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 and Forbes

Top 10 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.

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

UCI Medical Center, one of America's Best Hospitals for 22 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.

Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is O.C.'s only cancer program ranked among nation's top 50 by U.S. News & World Report.

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

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

1 of 71 elected institutions in the Association of American Universities.

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Institutional Honors

  • UCI is one of 71 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 the eighth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News also puts campus among the Top 10 for social mobility.
  • UCI is ranked among the top 10 in nation for public universities by Forbes.
  • UCI is the top choice for first-generation students among all UC campuses for four consecutive years.
  • UCI is ranked No. 9 in Money magazine's "Best Colleges" in the U.S. list – making it the highest-rated California university.
  • For the 22nd 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 MacMillan 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)

Sustainability & Environment


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Campus Data

Enrollment (fall 2022)

Undergraduates  28,661
Graduate (general campus)  6,197
Graduate (Health Sciences) 1,822

Workforce (fall 2022)

Ladder-rank faculty 1,553
Other teaching faculty 1,292
Nonteaching academics 2,966
Campus staff  6,677
Medical center staff  6,890
Subtotal 19,378
Student employees 7,838
Total 27,216

Degrees Awarded (2021-22)

Bachelor's  9,009
Master's 1,751
Ph.D. 514
M.D.   93
D.N.P 18
J.D. 138
Total   11,523

Retention and Graduation Rates

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


New Undergraduate Applicants (fall 2022) 141,994
New Undergraduates Enrolled (fall 2022) 8,239

Student Fees (2022-23)

California residents (undergraduates)  $16,246
Nonresidents (includes tuition, fees)  $47,271