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Ask a UCM Student!

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Replies to: Ask a UCM Student!

  • r31ncarnat3dr31ncarnat3d Registered User Posts: 452 Member
    Sorry about that, I had to take a leave of absence to prepare for finals :)

    What are the drawbacks to UCM not being accredited yet?

    To be honest, I'm not entirely sure myself. We have sent people to other prestigious grad schools (UCSF, Stanford, Columbia, etc) and of course graduates have been able to find jobs. From what I could gather, while UCM itself isn't accredited, as a campus in the UC system the UC name itself satisfies the requirement for many other schools/employers.

    I understand that the process is already underway, any word on the progress?

    They're still going through the entire procedure, but I've heard it might be finalized within two years. We've already have had representatives from the organization come down and visit us, as well as classroom visits and surveys from students. Unfortunately, I don't have anymore details than that.

    As for the upcoming medical school at UCM, any idea when it will open?

    I also do not know, but I'm pretty sure it won't be within the next four years. No construction has been started on any medical school yet, and the UC system is feeling a very large budget strain right now, and there has also been opposition within the city for a medical school over some stupid BS, but it's still another obstacle to overcome. I don't think the medical school will be happening anytime in the near future.

    Sorry again for answering your questions so late. Hope this helps!
  • Jserrano298Jserrano298 Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    r31ncarnat3d, no problem! I completely understand.
    During the last finals, I had no time for anything else. I was literally dreaming about
    chemistry calculations lol

    Awesome. I did hear that the accreditation issue could effect the chance of being accepted at a med school, but I'm not sure how true that is.

    That really sucks that there is opposition to a med school. I'm actually pretty surprised anyone would be against an institution that trains doctors, especially in a place that is rural and under-served! When it's time for me to apply to med school, it's most likely going to be Davis.

    Thanks again for the help r31ncarnat3d :)
  • satoshikrdsatoshikrd Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Hey I was curious about what the comp sci program was like at Merced.

    I am a high school senior that has the possibility of transferring in one year if i go to a cc (meaning i can scrape the min. 60 credits =P) or i could go to UCM and I didn't know what the program was like because no matter where i googled i could only find that basically everyone ranked UCM as the last school to go to.
  • GreatBarrierReefGreatBarrierReef Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    where did you read that Merced is ranked last? sounds exaggerated

    i'm going into the computer science major here next year
  • joylovejoylove Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    Well, as its not ranked yet, most people put UCM on the bottom of any list due to its infancy.
  • fusionallfusionall Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    @satoshikrd

    You're going to have to get more specific than that. Every program is what you make it out to be. The student defines the campus, the campus doesn't define the student.

    Now, to try to give you an answer that I think you're looking for, the comp-sci program seems to be like any other program at any other university. I've had some cool professors for my programming courses, some super-nerdy ones, and some TA's that were chill and laidback.
  • fusionallfusionall Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    @ Jserrano298

    Awesome. I did hear that the accreditation issue could effect the chance of being accepted at a med school, but I'm not sure how true that is.

    It is an issue if you are applying to Ivy League schools. We've had several students go on to medical schools, including highly ranked UCSF. At some point, accreditation doesn't matter since the medical school will look at the individual and what he or she has done for themselves rather than what the institution has done for the student.

    However, as mentioned earlier, the Ivy League schools are notoriously picky and will most likely not even look at your application if you are applying from a school without accreditation.


    That really sucks that there is opposition to a med school. I'm actually pretty surprised anyone would be against an institution that trains doctors, especially in a place that is rural and under-served!

    Very true, but with the budget cuts to education and the tuition increases for students, it doesn't look like the UC system will have money for expansion for quite a while. It's a real shame when we students have to foot the bill for the mismanagement of funds by those who were hired to make our futures as bright as possible.
  • jbjh24jbjh24 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Is their any way to do research at Uc Merced??? Are there any close hospitals??? I am also a pre med student thinking about going to Uc merced, but I want to know if there is a way I can do research...
  • jbjh24jbjh24 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Oh and does UcM have any deals with med schools to help get students in??????
  • joylovejoylove Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    Yes! Since the school is small, students are able to get research positions due to accessible professors. It is actually fairly common.

    Secondly, there's a hospital (I think it's Mercy) a mile away or so. You can see it in the distance.

    Sadly, there are no "deals" with medical schools unfortunately. But UC Merced is in the process of creating one. We're still talking about it. I heard somewhere around 2013, if that.
  • jbjh24jbjh24 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Thanks, oh and umm... Do you think Uc merced will get to a higher ranking throughout the UC schools? And would you choose Uc Merced over Uc Riverside?
  • joylovejoylove Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    Well, I'm biased, but I would probably pick this school again.

    I'm learning first-hand how wonderful small class sizes are. And there's so much personal attention. It's diverse here like nothing else.
  • jbjh24jbjh24 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Thanks very much. I might meet you their one day ;)
  • lovingbirdlovingbird Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    what was you stat to get in Molecular and Cellular Biology major? If I may ask.
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