Everyone knows that Irvine is changing. Our city is becoming more populous and more diverse.
One of the major reasons for this change is the remarkable success of our city’s foundational institution and largest employer: The University of California, Irvine (UCI).
Founded in 1965, UCI now has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy.
UCI is now the most sought-after campus in the entire University of California system, according to a recent article in the Orange County Register.
The article reports that “The Irvine campus announced recently that 70,540 California students applied for admission as freshmen in the upcoming fall semester, the most among the nine campuses in the UC system.”
Much of this growth is recent. In fact, applications to UCI have increased by an amazing 32 percent just since 2015!
UCI’s growth has also led to a significant increase in the diversity of our City. UCI has made a strong commitment to being an engine of social mobility for qualified individuals from nontraditional and disadvantaged circumstances.
As a result, UCI is now the top choice among UC schools for first-generation students and those from underrepresented minority groups and lower-income families. Almost half of UCI’s freshman applicants come from immigrant backgrounds and are first-generation students.
As a member of the Irvine City Council, a former UCI student, and the wife of someone who who received his Masters and Ph.D. from UC Irvine, I want to congratulate UCI on its great success and pledge to help it continue making our city, our state, and our nation better educated and more diverse while ensuring a brighter future for Orange County and California!