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Reviews 1403 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process goes smoothly and the financial aid office is very helpful.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The campus food is okay. There is definitely room for improvement.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have never really eaten out off-campus there are some places that I have gone. However I here that they are good places to eat around town.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very affordable and the houses are beautiful. If you are lucky, landlords are very helpful to students.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Parties are pretty good around the El Redondo and Bellevue area but often get shut down by cops because of noise issues.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus is not bad at all. Most local restaurants offer student discounts of UCM students.

4 College Junior

Administration: The campus policy are all designed around the students safety and success.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: As long as you constantly review your checklist and make sure everything is going smoothly, the financial aid process is not something you should stress about.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I do not know anything about this section.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I can not really relate to this because I usually do not pay attention to Athletics.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus so I do now know how to answer this.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I really do not know where any parties are usually at.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I think the strictness on campus is not to bad. Maybe there should be a little more strict on noise level in dorms but other wise okay.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I think it went well didn't really have problems.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think the food needs a big improvement. Please.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on Campus was okay. It was not too bad but could be improved. I though of maybe there being more social events of having a little bit more fun.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: In some cases it is great and in others it is not but there are ways to get what you need.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I haven't done that really but I hear they are great in some aspects and bad in others.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are way more options and can give the student a better choice of food.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration could do a better job in making sure some of the restrictions on drugs and alcohol are followed well.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There could be a better way to get help and those who are there to help could give the students more options but they do get the job done.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food could be of better quality but it is great in some aspect.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The resident assistants are good with those in housing and offer many socials to allow students to get to know one another.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: College students are living in 3-6 bedroom mansions

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So many choices, but they need to be open past 9 PM

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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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