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University of California-Merced Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 31 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 3 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

49% Women
51% Men


Member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

California Pacific Conference

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Baseball - - Yes -
Basketball - - Yes Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Soccer - - Yes Yes
Softball - - Yes -
Tennis - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Volleyball - - Yes Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 31.1%
Black/non-Hispanic 6.7%
Hispanic 30.7%
Non-resident alien 3.2%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 4.8%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 22.9%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
Performance Arts
  • Dance
Journalism & Publications
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 4
Liquor Law Violation 2
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 0
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Kristen from Fresno, CA
  • 4
  • you definitely want to try to request a double room. the triples cost less, but they are the exact same size as the double so it gets a little cramped…

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  • Freshman @ UC Merced
  • 4
  • Living on campus does allow students to be more involved. The dorms are new and gorgeous and it does make meeting new people easier. …

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  • Israel from Modesto, CA
  • 5
  • UC Merced is the extension of your family. Imagine living with a bunch friends and constantly having fun even if it is playing games or studying.…

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  • Michelle from Murrieta, CA
  • 1
  • The dorm rooms are small and crowded. And they force you to eat the disgusting Dining Commons food (which is low quality and unsanitary). That is the only place…

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  • Lemaria from Merced, CA
  • 3
  • It's much easier to get to class if you live on-campus, but it's a very big problem if you want to get to town. The hardest thing I went through…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Marco
  • I am a current student here

    The food at the Dining Center is not that bad sometimes but what really gets me going is that they provided us with Food trucks and they were really, really good. plus they are building a new Dining Center and the DC quality could get better

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  • 2
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    The Dining Center is bad, but that is probably going to change soon, since next semester, Fall 2018, the new DC is going to open and the food might be different.

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  • 5
  • SigmaTech
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Not enrolled- attending Cal Poly Pomona

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  • 4
  • Israel from Modesto, CA
  • I am a current student here

    There are various food options. You are responsible for making your menu so don't complain when tired of the food when you always get the same thing.

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  • 4
  • Alexandra from Albany, CA
  • I am a current student here

    The food provided by the school gets boring after a while. The DC (dining commons) is small and has limited hours. Weekdays you have he option between pizza, burgers, asian, and mexican. Weekends you have burgers and pizza. There is also a salad bar and sandwich bar where you can create and customize your dishes. One thing the school does have is food carts. During the weekdays the school has restaurants from the city come in and set up carts towards the back of the campus that sells different foods. However the carts are only there during lunch time for a couple hours. The school itself also has food carts stationed around where you can grab a drink or snack. Located in the library is a caf�?�© like station where you can order food and drinks including coffee and is open during library hours.

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  • 2
  • Sofia from Los Angeles, CA
  • I am a current student here

    The first few weeks I was amazed by all the choices the dining center offered. Now, I know what to expect when I get there. I feel like I'm out of choices and stuck with eating the same old things. I miss homemade food!!! I want variation in my food. But then again, I depend on them having french toast every Saturday for brunch because that's the only day they serve it and they taste heavenly.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Evelyn from Lynwood, CA
  • I am a past student here

    Sororities Delta Delta Delta Delta Gamma Kappa Kappa Gamma Lambda Theta Nu Kappa Delta Chi (Colony) Fraternities Kappa Sigma Omega Delta Phi Sigma Chi

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  • 0
  • Stephanie from Pollock Pines, CA
  • I am a current student here

    The Greek Life is very active! They are constantly hosting events such as parties or selling food. While some of the parties do have alcohol (these are typically for upperclassmen 21+) a lot of the contain no alcohol and are simply there for people to go dancing and have a great time.

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  • 0
  • Matthew from Winnetka, CA
  • I am a current student here

    We are a young campus so the Greek Life is building. We have most of the major Frats. I am a founding member of Phi Alpha Delta and belong to Kappa Sigma as well.

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  • 0
  • Zuly from Merced, CA
  • I am a current student here

    There are plenty of sororities and fraternities. I haven't looked into them a lot but if you contact the student services on campus they can probably give you more information, but there is a festival in which they come out and give you information themselves.

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  • 0
  • Theresa from Stockton, CA
  • I am a current student here

    I have met some of the greatest people through greek life. With Alpha Phi Omega and Delta Epsilon Mu, my time in Merced has definitely changed. I have become more involved in school and in the community.

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  • 0
  • Kana from CA
  • I am a current student here

    There are many Greek organizations that you can join. There are the social fraternities and sororities, the professional fraternities (i.e. pre-med, pre-health), and even service fraternities to choose from.

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  • 0
  • James from Santa Clarita, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life here, alike everything else socially relevant, is still developing. There are currently 7 university-wide recognized chapters, and the number is only but growing. Campus activity, mixers, greek events etc., are very much available at this school.

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