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Accolades

Alyssa Jones (left) and Thanh-Ngoc Le work together in Professor Benjamin Stokes' chemistry lab. Jones graduated in May 2016 with a B.S. in chemistry and is now attending graduate school at UC San Diego. Le is a graduate student.

UC Merced, the newest campus of the venerable University of California, is quickly gaining recognition for its outstanding research, academics, student support, public service, commitment to sustainability and more. Below is a sampling of the university’s recent accolades.

2017

U.S. News & World Report Best Grad Schools

• No. 70 in the nation in Environmental Engineering
• School of Engineering rises to No. 127 overall
• No. 90 in the nation in Psychology

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Thomson Reuters Project Finance International Awards

  • Americas P3 Deal of the Year (for the Merced 2020 Project)

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2016

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings

  • No. 8 in the nation for outperforming graduation rate expectations
  • Debuted at No. 78 in the nation among public schools and No. 152 overall

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Washington Monthly College Guide

  • No. 5 in the nation for social mobility
  • No. 8 in Best Bang for the Buck: Western Colleges
  • No. 41 among all universities in the nation

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Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

  • Received R2 designation, the second-highest for American research institutions

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Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

  • Appeared for the second consecutive year, scoring 93 out of 99 possible points

Sierra Club’s Cool Schools

  • Fourth appearance in five years on the sustainability rankings

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Niche College Rankings

  • No. 15 in the state for best professors
  • No. 17 in the state for safest campus
  • No. 84 in the nation for best dorms

GoodCall Best Schools for Scholarships Report

  • No. 8 out of 4,000 colleges for scholarships received

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Educate to Career

  • No. 12 in the nation for workforce preparedness, employability and income

2015

Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

  • Campus recognized for institutional commitment to community engagement

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U.S. News & World Report

  • Engineering and Psychological Sciences ranked among best graduate programs

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Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

  • First appearance in sustainability rankings

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Sierra Club’s Cool Schools

  • Ranked No. 51 for sustainability

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Educate to Career

  • No. 16 in the nation for workforce preparedness, employability and income

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BestColleges.com

  • Ranked among top 50 most diverse campuses in the U.S.

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Best Value Schools

  • No. 38 for best value among California colleges and universities