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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…

  • Mar-10-2012 Read More
  • Alexandra from Merced, CA
  • 4
  • most students live off-campus, but as a freshman, i recommend living in the dorms. just so you know how good you have it when you move into an apartment or…

  • Feb-07-2012 Read More
  • 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…

  • Aug-06-2012 Read More
  • Taylor from Valencia, CA
  • 3
  • The dorms are themselves are fine, they're clean but they don't provide a lot of space for the amount of people which are supposed to be living in them. …

  • Dec-22-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Alexandra from Albany, CA
  • Nov-08-2014 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 café 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
  • Nov-05-2014 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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  • 5
  • Andrew from Merced, CA
  • Jun-03-2014 I am a current student here

    I don't see why everyone's complaining about the food here. It's amazing what kinds of food are featured in our dining center. It's worth it because it beats cooking for yourself since you are in dorms.

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  • 3
  • Savannah from Exeter, CA
  • Mar-18-2014 I am a current student here

    The food at UC Merced is something that, while acceptable, could use improvement. While the hours of the dining center seem to be something that everyone has an issue with, the quality of the food should be improved before looking into extending the hours. Some foods at the dining center are of good quality; however others simply taste like typical cafeteria food. While there are few items in the dining center that I refuse to even try, there is a large variety of options to choose from. Even with these options however, at times it seems as if you are eating the same thing day after day, because nothing else seems appetizing. It is an option for students to submit ideas of dishes for the dining center to have- however I feel students are not aware of this option; if they were then there is potential for additional options and variety to be added to the menus in the dining center. Overall, the food somewhat what would be expected out of a high school cafeteria- some options are good while others, not so much.

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  • 3
  • Celeste from Merced, CA
  • Mar-14-2014 I am a current student here

    Everyone says the food is repetitive but they are adding more food options and variety. Still it can be crowded so choose carefully when you are going to eat but the Ozzi system thins the crowds a little bit.

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  • 3
  • UCM Bobcat
  • Feb-27-2014 I am a current student here

    The Dining commons has a fair variety of food, but I always wish they had something more.

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  • 3
  • Bre
  • Feb-09-2014 I am a current student here

    Its the not the best its the same thing everyday kinda tiresome. However there is this new thing where its food carts from local restaurants and that's nice.

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  • 3
  • Natalie V.
  • Jan-30-2014 I am a current student here

    Dining Commons Food (DC Food) gets old after a while. So, if you want more options buy your own snacks and bring a microwave and make use of the reservable kitchens on campus.

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  • 3
  • Lucky Student.
  • Jan-29-2014 I am a current student here

    The food id not that great. It's satisfying for a while but then you can get bored eating the same thing. I just wish there were healthier options. Of course I like the food here but it gets tiring.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Stephanie from Pollock Pines, CA
  • Jan-03-2014 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
  • Nov-06-2013 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
  • Oct-28-2013 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
  • Aug-06-2013 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
  • Dec-31-2012 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
  • Dec-18-2012 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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