University of California, Irvine

University Facts

University Facts

UCI is consistently recognized as a trailblazer in a broad range of fields, garnering national and international honors in every school. The campus’s diverse academic offerings paired with world-class leadership create an environment worthy of any passionate, dedicated scholar. Explore some of UCI’s points of pride below.

UCI Points of Pride

Top 10 public university in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report.

#2 public university for upward social mobility by U.S. News & World Report.

Top 10 coolest school by Sierra magazine for 12 consecutive years.

5 Nobel Prizes. Four in chemistry, one in physics.

170+ UCI Health physicians listed as "Best Doctors in America."

UCI Medical Center, one of America's Best Hospitals for 21 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.

UCI’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is Orange County's National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.

#3 in the nation for diversity by The Wall Street Journal / Times Highet Education 2022 College rankings

48 graduate programs and specialties ranked in nation’s top 50 by U.S. News & World Report.

1 of 66 elected institutions in the Association of American Universities.

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Institutional Honors

  • UCI is one of 66 universities in the U.S. and Canada elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.
  • UCI is ranked among nation’s top 10 public universities for seventh year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News also puts campus at No. 2 for social mobility for second consecutive year.
  • The New York Times named UCI No. 1 among U.S. universities "doing the most for the American dream" in its 2017 and 2015 College Access Index. The ranking measures economic diversity based on several 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; the net cost, after financial aid, that a college charges low- and middle-income students; and endowment per student.
  • For the 21st consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has recognized UCI Medical Center as one of America’s Best Hospitals.
  • Three UCI faculty members, one postdoctoral scholar and one alumnus have received a Nobel Prize. Our Nobel laureates include recipients of the prize in chemistry (David MacMillian Ph.D. ’96, Mario Molina, F. Sherwood Rowland, Irwin A. Rose) and physics (Frederick Reines).

Program / Specialty Rankings

The following programs and specialties ranked among the nation's Top 50 by U.S. News & World Report:

Criminology (2); Education (10);  Business (44);  Part-time MBA (25); Engineering (38); Aerospace Engineering (24); Biomedical Engineering (32); Chemical Engineering (43); Civil Engineering (30); Computer Engineering (33); Electrical Engineering (34); Environmental Engineering (38); Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems Engineering (42); Materials Engineering (33); Mechanical Engineering (38); Law (37); Business/Corporate Law (44); Clinical Training (5); Constitutional Law (18); Contracts/Commercial Law (27); Criminal Law (24); Dispute Resolution (22); Environmental Law (34); Health Care Law (29); Intellectual Property Law (19); International Law (18); Legal Writing (10); Tax Law (9); Nursing (42); Biological Sciences (32); Chemistry (20); Inorganic Chemistry (15); Organic Chemistry (16); Computer Science (28); Computer Science - Systems (30); Earth Sciences (36); Economics (38); English (20); Literary Criticism and Theory (7); Fine Arts (42); History (30); Mathematics (37); Physics (28); Political Science (41); Psychology (30); Public Health (31); Sociology (20); Statistics (27)

  • UCI is among the Top 5 fastest rising universities by Nature Index, an international journal of science, which gives high ranks to our programs in chemistry, physical sciences, earth and environmental sciences, and life sciences. The university placed third behind Princeton University and Northwestern University. 
  • UCI places in the Top 100 of National Taiwan University's World Rankings. Nine programs also rank among the Top 100 of their respective fields. These programs are: Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, Geoscience, Neuroscience & Behavior, Space Science, Psychiatry/Psychology, Environment/Ecology, Physics and Biology & Biochemsitry.

Sustainability & Environment


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Campus Data

Enrollment (Fall 2021)

Undergraduates  29,449
Graduate (general campus)  6,090
Graduate (Health Sciences) 1,704

Workforce (Fall 2021)

Ladder-rank faculty 1,551
Other teaching faculty 1,264
Nonteaching academics 3,328
Campus staff  6,490
Medical center staff  6,335
Subtotal 18,968
Student employees 6,666
Total 25,634

Degrees Awarded (2020-21)

Bachelor's  9,737
Master's 1,778
Ph.D. 417
M.D.   104
D.N.P 2
J.D. 210
Total   12,248

Retention and Graduation Rates

One-Year Retention Rate  94%
Four-Year Graduation Rate  73%
Six-Year Graduation Rate  85%


New Undergraduate Applicants (Fall 2021) 142,008
New Undergraduates Enrolled (Fall 2021) 9,374

Student Fees (2021-22)

California residents (undergraduates)  $15,737
Nonresidents (includes tuition, fees)  $45,491