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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Great classes and even better professors at UC Merced

3 College Student

Academics: I don't really care about the location, but it is the amount of people and their characters.

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.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: All the help you need is available.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I learned lots in the subjects I was in.


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What makes the academic experience at UCM so unique compared to other UC schools is that it is a public University with a private school setting. As a result, there's more personal attention and more resources provided to ensure an individual's success. Across the spectrum of students here with completely different majors, the consensus is the same—the professors' interactions with their students are certainly something to be awed at, and the opportunities are endless. No matter what field a student wants to pursue, he or she is bound to receive a worthwhile academic experience.

In general, the staff at UCM is committed to a student’s success, which is characteristic of UC's renowned reputation, but which is perhaps more noticeable at UCM due to its small size. Not only do students have enough opportunities to get personal attention from their professors, but they also have the chance to attend free tutoring and workshop sessions to help improve their study skills and grades. Many students also agree that the on-campus library is the best place to study, with many seating arrangements—whether one wants the more comfortable couch setting, the individual desk, or the spread-out table near the window overlooking the lake. The library also has four floors, with each accommodating the different noise levels one may wish to encounter. Perhaps one pitfall of the academic department at UCM is the occasional lack of classes offered, which lately occurs more and more due to the recent California budget cuts. Essentially, there are plenty of classes available, but they are not offered every semester, requiring some meticulous planning on the student's part.   

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • 20 to 49 students: 41%
  • 50 or more students: 19%
  • Fewer than 20 students: 40%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Natural Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 10%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 10%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
There are currently no online courses available at UCM, perhaps due to the University's small size and the fact that it just opened up a few years ago. Honestly, it might be harder to fund online courses at the moment due to California's budget cuts. However, many of the classes have online systems for students to turn in homework.
Best Places to Study
  • Housing Den
  • Kolligian Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask for help when needed.
  • Get involved in activities and be open-minded. Remember, UCM is a fairly new school, so it's also a great chance to become a leader.
  • Go for FREE tutoring. Think about it-more or less it's part of your tuition, so make use of it!
  • Study at least four hours for each class you attend (common formula: three hours per unit).
  • Visit TA and professor office hours.
  • Work first, then leave partying for later. Get your priorities straight and remember the main reason you're at college: to get an education.
Did You Know?
Undergraduates have more access to on-campus research opportunities compared to the students of any other UC school.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 127 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 83 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 82 responses

  • 4% This was my dream school.
  • 40% This was one of my top choices.
  • 56% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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