Strategic Plan

Distinctions

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A matter of degrees. UCI offers 87 undergraduate degree programs as well as 59 master’s; an M.D., Ed.D. and J.D.; and 46 Ph.D. programs.

Technologically speaking. From circuits and systems to software engineering and human aspects of computing, the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences is the only ICS school in the University of California system.

In the community. Humanities Out There is but one of UCI's nationally-recognized service-learning programs. UCI academic preparation programs touch the lives of tens of thousands of K-12 students in California each year, and many serve as national models.

Lifelong learning. UC Irvine Extension annually offers in excess of 3,000 university-level professional development courses, including more than 70 certificate, specialized studies and short programs.

By the books. The UCI Libraries receives over 1.7 million visitors annually to its four facilities; Langson Library, Ayala Science Library, Grunigen Medical Library and Libraries Gateway Study Center.

Distinctions

New York Times named UCI No. 1 among U.S. universities that do most for low-income students.

The New York Times named UCI No. 1 among U.S. universities that do the most for low-income students in its College Access Index list. A measure of economic diversity, the index is based on three factors: the share of students receiving Pell Grants (which typically go to families making less than $70,000 a year); the graduation rate of those students; and the net cost, after financial aid, that a college charges low- and middle-income students.

UCI was the first public university in Nobel Prize history to have professors win in two fields during the same year. In 1995, Frederick Reines received the prize in physics for detecting neutrino particles, and F. Sherwood Rowland shared the chemistry prize for discovering that aerosol sprays were destroying the ozone layer.

UCI is ranked ninth among the nation’s best public universities and 39th among all national public and private universities, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” ranking of undergraduate programs at leading universities. UCI also ranks 31st in best value. Among specific undergraduate programs, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering ranked 48th among engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate. UCI’s undergraduate major in The Paul Merage School of Business was ranked 34th.

Money magazine ranked UCI 13th among the nation’s four-year colleges and universities delivering the most value and the No. 1 university for beach lovers. The publication also ranked UCI the 3rd best public university in the nation.

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U.S. News and World Report has recognized UC Irvine Medical Center as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for 15 consecutive years.

150 faculty hired in 2014 and 2015, including provost and executive VC Enrique J. Lavernia and Dr. Howard J. Federoff, VC for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

UCI is 1 of 62 universities in the U.S. and Canada elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. UCI is the only AAU research university in Orange County and brings more than $300 million a year in research funding into the region. 

The Paul Merage School of Business also ranked No. 1 in the world for percentage of female faculty — 47 percent.

UCI athletics teams have earned 28 national titles in nine sports, and 64 individual Anteaters have won national titles; 51 have competed in the Olympics.

UCI’s 160,000+ graduates include leaders in the arts, athletics, sciences, medicine, business, engineering, humanities, social sciences and education. Among them are three Pulitzer Prize winners and the architect of the “HTTP/1.1” Internet protocol used worldwide.

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Facts about UC Irvine Health

UC Irvine Health received the the top performer distinction by The Joint Commission – the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the nation.

UC Irvine Medical Center, Orange County’s only university hospital and Level I trauma center, has been ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 15 consecutive years.

More than 100 UC Irvine Healthcare physicians are listed as “Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors Inc., an organization that bases its selection on survey results from other physicians, and the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine Medical Center is the only Orange County facility to earn the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious “comprehensive” designation.

UCI topped the list in Sierra Magazine’s 2015 “Coolest Schools” report in its annual sustainability ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. This makes sixth years in a row that UCI has ranked in the top 10 and the second consecutive year UCI is the leader.