From dusty ranch to research mecca, UCI has traveled a remarkable path in its half-century history. The first faculty, students and staff who arrived on the nascent campus’s rolling hills had a pioneering spirit. They embraced innovation and experimentation.
Today, UCI continues to forge ahead as one of the nation’s premier public research universities. It remains fiercely dedicated to its mission of improving lives through rigorous scholarship, groundbreaking research and thoughtful public service.
In its gallop to academic stardom, the Anteater Nation has earned numerous accolades – including three Nobel Prizes and a slew of Pulitzers – and attracted a litany of luminaries. Recognized as “doing the most for the American dream” by The New York Times, UCI is rated among the country’s best as a catalyst for upward mobility and at providing access to a world-class education for all qualified students, regardless of their background.
Lured by UCI’s burgeoning reputation, would-be freshmen shower the school with admission applications, more than those received at almost any other U.S. university.
UCI Medical Center leads the way as Orange County’s only academic health system. For 19 consecutive years, it has been ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. As the principal clinical facility for UCI Health and the UCI School of Medicine, the hospital offers exceptional patient care informed by the latest discoveries and using cutting-edge treatments.
UCI is the second-largest employer in Orange County (trailing only Disneyland), contributing $5 billion annually to its economy. As a result, the region has become a powerful hub of research and innovation, fueled by the Anteater community and local partners.
And the school’s pioneering spirit marches on. UCI is determined to find cures, solve problems and constantly raise the bar, stopping at nothing to build a brighter future for Orange County and the world.
UCI’s Strategic Pillars: Our Roadmap to the Future
UCI’s strategic plan is grounded in four pillars. Together, they define the university’s vision and purpose. And everything we do is fueled by these principles.
Growth That Makes a Difference
Expanding Our Capacity to Improve Lives
First in Class
Elevating the Student Experience to Prepare Future Leaders
Making Regional and Global Connections That Enhance Our Mission and Serve the People
New Paths for Our Brilliant Future
Forging Best Practices to Power the Coming Century
"Our brand isn’t an invention we are introducing to the world. It is rather a revelation of who we really are today and who we aspire to be. Think of it as a promise that we make every time we communicate about the university.
— UCI Chancellor, Howard Gillman, Ph.D.