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Reviews 1682 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The school is athletics is a great part of our campus. There is alot of student involvment in sports events, the school spirit is always on point and its great. The soccer team is one of the best college teams in california.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: One of my favorite experiences in UC Merced is that when it comes to exams most of my classmates come togther and form studying groups which is has been memorable from my part. My school is unique because the student population is not that big therefore giving the students a lot of opportunites to talk to the professor if we need help. I would not choose this school again because its always hot in Merced,and i would choose UCM because of the teacher vs student help one is able to get.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I had a roommate that joined greeklife, and as soon as they joined it they changed, they started going out more and wearing less, but in a way that was good because then she would get really annoying about her partying ways and how much she would drink and hook up with boys. it was good for her though because before that she was always in the room talking to her friends from home who were still in high school.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: there has never been a time that i ever felt unsafe at campus. we have a police station on campus that patrols the school all day, and at night we have security poles that if you ever do feel unsafe you can press and someone will escort you to where you have to go. its really safe at night i would always see people running around the campus, even though there are some dark areas, but nothing ever happened to them. i think we all have a great sense of community because we all keep an eye out for each other.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: i love that there is a diversity of all sorts in the classrooms. the professors are all there each individuals, and tech in their own way. certain professors are very tech savvy and do powerpoint, and others teach their class by taking notes with you. i had professors who really praised my work, and i had others that helped me improve a lot. the classes are a small size so the students and professors all get aquatinted amongst each other. even the biggest lecture halls that we have are pretty small. i genuinely love the size of the campus, and the amounts of students that make up each class.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really enjoyed living on campus, especially as an incoming freshman. everything is close, even if you are living in the farthest dorms which are Cathedral, Tenaya, and Half Dome. the atmosphere is great, you definitely get to know a lot of people, and recognize you neighbors. the rooms are easy to divide among the roommates, and the RA's have vacuums to keep your floors clean. in the 3 buildings that are mentioned, there is staff that clams the floor daily. the floor and restrooms are cleaned nails, except for weekends, so that is when the restroom is the messiest. i liked the fact that there were always events for the residents, and there was always free stuff that students could receive. overall living on campus is a great experience.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The first semester was easier than expected because I felt very prepared for it. As the next semester rolled in. I had a lot of trouble in physics but I managed to find what I was doing wrong and passed the class. The physics professor was not good at all. He didn't really teach us but I learned on my own.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Coming from a place where if you leave your laptop in the open and you go to the restroom and come back and it's gone. This campus finally allows you to feel safe and very trusting of people . We don't really steal from people on our campus. There's only been one incident in about 12 years in my school so I feel very safe.

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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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