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Merced was chosen as the site for the newest University of California campus because of the need to provide access to a world-class education and research opportunities to the underserved Central Valley. In just 15 years, UC Merced has risen to national prominence for its success in student outcomes, particularly among first-generation students and those from underrepresented backgrounds. UC Merced has also established a prolific research enterprise, becoming the youngest university to achieve the Carnegie Foundation’s R2 classification, and is already taking steps to reach R1 status. The university is currently developing its first 10-year strategic plan, which will guide its growth toward 2030.   


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