Where All Minds Thrive

The UC Irvine Charlie Dunlop School of Biological Sciences is a leading institution committed to excellence in both education and research. Our school prides itself on a rich tradition of scientific discovery and innovation. Below are some key facts and statistics that highlight our achievements and ongoing efforts:
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Undergraduate Students

  • First-generation 43% 43%
  • Female 66% 66%
  • From Underrepresented Backgrounds 27% 27%
Bio sci graduate Alexis Villani in lab

Graduate Students

  • Female 59% 59%
  • From Underrepresented Backgrounds 23% 23%
UCI Faculty

Tenure-Track/ Tenured Faculty

  • Female 47% 47%
  • From Underrepresented Backgrounds 33% 33%

Snapshot from Fall 2023 enrollment by the numbers.

Faculty Distinctions

The Dunlop School has a highly distinguished faculty, as measured by many criteria.  These include high National Research Council faculty productivity rankings and on-campus, national and international awards.

4 National Academy of Sciences
45 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
7 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
3 Chancellor’s Fellows
5 Chancellor’s Professors
20 Distinguished Professors (Current and Emeriti)

Professor Leslie Thompson, PhD.

School and University Facts


Dunlop Dunlop School ranks No. 32 on the U.S. News & World Report’s Ranking for Biological Sciences Graduate Programs


UC Irvine ranks #1 for Doing Most for the American Dream for their commitment to economic diversity by measuring.

The U.S. Department of Education named UC Irvine a Hispanic-serving institution, meaning that fully one-quarter of undergraduates identify as Latino and that half of all students receive financial aid.