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Six UC campuses on list of the nation’s top 10 public universities

Of the nation’s 10 best public universities, six are UC campuses, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 rankings, released on Sept. 13.

U.S. News and World Report issues its list of the best American colleges and universities each fall. The magazine assesses academic reputation and outcomes, with graduation and retention carrying the most weight in its methodology. The top schools all have high graduation rates and strong rates of freshman retention.

UC Berkeley and UCLA were ranked first and second, respectively, among the nation’s public universities. UC Santa Barbara ranked No. 8; UC Irvine No. 9, and UC Davis and UC San Diego tied for 10th place.

“Once again, University of California campuses are named among the best public universities in the nation,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “That six of our campuses are in the top 10 reflects the commitment to excellence found among our students, faculty and staff systemwide. These rankings capture what we already know – UC students obtain a world-class education at a great value.”

In addition to standing out among public universities, UC campuses also performed well on the overall list that includes both public and private universities. Every one of UC’s undergraduate campuses made the cut, including UC Merced, which opened its doors in 2005.

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