- University of California, Irvine
name = University of California, Irvine
motto = "Fiat lux" (
Let there be light
image_size = 180px
type =Public, Land, Space Granted Research University
calendar = Quarter
endowment =US $234 million cite web |url=http://today.uci.edu/pdf/UCI_08_Facts_and_Figures.pdf |title=University of California, Irvine 2008 Facts & Figures |accessdate=2008-05-10 |publisher=University of California, Irvine |year=2008|format=PDF]
chancellor =Dr. Michael V. Drake, M.D.
provost =Michael R. Gottfredson, Ph.D.
undergrad =21,854 (2007)
postgrad =5,272 (2007)
city = Irvine
Suburban, 1,489 acres (6 km²)
colors =Blue and Gold color box|#00337Fcolor box|#FFE273
mascot =Peter the Anteater
fightsong = "Anteaters Go!"
"The Big C"
University of California
Association of American Universities
Big West Conference
free_label = Newspaper
Frank Sherwood Rowland, Frederick Reines, Irwin Rose, Mario J. Molina
website = [http://www.uci.edu www.uci.edu]
address =University of California, Irvine: Main Campus
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697
Orange County Transportation Authority
The University of California, Irvine is a public
coeducational research universitysituated in Irvine, California. Founded in 1965, it is the second-youngest University of Californiacampus and is widely recognized as UCI or UC Irvine.
UC Irvine's name is originated from the
Irvine Company, which donated convert|1000|acre|km2 for a single dollar and sold another convert|510|acre|km2 to the University of California.cite website | title=Anteater Chronicles: Site Selection | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine Library | url=http://www.lib.uci.edu/ucihistory/index.php?page=early_years&function=selection ] In 1971, the University of California and the Irvine Company planned a city around the campus, which was incorporated as the city of Irvine.
UC Irvine's location is in the heart of
Orange County, California, serving the fifth most-populous county in the United States. Additionally, UCI also maintains the UC Irvine Health Sciences system (with its flagship UCI Medical Centerin Orange), the University of California, Irvine, Arboretum, and a portion of the University of California Natural Reserve System. UC Irvine is also a Public Ivy. [cite web | url = http://www.jbhe.com/news_views/49_blackenrollment_publicivies.html | title = Comparing Black Enrollments at Public Ivies| accessdate = 2008-02-14| last = | first = | date = | publisher = The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education ]
The University of California, Irvine was one of three new campuses established in the 1960s under the
California Master Plan for Higher Educationwith the San Diego and Santa Cruz. [cite conference| last=Olin| first=Spencer C.| year=2005| title=Designing UC Irvine| booktitle=Designing UCI| editor=Jackie M. Dooley (ed.)| pages=3–12| publisher=The UC Irvine Libraries| location=Irvine, CA] During the 1950s, the University of Californiasaw the need for the new campuses to handle both the large number of college-bound World War IIveterans (largely due to the G. I. Bill) and the expected increase in enrollment from the post-war baby boom. One of the new campuses was to be in the Los Angeles area; the location selected was Irvine Ranch, an area of agricultural land bisecting Orange County from north to south. This site was chosen to accommodate the county's growing population, complement the growth of nearby UCLAand UC Riverside, and allow for the construction of a master planned community in the surrounding area.Unlike other University of California campuses, UCI was not named for the city it was built in; at the time of the university's founding (1965), the current city of Irvine (established in 1975) did not exist. The name "Irvine" is a reference to James Irvine, a landowner who administered the 94,000 acre (380 km²) Irvine Ranch. In 1960 The Irvine Companysold one thousand acres (4 km²) of the Irvine Ranch to the University of California for one dollar, since a company policy prohibited the donation of property to a public entity. The University purchased an additional 510 acres (2.1 km²) in 1964 for housing and commercial developments. Much of the land that was not purchased by UCI (which is now occupied by the cities of Irvine, Tustin, Newport Beach, and Newport Coast) is now held under The Irvine Company. During this time, the University also hired William Pereiraand Associates as the Master Planner of the Irvine Ranch area. Pereira intended for the UC Irvine campus to complement the neighboring community, and the two grew in tandem. Soon after UC Irvine opened in 1965, the City of Irvine became incorporated and established in 1971 and 1975, respectively.
UC Irvine's first Chancellor,
Daniel G. Aldrich, developed the campus' first academic plan around a College of Arts, Letters, and Science, a Graduate School of Administration, and a School of Engineering. The College of Arts, Letters, and Science was composed of twenty majors in five "Divisions": Biological Sciences, Fine Arts, Humanities, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences (which transformed into the present-day "Schools"). [cite website | title=Anteater Chronicles: Academic Programs | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine Library | url=http://www.lib.uci.edu/ucihistory/index.php?page=academic ] Aldrich was also responsible for implementing the wide variety of flora and fauna on the campus that fit the local Mediterranean climate zone, feeling that it served an "aesthetic, environmental, and educational [purpose] ." [cite website | title=Anteater Chronicles: Landscaping | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine Library | url=http://www.lib.uci.edu/ucihistory/index.php?page=architecture&function=landscaping ]
June 20, 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnsondedicated UC Irvine before a crowd of 15,000 people, and on October 4, 1965the campus began operations with 1,589 students, 241 staff members, 119 faculty, and 43 teaching assistants. [cite website | title=Anteater Chronicles: Site Dedication | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine Library | url=http://www.lib.uci.edu/ucihistory/index.php?page=early_years&function=dedication ] [cite website | title=Anteater Chronicles: First Day of Classes | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine Library | url=http://www.lib.uci.edu/ucihistory/index.php?page=early_years&function=firstday ] However, many of UCI's buildings were still under construction and landscaping was still in progress, with the campus only at 75% completion. [cite website | title=Anteater Chronicles: Maps | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine Library|url=http://www.lib.uci.edu/ucihistory/index.php?page=maps ] By June 25, 1966, UCI held its first Commencement with fourteen students, which conferred ten Bachelors of Arts, three Masters of Arts, and one Doctor of Philosophy degree. [cite website | title=Anteater Chronicles: First Graduating Class | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine Library | url=http://www.lib.uci.edu/ucihistory/index.php?page=early_years&function=firstgrad ] In 1965 the formerly osteopathic California College of Medicine, the oldest continuously operating medical college in the southwestern US was joined to UCI. Over the protests of faculty, the University bowed to pressure from Governor Brown and bought the Orange County Medical Center from the government ending ambitions for an on campus teaching hospital. Intermittent attempts over the years to bring a full medical center to the school itself have been frustrated by many factors.
UC Irvine itself has grown with its surroundings, with the university earning national acclaim in academia that reflects its status as a nationally-ranked public research university. This fast-paced growth has made UC Irvine the educational and cultural center of Orange County, as well as making a popular translation of the abbreviation "UCI" as "Under Construction Indefinitely". [cite web | url = http://www.lib.uci.edu/libraries/exhibits/images/checklist_ucihistory.pdf | title = Under Construction Indefinitely: Forty Years of Designing UCI | year = 2005 | publisher = UC Irvine Libraries |format=PDF] The University is also a central component of Southern California's
Tech Coastand the [http://www.octaneoc.org/ OCTANe] technology initiative, fueling corporate and technological development that reflects its history as a planned campus. As the second-largest employer in Orange County (the largest employer being The Walt Disney Company), UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion. Its extramural funding, which has shown exponential annual growth, was a record $263 million in 2005. [cite website | title=Today@UCI: Quick Facts: Rankings and Distinctions | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://today.uci.edu/facts/rankings_distinctions.asp ]
In 2006, UC Irvine operated 68 undergraduate degree programs, 53 minors, 45 master's degree programs, and 43 doctorate programs (including one M.D., two Ed. D. programs). [cite website | title=University of California - Admissions | year=2006 | publisher=University of California | url=http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/undergrad_adm/selecting/camp_descriptions/descr_uci.html ] [cite website | title=2006-2007 UCI Catalogue: Preadmission Matters | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.editor.uci.edu/06-07/intro/intro.5.htm ] At UC Irvine's 2005 Commencement ceremonies, the university conferred 6,759 degrees to what was at the time its largest graduating class. [cite website | title=Anteater Chronicles: Then and Now | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine Library | url=http://www.lib.uci.edu/ucihistory/index.php?page=then_now ]
As a part of its long-term efforts to "attain flagship status," [cite web|url=http://www.evc.uci.edu/planning/charge.html|title=Chancellor's Advisory Council Charge to the Strategic Planning Committees|year=2006|author=Chancellor's Advisory Council|accessdate=2006-10-22|publisher=University of California, Irvine] UC Irvine has implemented construction projects (estimated to cost $1.3 billion over the next decade) that will accelerate the campus build-out and employ the remainder of the university's land grant. [cite website | title=Design and Construction Services, UC Irvine | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.designandconstruction.uci.edu/ ] [cite website | title=Design and Construction Services | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.designandconstruction.uci.edu/documents/Capital_Projects.pdf ] [cite website | title= UC Irvine Campus and Environmental Planning | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.ceplanning.uci.edu/lrdpmap.html ] [cite website | title=Orange County Register | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/healthscience/scienceenvironment/uciexpansion/article_1212008.php ] The exponential increase in construction activity is a part of the "Strategy for Academic Development at UCI through 2015", a master plan that outlines the vision of making UCI a first-choice university for college applicants nationwide. [cite website | title=UC Irvine: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.evc.uci.edu/planning/index.html ]
The layout of the core campus resembles a rough circle with its center being Aldrich Park, initially known as Central Park, and lined up by the Ring Road and buildings surrounding the road. To further emphasize the layout, academic units are positioned relative to the center, wherein undergraduate schools are closer to the center than the graduate schools. [cite web | title=Anteater Trivia | publisher=UCI Office of Admissions and Relations with Students | url=http://www.admissions.uci.edu/anteater_trivia.html | accessdate=2006]
Within Aldrich Park, there are numerous thickly-wooded trees indigenous to the local Mediterranean climate. The very center of the park features a garden and a memorial plaque of UCI's founding. The park itself has a network of paved and dirt pathways shared by pedestrians and cyclists.
Ring Road is the main pedestrian road used by students and faculty to travel around the core campus. The road measures up to a perfect mile and completely encircles Aldrich Park. [cite web | url = http://www.newstudents.uci.edu/?p=12 | title= New Students: Definitions | publisher = University of California Irvine] Most schools and libraries are lined up by this road with each of these schools having their own central plaza which also connects to the Aldrich Park.
Other areas of the university outside of the core campus such as the College of Medicine and the School of Arts are connected by four pedestrian bridges. Beyond the core campus and the bridges, the layout of the campus is more suburban.
Although the campus is located in the city of Irvine, it is located very close to the city of
Newport Beach; in fact, the campus itself is directly bounded by the city of Newport Beach and Newport Coaston many sides. The western side of the campus borders the San Joaquin Freshwater Marsh Reserve, through which Campus Drive connects UCI to the 405 freeway. The northern and eastern sides of UCI are adjacent to Irvine proper; the eastern side of the campus is delineated by Bonita Canyon Road, which turns into Culver Drive at its northern terminus and offers links to the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road and 405 freeway, respectively. Additionally, UCI's southern boundary is adjacent to the San Joaquin Transportation Corridor.
There exists a "North Campus" that houses the Facilities Management Department, the Faculty Research Facility, Central Receiving, Fleet Services, the Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory, and numerous other functions. It is located next to the UCI Arboretum; both the North Campus and the arboretum are located about convert|1|mi|km|0 from from the main campus.
Despite the suburban environment, a variety of wildlife inhabits the University's central park, open fields, and wetlands. The university has
bobcats, mountain lions, hawks, golden eagles, great blue herons, peregrine falcons, rabbits, raccoons, owls, skunks, weasels, bats, and coyotes. The UCI Arboretum hosts a collection of plants from California and Mediterranean climates around the world. The small rabbits in particular are very numerous and can be seen across campus in high numbers, especially during hours of low student traffic.
The first buildings were designed by a team of architects led by
William Pereiraand including A. Quincy Jonesand William Blurock. The initial landscaping, including Aldrich Park, was designed by an association of three firms, including that of the famous urban-landscaping innovator Robert Herrick Carter. Aldrich Park was designed under the direction of landscape architect Gene Uematsu, and was modeled after Frederick Law Olmsted's designs for New York City's Central Park. The campus opened in 1965 with the inner circle and park only half-completed. There were only nine buildings and a dirt road connecting the main campus to the housing units. Only three of the six "spokes" that radiate from the central park were built, with only two buildings each. Pereira was retained by the university to maintain a continuity of style among the buildings constructed in the inner ring around the park, the last of which was completed in 1972. These buildings were designed in a style which Pereira called "California Brutalist", combining sweeping curves and expressionistic shapes with elements of classic California architecture such as red tiled roofs and clay-tiled walkways. [cite website | title=Anteater Chronicles: William Pereria, Architect | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine Library | url=http://www.lib.uci.edu/ucihistory/index.php?page=architecture&function=pereira ] Construction on the campus all but ceased after the Administration building, Aldrich Hall, was completed in 1974, and then resumed in the late 1980s, beginning a massive building boom that still continues today. This second building boom continued the futuristic trend, but emphasized a much more colorful, postmodernapproach that somewhat contradicted the earthy, organic designs of the early buildings. Architects such as Frank Gehryand Arthur Ericksonwere brought in to bring the campus more "up to date". This in turn led to a "contextualist" approach beginning in the late 1990s, combining stylistic elements of the first two phases in an attempt to provide an architectural "middle ground" between the two vastly different styles. Gehry's building was recently removed from campus to make way for a new building, with a design that has been called a "big beige box with bands of bricks."
As of 2005, the campus has more than 200 buildings and encompasses most of the university's 1,500 acres (6 km²) [cite website | title=Anteater Chronicles: Maps | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine Library | url=http://www.lib.uci.edu/ucihistory/index.php?page=maps ] . The campus is in the midst of a $1.1 billion construction campaign. [cite news
title=UCI undergoing historic expansion
Orange County Register
Libraries and study centers
UCI is noted for having many excellent special collections and archives. In addition to holding a noted Critical Theory archive and Southeast Asian archive, the Libraries also contain extensive collections in Dance and Performing Arts, Regional History, and more. Additionally, Langson Library hosts an extensive East Asian collection with materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Nearly all departments and schools on campus complement the resources of the UC Irvine Libraries by maintaining their own reading rooms and scholarly meeting rooms. They contain small reference collections and are the choice for more imtimate lectures, graduate seminars, and study sessions. There is also the large Gateway Study Center (across from Langson Library), one of the university's original buildings and under the custody of UC Irvine Libraries. Having served formerly as a cafeteria and student center, it is now a dual-use computer lab and study area which is open nearly 24 hours.
The UCI Student Center offers a large number of study areas, auditoriums, and a food court and therefore is one of the most popular places to study on campus. UC Irvine also has a number of computer labs that serve as study centers. The School of Humanities maintains its Humanities Instructional Resource Center, a drop-in computer lab specializing in language and digital media. Additionally, UCI maintains five other drop-in labs, four instructional computer labs, and a number of reservation-only SmartClassrooms, some of which are open 24 hours. Other popular study areas include Aldrich Park, the Cross-Cultural Center, the Locus (a study room and computer lab used by the Campuswide Honors Program), and plazas located in every School.
University of Californiacampuses, UC Irvine is governed by a Chancellor who has significant authority over campus academic and planning affairs. The Chancellor, in turn, is nominated by and answers to the Regents of the University of Californiaand the UC President. Listed below are all of UC Irvine's Chancellors since its founding:
After the Chancellor, the second most senior official is the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. [cite website | title=UC Irvine: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.evc.uci.edu/ ] He serves as the university's chief academic and operating officer. Every school on campus reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost through a Dean, and all other academic and administrative units report to his office through a Vice Chancellor or chief administrator. A partial list of these units includes Campus Recreation, Intercollegiate Athletics, Planning and Budget, Student Affairs, UC Irvine Libraries, UC Irvine Medical Center, and University Advancement. The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost also governs the faculty senate.
UC Irvine's academic units are referred to as Schools. There are eight undergraduate Schools, two graduate Schools, one Department, and one field of Interdisciplinary Studies. The most recent academic unit, the College of Health Sciences, was established in 2004. [cite website | title=UCI College of Health Sciences | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.cohs.uci.edu/about_uci1.shtml ] On
November 16, 2006, the UC Regents approved the establishment of the School of Law, with an expected opening in fall 2009. [cite website | title=University of California, Irvine law school approved by UC Regents | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://today.uci.edu/news/release_detail.asp?key=1544 ] The remaining academic units offer accelerated or community education in the form of Summer Session and UC Irvine Extension. Additionally, UCI's Campuswide Honors Program is implementing an independent study program, which will allow students to develop their own curriculum across Schools and graduate with their own self-created major.
Current academic units at UC Irvine:
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
*School of Biological Sciences
Paul Merage School of Business
*Department of Education
*Henry Samueli School of Engineering
*College of Health Sciences
*School of Humanities
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Donald Bren School of Law(expected opening fall 2009)
*School of Medicine
*School of Physical Sciences
*School of Social Ecology
*School of Social Sciences
UC Irvine Extension
Proposed academic units at UC Irvine:
*School of Design
To complement its mission as a research university, UCI hosts a diverse array of nationally and internationally-recognized research organizations. [cite web
url = http://www.research.uci.edu/centers/researchPrograms.cfm?ru_type_cd=ORU
title = Organized Research Units
accessdate = 2008-02-16
date = 2008 January 3
publisher = University of California, Irvine ] These organizations are either chaired by or composed of UCI faculty, frequently draw upon undergraduates and graduates for research assistance, and produce a multitude of innovations, patents, and scholarly works. Some are housed in a school or department office; others are housed in their own multimillion-dollar facilities. These are a few of the more prolific research organizations at UCI:
*Beckman Laser Institute
*California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (also known as Calit2) [http://www.calit2.net/]
*Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies
*Center for Unconventional Security Affairs
*Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
*National Fuel Cell Research Center
*Reeve-Irvine Research Center
*Center for the Study of Democracy
*Center for Health Policy Research
Rankings and distinctions
Infobox US university ranking
USNWR_NU = 44th
USNWR_Medr = 41st
USNWR_Medc = 50th
USNWR_Eng = 37th
ARWU_W = 45th
ARWU_N = 36th
ARWU_SCI = 32nd
ARWU_ENG = 41st
ARWU_LIFE = 51st
ARWU_MED = 76th
ARWU_SOC = 51st
THES_W = 140th
CMUP = 48th
Wamo = 49th
PR_EE =Many of UCI's graduate programs received top-50 rankings from U.S. News & World Report, earning distinction in literary criticism and theory (2), criminology (4), behavioral neuroscience (5), creative writing (6), health care management (9), organic chemistry (9), information systems (11), drama and theater (12), third-world literature (12), cognitive psychology (13), English (16), psychology – neurobiology and behavior (16), chemistry (18), experimental psychology (19), gender and literature (19), executive M.B.A. (20), cell biology/developmental biology (21), 19th- and 20th century literature (22), psychology – cognitive science (22), sociology (27), aerospace engineering (29), computer science (29), physics (29), mechanical engineering (30), civil engineering (31), biological sciences (32), history (32), environmental engineering (34), fine arts (34), political science (35), business (38), biomedical engineering (40), engineering (41), medicine (41), materials science engineering (45), mathematics (47), psychology and social behavior (47), economics (48), and electrical engineering (49). [cite news | title=Today@UCI: Quick Facts: Statistics & Reports: UC Irvine Rankings | year=2003 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://today.uci.edu/facts/rankings_distinctions.asp ]
Master of Fine Artsdegree program in creative writing has graduated such authors as Richard Ford, Michael Chabon, and Alice Sebold. The graduate program in philosophy was ranked 17th in the English-speaking world by the "Philosophical Gourmet Report", while "Chemical and Engineering News" ranks UCI fifth (tied with, among others, Harvard University) in conferring doctoral degrees in chemistry. The Wall Street Journal ranks UCI's Paul Merage School of Business fourth in the nation for information technology. [cite news | title=Today@UCI: Quick Facts: Statistics & Reports: UC Irvine Rankings | year=2003 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://today.uci.edu/facts/rankings_distinctions.asp ]
Three faculty members have been named
National Medal of Sciencerecipients.cite web | url = http://www.evc.uci.edu/planning/plan0106/01.20.06%20Where%20We%20Are%20Now.pdf | title = A Focus on Excellence: A Strategy for Academic Development at the University of California, Irvine 2005 - 2015: Where We Are Now | accessdate = 2008-02-14 | last = | first = | date = 2006-01-20 | publisher = University of California, Irvine |format=PDF] Additionally, three researchers from UCI's faculty received the Nobel Prizeduring their tenure at UCI: Frank Sherwood Rowland(Chemistry, 1995), Frederick Reines(Physics, 1995) (deceased), and Irwin Rose(Chemistry, 2004). Dr. Rowland's Nobel-winning research was conducted exclusively at UC Irvine, along with fellow prize-winner Mario J. Molina. Irwin Rose received the Nobel Prize for his work on biological proteins. F. Sherwood Rowland is known for helping to discover CFCs and their harmful effects on the ozone layer, while Frederick Reines received the Nobel Prize for his work in discovering the neutrino. UCI is the first public university to have two Nobel laureates (Rowland and Reines) who received their prizes in the same year (1995).
American Academy of Arts and Sciences(33 members)
American Association for the Advancement of Science(75 members)
American Philosophical Society(7 members)
American Physical Society(30 members)
American Psychological Association(20 members)
Institute of Medicine(5 members)
National Academy of Engineering(7 members)
*National Academy of Sciences (22 members)
UC Irvine is categorized by U.S. News and The Princeton Review as "most selective" for college admissions ratings within the United States. [cite website |title=UC Irvine USNews selectivity |publisher=USNews.com |date=2008-08-28 |url=http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/usnews/edu/college/directory/brief/drglance_1314_brief.php |accessdate=2008-08-28 ] It is the fourth-most selective
University of Californiacampus on the ratio of applicants versus admitted students (behind UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego). [cite website | title=University of California - Admissions | date=Fall 2008 | publisher=University of California | url=http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/ITU.pdf |accessdate=2008-05-10 |format=PDF]
The choice to offer admission is based on the University of California's comprehensive review program. It considers a candidate's personal situation, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and academic potential in addition to the traditional high school academic record, personal statement, and entrance examination scores. [cite website | title=Eligibility in the Local Context - University of California Office of the President | year=2006 | publisher=University of California Office of the President | url=http://www.ucop.edu/news/factsheets/2001/comprev.pdf ] While residency is not a factor in admission, it is a factor in tuition expenses, with out-of-state residents spending more annually than California residents. State law prohibits UC Irvine from practicing
affirmative actionin its admissions process.
Of the 42,429 high school students that applied to UC Irvine for fall 2008 admission, 20,587 (or 48.5%) were offered admission. 95.8% of those students identified with "Eligibility in the Local Context," a statistical indicator that identifies the top 4% of all California high school graduates as eligible for admission to the University of California, who applied to UC Irvine were admitted. [cite website | title=University of California - Admissions | year=2008 | publisher=University of California | url=http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/ITU.pdf ]
Incoming freshmen predominantly represent the San Francisco Bay Area and the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Imperial. The most popular major for freshmen is a major in the School of Biological Sciences (23.2%), followed by Undecided/Undeclared (16.0%), Social Sciences (15.9%), Engineering (14.5%), Physical Sciences (7.6%), Humanities (7.3%), Arts (4.5%), Information and Computer Sciences (3.7%), Social Ecology (3.5%), and Health Sciences (1.9%).cite web | title=Profile of Fall 2008 Freshman Class | publisher=Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools, University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.admissions.uci.edu/f08_fr_profile.html ] The average high school GPA for accepted freshmen was 3.95. The average SAT I scores were 594 (Critical Reading), 639 (Mathematics), and 606 (Writing), while the average ACT composite score was 26. [cite website | title=Freshman Admission Profile - UC Irvine - Fall 2008 | year=2008 | publisher=University of California | url=http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/ITU.pdf ] SAT verbal scores for the middle 50% were 520 and 650, while SAT math scores ranged between 570 and 690.
For the 2008 enrolling freshmen class, the ethnicity breakdown was:
*Asian/Asian-American — 55.3%
*Caucasian/White — 21.7%
*Mexican-American — 11.5%
*Spanish-American — 3.6%
*No response or Unknown — 3.5%
*African-American — 2.0%
*Other — 2.2%
*American Indian — <1%
UCI's history as part of a preplanned suburban community, combined with the tendency for some students to go home on the weekends, gives Irvine a reputation as a quieter college town. However, there are a number of opportunities for vibrant and exciting social outings, so long as students take the initiative and have access to an automobile. There are also many storied traditions at UCI, which have helped the young university develop a strong sense of campus spirit and personality.
UCI's Greek Life began in 1975 and continues today as a very active and growing community. There are two major overhead bodies on the campus that govern the Greek Life, Inter Fraternity Council and The Panhallenic Council. The IFC governs over the thirteen chapters which are considered Greek by the National Inter Fraternity Council (
The UCI IFC is composed of a board of an executive board and two delegates from each of the chapters represented on the campus. The executive board is intended to keep track of changes and take care bureaucratic matters, while the delegations as a group make final decisions on everything done within the IFC.
Of the tasks the IFC undertakes, the most important in recent years has been monitoring recruitment events to make sure no illegal activities are taking place and running the Judicial Board, which is compromised of representatives from the individual chapters.
MulticulturalFraternities / Sororities
Alpha Epsilon Omega
Alpha Phi Omega
alpha Kappa Delta Phi
Alpha Epsilon Phi
Lambda Theta Delta
Kappa Zeta Phi
Phi Zeta Tau
Pi Alpha Phi
Sigma Omicron Pi
Tau Theta Pi
Zeta Phi RhoNIC Fraternities
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Beta Theta Pi
Phi Gamma Delta(FIJI)
Phi Kappa Psi
Pi Kappa Alpha
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Lambda Beta
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Triangle FraternityNPC Sororities
Alpha Chi Omega
Delta Delta Delta
Gamma Phi Beta
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Pi Beta Phi
Phi Sigma RhoNPHC Fraternities / Sororities
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha
Delta Sigma Theta
Kappa Alpha Psi ProfessionalFraternities
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Alpha Kappa Psi
Delta Sigma Pi
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Delta Epsilon
Clubs and Organizations
UCI has over 300 student clubs representing the following categories:
multicultural, performance, political, religious, service, social, recreational, special interest, academicand international.
UC Irvine has a number of residential options for students interested in living on campus. Approximately 36% of UCI students are housed in university accommodations; 3,300 live in freshmen residential dormitories, approximately 4,000 other undergraduates live in apartment/theme community housing, and 1,542 living units are available for graduate students and their families. [cite website | title=2006-07 UCI Catalogue: Life on Campus | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.editor.uci.edu/06-07/intro/intro.18.htm ] Part of UCI's long-range development plan involves expanding on-campus housing to accommodate 50% of all UCI students. [cite website | title=UC Irvine: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.evc.uci.edu/planning/index.html ]
The on-campus housing communities for undergraduates are: Mesa Court, Middle Earth, Campus Village, Arroyo Vista, Vista Del Campo, and VDC Norte. Graduate students are able to live on campus in Palo Verde, Verano Place, Vista Del Campo, and VDC Norte. There are 42 houses located in Arroyo Vista and 38 are currently in use; 4 are under renovation and will be open again in the summer. There are 8 sorority and 4 fraternity houses that are located in Arroyo Vista. The sorority houses are Alpha Phi, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Pi Beta Phi, Alpha Chi Omega, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Kappa Alpha Theta. The fraternities in Arroyo Vista are Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Gamma Delta, Kappa Sigma, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Some of the themed houses include the Rosa Parks House, Casa Caesar Chavez, International Peace and Conflict Studies, International Village, and Sage. Arroyo Vista also has many academic themed houses such as Engineering, Information and Computer Science, Humanities, and Sociology. Arroyo Vista is very unique because it houses first, second, third, fourth, and fifth-year undergraduates all in the same community.
Off-campus housing options vary widely, given a student's preferred living arranagements and budget. However, a common denominator for off-campus apartment housing in Irvine and nearby
Newport Beach, Tustin, and Costa Mesais the fact that most accommodations are maintained by The Irvine Company. UCI offers off-campus housing search assistance and roommate listings through its student housing office.
sportsteams are known as the Anteaters. They participate in the NCAA's Division I, as members of the Big West Conferenceand the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Their traditional rivals are Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, and UC Santa Barbara.
UCI fields nationally-competitive teams in cross country, track and field, basketball, baseball, volleyball, water polo, soccer, swimming, rowing, and sailing. UCI's renowned Baseball program recently returned to UCI, after a period of state funding crises led to its temporary retirement.
UCI athletics has won 25 national titles. The most recent title came from the men's volleyball team, who won the NCAA Division I national title on May 5, 2007 against IPFW (3-1) at Ohio State. Other titles include 2 baseball Division II titles, 3 men's swimming titles (Div. II), 6 men's tennis titles (Div. II), and 3 men's waterpolo titles (Div. I). Most recently, the men's baseball team impressed the nation, the Anteaters being one of the Final Four teams left in the College World Series, just six years after the baseball program had been formally re-instated after a ten-year absence. [citation
title=At Irvine, $99 Proves a Small Price for Success
New York Times
June 9, 2007]
Unlike many traditional universities, UCI does not have a football team, and a football program seems unlikely in the future. A pragmatic explanation is that UCI administrators tend to see a football program as not cost-effective, given the fact that a more diverse number of athletic programs may benefit from the funds required to support a football team. Additionally, UCI wishes to avoid the controversies associated with college football (such as negative academic and social concerns). [cite website | title=UC Irvine: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.evc.uci.edu/planning/index.html ]
The anteater as mascot
The anteater was chosen in 1965 when students were allowed to submit mascot candidates, which would be voted on in a campus election. An undergraduate named Schuyler Hadley Basset III is credited with choosing the anteater and designing a cartoon representation, having been disappointed with other mascots such as a roadrunner, unicorn, and golden bison. [cite website | title=Peter, the Anteater: History of the Mascot (Zot) | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine | url=http://www.admissions.uci.edu/mascot.html ]
The anteater was inspired by "Peter the Anteater" from the
Johnny Hartcomic strip, "B.C.. Before the voting took place on campus, it is said that the men’s water polo team highly encouraged the students to vote for the anteater as the school mascot. The men’s water polo team promoted the anteater at one of their game, which is said to have increased student’s interest in voting for the anteater.Fact|date=March 2008 Since it was "original and slightly irrelevant," it became the mascot of UC Irvine after winning 56% of the vote, beating a close second with the choice of "none of the above". The anteaters are not to be confused with the aardvark, an African animal that also eats ants. The anteater has grown to become a beloved mascot, and is the inspiration for many of UCI'sathletic and campus spirit traditions.
School chants and cheers feature the word "zot" which was the noise Johnny Hart's "Peter the Anteater" made while eating ants. A hand signal of the anteater is done by touching the tips of the two middle fingers with the thumb, and sliding the thumb back, making the pinky and index finger the ears and the fingers in the middle the snout of the anteater.
In August 2007, a small stuffed Peter accompanied astronaut
Tracy Caldwellon the Space Shuttle "Endeavour" mission STS-118. [cite news | title=Beaumont Grad To Celebrate Birthday In Space | url=http://www.knbc.com/news/13847193/detail.html | publisher=KNBC (NBC4 Los Angeles) | date=2007-08-08 ]
UC Irvine is the last UC campus that
subcontracts its food services. In summer of 2004, UCI signed a contract with Aramark, a food services corporation, granting it control of nearly all residential dining facilities and restaurants on university property. This includes UCI's three dining halls (Brandywine, Pippin Commons, and Mesa Commons) and three on-campus restaurants (Phoenix Grille, B.C.'s Cavern on the Green, and Bistro by the Bridge). ASUCI, which is partially responsible for negotiating UCI's food services contract, has justified the decision to offer Aramark its business with the argument that Aramark has pledged to invest millions of dollars into the university's food service infrastructure.cite journal |last=Ong Hing | first=Julianne | title=Aramark: The New Bully on Campus | url= http://www.jadedmag.org/issues/jadedwebissue8.pdf | journal=Jaded Magazine | issue=8 | date=Winter, 2006 | accessdate=2007-12-12|format=PDF]
Critics argue that offering one corporation the university's food services contract is a de facto monopoly. It is also argued that the management of food services by Aramark leads to low-quality food and poor customer service, and that support of Aramark condones its poor employee relations record. Many full time Aramark employees qualify for
public assistanceand rely on Medi-Cal, low-income housing, and other social programs. Though these workers prepare and serve food on the UC Irvine campus in residential dining halls, they are not afforded the same rights as UC service employees. Aramark Corporation prohibits its workers from unionizing to fight for higher wages.cite journal |last=Ong Hing | first=Julianne | title=Aramark: The New Bully on Campus | url= http://www.jadedmag.org/issues/jadedwebissue8.pdf | journal=Jaded Magazine | issue=8 | date=Winter, 2006 | accessdate=2007-12-12|format=PDF]
Proponents argue that maintaining one entity for food service lowers costs for the University, which in turn lowers costs for students. Also, the fact that food service workers are not UC employees further lowers costs for the university. Furthermore, UCI notes the large investment Aramark is making is in dining infrastructure, which will outlast its current contract and support UCI's long-range development plan.cite journal |last=Ong Hing | first=Julianne | title=Aramark: The New Bully on Campus | url= http://www.jadedmag.org/issues/jadedwebissue8.pdf | journal=Jaded Magazine | issue=8 | date=Winter, 2006 | accessdate=2007-12-12|format=PDF]
Law School Dean
In hiring an inaugural dean of the
Donald Bren School of Law, which opens in 2008, the University approached Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, a well known legal scholar in constitutional law and liberal commentator. After signing a contract with Chemerinsky on September 4, 2007, the hire was rescinded by UCI Chancellor Michael V. Drake because he felt the law professor's commentaries were "polarizing" and would not serve the interests of California's first new public law school in 40 years; Drake claimed the decision was his own and not the subject of any outside influence.Garrett Therolf and Henry Weinstein, [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-uci13sep13,1,1474059,full.story UC Irvine aborts hiring Chemerinsky as law school dean ] , "Los Angeles Times", September 13, 2007.] The action was roundly criticized by liberal and conservative scholars who felt it hindered the academic mission of the law school, and disbelief over Chancellor Drake's claims that it was the subject of no outside influence.Garrett Therolf and Henry Weinstein, [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-uci13sep13,1,1474059,full.story UC Irvine aborts hiring Chemerinsky as law school dean] , "Los Angeles Times", September 13, 2007.] Dana Parsons, [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-parsons13sep13,1,1694812.column Excuse for UCI's fumble on law school dean not good enough] , "Los Angeles Times", September 13, 2007.]
The issue was the subject of a
New York Times editorialon Friday, September 14. [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/14/opinion/14fri3.html A Bad Beginning in Irvine - New York Times ] ] Details emerged revealing that UCI had received criticism on the hire from California Chief Justice Ronald M. George, who criticized Chemerinsky's grasp of death penalty appeals as well as a group of prominent Orange County Republicans and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who wanted to derail the appointment. Drake traveled over a weekend to Durham, North Carolina, and the two reached an agreement late Sunday evening.Garrett Therolf, [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-uci18sep18,0,3167475.story?coll=la-home-center Chemerinsky returns to UC Irvine post] , "Los Angeles Times", September 17, 2007.] On September 17, Chemerinsky issued a joint press release with UCI Chancellor Michael V. Drakeindicating that Chemerinsky "would" head the UCI law school, stating "Our new law school will be founded on the bedrock principle of academic freedom. The chancellor reiterated his lifelong, unqualified commitment to academic freedom, which extends to every faculty member, including deans and other senior administrators." [http://www.ocblog.net/ocblog/2007/09/statement-fro-1.html OC Blog: Statement From Chemerinsky & Drake ] ]
From 2002 to 2007,
Capella University, a for-profit, on-line institution, paid $500 per student to UCI Extension for each of the 36 students who transferred to Capella. This undisclosed financial arrangement resulted in a total payment of $12,000 to UCI.cite news |last=Nouh| first= Yasmin| title= UCI Irvine No Longer to Receive Capella Cash | url= http://www.newuniversity.org/checkDB.php?id=6135 | publisher= New University Online| date= June 5, 2006|accessdate= 2008-03-12] The payments, first reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education, were inadvertently revealed when Jeffry La Marca, a former student of UCI Extension and Capella, filed a public recordsrequest for correspondence between UCI and Capella.
UCI continuing education dean Gary Matkin announced the school would end the arrangement by
October 31 2007and plans to place $12,000 into a scholarship fund for needy students. UCI officials represented that the agreement was legal per Department of Education regulations, however, UCI had tried to hide the payments and the arrangement was frequently criticized as unethical because it raised the possibility that school counselors might make recommendations to students based on financial incentives rather than the student's best interests.
On November 30, 2007 the
Office of Civil Rightsof the Department of Educationissued a report finding "insufficient evidence" for allegations that Jewish students at UCI were harassed and subjected to a hostile environment based on their national origin. The federal agency investigated a total of thirteen alleged incidents of harassment that occurred between Fall of 2000 and December of 2006, and determined that five were "isolated acts" that could not be addressed because they were reported more than 180 days after they were occurred. Further, the agency considered these acts, which included a rock thrown at a Jewish student, the destruction of a Holocaust memorial display, and various threatening or harassing statements made to individual Jewish students, substantially different in nature as to be unrelated to the eight other recurring acts it investigated, which included graffiti depicting swastikas on campus, events during an annual "Zionist Awareness Week," exclusion of Jewish students during an anti-hate rally, and the wearing of graduation stoles signifying support for Hamasor Palestine. The agency ultimately found that none of the incidents leading to the allegations qualified as "sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in from the services, activities or privileges" provided by UCI, and that university officials had acted appropriately in response to each incident. In December 2007, UCI Administration has been cleared of anti-semitism complaints by the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. cite web | title=OCR Report | url=http://www.ocregister.com/newsimages/news/2007/12/OCR_Report_120507-Z05145157-0001.pdf | date= 2007-11-30|accessdate=2007-12-20|format=PDF] [cite news | last=Fisher | first=Marla Jo | title=Civil rights investigation clears UCI of anti-Semitism charges | url=http://www.ocregister.com/news/students-jewish-campus-1939795-officials-report | publisher= Orange County Register| date= 2007-12-11| accessdate=2007-12-20]
Following a speech by Chancellor Michael Drake at the national Hillel meeting in Washington, D.C. in March 2008, campus Jewish groups issued a press release defending Drake and claiming that anti-Semitic activity was "exaggerated." [cite news
title=News: Jewish students say UC Irvine is safe
Orange County Register
first=Marla Jo] Since then, twenty current and former students issued a statement expressing concern over ongoing issues and Drake's handling of them. Pro-Palestinian student groups are still inviting anti-Israel speakers. [cite news
title='Fight UC Irvine campus anti-Semitism'
first=Michal] UC Irvine's Muslim student association has the reputation of being one of the most conservative in the county. [cite web
title=For Muslim Students, a Debate on Inclusion -
New York Times
Notable UC Irvine alumni
As of 2005, UCI has over 85,000 alumni. [cite website | title=Anteater Chronicles: Alumni | year=2006 | publisher=University of California, Irvine Library | url=http://www.lib.uci.edu/ucihistory/index.php?page=timelines&function=get&category=Alumni ] As with any major university, many UC Irvine alumni have achieved fame after graduating. These people include athletes (
Steve Scott, Greg Louganisand 34 Olympians), film and television actors ( Jon Lovitz), and technological innovators ( Roy Fieldingand Paul Mockapetris).
The UC Irvine writing program has produced a number of authors, such as
Michael Chabon, James McMichael, Robert Peters, Alice Sebold, Aimee Bender, Richard Ford, and Yusef Komunyakaa. The renown of these writers has contributed to the national reputation of the school's creative writing program. More recent alumni include Glen David Gold, Maile Meloy, Alex Espinozaand Joshua Ferris.
In 1995, two UCI Professors earned the Nobel Prize [cite web| author=UC Irvine| date=
2005-01-04| url=http://www.ps.uci.edu/physics/news/nobel.html| title=Frederick Reines is Awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics| accessdate=2007-03-14] :
Dr. Frank Sherwood Rowland, Chemistry
Dr. Frederick Reines, Physics
In 2004, UCI earned its third Nobel:
Dr. Irwin Rose, Chemistry
Claude Yarbrough (aka
Jonathan Pendragon) class of 76. 2 time winner of the Academy of Magical Arts Magician of the Year Award. Named by Magic Magazineas one of the most influential magicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. He has starred with his partner/wife and UCI graduate, Charlotte Brown (aka Charlotte Pendragon) known together as The Pendragonsin over 14 Prime Time TV specials on ABC, NBC and CBS. [ * Moehring, John (August 1999), “The Century: The Pendragons”, Magic Magazine Vol.8]
Ralph Cicerone, an earth system science professor and former chancellor, is currently president of the National Academy of Sciences. Cicerone has been vocal in raising awareness on the issue of
Global Warming. An article in Rolling Stone Magazine, described Cicerone as " [http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/8742363/the_hardballer/ The Hardballer] " on the controversial issue.
Faculty members who have taught literary criticism and critical theory at UCI have included
Jaques Derridaand Wolfgang Iser, and visiting professors in these fields have included Judith Butler, Slavoj Zizek, Giorgio Agamben, Barbara Johnson, Frederic Jameson, Elizabeth Grosz, and Étienne Balibar. Joseph McGinty Nichol, of the class of 1990, is responsible for directing the Charlie's Angelsfilms and is the executive producer of the television series The OC. Aras Baskauskas, graduated with a degree in Philosophy in 2002 and an MBA in 2004, and played for the UC Irvine Men's basketball team. Aras is the winner of . He was the youngest male winner in the history of the show at the time of the taping.
UC Irvine in film and television
*In "Arrested Development", which is set in UCI's surrounding communities, Tobias Fünke watches a performance of the
Blue Man Groupat UCI's Bren Events Center.
*Neuroscience labs and exteriors of UCI were featured in the science fiction/comedy film "Creator".
*Several of the Futurist buildings at UCI were involved in the production of the movie "
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes".
*The Engineering Tower is used as the STRATA Headquarters exterior in "
Saul of the Mole Men", an Adult Swim TV show inspired in part by the Planet of the Apes film series.
*Aldrich Park was shown during the wheelchair chase scene in the
Mel Brooksfilm " Silent Movie".
*The school was featured in the production of "Ocean's Eleven". In the movie, the building where the crew steals the EMP device is actually the Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility located in the College of Medicine.
*Exterior shots of the Langson library were used in the film "Poltergeist".
*UCI is frequently mentioned in the television series "
The O.C." Its executive producer, Joseph McGinty Nichol, is a UCI graduate.
Commander Chuck Street, a helicopter pilot, traffic reporter for KIIS-FMand KTLA, and local celebrity, landed in front of UCI's Gateway Study Center next to the Administration building lawn to participate in 2004 Wayzgoose celebrations. This stunt was made riskier in light of an unexpected rainstorm that occurred during his landing, which eventually led to the event's cancellation. Commander Chuck also made an appearance at UCI Medical Center in 2006. [cite website | title=CommanderChuck.com | year=2006 | publisher=Commander Chuck Street | url=http://www.commanderchuck.com/pastapps.asp ]
* On MTV's
America's Best Dance Crewvarious parts of UCI are shown.
* [http://www.uci.edu/ Official website]
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