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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I've meant a lot of great people on this campus. Everyone is really nice and open to each other. We are like an extended family. We are all excited to be around each others company.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: easy to get along with. friendly people

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty friendly. I just see a lot of groups.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is a great amount of diversity available, most students are friendly and easy going.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people on campus are extremely friendly and welcoming. You can talk to random strangers at any day at the time and they can be either a great help or just outgoing! The typical description of the typical student look would probably be regular jeans and a shirt or comfy attire. Most students are interested in clubs or extracurricular activities the school offers such as basketball, soccer, cooking club, etc.. but i see most students working out at the gym. Generally, a typical UC Merced student will study at the library or in designated study rooms at dorms. Even our game room is considered to be a designated area to study.


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Considering how diverse UCM is, there is probably someone for everyone. There are good-looking guys and girls here, and they come from all over California, with many different tastes in everything from music to clothes. There are groups of students into Greek life and partying, groups into sports, and those more focused on academics. Additionally, there are many people from different ethnic backgrounds, so people are bound to find others they can relate to. Plus, since UCM is a smaller school with a more intimate setting, students find it easier to get to know others and even their crushes.

Because of UCM’s intimate setting, there are numerous students in relationships. It has become common for a student to be exclusively dating another student on campus. There’s some casual dating, as well. If students do not have a relationship with someone on campus, there’s a high chance that they have a long-distance exclusive relationship with someone from back home. Nevertheless, there are those single and ready to mingle, either at parties or campus events, as well as some students who just choose to remain single.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Birth control is not offered on campus, but it is offered at the Planned Parenthood Center of Merced, located at 3166 Collins Drive.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. On-campus events (usually hosted by clubs)
  2. Class
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. The Partisan (local bar)
  2. Parties
  3. On-campus events held in the California Room and the den (both places located near housing)
Social Scene
There is a high level of social interaction on campus, with students actively participating in many events hosted by numerous clubs. Students are able to bond and chill, while munching on the free food that is offered on a regular basis. There are not many rallies and protests, but when there are, a handful of students put a lot of energy into working with each other and making their voices heard. Additionally, there are mixers hosted by sororities and fraternities that students often attend, as well as cultural clubs and the gay alliance club. Students also enjoy attending the on-campus culture and talent shows on the weekends. However, students often crave these activities to compensate for the somewhat duller off-campus scene.
Hookups or Relationships?
There's a mix here in terms of relationship statuses. There is a fair share of those happily single, or single and ready to mingle. However, there are also many students who are either casually or exclusively dating someone at school. Random hookups are not particularly common here, and while there is a community college nearby, one does not often, if ever, hear about anyone dating anyone from that school. Long-distance relationships with someone back home are also fairly prevalent.
Dress Code
There are not any outrageous styles here. For class and lunch, students wear jeans and a casual top, usually along with at least a light jacket because of the varying weather. However, once summer starts up, students are in shorts, short-sleeved shirts, or tank tops (especially the girls). Girls also often wear dresses and skirts, with skirt lengths usually hitting their knees. It is common for the guys here to wear button-down shirts. The students dress pretty similarly for parties, as well, with some girls wearing shorter dresses.
Did You Know?
UCM is located in the central valley/middle of California, meaning students come from as south as LA to as north as the Bay.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 63 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 64 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 70 responses

  • 23% None
  • 20% Long-distance relationship
  • 18% Casual dating at your school
  • 10% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 10% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 10% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 3% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 20 responses

  • 55% Hardworking, friendly, and easy going.
  • 25% Inteligent
  • 10% Getting by
  • 10% Hard working, competitive, intelligent

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 35% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 60% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 5% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 70 responses

  • 14% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 54% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 30% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 1% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 20 responses

  • 42% Class
  • 31% On-campus events (usually hosted by clubs)
  • 28% The school is fairly small; anywhere pretty much

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 20 responses

  • 33% Having the same class
  • 33% The dorms in freshman year
  • 33% Dorms, class, clubs/activities, parties


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