At UCI, we believe in the infinitely curious. We are the tinkerers, the dreamers, and the courageous of thought. If this sounds like you, then you need to be here.
Students at UCI see and do things differently. They care about the world around them and want to create something greater than themselves. We nurture our students’ unique strengths by encouraging bold, independent, one-of-a-kind thought, enabling them to see opportunity where others see impossibility.
UCI is recognized internationally for research, discovery and scholarly efforts that improve lives throughout California and benefit communities in every corner of the globe.
Life at UCI is rich in diversity. The best and brightest students from California high schools and community colleges, from across the United States and around the world are attracted to our campus to live, learn and have fun.
The campus seamlessly combines the advantages of a large, dynamic research university with the friendly feel of a small, liberal arts college. Students and faculty at UCI engage in volunteerism, research and teaching to lead change that will improve the world in which we live.
UCI is a #1 choice and consistently ranks among the nation's best universities. In every major, undergraduates on our campus have access to stellar faculty at the forefront of cutting-edge fields. Impressive opportunities to participate in faculty directed research projects are available as early as freshman year.
Academic and research options are available through more than 80 undergraduate degree programs in the university's 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 UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes — two in chemistry and one in physics — and one of our faculty has won the prestigious Templeton Prize.
All undergraduates at UCI 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 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, UCI’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 team championships in nine different sports; 64 individual Anteaters have won national championships and 56 have competed in the Olympics; more than 4,000 students have been honored as Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes and over 500 as 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 beautiful 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 surfing beaches, bike trails, hiking, desert camping and mountain resorts. The centerpiece of the campus is beautiful Aldrich Park. Its unique circular design consists of sweeping lawns, native shrubs and large trees, and the park is surrounded by the university's academic buildings.