UC Merced is an above-average public university located in University of California-Merced, California in the Modesto Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,741 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the UC Merced acceptance rate is 74%. Popular majors include Biology, Psychology, and Business Administration and Management. Graduating 66% of students, UC Merced alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,600.
NAIA Division II
California Pacific Conference
University of California - Merced Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.125 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.133 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.133 responses
Most Popular Majors
Business Administration and Management145 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering112 Graduates
Political Science and Government68 Graduates
Cognitive Science63 Graduates
Computer Engineering63 Graduates
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering35 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.161 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.182 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.90 responses
University of California - Merced Reviews
UC Merced is a great university, but is in the middle of no where which tends to make weekends uneventful. As first year students, you’re not able to have a car on campus so you really have to make the best out of the campus. Lake Yosemite is walking distance from the campus, which is a plus because students can have a barbecue and relax there. The professors are always there to help you with anything. Food isn’t the best, unless food truck are on campus. Overall UC Merced is a beautiful campus and a great place to study!
I like that it's a college that isn't centered around any major cities. While there are always fun activities going on around campus, the school is still a relatively calm and quite place that's dedicated to helping students who hope to succeed academically, socially, and as an individual. While most schools don't talk about their flaws such as only providing accommodations for freshman, here at UCM they try and provide aid to the insecurities of students. When students became food insecure with the limited varieties at our dining commons, the school introduced multiple food trucks ,is opening a new dining center this fall, and is also providing connections to food opportunities in Merced. With student housing insecurities and with the new housing building opening up, UCM provided more space for continuing students to be able to live on campus while also providing help for students to choose to remain off campus entirely.This truly is a school that listens to the needs of its students
The professors here at the Univeristy of California, Merced are passionate and straight forward about their expectations of their students. Most if not all of my toreadors make it clear that they care about their students success by reminding us that they have office hours or stopping mid-lecture to ask if we are understanding the lecture. Last semester, my history professor, professor Malloy was spectacular! He was always enthusiastic during lecture and would reenact historical events by asking us to participate in debates. Then, my sociology professor, professor Guzam, was always passionate during his sociology lectures and often asked if we were okay and were understanding everything he was explaining during lecture.