UC Irvine

UC Irvine is approaching its 50th anniversary. In that short period of time, the university has become recognized internationally for research, discovery and scholarly efforts that improve lives throughout California and benefit communities in every corner of the globe.

Students at UCI care about the world around them and want to create something greater than themselves. UCI's educational programs prepare students to become leaders in many fields and enrich local, national and international communities. Our graduates include leaders in the arts, sciences, business and education — among them are three Pulitzer Prize winners and the architect of the HTTP/1.1 Internet protocol used worldwide.

Life at UCI is rich in diversity. Students from California high schools and community colleges, nearly 100 foreign countries and across the United States are attracted to our campus to live, learn and have fun.

Students and faculty at UCI engage in volunteerism, research and teaching to lead change that will improve the world in which we live.

One of our campus's unique strengths lies in the way we combine the advantages of a large, dynamic research university with the friendly feel of a small college.

Academic highlights

UC Irvine is consistently ranked among the nation's best universities. Times Higher Education ranked UC Irvine #1 among U.S. universities under 50 years old – and seventh worldwide. UC Irvine has been the top U.S. university and in the top-10 worldwide each year since the THE’s “100 Under 50” rankings were introduced three years ago. In every major, undergraduates on our campus have access to stellar faculty at the forefront of cutting-edge fields. And, at UCI impressive opportunities to participate in faculty directed research projects are available as early as freshman year.


Academic and research options are offered through more than 80 undergraduate degree programs in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences, School of Education, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, School of Humanities, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, School of Physical Sciences, School of Social Ecology, School of Social Sciences, The Paul Merage School of Business, Program in Nursing Science, Department of  Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Program in Public Health. UCI offers excellent professional schools in the fields of medicine, law, business, education and the arts.


Students discover easy access to stellar faculty for research and mentoring. Three UC Irvine researchers have won Nobel Prizes — two in chemistry and one in physics — and one of our faculty members has won the prestigious Templeton Prize.


All undergraduates at UC Irvine can participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. In learning how to conduct research, students develop skills they will use throughout their lives, such as critical analysis, problem-solving and communication. Research opportunities are available in every discipline, and students can carry out their work at outside agencies, including national laboratories, industrial partners, community service agencies and other universities.


With more than 600 student clubs and organizations, students readily find friends who share their interests. Multicultural festivals, concerts, films, lectures, plays and fine arts performances provide a broad range of social and leadership opportunities.


An NCAA Division I school, UC Irvine’s athletics program features 18 sports (nine men's and nine women's teams and a coed sailing program). The Anteaters have won 28 national championships in nine different sports and 64 individual Anteaters have won national championships; 53 have competed in the Olympics; and more than 3,500 students have been honored as Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes. UC Irvine has had over 500 All-Americans. The university is also a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Additionally, the campus boasts a complete state-of-the-art sports and fitness facility, the Anteater Recreation Center.

Environment and tempo

The contemporary campus sits on 1,500 acres of coastal foothills in Orange County, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. Located in Irvine, which consistently ranks as one of the safest large cities in the nation, UCI is centrally located to famous surfing beaches, bike trails, hiking, desert camping and mountain resorts. Aldrich Park is the centerpiece of the campus. Its unique circular design consists of sweeping lawns, native shrubs and large trees, and is surrounded by the university's academic buildings.