Why Give?

At UCI, our talented faculty and students work hard to generate new knowledge, find creative solutions to our world’s grand challenges, and serve our local and global communities in significant and far-reaching ways. But we don’t do it alone. We do it through the generosity of alumni, parents and friends – like you – who want to make a difference.

Over the last 50 years, state funding plus tuition have built UCI into one of the top 10 public universities in the country. But major decreases in state support have led to a new financial reality for the UC system.

At a time when less than 10 percent of UCI’s budget comes from the state, a gift to UCI is not only a vote of confidence in UCI’s great work but also a powerful investment in the people and projects touched by Anteaters everywhere.

Together, gifts of all sizes add up to make a huge difference on our campus, the state and beyond.


Less than 10 percent of UCI’s budget comes from the state of California, yet UCI is one of the top 10 universities in the nation.


All gifts – regardless of size – make a difference. In fact, 90 percent of all gifts made to UCI are less than $1,000.


With your support, UCI continues to be recognized by The New York Times as the No. 1 university “doing the most for the American dream.”