“We are delighted that UCI has once again been recognized as one of the finest public universities in the U.S.,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. “Combining outstanding academics with outstanding value is one of the great challenges facing American higher education, and the fact that we are identified as a national leader is a testament to the great work of our faculty, students, staff and supporters.”
Factors Money analyzed include quality of education, affordability and alumni success. UCI’s relative affordability and accessibility, when combined with academic excellence, pushed it up the list.
The campus provides need-based grants to 68 percent of its students, a figure that no other college in Money’s top 20 can match. Money also included new data on how many Pell Grant recipients a school graduates, a measure of how well it supports low-income students. More than 11,800 UCI enrollees received the grants, the most among the Money top 10 and more than the entire Ivy League combined.
UCI is becoming increasingly recognized as one of the most accessible, affordable and welcoming schools in the nation, especially among colleges and universities with excellent academics.
One of the factors Money examined was a school’s socio-economic mobility index: the percentage of its students who moved from low income to upper middle class jobs by the time the graduates reach their mid-30s.
Almost half of UCI’s incoming class of in-state freshmen is first-generation, and the ratio is even higher for California-resident transfer students. Among the University of California schools, UCI had the largest number of in-state freshman applications for the 2018-19 academic year from underrepresented minorities, the most from Chicanos/Latinos and the second-most from African Americans.
As noted in previous editions of Irvine City News, the superlatives continue to come in for Irvine’s center of educational excellence. UCI ranked at the top of The New York Times College Access Index for the second year in a row, which looks at the economic diversity of the student body, including the number of low- and middle-income students that a school enrolls and the price it charges them. And UCI is 4th on the Forbes survey of best-value colleges.
Congratulations to Chancellor Gillman and the faculty, staff, students, alums and donors who continue to drive UCI’s rise as one of top universities for affordability and excellence.