Publication ranks area universities in top 10


U.S. News & World Report has ranked two universities in the Central Valley among the top 10 in the nation and state.

University of California, Merced was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for financial aid awarded to first-year students, and University of the Pacific was ranked No. 9 in California as one of the “Best National Universities.” It also ranked No. 6 in the private institution category.

“UC Merced was established in part to fill a great need — to bring the best public higher education system in the world to students in an underrepresented region in the heart of California,” said Dorothy Leland, Chancellor of UC Merced. “We measure our success by the success of our students, and these recognitions demonstrate that we are achieving that goal at a level that is all but unparalleled in the nation.”

It was also reported that UC Merced was a “strong performer in graduation and retention rates.” Its graduation rate is 10 percentage points above U.S. News & World Report’s predicted rate.

UC Merced ranked No. 87 out of 100 for the “Best Colleges” in the public schools category.

“We see these rankings as proof positive that we continue to provide our students the kind of superb education they need to succeed in their lives and in their careers,” said Pamela A. Eibeck, UOP’s President. “These rankings are not easy to achieve and come from the very hard work of many people on our three campuses.”

Overall, UOP ranked No. 110 in the nation out of 311 schools total; 190 public schools, 114 private schools and seven for-profit schools were all ranked. The Stockton-based school tied with the University of San Francisco, Howard University, University of Alabama and University of Utah.

University of the Pacific also did well in the categories of “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs,” ranking No. 44, and “Best Ethnic Diversity,” earning a diversity index of 0.71 on a scale 0 to 1.0, with 1.0 being the greatest diversity.

UC Merced was also ranked No. 12 as the best Hispanic-Serving Institution in the nation.


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