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Class Change from Top of Old Physics Building, Royce Hall in Background,1966 (Ansel Adams)

Detail of "Campus Scene, 1967" (Ansel Adams)


The history of the Irvine campus begins in the early 1950s when the Regents concluded from University-wide enrollment projections that three new campuses must be in operation by 1970, one of which should be located in the east Los Angeles-Orange County area. Twenty-three locations in this area were examined and in March, 1959, a site on the Irvine Ranch, a few miles inland from Newport Beach, was tentatively selected by the Regents.

Situated at the center of a large urbanizing area and connected with metropolitan Los Angeles by a network of freeways, the site was on gently rolling land, with an inspiring outlook over the Santa Ana Basin. Among principal reasons for its choice was the great potential for the development of an integrated and interrelated campus and community, an opportunity provided through mutual agreement with the single owner of the surrounding land.


Historical Overview

The birth and early history of the Irvine campus

Administrative Officers

Information about chancellors and other early officials



Colleges and Schools

The creation and history of Irvine's main academic units

Academic Departments and Programs

The creation and history of individual academic departments

Faculty biographies from In Memoriam

Graduate Division

The history of graduate study at Irvine

Institutes and Research Centers

Institutes and Research Centers and the dates they were established




Student Housing

The development of residence halls

Student Publications

Early student publications and their editors

Student Services

The offices that governed student life including financial aid and health services


Irvine traditions


Cultural Programs

The development of the arts on the Irvine campus


Creation and history of Irvine's library system


Related Links

Links related to the Irvine campus


Books, monographs, articles and other documents related to the Irvine campus.

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