The University of California is a national leader in educational quality, affordability and alumni success, according to new rankings released by MONEY Magazine.  

On the magazine’s annual list of the 50 Best Colleges in the U.S., UC campuses took five of the top 11 spots, with two additional campuses in the top 40.

UC San Diego, UC Irvine and UCLA ranked second, third and fourth on the list respectively, with UC Berkeley at No. 7 and UC Davis No. 11. Also included among the nation’s top schools were UC Riverside at No. 32 and UC Santa Barbara at No. 38.

“These rankings demonstrate what millions of students and alumni already know: The University of California provides a transformative and affordable education for talented young people from all walks of life,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “Our high caliber of scholarship and research is a direct result of UC’s commitment to accessibility and student success.”

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In addition, all five UC medical centers earned high praise in the latest U.S. News and World Report survey. 

The 2018-2019 ranking of best hospitals, released Aug. 14, names UCSF Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center on its “honor roll,” at No. 6 and No. 7 nationally, for providing exceptional treatment across multiple areas of care.

Within California, UCSF Medical Center and UCLA Health hospitals were ranked first and second, respectively, with UC Davis Medical Center (No. 5), UC San Diego, Jacobs Medical Center (No. 9) and UC Irvine Medical Center (No. 11) close behind.

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