In 1965, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and dedicated public service. Today, we draw on the unyielding spirit of our pioneering students, faculty and staff who arrived on campus with a dream to inspire change and generate new ideas.

We believe that true progress is made when different perspectives come together to advance our understanding of the world around us, and we strive to enlighten our communities and work towards a better future.

In support of this mission, UCI launched the Brilliant Future Campaign to champion the potential of our growing campus community. Through fundraising and outreach efforts, the Brilliant Future Campaign looks to bring together the entire Anteater family by raising $2 billion for students, faculty, researchers, practitioners, patients, artists and innovators alike.

Many of the Brilliant Future stories we feature on this website highlight the individual experiences of UCI’s first-generation students, students actively engaging in research projects, and students learning to survive—and thrive—during the difficult pandemic times. By drawing attention to their stories, we aim to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices. We hope that other students will be inspired to come forward, share their own stories and be heard.

Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, it’s particularly important that we come together to support our diverse student body and celebrate the incredible resilience they have shown as they face challenges, overcome obstacles and find ways to thrive. While our students inspire at every turn, it is up to us to give them the tools and resources they need to be successful at UCI and beyond.

The various units within the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) provide a wide array of services to support UCI’s students. From Student Success Initiatives to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program to the ANTrepreneur Center, DUE units offer essential programming to improve educational outcomes and empower student success.  For more information, visit our website and explore.