UC Irvine Photo Tour

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Explore the UC Irvine Campus

UC Irvine Sign
UC Irvine Sign. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University of California, Irvine is a public research university within the University of California system. Located in Southern California near Newport Beach, UCI was founded in 1965 and is the fifth-largest UC campus, with 28,000 students currently enrolled. The school is consistently ranked among the top universities in the nation.

UCI offers bachelor degrees in over 80 undergraduate majors and 98 advanced degree programs within its 11 schools: Claire Trevor School of the Arts; School of Biological Sciences; The Paul Merage School of Business; The Henry Samueli School of Engineering; School of Humanities; Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences; School of Law; School of Medicine; School of Physical Sciences; School of Social Ecology; and School of Social Sciences. UCI's school colors are blue and gold, and its mascot is Peter the Anteater.

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Aldrich Park at UC Irvine

Aldrich Park at UC Irvine
Aldrich Park at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

UCI's core campus was built in a circular layout, with Aldrich Park at the center. Originally known as Central Park, the park has a network of paths and roads that are used by both students and faculty. Additionally, banquets and weddings take place in the park. Surrounding the park is the Ring Mall, which is the main pedestrian road that connects the campus around Aldrich. Academic departments are positioned relative to the center, with undergraduate departments closer and post-graduate departments further from the center of Aldrich Park.

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Middle Earth Housing at UC Irvine

Middle Earth Housing at UC Irvine
Middle Earth Housing at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Named after places and characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, the Middle Earth Housing community houses about 1,700 students. Middle Earth comprises of 24 residence halls, and two dining halls named Brandywine and Pippin Commons. Most rooms are double occupancy, making it the ideal housing community for freshmen. Each hall consists of a common room with a TV and study area.

Certain halls are home to special interest floors. For example, Isengard is a "non-judgmental space" for gay and transgender students, while Misty Mountain is home to first-year students who are interested in the field of teaching and education.

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Langson Library at UC Irvine

Langson Library at UC Irvine
Langson Library at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Langson Library is UCI's primary undergraduate library for humanities, education, social sciences, and social ecology. The library was named in honor of Jack Langson, a Newport Beach entrepreneur, in 2003. Langson is home to an extensive East Asian literature collection, Critical Theory Archives, Special Collections, and Southeast Asian Archive.

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Crawford Athletics Complex at UC Irvine

Crawford Athletics Complex at UC Irvine
Crawford Athletics Complex at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Crawford Athletic Complex is one of the two major recreational centers on UCI's campus. The 45-acre complex is home to UCI's Intercollegiate Athletics, featuring several facilities: the Bren Events Center, the Anteater Ballpark, Track and Field Stadiums, the Crawford Gym, a 25-meter swimming pool, and a golf course.

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UCI Student Center

Student Center at UC Irvine
Student Center at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The UCI student center is the heart of student activity, as well as administrative offices on campus. The university bookstore and computer store are located on the first floor of the center, and STA Travel, UCI's student travel agency, is located on the second floor. Additionally, the center is home to the Blood Donor Center, Campus Assault Resources and Education, International Center, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center.

The center also provides study spaces in the courtyard and Doheny Beach Lounge, as well as a free computer lab for students. Located on the student center terrace, the Zot Zone Games Room features eight billiards tables, board games, karaoke, and five Xbox 360 gaming consoles. The center offers a variety of dining options including Starbucks, the Anthill Pub & Grille, Bene's Pizza and Pasta, Jamba Juice, Organic Greens-to-Go, Panda Express, Quizno's, Wahoo's Fish Tacos and Wendy's.

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Arroyo Vista Housing at UC Irvine

Arroyo Vista Housing at UC Irvine
Arroyo Vista Housing at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located on the eastside of campus next to the Anteater Recreation Center, Arroyo Vista provides house-style dormitories primarily for upperclassmen. There are 42 houses in Arroyo Vista, with each house ranging between 8 and 16 rooms. Each suite has a shared bathroom, common room, and kitchen.

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Krieger Hall at UC Irvine

Murray Krieger Hall at UC Irvine
Murray Krieger Hall at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Murray Krieger Hall is home to UCI's Humanities and Social Sciences department. Completed in 1965, the "Futurist" architectural style of Krieger Hall is prominent throughout the campus. Krieger was one of eight original buildings designed by William Pereira.

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Aldrich Hall at UC Irvine

Aldrich Hall at UC Irvine
Aldrich Hall at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Next to the Student Center on the Ring Mall, Aldrich Hall is the headquarters for UCI's administrative offices. The office of admissions and the office of financial aid are located on the second floor of Aldrich Hall. Additionally, Aldrich Hall displays a distinct architectural style that can be seen in only a few of UCI's original buildings, such as Langson Library and Kreiger Hall.

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Anteater Statue at UC Irvine

Anteater Statue at UC Irvine
Anteater Statue at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

UCI's mascot, Peter the Anteater, was chosen in 1965 through a school-wide student election. The rendition of the anteater was inspired by Peter the Anteater from the Johny Hart comic strip, "B.C." Though other potential mascots, like the seahawks or bison, were possibilities, the anteater won 56% of the student vote, narrowly beating out "none of the above." The statue above of Peter was a gift to the class of 1987. It is located outside the Bren Events Center.

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Merage School of Business at UC Irvine

Merage School of Business at UC Irvine
Merage School of Business at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Merage School of Business offers MBA, Ph.D. and bachelor degree programs.

Students can focus in one or more of the following areas offered at Merage: Accounting; Economics and Public Policy; Finance; Management; Information Systems; Marketing; Operations and Decision Technologies; Organization and Strategy; Real Estate; Strategy.

Merage School of Business is home to Don Beal Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which offers education and guidance to business students to transfer their ideas into marketable opportunities. The center holds an annual business competition, as well as entrepreneurship workshops.

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Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine

Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences is the only dedicated school of computer sciences in the UC system. In 2002, the 35-year-old Department of Information and Computer Sciences was elevated to a school. Today, the school is split into three departments: Computer Science, Informatics, and Statistics. The school is named in honor of Donald Bren, a local realtor, who donated $20 million in 2004. The school currently has three buildings with over 500 computers total.

The Bren School offers eight undergraduate majors in Biomedical Computing, Business Information Management, Computer Game Science, Computer Science, Computer Science & Engineering, Informatics, Information and Computer Science, and Software Engineering. ICS founded the Ada Byron Research Center, an organization that helps minorities within the computer sciences field.

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McGaugh Hall at UC Irvine

McGaugh Hall at UC Irvine
McGaugh Hall at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Across from the Ayala Sciences Library, McGaugh Hall is home to the Department of Biology. The building was named in honor of UCI memory and learning professor, James McGaugh, in 2001. Located inside McGaugh Hall, the Developmental Biology Center is currently researching in the areas of cancer biology, cell biology, cellular degeneration, and environmental impact.

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Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine

Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine
Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Established in 1965, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering offers bachelor and graduate degrees in five departments: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (in conjunction with the Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences), and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The school was renamed in honor of Henry Samueli, co-founder of the Irvine-based company, Broadcom Corporation, following a $20 million donation to both UCI and UCLA, which is why both engineering schools bear the same name.

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Frederick Reines Hall at UC Irvine

Frederick Reines Hall at UC Irvine
Frederick Reines Hall at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Reines Hall was named in honor of Frederick Reines, the 1995 Nobel Prize winner in the field of Physics. Established in 1965, the School of Physical Sciences consists of five departments: Chemistry, Earth System Science, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy. There are about 1,200 undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Physical Sciences. Reines Hall is home to the Physics & Astronomy Department.

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Ayala Sciences Library at UC Irvine

Ayala Sciences Library at UC Irvine
Ayala Sciences Library at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located on the west end of campus, the Ayala Sciences Library is in the heart of the School of Biological Sciences. In 2010, the library was renamed to the Francisco J. Ayala Science Library in honor of the UCI evolutionary biologist. The library is the largest and newest on campus, making it a popular study location over Langson Library. Ayala Sciences Library also has the largest number of study rooms, which are provided on a first come, first served basis. It is rumored at UCI that the building was designed in the shape of the female reproductive system as an homage to the sciences.

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The School of Law at UC Irvine

School of Law at UC Irvine
School of Law at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Opened in 2009, the UCI School of Law is the newest public law school in California. The JD program focuses on teaching traditional legal doctrine, as well as legal analysis and legal skills used in the courtroom. The school also offers concurrent graduate programs in criminal justice, criminology, urban planning, environmental issues, discrimination, human rights, urban planning, and intellectual property.

All first-year students are given a lawyer mentor whom they are required to observe for a certain number of hours at work. UCI Law also offers a pro bono program in which students are given the opportunity to volunteer within the law field.

The school will gain full accreditation from the ABA on June 14, 2014.

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Crystal Cove Auditorium at UC Irvine

Crystal Cove Auditorium at UC Irvine
Crystal Cove Auditorium at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Inside the Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium is one of UCI's main performance venues. Crystal Cove has a capacity of around 500 seats, making it the ideal location for small performances and rehearsals, as well as occasional conferences and guest speakers.

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Social Science Plaza at UC Irvine

Social Science Plaza at UC Irvine
Social Science Plaza at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

UCI's School of Social Sciences is located on the northern end of Aldrich park between Middle Earth housing and the Student Center. The school offers degree programs in the following fields: Anthropology, Business Economics, Chicano Studies, Demographic and Social Analysis, Economics, International Studies, Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Quantitative Economics, Social Policy & Public Service, Social Science, and Sociology.

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Bren Events Center at UC Irvine

Bren Events Center at UC Irvine
Bren Events Center at UC Irvine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Bren Events Center is UCI's indoor events and athletic stadium. With a capacity of 5,000, the school annually hosts live concerts, dance performances, lectures, and banquets, as well as basketball and volleyball games.

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