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:
- TOP 20 | #15 among all US universities (Wall Street Journal 2023)
- TOP 30 | #28 among US public universities (USNWR 2024)
- TOP 50 | #49 among all US universities (Washington Monthly 2023)
- TOP 100 | #60 among all US universities (USNWR 2024)
- #4 for advancing social mobility (USNWR 2024)
- #7 for advancing economic mobility (Third Way’s Economic Mobility Index 2023)
- BEST COLLEGES | Princeton Review 2023
- #1 Greenest College Campuses in US (Ecowatch, 2022)
- #1 Sustainable Campus Index (AASHE, 2022)
- TOP 25 | #25 Global Most Innovative (World Universities with Real Impact, 2022)
- TOP 100 | #86 Top Colleges and Universities for Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine)