UCI is No. 1 Among MONEY Magazine’s Best Colleges in California
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
MONEY magazine has ranked the University of California, Irvine(UCI) No. 1 on its 2020 list of California’s Best Colleges. The university was also last year named the best college in the nation by MONEY. Colleges evaluated for inclusion on the list were scored on affordability, quality of education, and student outcomes.
The youngest university admitted to the Association of American Universities, UCI is a research institution founded in 1965 and is one of 10 campuses in the University of California public university system. The full price of attending UCI for the 2019-2020 school year is an estimated $35,500 for California residents, although students who receive grants can expect to pay half of that.
About 85% of UCI freshmen go on to graduate within six years, which MONEY found is about 29% higher than the average for schools with similar student bodies. Another strong point for this school: it’s built a name for itself as a college that promotes accessibility and upward economic mobility. In 2015, the New York Times featured it as “California’s Upward-Mobility Machine,” and it has consistently scored well in MONEY’s college analysis, placing in the top 20 for the past five years.
Although UCI’s first academic programs centered on the arts and sciences, business, and engineering, today it is highly regarded for its health sciences programs. Yet like any elite research university, one of UCI’s strong points is that its academic highlights are vast. Students at the university can choose from more than 85 undergraduate degrees and 120 graduate and professional programs in areas such as the arts, law, social sciences, computer science, and education, among others. The university is also known for its strong graduate-level programs through the Paul Merage School of Business and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering.
Campus life is vibrant and diverse, with more than 500 student organizations and more than 200 community engagement and teaching programs. UCI’s baseball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball programs are competitive at the Division I level.
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