University of California - Merced

1,766 reviews
  1. Merced, CA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    A-
University of California - Merced is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
California Pacific Conference
Address
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343

University of California - Merced Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
67%
SAT Range
910-1130
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$12,009/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,720/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,939/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,532/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,520/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,159/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.125 responses
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.127 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.127 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,811Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
64%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 76 responses
Report
  • Hardworking, friendly, and easy going.
    68%
  • Inteligent
    12%
  • Hard working, competitive, intelligent
    8%
  • Getting by
    7%
  • Hardworking, reserved, Getting by
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
67%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.155 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.176 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 83 responses
Report
  • New and developing
    67%
  • BOBCATS
    17%
  • Beautiful
    10%
  • Memorable
    4%
  • Interesting
    1%
  • Rewarding
    1%

After University of California - Merced

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Data not available
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
64%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
Data not available
National
83%
68%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.90 responses

Reviews

1,766 reviews
  • Excellent
    247
  • Very Good
    589
  • Average
    743
  • Poor
    150
  • Terrible
    37
The professors here at the Univeristy of California, Merced are passionate and straight forward about their expectations of their students. Most if not all of my toreadors make it clear that they care about their students success by reminding us that they have office hours or stopping mid-lecture to ask if we are understanding the lecture. Last semester, my history professor, professor Malloy was spectacular! He was always enthusiastic during lecture and would reenact historical events by asking us to participate in debates. Then, my sociology professor, professor Guzam, was always passionate during his sociology lectures and often asked if we were okay and were understanding everything he was explaining during lecture.
  • College Sophomore
  • 6 months ago
UC Merced offers a lot of extracurricular activities such as clubs and lectures from experts around the world. My favorite, memorable experience in UC Merced was the bioengineering lecture Q/A by Dr. Hoeffstatter. His presentation really enlightened my perspective on bioengineering and engineering in general.

I would say what makes my school unique is all the opportunities we have here on campus. There are plenty of resources here on campus for us students to use and that's really great!
  • College Freshman
  • 9 months ago
Living on campus is excellent and beneficial! I loved and disliked my first year living on campus. Imagine all those late night study sessions... The next morning I'd be exhausted and thought I'd be late to class because I'd wake up a little late, but I always made it to class on time and still a managed to grab breakfast. Living on campus is also beneficial for study sessions, group projects, and attending school events! The school events are fun and you get to socialize, and go to your friends dorm rooms. The only thing I didn't like about living on campus was that I had a terrible roommate who was racist and pretty evil. Other than that, I loved living on campus.
  • College Sophomore
  • 6 months ago