Educate. Illuminate. Serve.


If you’re looking to make a tangible impact on our community, the Merage School encourages you to examine what you’re passionate about and, from that source of generosity, share your wealth of knowledge, resources and philanthropic support with initiatives aligned with you vision. Whether it be through alumni board membership, corporate research and project partnerships, or student scholarships and mentorship, our most trusted stakeholders have made it their mission to Educate, Illuminate and Serve in roles that make a lasting different.

With each meaningful connection, the Merage School advances research that will help guide businesses in an evolving economy and prepares students to be the problem solvers and inventive leaders businesses and communities need.

Dean's Advisory Board

Dean’s Advisory Board

The Dean's Advisory Board (DAB) is the main advisory board for The Paul Merage School of Business. Advisors serve as ambassadors in their respective industries, including healthcare, media, tech and the VC space, reaching new constituents and championing the mission of the school.

Dean's Leadership Circle

Dean’s Leadership Circle

The DLC expands the Merage School’s reach by fostering close ties with the business community and promoting student and faculty excellence. The DLC’s impact is most apparent through its grant initiative, through which members support innovative student and faculty-led organizations and projects.

DLC Grant Initiative

DLC Grant Initiative


Through the DLC Grant Initiative, DLC members hear firsthand the projects, and associated funding needs, of student organizations that create programs and resources that directly impact the Merage School student body. The Dean’s Leadership Circle meets annually to select qualifying grantees.


PhD Fund

PhD Fund


The PhD Program prepares doctoral candidates for a competitive job market by imbedding collaborations with industry partners into their education. Candidates complete research projects with direct lines to businesses that investigate current issues and provide comprehensive solutions.

Scholarships & Fellowships

Scholarships & Fellowships

Undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships at the Merage School enable talent from all socioeconomic backgrounds to access the world-class educational, mentoring and professional experiences they need to actualize their goals to become industry changemakers.

Talent Pipeline Development

Talent Pipeline Development

Programs like the Future Leaders Initiative and LIFEvest provide high school and community college students with tools for financial mastery, entrepreneurial thinking, and skills-backed confidence as job candidates before their university applications are submitted.


Connect With Our Programs

Preparing a workforce to address modern problems across the fields of business and technology requires us to cultivate a pipeline of diverse, resilient and ambitious talent. These students need support not only within the school, but through exposure to businesses and entrepreneurs so we may show them firsthand what they can achieve. Dean Ian O. Williamson has a plan for delivering solutions to industry problems through immersive student development. The key component? Sourcing local talent as both the future business leaders and program mentors.



Every Gift Matters

Many gifts made to the Merage School are under $1,000. These smaller gifts add up significantly allowing our school to invest in financial aid, academics, research, and other programs.


Facts & Figures

 Diversity and Inclusion at the Merage School

Merage School Rankings

  • #1 in the world for percentage of female faculty (Financial Times, 2022)
  • #3 in the world for percentage of female students (Financial Times, 2022)
  • #30 Undergraduate Business program in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
  • #28 Part-time MBA in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
  • #37 Full-Time MBA in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
  • #8 Full-Time MBA Among Public Institutions (Financial Times, 2022)
  • #21 Full-Time MBA in the U.S. (Financial Times, 2022)
  • #25 Full-Time MBA in the U.S. and #40 worldwide (The Economist, 2022)

UCI Rankings

  • #1 University for doing the most for the American Dream (The New York Times, 2022)
  • #2 Public University for upward social mobility (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)
  • Top 10 “Cool School” in the U.S. for Sustainability (Sierra magazine for 12 years)
  • Top 10 Public University in the U.S. for seven consecutive years (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)
  • #3 in the nation for Diversity (The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 2022 College Rankings)
  • #1 choice of in-state first-generation students among all UC campuses for four consecutive years



Calendar of Events


DLC Fall Executive Board Meeting (5:30-7:30 PM)


DAB Fall Meeting & Mixer (4:30-7:00 PM)


Thanks for Giving Celebration (6:00-9:00 PM)


DAB Winter Meeting & Mixer (4:30-7:00 PM)


DLC Winter Executive Board Meeting (5:30-7:30 PM)


DAB Spring Meeting & Mixer (4:30-7:00 PM)


Giving Day (all day)


DLC Grant Initiative Pitch & Mixer (5:00-8:30 PM)


Scholarship & Fellowship Celebration (5:00-8:00 PM)


DLC Spring Executive Board Meeting (5:30-7:30 PM)