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UCI is the nation’s No. 1 university doing the most to advance upward mobility. Our undergraduate and graduate student body looks like few others: Exceptional for its multiple and varied dimensions of diversity. Exceptional for shared drive, talent and ambition. Exceptional for the range of perspectives that fuel every aspect of UCI’s teaching and discovery. We empower these talented, ambitious young people to realize their full potential by creating a platform for upward mobility like no other, unsurpassed at breaking down barriers standing in the way of successful outcomes. UCI students are poised to shape a brilliant future for our nation and the world.

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Did You Know?

Last year, the New York Times Editorial Board used research from UC Irvine as the primary example of how scientific discovery can create transformative outcomes. When chemistry professor Sherry Rowland and his postdoc Mario Molina showed that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) deplete ozone they helped to launch a campaign that literally saved the world. Following their discovery, several changes in policy took effect in the U.S. and in 1987 the world agreed on the Montreal Protocol, a global arrangement to protect the stratospheric ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances. Fast forward to 2019 — the ozone hole was the smallest on record since its discovery.