NYT ranks UCI No. 1 in nation for outreach to low-income students


The New York Times has named UCI No. 1 among U.S. universities that do the most for low-income students. The 2015 rankings were presented at The New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrowconference by David Leonhardt, editor of NYT website The Upshot, which first published the list in 2014. Last year’s rankings were highly influential, leading some schools to actually change their financial aid policies. UCI topped this year’s College Access Index, immediately followed by four other University of California campuses. A measure of economic diversity, the index is based on three factors: the share of students receiving Pell Grants (which typically go to families making less than $70,000 a year); the graduation rate of those students; and the net cost, after financial aid, that a college charges low- and middle-income students. The rankings include 179 of the nation’s top colleges, defined as having an overall five-year graduation rate of at least 75 percent. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman is quoted in the website story, saying, “The big challenge for American higher education is that it has to be a gateway through which talented young people can thrive, regardless of their background.”

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2015 TAPPED recipients


Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of the TAPPED award!

TAPPED2015 recipients

  • Jack McManus and Hospitality & Dining Services Team – for New Swan 2015 season partnership
  • Brian Clarke, Student Life & Leadership – for facilitating and leading the SL&L annual retreat

  • Steve Tajiri, Student Life & Leadership (OIT) – for creating a better registration system for SL&L events including Orientation Programs, Randy Lewis All-U Leadership Conference and Parent & Family Day

  • Darlene Esparza, Anna Capinpin, Jade Turner, Tamara Austin (Student Life & Leadership) – for their outstanding contributions in making the 40th anniversary of the Cross-Cultural Center such a great event

  • Mike Jenkins, CFEP – for volunteering to serve as a trainer for High School counselors in Anaheim who will begin using the Center-wide information system (CWIS) next year

  • Marcos Miranda-Garcia, Student Center – For assisting an off campus guest with a ride to the ARC when she was dropped off at the Student Center instead of the ARC

  • Tony Gonzalez, John Ma, Greg Ryan, Alex Nava, Student Center – For assisting and helping so many of us in Student Affairs with fixing, building and creating for so many events and celebrations. Tony and his team’s efforts are greatly appreciated!

  • Mark Deppe, Student Government – For coordinating UCI night at Angel Stadium

  • Karina Hamilton & Kelly Carland, Office of the Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs) – For their key roles in the 3-day Global Compassion Summit celebrating His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • The Counseling Center Team – For their wonderful efforts on decreasing wait times for our students from weeks into days

  • Said Shokair, DUE – For always willing to assist Student Affairs and the VC office

  • Brian Pratt & Janet Mason, Design & Construction and Greg Jue, Space Management – For helping with the planning of the Wellness Building

UCI is #1 “Cool School” – again!

If it’s cool you want, look no further than the University of California, Irvine. For the second year in a row, the campus is No. 1 in Sierra magazine’s annual “Cool Schools” ranking of the nation’s greenest colleges. It’s the first time any university has repeated a No. 1 appearance and the sixth year UCI has placed among the top 10.

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