Money magazine ranks UC Irvine No. 1

Move over, Princeton and Harvard – UCI was just named America’s best college.

Move over, Princeton, Stanford and Harvard – UC Irvine was just named America’s best college, based on a comparison of 744 colleges by Money magazine.

UC Irvine moved up from No. 3 last year to knock Princeton University off the top spot – and become the first public university to be ranked No. 1.

Of the colleges ranked, Irvine is one of the youngest “but it’s already among the world’s most respected research institutions,” the magazine noted.

The recognition adds to a list of national honors bestowed on UC Irvine by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and The New York Times, which calls the campus part of “California’s upward-mobility machine.”

On any given day, UC Irvine students are designing robots to help homebound children, building the next generation of wireless transceivers and creating new kinds of lasers. Three former faculty members have received Nobel Prizes.

The Irvine Master Plan designed the city around UC Irvine for a reason – not just to confer diplomas, but to confer the city with an engine to drive its economy.

And UC Irvine does that.

For 49 years, it’s produced an educated workforce, attracting 900 high-tech firms to the city.