University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is a public coeducational research university situated in Irvine, California. Founded in 1965, it is the second-youngest University of California campus and is widely recognized as UCI or UC Irvine.

UC Irvine's name is originated from the Irvine Company, which donated 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) for a single dollar and sold another 510 acres (2.1 km2) to the University of California. In 1971, the University of California and the Irvine Company planned a city around the campus, which was incorporated as the city of Irvine.

UC Irvine's location is in the heart of Orange County, California, serving the fifth most-populous county in the United States. Additionally, UCI also maintains the UC Irvine Health Sciences system (with its flagship UCI Medical Center in Orange), the University of California, Irvine, Arboretum, and a portion of the University of California Natural Reserve System. UC Irvine is also a Public Ivy.


UC Irvine's academic units are referred to as Schools. There are eight undergraduate Schools, two graduate Schools, one Department, and one field of Interdisciplinary Studies. The most recent academic unit, the College of Health Sciences, was established in 2004.

  • Claire Trevor School of the Arts
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • Paul Merage School of Business
  • Department of Education
  • Henry Samueli School of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences
  • School of Humanities
  • Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Donald Bren School of Law (expected opening fall 2009)
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Physical Sciences
  • School of Social Ecology
  • School of Social Sciences
  • Summer Session
  • UC Irvine Extension

    Proposed academic units at UC Irvine:
    School of Design

UCI is a center for quality education that fosters the passionate and enthusiastic expansion of knowledge. Our graduates are equipped with the tools of analysis, expression and cultural understanding necessary for leadership in today’s world.

UCI is consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities – public and private – with achievements in a broad range of fields that have garnered high national rankings for many schools, departments and programs. Three UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes – two in chemistry and one in physics.

The university is noted for its excellent research and graduate programs, an extensive commitment to undergraduate education, and a growing number of professional schools and programs of academic importance and social significance. Recent additions include public health, pharmaceutical sciences and nursing science programs, as well as a new School of Law scheduled to open in 2009.

Some Facts about UCI

UCI is among the fastest-growing campuses in the UC system. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UCI attracts record numbers of undergraduate applications each year and admits freshmen with highly competitive academic profiles. We enrolled our first undergraduates in public health and nursing science last year, and are continuing to expand our educational role in these and other fields critical to California's health and prosperity. This year, we hired renowned constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky as the inaugural dean for our new law school, which welcomes its first class in fall 2009.

UCI is a center for quality education and is consistently ranked among the nation's best universities. Achievements in the sciences, arts, humanities, medicine, and management have garnered top 50 national rankings for more than 40 academic programs. Three UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes—most recently Irwin A. Rose, in chemistry, in 2004.

UCI reaches beyond the classroom and laboratory to help solve societal issues and support human development. We are a hub for stem cell research, a trailblazer in understanding global warming, and a leader in the fight against breast cancer. Our nationally ranked medical center in Orange serves as Orange County's only Level I trauma center, and we are currently building a new state-of-the-art university hospital that will further strengthen medical care for the region's citizens.

University of California, Irvine ranked 140th in the THES-QS 2007 World University Ranking

University of California, Irvine ranked 132nd in the THES-QS 2008 World University Ranking

University of California, Irvine ranked 161st in the THES-QS 2009 World University Ranking

University of California, Irvine ranked 146th in the QS 2010 World University Ranking

University of California, Irvine ranked 148th in the QS 2011 World University Ranking

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