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Accolades

2018

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Grad Schools

  • Chemistry debuts at No. 122 in the nation
  • Mathematics debuts at No. 144 in the nation
  • Physics debuts at No. 146 in the nation
  • Biology debuts at No. 175 in the nation
  • School of Engineering ranks No. 132 in its third appearance on the list
  • No. 76 in the nation in Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering debuts at No. 126 in the nation

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2017

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

    • No. 1 public university for financial aid given to first-year students
    • No. 11 in the nation for outperforming graduation rate expectations
    • No. 15 public university for least debt upon graduation
    • No. 87 in the nation among public schools and No. 165 overall

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    U.S. News & World Report’s 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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    Washington Monthly College Guide

    • No. 3 for graduation rate of Pell Grant recipients
    • No. 5 for social mobility
    • No. 10 for graduation rate of first-generation students
    • No. 22 for earnings performance among graduates

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    Sierra Club’s Cool Schools

    • No. 50 in the nation for sustainability

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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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    College Raptor

    • No. 12 among Hispanic-Serving Institutions

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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