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Monday, September 15, 2014

Campus Distinctions

Key Rankings

UCI is one of 62 universities in the U.S. and Canada elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

UCI is ranked 12th among the nation’s best public universities and 44th among all national public and private universities, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” ranking of undergraduate programs at leading universities. Among specific undergraduate programs, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering ranked 44th among engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate.

An analysis by Times Higher Education, released in May 2012, ranked UCI first in the U.S. and fourth in the world among the 100 best universities less than 50 years old. The “100 Under 50” list aims to show institutions poised to become future world leaders.

Kiplinger Personal Finance ranked UCI 16th among the “Best Values in Public Colleges,” published January 2013, listing the top public universities in the country for affordability and quality of education. The Princeton Review also named UCI a “2013 Best Value College.”

UCI ranks among the top 10 U.S. universities – public and private – in the number of undergraduate applications and, for fall 2012, the campus admitted among the most academically competitive freshman classes in its history.

The Center for World University Rankings places UCI 35th in the U.S. and 47th in the world in its 2012 ranking of the top 100 degree-granting institutions of higher education. The Academic Ranking of World Universities 2012 by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Center for World-Class Universities ranks UCI 31st in the U.S. and 45th in the world.

Using data collected in 2006, the National Research Council ranked a number of UCI doctoral programs among the top in the country. The School of Physical Sciences was an area of particular strength, with all four programs – chemistry, Earth system science, mathematics and physics & astronomy – rated in the top quartile nationally. Other outstanding areas include neuroscience (anatomy & neurobiology and neurobiology & behavior), anthropology, civil engineering and ecology & evolutionary biology.

UCI was listed ninth in Sierra Magazine’s 2012 “Coolest Schools” report as part of the environmental magazine’s annual sustainability ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. The magazine is the official publication of the Sierra Club, one of the nation’s largest and most influential environmental organizations. This marked the third year in a row that UCI ranked in the top 10.

A study by University of St. Thomas School of Law measured the impact of law faculties based on citations in scholarly journals and ranked UCI School of Law faculty seventh in the nation. The three-year-old school ranked in the top 10 with law schools at Yale University, Harvard University, University of Chicago and Stanford University.

In a 2009 report by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training, UCI ranked seventh among U.S. universities with the highest numbers of chemistry degrees conferred at all three levels (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate).

The Paul Merage School of Business M.B.A. programs consistently rank among the best in the world, including No. 1 in the U.S. for employment of M.B.A. students within three months of graduation by Financial Times.

U.S. News & World Report ranks schools and programs periodically. Following are the most current rankings for UCI graduate programs and specialties that have been named among the nation’s top 50: literary criticism & theory (1), criminology (5), creative writing (6), healthcare management (9), information systems (11), organic chemistry (11), drama & theater (12), physical chemistry (12), psychology – neurobiology & behavior (12), psychology – cognitive science (16), theoretical chemistry (18), experimental psychology (19), cell biology/developmental biology (21), English (22), business – part-time (25), chemistry (26), sociology (27), computer science (28), aerospace engineering (29), psychology (29), mechanical engineering (30), physics (30), civil engineering (31), biological sciences (34), environmental engineering (34), political science (36), engineering (39), biomedical engineering (40), economics (42), history (42), mathematics (43), medicine – research (44), materials science engineering (45), psychology & social behavior (47), business (49) and electrical engineering (49).

The 2009 Philosophical Gourmet Report ranked the graduate program in philosophy 23rd in the U.S., with 11 specialty areas ranked in the top 10. UCI received a first-place ranking for its program in decision, rational choice & game theory; second place for philosophy of physics, philosophy of science and philosophy of social science; third place for early modern philosophy - 17th century, mathematical logic and philosophy of mathematics; and fourth-place rankings for history of analytic philosophy, medieval philosophy, philosophical logic and philosophy of biology. UCI’s program is co-administered by the Department of Logic & Philosophy of Science in the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Philosophy in the School of Humanities.

The 2007 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index ranked five UCI research fields in the top five among large research universities. Computer & information science ranked first; information science/studies fourth; and geology/Earth science, mathematics, and urban & regional planning fifth. Produced by Academic Analytics, the index rates journal articles and books published by each program’s faculty, as well as journal citations, awards, honors and grants.

UCI graduates rank 28th in salary earnings among U.S. public universities, according to PayScale’s 2012-13 College Salary Report.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranks UCI third in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students in the 2010-11 school year. The rankings are based on data submitted by institutions of higher education to the U.S. Department of Education.

Top Accolades

Three UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes, F. Sherwood Rowland and Irwin Rose in chemistry, and Frederick Reines in physics.

Orange County’s only university hospital and Level I trauma center, UC Irvine Medical Center has been ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 12 consecutive years.

The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine Medical Center is the only Orange County facility to earn the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious “comprehensive” designation.

More than 90 UC Irvine Healthcare physicians are listed as “Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors Inc., an organization that bases its selection on survey results from other physicians.

U.S. News & World Report ranks UCI’s creative writing program – producer of such noted authors as Michael Chabon, Alice Sebold and Richard Ford – sixth nationally.

UCI athletics teams have earned 27 national titles in nine sports, and 63 individual Anteaters have won national titles; 50 have competed in the Olympics.

Did You Know?

The Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences is the only ICS school in the University of California system.

UCI’s 140,000 graduates include leaders in the arts, sciences, business, education – all walks of life. Among them are three Pulitzer Prize winners and the architect of the “HTTP/1.1” Internet protocol used worldwide.

UCI offers 87 undergraduate degree programs, as well as 59 master’s; an M.D., Ed.D. and J.D.; and 46 Ph.D. programs.

UCI academic preparation programs touch the lives of tens of thousands of K-12 students in California each year, and many serve as national models.

UC Irvine Extension annually offers in excess of 4,000 university-level professional and personal enrichment courses, including more than 60 certificate and specialized study programs.

The UCI Libraries, the region’s largest information resource, draw more than half of their 2 million-plus annual visitors from outside the campus community.

Fueling Growth & Prosperity

UCI has an annual economic impact on Orange County of $4.3 billion and is a significant contributor to the region’s talent-rich workforce. In 2011-12, the university invested nearly $130 million in capital projects, with additional upgrades under way or in the planning stages.

Extramural funding – money coming from outside sources, including federal and state agencies, industry contracts and private foundations – in support of UCI research totaled $304 million in 2011-12.

Underscoring strong community support, private giving to UCI exceeded $80 million in 2011-12. With an endowment valued at $300 million as of June 30, 2012, the University of California, Irvine Foundation spearheads private fundraising efforts for the campus and, with the assistance of alumni and community leaders, helps ensure UCI’s future as a world-class research university.

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