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Two Central Valley Universities Get Top 10 Rankings

U.S. News and World Report gave high marks to two Central Valley colleges in its annual ranking of Best Colleges. University of the Pacific and U.C. Merced finished in the top 10.

U.C. Merced came in as No. 1 in financial aid for first-year students.

University of the Pacific held the No. 9 spot among the Best National Universities in California.

Director of Admissions Chris Krzak at Pacific says it was the first university to guarantee students to graduate in 4 years.

“Our small class size, the academic caliber of our faculty, which is why students choose to come to the University of the Pacific -- that leads to our high ranking," Krzak says.

U.C. Merced Vice Chancellor Charles Nies says about 90 percent of students are receiving some form of financial aid.

“The rankings in the U.S. News and World Report have been a great way for us to really tell that story about the commitment by the University of California to affordable education.”
Overall, Pacific was ranked at 110 out of 300 National Universities, and U.C. Merced at No. 87 among Public Schools.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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