Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined 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 in many ways.
With 30,000 students, 1,100 faculty members and 9,700 staff, UCI is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UCI ranks among the top U.S. universities in the number of undergraduate applications and continues to admit freshmen with highly competitive academic profiles. Orange County’s second-largest employer, UCI generates an annual economic impact on the county of $4.8 billion.
Excellence in Academics & Research
Consistently ranked among the nation's best universities – public and private – UCI excels in a broad range of fields, garnering national recognition for many schools, departments and programs. Three UCI researchers won Nobel Prizes – two in chemistry and one in physics.
The university is noted for its excellent research and graduate programs, an extensive commitment to undergraduate education, and a growing number of professional schools and programs of academic importance and social significance. Recent enhancements include public health, pharmaceutical sciences and nursing science programs; an education school; as well as California’s first public law school in four decades.
A Prime Resource for the Community
UCI’s students, faculty and staff reach beyond the classrooms and laboratories to address social issues and improve the human condition. UC Irvine Medical Center, Orange County’s only university hospital, recently opened a world-class facility, UC Irvine Douglas Hospital, housing the latest technologies and strengthening UCI’s ability to provide specialized medical and surgical treatments to the region’s citizens.
A major intellectual and cultural center, UCI engages the community through many public activities and events. Renowned individuals speaking on campus include Nobel Peace Prize winner the XIV Dalai Lama, Jordan’s Queen Noor, British industrialist and Virgin Unite founder Sir Richard Branson, and United Nations messengers of peace Dame Jane Goodall and Charlize Theron.
Fueling Growth & Prosperity
The university has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in capital construction projects, with additional upgrades under way or in the planning stages. Extramural funding – money coming from outside sources, including federal and state agencies, industry contracts and private foundations in support of UCI research – regularly exceeds $300 million annually.
As the campus marks its 50th anniversary, UCI also celebrates the success of its $1 billion fundraising campaign to support the campus’s continued excellence in research, teaching and public service in the decades ahead.