The University of California, Irvine, is recognized internationally for research, discovery and scholarly efforts that improve lives throughout California and benefit communities in every corner of the globe.
UC Irvine's educational programs prepare students to become global leaders in many fields. Our graduates include leaders in the arts, sciences, business and education — among them is the architect of the HTTP/1.1 Internet protocol used worldwide.
Life at UC Irvine is rich in diversity. Students from California high schools and community colleges, across 50 states and nearly 100 countries are attracted to our campus to live, learn and have fun.
Students and faculty at UC Irvine 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.
UC Irvine is consistently ranked among the nation's best universities. Students, faculty and researchers at UC Irvine are working to solve societal issues and support human development worldwide.
Academic and research options are offered through more than 80 undergraduate degree programs in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, School of Biological Sciences, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, School of Humanities, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, School of Physical Sciences, School of Social Ecology, School of Social Sciences, Paul Merage School of Business and programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nursing Science and Public health. UC Irvine offers excellent professional schools in the fields of medicine, law, business, education and the arts.
As early as the freshman year, 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 nearly 500 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 has an athletics program featuring 18 sports (nine men's and nine women's teams and a coed sailing program). The Anteaters have won 26 national championships in nine sports, and more than 2,000 students have been honored as Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes. UC Irvine has also had over 400 All-Americans. 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 one of the safest large cities in the nation, it 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.