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National Rankings Point to Growing Recognition for UC Merced

UC Merced is rapidly rising among the nation’s top universities, as evidenced by the campus’s growing number of appearances on national and statewide “best schools” lists. As the campus celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and looks toward its next phase of growth, at least four revealing references have been noted from various sources.

Two recent accolades pertain to the practical value of a UC Merced education.

Campus on Track to Meet State’s Water Conservation Demands

Four months into the reporting period for Gov. Jerry Brown’s water-reduction mandate, and UC Merced has so far exceeded the goal.

Now it needs the campus community's help.

The campus, which constructed all of its buildings to be 40 percent more efficient than state requirements, has so far been able to trim another 25 percent of its water consumption from the baseline year of 2013, despite the addition of two new buildings and 1,000 more students since then.

Campus's Economic Impact in Valley Grows to $1.27 Billion

The University of California, Merced, directly invested nearly $170 million in the San Joaquin Valley economy over the past 12 months, according to the university’s annual Economic Impact Report released today (Oct. 13).

Regional investments since the campus began start-up operations in July 2000 now total $1.27 billion, the university reported. Statewide, UC Merced’s economic impact over the past 12 months amounted to $223 million, bringing its cumulative total to more than $2.4 billion.


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