowded fairly quick during daytime hours but it's not like there isn't equipment for everyone (most of the time). Just learn to be flexible with your expectations.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The friends and teachers I have met have all contributed to making my memories here worth remembering. I could probably talk about this later on in my life about the time I did this or that. And it was only one year and with three more to come I'm positive that adventures await....

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have began to love the school and become more fonder of it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The alumni network is still developing and resources for student career prospects are still growing

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: very great on campus wide health safety

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the dorms and campus housing in general is pretty modern and spacious.

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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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