University of California-Irvine (UCI), like the rest of the University of California, is a research university. It has been ranked as high as #12 by the U.S. News & World Report in terms of the best public universities.
Some of the country’s largest companies have headquarters or other substantial operations in Irvine, including Blizzard Entertainment, Broadcom, Taco Bell, Vizio, Western Digital, Kia, Mazda, Toshiba, and Samsung.
Irvine features many great events throughout the year. There’s the Tanaka Farm’s Spring Harvest Festival, the Irvine Global Village Festival, Orange County Restaurant Week, the Annual Christmas Train Event, and the Studio Arts Festival, to name just a few!