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    2019

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

      • No. 1 in the nation for student outcomes
      • No. 1 in the nation for outperforming expected graduation rates
      • No. 7 in the nation for social mobility
      • No. 13 among public universities for Best Undergraduate Teaching
      • No. 44 in Top Public Schools and No. 104 in National Universities
      • No. 11 among public universities and No. 1 in the UC for student participation in undergraduate research and creative projects
      • No. 27 among public universities for alumni giving rate

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      AASHE Sustainable Campus Index

      • No. 1 in the nation for sustainable buildings
      • Tied for No. 1 in the nation for sustainable research
      • Tied for No. 5 in nation for sustainability investment and finance
      • No. 10 in the nation in sustainable waste operations
      • No. 6 overall among doctoral institutions

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      Sierra Club's Cool Schools

      • No. 6 in the nation for sustainability

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      Washington Monthly College Guide

      • No. 8 in the nation for performance of sudents who receive Pell Grants
      • No. 8 in the nation for performance of first-generation students

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      The Princeton Review's Best 385 Colleges 2020 edition

      • Selected to "Best Western" and "Green Colleges" lists
      • Maximum score of 99 for Green Rating

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      Times Higher Education Young University rankings

      • Debuted at No. 60 in the world
      • Tied for No. 4 among U.S. universities

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      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 nation for performance of first-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