The University of California, Irvine
Founded in 1965, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) combines the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national, and global communities.
UCI is comprised of 13 schools and offers 92 majors and 86 minors, 62 master’s, and 68 Ph.D.’s. UCI has over 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students, over 1,200 regular rank faculty, and over 10,000 staff members. UCI is among the most diverse and dynamic campuses in the University of California (UC) system. UCI is the top university doing the most for the American Dream, according to The New York Times College Access Index. UCI is ranked #7 as the best public university by U.S. News and World Report; has been in the top 10 rankings of “Cool School” by Sierra magazine for nine years; and is the number one college for beach lovers for the second year in a row by Money magazine. In 2017-18, UCI was designated a Hispanic-serving inst...itution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution. UCI was seventh in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students in 2015-16. UCI holds 28 national titles in nine sports. UCI has an annual operating budget exceeding $2.9 billion. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UCI received more than 94,000 undergraduate applications for admission in fall 2018, and its admitted freshmen have highly competitive academic profiles. UCI is one of 62 leading research universities elected into the prestigious Association of American Universities.
Located in the heart of Orange County, UCI enjoys the best of what Southern California has to offer: beaches, mountains, deserts, and a broad variety of cultural, entertainment, and intellectual activities. At the center of campus, Aldrich Park creates an oasis of serenity from which buildings radiate in a circular pattern, integrating natural open space with modern structure. Orange County’s second-largest employer, UCI generates an annual economic impact on the county of $5 billion.