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University of California - Merced Campus Life

Housing

Dorms
A-
Based on housing cost, capacity, student reviews and additional factors.
On-Campus Housing Available
Yes
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus
No
Freshmen Live On-Campus
Undergrads in College Housing
36%
Average Housing Cost
Poll
75%
of students say overall dorm quality is great.112 responses
Poll
74%
of students say the dorms' social atmosphere is great.195 responses

Food

Campus Food
C-
Based on meal plan cost and student reviews on the food.
Meal Plan Available
Yes
Average Meal Plan Cost
Poll
What are the best food options on campus?
Based on 265 responses
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  • The Marketplace--for snacks
    18%
  • The Food Carts that come Mon.-Fri.
    16%
  • The Lantern?\
    14%
  • The Dining Commons
    12%
  • Not many but the Food Carts that come Mon.-Fri.
    11%
  • None. The food choices get old quickly.
    9%
  • The food choices are very poor
    6%
36%
of students highly rate the dining facilities.125 responses

Campus Quality

Campus
C+
Based on quality of housing, food services, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Life
C+
Based on campus diversity, social scene, student reviews, and additional factors.
Poll
What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?
Based on 108 responses
  • I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
    28%
  • I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
    57%
  • The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
    14%
  • I hate my school and have no school spirit.
    1%

Safety

Safety
B+
Based on crimes on campus, local area crime rates, and student reviews.
Poll
91%
of students say they feel extremely safe and secure on campus.117 responses
Poll
How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?
Based on 73 responses
  • You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
    45%
  • Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
    47%
  • You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
    5%
  • If you don't partake, you're left out.
    3%
Poll
How visible are the campus police on campus?
Based on 90 responses
  • Extremely present and willing to assist students.
    31%
  • There if you need them but not overbearing.
    51%
  • Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
    13%
  • Not very visible.
    4%

Sports

Poll
How popular are varsity sports on campus?
Based on 189 responses
  • Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
    2%
  • Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
    12%
  • Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
    73%
  • No one pays attention to varsity sports.
    14%
Men's Varsity Sports
Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field: X-Country, Volleyball
Women's Varsity Sports
Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field: X-Country, Volleyball

Clubs & Activities

Clubs Offered
Campus Ministries, Dance, Radio Station, Student Government, Newspaper, Film Society, Yearbook
Music
Choral Groups, Pep Band
Poll
What are your favorite campus events or traditions?
Based on 79 responses
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  • Treats n beats
    35%
  • Cowchella
    25%
  • 5 de mayo
    14%
  • Cherry Blossom Festival
    11%
  • Asian Fest
    9%
  • We should have another one
    4%
  • THE LANE
    1%

Party Scene

Party Scene
C+
Based on access to bars and student reviews on the party scene.
Poll
What is the party scene like on campus?
Based on 123 responses
  • Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
    2%
  • Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
    11%
  • Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
    31%
  • Good parties are few and far between.
    27%
  • Parties? What parties?
    29%
Poll
What is the biggest party event of the year?
Based on 57 responses
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  • Cowchella?
    75%
  • There not really one
    14%
  • Halloween
    4%
  • Whatever they decide to call the Spring Concert
    4%
  • Graduation
    2%
  • Homecoming
    2%

Greek Life

Men in Fraternities
5%
Women in Sororities
6%
66%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.168 responses
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