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Imagine infinite electricity, an ever-renewing supply of water, fewer forest fires and floods, a greater capacity for awe and wonder, and an end to implicit bias.

Imagine a pill to reverse Alzheimer’s, opioid-free pain relief, a cure for blindness and the ability to grow a new kidney.

Imagine exponentially greater student success in schools and colleges across the nation.

Imagine a global magnet dedicated to exploring one of the most comprehensive collections of California art ever amassed.

This is beyond blue-sky thinking: It’s UCI daring. It’s why we’re synonymous with the American dream. Why we draw so many of the world’s great thinkers and doers. Why we receive more student applications than almost every other university in the nation. Why Anteater pride is surging like never before and why UCI innovations add billions to the economy every year.

UCI’s Brilliant Future campaign is not just about our brilliant future. It’s about yours. It’s for a world that needs us to do more of what’s never been done before—and we know how.

But we can’t do it alone. We need you to be the trailblazing, entrepreneurial, optimistic visionaries you are.

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Your investment in our shared vision of a brilliant future continues to transform lives in every way imaginable. Thank you for making an incredible difference.
- Chancellor Howard Gillman
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10 Less than 10 percent of UCI’s budget comes from the state of California, yet UCI is one of the top 10 public universities in the nation.

90% All gifts – regardless of size – make a difference. In fact, 90 percent of all gifts made to UCI are less than $1,000.


Together, let’s advance the dream—in America and beyond. Let’s transform healthcare and wellness as we know it. Let’s accelerate the impact of world-changing research. Let’s explore, challenge and illuminate our shared human experience. Let’s do it for this generation and the next — and the next.

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We invite you to explore our vision and consider partnering with us so that, together, we can forge a brilliant future — for our region, for our nation, for our world.

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Explore our vision and consider partnering with us so that, together, we can forge a brilliant future — for our region, for our nation, for our world.

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.