University of California, Irvine

Public research university in Irvine, California, United States

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University of California, Irvine
University of California, Irvine seal.svg
MottoFiat lux (Latin)
Motto in English
Let there be light
Parent institution
University of California
Academic affiliations
Endowment$1.03 billion (2019) [1]
ChancellorHoward Gillman[2]
ProvostHal Stern[3]
Academic staff
5,596 (2019)[4]
Administrative staff
6,426 (2019)[4]
Students35,220 (2019)[5]
Undergraduates30,222 (2019)[5]
Postgraduates5,849 (2019)[5]
Location, ,
United States

33°38′44″N 117°50′33″W / 33.64556°N 117.84250°W / 33.64556; -117.84250Coordinates: 33°38′44″N 117°50′33″W / 33.64556°N 117.84250°W / 33.64556; -117.84250
1,527 acres (618 ha)[6]
ColorsUCI Blue, UCI Gold[7]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IBig West
MascotPeter the Anteater
University of California, Irvine logo.svg

The University of California, Irvine (UCI or UC Irvine)[8] is a public research university in Irvine, California. UCI is one of the ten campuses of the University of California system, and offers 87 undergraduate degrees and 129 graduate and professional degrees, enrolling roughly 30,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate students as of Fall 2019.[5] The university is classified as an R1 University, and had $436.6 million in research and development expenditures in 2018.[9][10] UCI became a member of the Association of American Universities in 1996.[11] The university is considered one of the "Public Ivies," meaning that it is among those publicly funded universities thought to provide a quality of education comparable to that of the Ivy League.[12][13]

The university also administers the UC Irvine Medical Center, a large teaching hospital in Orange, and its affiliated health sciences system; the University of California, Irvine, Arboretum; and a portion of the University of California Natural Reserve System. UC Irvine set up the first Earth System Science Department in the United States.[14][15]

UCI was one of three new UC campuses established in the 1960s to accommodate growing enrollments across the UC system. A site in Orange County was identified in 1959, and in the following year the Irvine Company sold the University of California 1,000 acres (400 ha) of land for one dollar to establish the new campus. President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated the campus in 1964,[16] a fact which was commemorated with the delivery of a commencement speech by President Barack Obama exactly fifty years later.[15]

President Barack Obama greeted more than 6,000 members of UC Irvine’s class of 2014 and 30,000 family members and friends at a special commencement ceremony at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

A total of seven Nobel Prize laureates have been affiliated with UCI. The university is also associated with a total of seven Pulitzer Prize winners, including three faculty members and four alumni.[17][18]

The UC Irvine Anteaters currently compete in the NCAA Division I as members of the Big West Conference.[a] During the early years of the school's existence, the teams played at the NCAA Division II level. The Anteaters have won 28 national championships in nine different team sports, 64 Anteaters have won individual national championships, and 53 Anteaters have competed in the Olympics.

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2019; includes UC Regents portion allocated to UC Irvine. "Annual Endowment Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2019" (PDF). University of California. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "Home | Office of the Chancellor | UCI". Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Home | Office of the Provost | UCI". Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Total Non Student Employees Fall Quarter Headcount" (PDF). UC Irvine Office of Institutional Research. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "Enrollment | Office of Institutional Research | UCI". Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  6. ^ "University of California Annual Financial Report 18/19" (PDF). University of California. p. 8. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "Color Palette // Brand // UCI". Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Nomenclature | Strategic Communications | UCI". Strategic Communications & Public Affairs. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Carnegie Classifications Institution Lookup". Center for Postsecondary Education. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Table 20. Higher education R&D expenditures, ranked by FY 2018 R&D expenditures: FYs 2009–18". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Member Institutions and Years of Admission". Association of American Universities. 2011.
  12. ^ Moll, Richard (1985). Public Ivys: A Guide to America's best public undergraduate colleges and universities.
  13. ^ Greene, Howard R.; Greene, Matthew W. (2001). The public ivies: America's flagship public universities (1st ed.). New York: Cliff Street Books. ISBN 978-0060934590.
  14. ^ "Remarks by the President of US at University of California-Irvine Commencement Ceremony 2014". White House. 2014-06-14. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  15. ^ a b "President Obama Speaks on Climate Change at UC Irvine Commencement Ceremony". White House. 2014-06-16. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  16. ^ "President Lyndon Johnson at the groundbreaking for the University of California, Irvine, 1964". Flickr. 2008-09-23. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  17. ^ "Notable Alumni".
  18. ^ "Faculty Awards and Honors".

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