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Campus Quality


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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Being built in the 21st century, the university counts with the latest eco friendly technology. With wide open spaces to study and take a relaxing walk through while enjoying the architecture structure one is sure to learn to love the outdoors. Tired of the school environment? With a less than 15 minute walk you can find yourself in the Yosemite lake where you can enjoy swimming or having a picnic with a few of your friends and watch while the sun sets behind the green grass.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Everything is new and clean!

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: It's a very green campus and the buildings are very futuristic looking

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: There is still time for the university to grow and improve each year there is a new building opening so there is more things to be done.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: UC Merced is very slept on. No one believes it until they start attending. The academic programs are excellent and professors know you by your first name, even in lectures! Campus life is wonderful. People know each other and if you don't, it's not that hard to get to know people. Overall the school is excellent.


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UCM’s 21st-century campus has the latest technology and newest facilities. Everyone is impressed with how technologically equipped the library is—with printers, copiers, scanners, and computers—and with its architectural design. The gym encourages students to work out with its pristine equipment. Buildings such as the Kolligian Library and the Science and Engineering building are designed to be more eco-friendly, with window panels that bring in more natural sunlight. Even the laundry room has comfortable couches for students to chill in while waiting for their laundry. With the already impressive array of facilities available, students are ready for more, specifically in the athletic area. Many students would love to have a swimming pool or tennis court on campus, so they wouldn't have to drive to the neighboring community college to have access to such facilities.

With the student body growing, building more facilities is a priority to prevent overcrowding. For example, while the laundry room is well-equipped, it is not always easy for students to find a machine. Sometimes, students have to take their clothes back to their dorms and hope machines will be available later. Additionally, there are a limited number of study spaces. While the freshman halls provide lounges which are open to anyone, students wish there were more study-specific lounges (since people can also have events in these open lounges or simply watch movies). The new housing hall opening in the fall of 2010 is slated to have new study spaces and laundry facilities. The UCM staff is trying to keep up with the demands for new facilities as the need to accommodate more students arises.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
910 acres
Student Centers
Students First Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Kolligian Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Dining Commons
  • Housing Den
  • Kolligian Library
  • Yosemite Lake
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
UCM is specifically geared towards being a "green" campus, so there are numerous initiatives taken by UCM staff and students. All the dorms come with a recycling bin, and there are regular recycling competitions for the on-campus halls. The dining hall also recently started offering reusable food containers. Buildings are also structured to be "green"; for example, the Kolligian Library uses glass panels that allow natural sunlight to come in for longer periods of time before having to rely heavily on electricity. The building uses 42 percent less water and 50 percent less energy compared to other libraries, and even has some recycled content in its carpet. The Science and Engineering building is structured in a similar way.
School Slang
  • The Bowl: Recreation-type field across from the library and near the Science & Engineering Building
  • Cat Card: School ID card
  • CatTracks: UCM school bus
  • COB : Classroom and Office Building; either pronounced C.O.B. or cob (as in corn on the cob).
  • DC: Dining Commons (Yablokoff Wallace Dining Center)
  • Asian Fest: This annual festival celebrates the Asian diversity found at this school. There are performances by various Asian clubs and different types of food are sold, as well. It is open to both UCM students and Merced locals.
  • Cherry Blossom Festival: Cherry Blossom Festival is a mini-version of Asian Fest. It occurs in early March, around the time the red and white blossom trees start growing on campus.
Urban Legends
  • There's a troubled ghost at the neighboring lake who comes out at night. She is known as the White Lady. It is not clear why she is troubled; some say she committed suicide because she couldn't attain her love, while others say her son was taken away from her.
  • We have two on-campus pet ducks called Ebony and Ivory. Supposedly, they were brought onto campus by a student and now everyone adores them.
Favorite Things To Do
Students enjoy going to the on-campus events that are held on a regular basis, such as talent showcases and scavenger hunts. There are also numerous times when there is free food offered in certain places; students often go to these events for both the food and to chill with friends. When there are not any events going on, students either participate in club meetings or hang out with friends in the library, library café (the Lantern), or the dining hall.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Prodigy
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 140 clubs and organizations on campus, varying from hobby clubs to academic clubs. There are also cultural, political, music, and sports clubs. The most active clubs on campus are cultural clubs (particularly Asian cultural clubs) and academic-focused clubs (i.e. pre-med, pre-law, etc.). Students get very involved in organizations here since it keeps them busy. It is easy to start a new club because of the fact UCM is a new and growing campus. One who wishes to start a club has to get a few others to join him, but OSL (Office of Student Life) tends to be willing and encouraging of new clubs. As a result, starting or joining new clubs serves as a great way to gain leadership positions.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Marching band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 104 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 26% Hang out with friends
  • 24% See the lake, skate around, go to the library, sit
  • 13% Go to the gym
  • 10% Spend time with my friends after a long day
  • 9% Sit outside the COB
  • 6% Play basketball
  • 5% Try to catch bunnies
  • 2% Play soccer and take a walk
  • 2% Eat @ the DC
  • 2% Study in the library
  • 1% Tour the school at night
  • 1% Sit by the little lake

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 34 responses

  • 38% Treats n beats
  • 22% Cowchella
  • 15% 5 de mayo
  • 13% Cherry Blossom Festival
  • 10% Asian Fest
  • 2% We should have another one

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 50 responses

  • 58% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 36% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 4% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 2% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 99 responses

  • 28% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 14% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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