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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I believe UC Meced is an amazing school and I cannot wait to see it prosper.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like that my school is still young and there are many opportunities that can be taken to make a huge impact. I also like how modern it is and the small class room environment.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: UC Merced offered a very good financial aid packed as well as the opportunity to expand by staying in communication with your professors while attending smaller class sizes and also creating new clubs on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UC Merced has been a wonderful and inviting experience with many opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: it ia a different type of experience.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: School is very calm, which is good for introverts.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Small class sizes provide students with the opportunity to reach out to professors. Research is also easier to come by due to the school's small size.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Though the campus is small, there are more opportunities to meet with the professors and interact with them.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Not the best UC, but it still earns it's title as a UC.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UC Merced is full of opportunities and resources that students enjoy. I like that the small class size because you do not have to fight for them. UC Merced is a small school, but it grows every year with students from all over California.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The campus is small and a little boring. Not many options are available for outside life for fun like other big-sized UC's.

Although classes aren't enormous and professors are available for help, the campus could use more of a college feel.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the small community environment of my school.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: UC Merced has an abundance of resources to share. Considering that it is a smaller school there are more opportunities available. It can be a big change for people especially for those coming from a big city but it is worth it.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's a little small, I wish I had more options and more things to do in the area.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My overall experience was different than what I expected. This school is very diverse but the town in which it is located is very small and students don't have many options for going out and doing fun activities.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Only been to a few house parties.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of variety if you're into trying new things

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Parking at UC Merced is mediocre at best. Although not as expensive as other schools' parking, there is hardly ever enough space and finding a spot is a hassle unless you have class at 7:30 am.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The hot dogs from the carts are the best value in my opinion. They taste good and aren't as expensive as the DC. The burgers and the breakfast burritos at the DC are good options as well. I haven't tried anything else on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Offered a generous amount of financial aid and grants, all of which were processed promptly.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It depends but you can find a great place.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: There are good parties but you have to search for them.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of great dining places.

4 College Junior

Administration: There is enough supervision to keep students from going wild during their transition period from home to college but not too much to where you feel oppressed.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Some options are great but others are just okay.

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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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