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UC Merced leads the UC system in the percentage of students from underrepresented ethnic groups, low-income families and families whose parents did not attend college.
UC Merced’s faculty has more than 200 members with diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise, many of whom are involved in interdisciplinary and intercampus research collaborations that will benefit the region, the state and the world.
UC Merced’s student body is almost equally divided between men and women, with one third of its students coming from Southern California, one third from Central California, and one third from the Bay Area and Northern California.
Since its beginning in 2000, UC Merced has contributed more than $2.2 billion to the state’s economy, and more than $1.1 billion to the San Joaquin Valley’s economy.
UC Merced is an extremely green campus, dramatically cutting energy and gas usage per student every year, showing water savings well ahead of goals set by the UC president and having every one of its building projects LEED certified.

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