Office of the Chancellor

UCI Earns Highest-Ever U.S. News Rankings

Sept. 10, 2018

I am delighted to share with you the exciting news that UCI has just been ranked the No. 7 public university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. This is the highest ranking we have ever received in this annual higher education review, one of the most influential and widely regarded publications of its type.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked UCI the No. 33 university, public or private, in the country, the highest ranking we have ever received in this category as well. These placements were derived from 16 measures of academic excellence, weighted by relevance to high-quality education, and more than 1,600 institutions of higher learning were evaluated.

In recent months, UCI has garnered great praise for our esteemed faculty research, outstanding academic programs, stellar educational outcomes and impressive public service. Most recently, Money magazine ranked UCI No. 3 on its 2018 list of the “best colleges in the U.S.” Sierra magazine named us the No. 1 “Cool School” for our national leadership in sustainability. Earlier this year, Forbes magazine designated UCI No. 4 among America’s Best Value Colleges. And The New York Times has twice lauded UCI as the No. 1 university in the entire country “doing the most for the American dream.”

These plaudits confirm what we have known all along: UCI is a globally preeminent university leading the way in research, education and public service. And it is a particular point of pride that we combine being academically elite with providing meaningful access for students of all backgrounds. We are an exemplar of the best in American higher education.

Congratulations to all members of the Anteater community! These recognitions are testament to the extraordinary contributions made every day by our outstanding faculty, staff, students and supporters. I thank each of you for your participation in the life of this university. The work we do here truly matters.

Chancellor Howard Gillman