$7 Billion in annual economic impact to Orange County

23 Jul 2021


You’ve probably heard about the worldwide impact of UCI’s scientific research, technological innovations and successful startups. But UCI’s positive impact on our local community – as a wellspring of jobs, entrepreneurial investment and billions in economic growth – is really something to talk about.

Most who live near a typical college or university don’t really feel a deep connection to it. The institution might provide an interesting talking point when you meet new people – but little else. If you live in the city of Irvine, however – or anywhere in the broader Orange County area—the odds are high that the University of California, Irvine has had a direct and positive impact on your life and the lives of people in your community. You might never have thought about this, but there is proof everywhere.

UCI is Irvine’s top employer

UCI is Irvine's largest employer, and Orange County’s second-largest employer (behind – you guessed it – Disney), and we’re ranked eighth among all U.S. public institutions by U.S. News & World Report. We’re ranked No. 1 by The New York Times for doing the most for the American dream, and Forbes ranks us sixth among universities on its list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity.

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