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UC Merced, founded in 2005 as the first US research university opened in the 21st century, is already renowned as one of the top universities for both academic quality and ability to transform the lives of graduates.

The university is highly ranked by several prestigious publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, The Princeton Review, Money and others. It is increasingly recognized for its outstanding academic programs and for its commitment to environmental sustainability.

Here is a selection of UC Merced’s top rankings:

Recent Rankings

  • #5 for creating social mobility (USNWR, 2023)
  • #13 for economic diversity  (USNWR, 2023)
  • #15 California Universities (USNWR, 2023)
  • #15 R2 Nationally (USNWR, 2023)
  • TOP 25 | #23 among public universities (Washington Monthly, 2022)
  • TOP 25 | #25 Global Most Innovative (World Universities with Real Impact, 2022)
  • TOP 50 | #42 Overall Public Universities (USNWR, 2023)
  • TOP 50 |  #49 Nationally (Washington Monthly, 2022)
  • TOP 100 | #97 Overall National Universities (USNWR)
  • TOP 100 | #80 Best Colleges by Value (MoneyMagazine, 2022)

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