National Universities USA – 2016 – University of California-Irvine – Rank 39/100
University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697
Phone: (949) 824-5011
University of California–Irvine is a public institution that was founded in 1965. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,489, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,474 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. University of California–Irvine’s ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 39. Its in-state tuition and fees are $14,577 (2014-15); out-of-state tuition and fees are $37,455 (2014-15).
On the sunny campus of the University of California—Irvine, students don’t have far to go to decompress after class. The Pacific Ocean is a quick 5-mile trip away, attracting surfers, sailors and sunbathers alike. Seated in Orange County, the bustling campus is home to more than 500 student organizations, including nearly 50 fraternities and sororities. The UC—Irvine Anteaters compete at the Division I level in the Big West Conference, cheered on by non-traditional mascot Peter the Anteater and a group of student fans called Eater Nation. While UC Irvine is known as a commuter school, university officials have tried to combat that status by offering more on-campus residence options. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, but more than three-fourths of first-year students choose to do so. Getting around UC Irvine is easy with the school’s ZotWheels, a fleet of blue and gold bicycles that students can pick up and ride to four campus locations. Commuters looking to be more energy efficient can carpool to campus with other students through the university’s Zimride Rideshare Community.
The research institution specializes in areas such as cancer and neuroscience studies in conjunction with the highly ranked UC Irvine Medical Center. Graduate programs are highly regarded at UC Irvine, too, with speciality offerings at the Paul Merage School of Business and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. The university has also earned accolades for its eco-friendly measures, promoting green initiatives through student groups like the Anteaters for Recycling and Conservation. Famous UC-Irvine alumni include former “Saturday Night Live” actor Jon Lovitz, Greg Louganis, four-time Olympic gold medality in diving, and author Alice Sebold, who wrote “The Lovely Bones.”
UCI 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 two in chemistry and one in physics. We were the youngest campus ever to be welcomed into the prestigious Association of American Universities. Times Higher Education magazine ranks UCI as the number one university in the nation and fifth in the world under 50 years of age. And you will be especially glad to hear that we rank eleventh in the nation among public universities for student happiness. These are some of the reasons why UCI attracted more than 82,500 undergraduate applications in 2013 for only 6,000 spots. Our graduate programs are also extremely competitive. You are on this campus because we know you have what it takes to succeed at the highest level. 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 our state-of-the-art UC Irvine Douglas Hospital has been ranked among the country’s top 50 hospitals for more than 10 years, providing outstanding care for the region’s citizens. We ranked fourth in the University Global Health Impact Report Card, which evaluates top U.S. and Canadian research universities on their contributions to urgent global health research and access to treatment worldwide. Our law school, the state’s first public law school to open in more than 40 years, graduated its first class in 2012. In July 2012 the Regents established the UC Irvine School of Education from the existing Department of Education in recognition of its national academic profile. A major intellectual and cultural center, UCI offers numerous public activities and events. The Claire Trevor School of the Arts and the School of Humanities produce engaging and entertaining cultural programs, including the award-winning New Swan Theater, our summertime outdoor Shakespeare Festival. UCI’s Anteater athletes have won more than two dozen national championships. We are also national leaders in research and practice relating to sustainability and environmental protection. UCI is the most energy-efficient campus in California, with among the most LEED Platinum and Gold certified buildings in the U.S. Five additional LEED Platinum designations were earned in 2013. For four consecutive years we have been named among the Coolest Schools in Sierra magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s greenest universities. UCI is benefiting the community and the world in countless ways through its scholarly, scientific, creative, and economic contributions. Orange County’s second largest employer, UCI generates an annual economic impact on the county of $4.3 billion.