On top of being ranked No. 7 in Top Public Schools in the latest annual U.S. News report, UC Irvine is now the top public university in the nation for getting the most return on investment, according to Forbes magazine. The ranking was based on factors such as the quality of education, average annual salary for alumni, graduation rates, tuition costs, and student debt. This places UC Irvine above schools such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University.
In our “Why We Love O.C.” issue last May, we broke down why UC Irvine is a star in our midst, achieving elite status in many areas:
➜ Top 10 School The university recently climbed from No. 9 to No. 7 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News and World Report. It also jumped from No. 42 to No. 33 overall.
➜ Presidential Acclaim In 2014, President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at a special university-wide graduation ceremony at Angel Stadium.
➜ Nobel Prize Winners Three UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes—two in chemistry and one in physics.
➜ The Place for Arts UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts hosts more than 200 student performances a year.
➜ Notable Alumni Actor Jon Lovitz, Olympic diver Greg Louganis, and “Freedom Writers” author Erin Gruwell
➜ Decreasing the Gap The New York Times has twice named it the school “doing the most for the American dream” in terms of contributing to upward mobility.
➜ Women in the Lead The Paul Merage School of Business has the world’s highest percentage of female faculty (47 percent) for a business school.
➜ Show Them the Money The school scored a record-breaking $527 million in funding (grants, contracts, and gifts) in 2015-2016.
➜ Early Adopters It was the first public university to develop an official esports program and on‑campus esports arena.
➜ Green Accolades It’s the only university Sierra Magazine has named a top 10 “Cool School” for nine consecutive years for its sustainability practices.
➜ Top Law School UC Irvine School of Law opened in 2009. In six years it premiered in the U.S. News rankings at No. 30 in the nation. It’s now ranked No. 21.
➜ National Champions Anteaters play in 18 NCAA Division I sports, having won 28 national championships in nine sports—most recently in men’s volleyball (2013).
➜ Job Bank It is one of the top three employers in the county, boasting nearly 16,000 non-student employees and a $5 billion annual economic impact on the county.