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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: For most of the time its safe.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There's a lot of subjects that you can chose from but they are not enough for the growing diverse community that we have. The class sizes are pretty decent. They are definitely not the same as I was advertised two years ago. It seems like the school is growing so rapidly that it's leaving behind some of the most alternated values that it had before.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Its like any other UC

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus has its perks

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There's a lot of sororities

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The staff and profesors are really nice. The only problem is sometimes the students some of them are either very friendly and others are not. Going to class feels awesome, I really love the teaching system of this school. This school really pushes you to do your best so sometimes it might be overwhelming. Also there's not a lot of things to do outside of campus.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I've only been to about two or three games and the athletes are amazingly good. I'm not sure of a lot of people go to the games. The school spirit isn't as big as it could be. I think if there was more advertising of upcoming games then people will more likely have spirit. The school is still developing so in time athletics will get much better.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the campus and the people I've met so far are very friendly. My experience with advisors hasn't been the best. They don't help me much but I manage to figure things out.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics could be bigger, but they don't have as many sports as other schools.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: so far, i have loved the programs my school has to offer. everything is nice and new.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is the best! The housing process is direct and easy to apply for; the school atmosphere is calm; the dorms, particularly valley terraces are spacious and new; and campus housing is really convient. The cost is a slightly high.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Non-Greeks and Greeks at UC Merced get along great. They party, hangout, and volunteer in the community together. While it is much easier to be involved with Greek activities when you are part of one, you don't necessarily have to be in one.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Due to UC Merced still being a new and developing school, sports are not a big part of campus life. However, many students do attend sporting events and support the athletics. With time, I believe that sports will play a bigger role at UC Merced.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the University of California, Merced. The campus is beautiful, small, and new; the teachers are passionate, helpful, and available; and the students are supportive and kind. I love how far away the campus is from the city and I'm very grateful to have found the most amazing friends at UC Merced. Due to the location of the school, I have also learned to be more independent and responsible. If I could do it again, I would choose my school again because it is what I envisioned for my college experience.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are generally difficult and all come with different workloads. I know that when I get into higher division classes my work load will continue to grow until senior year ends. From what I know, professors are generally very knowledgeable of the topics they cover. However I have heard of a small number who do not treat their students the way they should-- with respect. I think that it is a problem that should be dealt with as soon as possible, not only for the school's reputation, but also for future students.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I love seeing that the community is made up of a diverse number of cultures. No one is treated differently, and no one is ever seen as a minority or threat.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I know that people smoke and drink, but I personally think that it's a way for students to unwind as long as it isn't taken intensely or dangerous heights. I do not drink or smoke myself, and I'm not treated any differently than someone who does. As long as students smoke outside of the school, I believe that it's okay. There is no pressure to do it.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus cares greatly for the health of their students. There are always signs and emails of encouragement to do at least one active thing a day.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I can't imagine myself attending any other university other than UC Merced now. Attending this school changed my vision

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I think that the career center does their job to help students find what they need to do. I always hear stories from alumni, which is helpful in reassuring me of my future.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love how clean every building is. No matter where I go, it seems that this school values cleanliness and low carbon usage.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I've heard a lot of good things about Greek students and their activities. I have a close friend at UC Merced who speaks highly of the one he is in.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I think that, for the most part, students share and show love for our school.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the small, close knit community. The campus isn't too big, and I'm not intimidated by other students. One complaint I do have is that the parking lots aren't exactly up to par.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UC Merced had an incident with student safety and did not have adequate procedures. The university needs more safety regulations.

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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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