UCI—Tech Degrees Abound in Irvine’s Backyard As a premier research institution, one of UCI’s g reatest strengths i s i ts technical talent b ase. I n the s ame w ay I rvine represents t he b est of Orange County’s office m arket, U CI represents t he b est of Orange County’s STEM t alent—often mimicking, a nd e ven e xceeding STEM metrics from a variety of top institutions. Over 40% of UCI’s undergraduate degrees are in STEM-related f ields—inline w ith UC B erkeley (43%), a nd n otably a bove the U niversity of Washington ( 34%). By count, U CI g raduates t he t hird l argest number of STEM d egrees i n SoCal, w ith the top two by size (UCLA, UCSD) a short drive away from Irvine. Exhibit 6: UCI STEM Schools and Technical Centers/Programs Exhibit 5: Largest SoCal STEM Degree Granting Universities Top 10 Rank Information 42 43 Source: National Center for Education Statistics (2015). UCI offers a plethora of technical programs for students, with over 65 STEM-oriented research centers a cross c ampus. T he university is home to the largest combined Engineering a nd Computer S ciences program i n C alifornia ( 5th l argest i n t he US), a nd t he o nly computing-focused school in the UC System.