The University of California, Irvine was founded in 1965 and is currently the youngest within the Association of American Universities with a mission to catalyze the community locally and globally and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting edge research and public service. It is home to over 35,000 Anteaters, 3 Nobel Prize laureates, 3 Pulitzer Prize winners and 56 Olympians,
UCI is the current Grand Prize Winner of the NACUFS award for Sustainability. In 2019, it was named the U.S.’s #1 Cool School for Sierra magazine and has remained in Sierra’s Top 10 for 10 years. UCI is always striving to improve student lives through it’s ongoing efforts to make facilities as accessible as possible. In fact, the most recent additions to student housing are the Middle Earth Towers and Plaza Verde, both built with sustainability in mind. The towers have natural ventilation, abundant opening windows and solar heat collectors with the aim of reducing the energy from the local grid to warm up water.
Additionally we are proud of our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20,000 metric tons annually since 2007 and are expecting to reach our goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. As part of that goal, UC Irvine was the first college in the U.S. to adopt an all electric bus fleet.
In addition to our efforts to improve and sustain our environment, UC Irvine is home to many attractions such as the hundreds of miles of biking trails, camping sites, and mountain resorts for skiing and snowboarding. The city of Irvine is also ranked as the safest city of its size by the FBI for the past 13 consecutive years and has 281 sunny days per year ranging from 64-82 °F (18-28 °C) throughout the year.
Overall, UC Irvine is a continuously growing and vibrant community full of passionate and exceptional students and faculty who strive to change and protect our world for future generations.