Rigorous academics, leading-edge research and leadership development rank UC Irvine among the nation’s top universities, with a growing list of professional schools and programs and new degrees in public health, pharmaceutical sciences, nursing science and law.

UC Irvine is known for excellence in science: Three of its researchers have won Nobel Prizes in chemistry and physics. The campus also excels in the humanities and arts: Three alumni from the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program have won the Pulitzer Prize. The campus is home to the UC Humanities Research Institute and the Center for the Study of Democracy, among other leading research centers.

The Graduate Professional Success program, offered through the Graduate Resource Center, helps students build communications, mentoring, and leadership experience to launch academic and professional careers.

Campus life

UC Irvine’s campus is on the Southern California coast in Irvine, ranked “America’s Safest Big City” by the FBI for 10 consecutive years. Doctoral students are guaranteed a place in one of six housing communities, and more than half choose to live on campus. The UCI Children’s Center provides quality child-care for student, staff and faculty families.

UC Irvine offers more than 40 campus clubs and organizations specifically for graduate students, from student government to diversity-focused and professional groups. Aldrich Park, a 19-acre botanical garden, is the centerpiece of campus. The Anteater Recreation Center is a state-of the-art facility with indoor rock climbing, martial arts, dance, cooking classes, water sports, tennis and more. Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Disneyland are all within a half-hour drive.

Campus snapshot

  • Student body: 30,051 total;
    5,495 graduate students
  • Graduate programs: 85+
  • Setting: Suburban

Undergraduate research programs

Completing a research project before you apply to graduate school can help you be a competitive applicant. You don't have to be a UC Irvine student to take advantage of the campus's programs.

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UC Irvine Graduate Division

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