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Home > Quick Facts > Economic Impact     Last updated: Jan. 8, 2010

Founded in 1965, UC Irvine is now recognized as one of the nation’s best research universities. It is also a vital component of one of the most diverse high-tech economies in the United States.

With nearly 28,000 students, UCI is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system. Its broad-based mission encompasses teaching, research and public service, and its researchers look beyond the classroom and laboratory to address contemporary problems in areas ranging from the environment and transportation to healthcare and telecommunications.

From the beginning, campus architect William Pereira and Irvine Co. planners linked the fortunes of the university and the community that was to become Irvine. Today, the campus and UC Irvine Medical Center enrich Orange County with a steady flow of intellectual capital, research and discoveries; some of the best healthcare in the world; and a wealth of educational and cultural opportunities.

UCI receives about 15 percent of its funding from the state of California. Other funding sources include research contracts and grants, revenues from UC Irvine Medical Center, private support, and tuition and fees.

Below are just some of the ways the people of California, private donors and others realize a return on their investment:

Economic Impact
UCI’s annual economic impact on Orange County is now measured at $3.9 billion.

The campus in Irvine and UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange together employ nearly 21,000 people, making UCI the county’s largest employer.

The campus and UC Irvine Medical Center have a combined annual payroll of approximately $820 million and in 2008 generated about $128 million in federal and state withholding taxes.

Capital Expenditures
In 2008-09, the university invested more than $129 million in capital projects on campus and at the medical center.

Sales and Use Taxes Paid
During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2008, UCI paid about $2.7 million in sales and use tax on items ranging from medical equipment and furniture to computers and office supplies.

Contracts & Grants
UCI attracts hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts and grants, and in 2008-09 was awarded $318 million in external funding from federal and state agencies, and the private sector. An indispensable source of funding for graduate education and research, this money mostly stays in Orange County.

Patient Care
UC Irvine Medical Center and its affiliated clinics handled 524,422 outpatient visits, while the medical center staffed 101,681 inpatient days, during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008.

The medical center generated nearly $503 million in net patient revenue over the same period. The revenue covers salaries and other operating costs associated with patient care and medical education.

Also during the same period, the medical center provided approximately $21 million in charity care to the Orange County community.
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As of fall 2009, nearly 28,000 students attend UCI. The campus ranks among the top U.S. universities in the number of undergraduate applications and continues to admit freshmen with highly competitive academic profiles.

UCI has more than 117,000 degreed alumni, of which more than 75,000 live in California and contribute to the state’s economy as employees, employers, taxpayers and consumers. An estimated 40,000 alumni live and work in Orange County.
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More than 1,400 University of California retirees live in Orange County and receive annual retirement benefits of about $36 million.

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