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Accolades

    2019

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

    • School of Engineering ranks No. 134
    • Computer Engineering debuts at No. 105 in the nation
    • Mechanical Engineering is No. 121 in the nation

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    2018

    Education Dive's Dive Awards

    • Named University of the Year (honors the industry’s top disruptors and innovators)

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

    • No. 2 in the nation for outperforming graduation rate expectations
    • No. 15 in the nation for social mobility
    • No. 17 among public universities for best undergraduate teaching
    • No. 67 in top public schools
    • No. 136 in national univeristies
    • No. 44 among public universities for alumni giving rate

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    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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    Washington Monthly College Guide

    • No. 7 in the nation for performance of sudents who receive Pell Grants
    • No. 13 in the naiton for performance of firt-generation students
    • No. 14 in the nation for social mobility

    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