UC Merced has been identified by Best Colleges as one of the country’s top 50 campuses where students have the most opportunity to interact with different ethnicities, ranking No. 12.
UC Merced is the most ethnically and culturally diverse student body among all University of California campuses.
“Diversity enriches our research and academic missions,” said Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Charles Nies. “We have remained committed to creating a campus that welcomes diversity and to increasing educational access for the students in the San Joaquin Valley region and across California.”
More than 1,700 schools were considered based on the following data variables: type of institution; enrollment; racial equity index score, based on the Shannon-Wiener Biodiversity calculation; and enrollment by race, obtained from Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System.