The University of California at Irvine
The UC Irvine Campus
UC Irvine is part of the 10-campus University of California system, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world. Since its founding in 1965, UC Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. With more than 1,100 faculty members, 9,400 staff members and 29,000 students, UC Irvine is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system and Orange County’s second-largest employer, generating an annual impact of $4.4 billion.
UC Irvine is distinguished by a spirit of innovation and is renowned for strengths in research and education. UC Irvine became the first public university with faculty receiving Nobel Prizes in two different fields — chemistry and physics — in the same year. Alumni include Pulitzer Prize winners, state legislators, prominent scientists, Olympic athletes and some of the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Consistently ranked among the nation's best public universities, UC Irvine's strengths in the sciences are balanced by its strengths in the humanities, arts, social sciences, law and business. Many of these programs are represented in the National Research Council's rankings of top graduate programs, including six graduate programs in the humanities that are among the top 25. The Paul Merage School of Business is ranked in the top 50 internationally by the Financial Times.
The best way to get acquainted with UC Irvine is by visiting, but you can get a feel for what it's like here by taking a virtual tour.
Irvine and Coastal Areas
The city of Irvine is consistently rated among the top five of America's safest cities and takes pride in its accessibility to a wide variety of cultural, sporting and business opportunities. Located approximately half way between Los Angeles and San Diego and an hour from local mountain ski resorts, the UC Irvine campus is just ten minutes away from the coastal communities of Hungtington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Students wanting to relax can enjoy many facets of the California lifestyle.