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UC Merced leads the UC system in the percentage of students from underrepresented ethnic groups, low-income families and students whose parents did not attend college.
The four-year Merced 2020 Project will add approximately 1.2 million gross square feet of teaching, research, residential and student-support facilities to the existing campus by 2020.
U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Merced No. 1 among public universities for financial aid given to first-year students.
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.
Nearly 40 percent of UC Merced’s undergraduates are from Southern California, 31 percent from the Central Valley, and 28 percent from Northern California.