Located at the heart of Irvine, the UC Irvine campus is just miles away from the industry nucleus of Orange County and is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Los Angeles County and on the south by San Diego County. Its warm Mediterranean climate and 42 miles of year-round beaches make it an ideal place to live and work. Of course, the OC is also home to such popular tourist attractions as Disneyland and Surf City, USA, also known as Huntington Beach. Rated one of the safest, best places to live in the United States, the city of Irvine offers an amazing quality of life.
The accounting faculty at the Merage School are internationally acclaimed researchers and instructors who care deeply about students learning. The four senior full professors (Ho, Pincus, Teoh and Shevlin) have published extensively in their research areas and Pincus, Teoh and Shevlin all taught at other leading universities before joining the UC Irvine faculty in the past decade. Professor Ho has spent her entire career at UC Irvine first earning tenure then full professor status. There are also four assistant professors who all joined the faculty in the past 5 years – all earning their PhDs from leading schools (Shantikumar from Stanford, Lourie from University of California, Los Angeles, and Lunawat and Nekrasov both from the University of Minnesota). All the faculty are excellent instructors who constantly win teaching awards and receive high ratings from students.