UC Merced received the top ranking for outperforming graduation rates. The university made the biggest leap on any college by jumping 32 spots on the list.
UC Merced continues to be recognized for the educational experience it provides to students and ranks in the top 100 on the list for most innovative universities.
Additionally, Fresno State was ranked in the top three for the best graduation rate among public universities for the third consecutive year.
Fresno State's quality and affordable education were also reflected in several other categories with a high percentage of students graduating with a minimal amount of debt compared to other universities.