Irvine, Calif., Sept. 10, 2013 – UC Irvine remained in the top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s top colleges and universities released today,  sharing the No. 49 spot with Northeastern University, Mass., and University of Florida.

Among public universities, UC Irvine tied for 14th nationwide with University of Florida.

In addition to UC Irvine, five other UC schools scored in the nation’s top 30 public universities. UC Berkeley maintained its place at the top with UCLA ranking second. UC Davis and UC San Diego tied for the No. 9 spot, while UC Santa Barbara ranked No. 11.

The rankings’ methodology emphasizes factors such as endowments, alumni giving and student-faculty ratios that tend to favor private universities.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked engineering schools. The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine was listed at 49th nationwide.

About the University of California, Irvine: Located in coastal Orange County, near a thriving high-tech hub in one of the nation’s safest cities, UC Irvine was founded in 1965. One of only 62 members of the Association of American Universities, it’s ranked first among U.S. universities under 50 years old by the London-based Times Higher Education. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UC Irvine has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $4.3 billion annually to the local economy.

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