University of California, Irvine

About Us

About Us

In 1965, the University of California, Irvine was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and dedicated public service. Today, we draw on the unyielding spirit of our pioneering faculty, staff and students who arrived on campus with a dream to inspire change and generate new ideas. We believe that true progress is made when different perspectives come together to advance our understanding of the world around us. And we enlighten our communities and point the way to a better future. At UCI, we shine brighter.

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At a Glance

37,000+ Students

Mascot: Peter the Anteater

87 bachelor's, 84 master's, 53 doctorates

Top 10 Public University by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes

Top 10 public university for upward social mobility by U.S. News & World Report

Top 10 “Cool School” for sustainability for 12 consecutive years by Sierra magazine

28 National titles in nine sports

$7 billion annual economic impact in Orange County

200,000+ alumni

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Chancellor Howard Gillman

Howard Gillman, Ph.D., became UCI’s sixth chancellor
on Sept. 18, 2014.

Strategic Plan

UCI’s strategic plan sets forth an ambitious path to reach new heights of excellence and social impact.

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UCI is committed to excellence through diversity
and to the goal of reflecting diversity
in our faculty, staff and student populations.


UCI researchers see things differently. Our commitment to academics, discovery and leadership has made UCI Orange County’s hub for innovation. See how our research is changing the world as we know it.


Explore the UCI campus and experience life in beautiful, sunny Southern California.

Our Campus

Find your footing at UCI. Schedule a tour and see for yourself why more than 33,000 students call UCI home.

Orange County

See the sights and discover what makes OC an ideal location to learn, work and thrive.

Maps & Directions

New to campus or need directions? We’ve got you covered.