hundred years ago in Orange County, fewer than 6,000 students
were attending classes in 39 elementary and three high schools.
How things have changed.
there are over 60 high school campuses alone and enough elementary
schools to educate half a million students. Education, on all
levels, flourishes here as evidenced by the fact that a dozen
high schools in the County were 19999 winners in the California
Distinguished Schools Program, while nine elementary schools were
nominated for national recognition as 1999 Nation Blue Ribbon
Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
County also boasts two large state universities, California State
University, Fullerton, which opened in 1960, and The University
of California, Irvine, which, although among the youngest campuses
in the UC system, is also one of the fastest growing in stature
and size. According to Clark Kerr, President of the University
of California from 1957 to 1967, "UCI has been one of the
great academic rockets launched in the post-World War II period
of American history."
1995, UCI became the first public university whose faculty won
two Nobel Prizes in two different fields in the same year - Frederick
Reines in physics and F. Sherwood Rowland in chemistry. That same
year, the Nation Research Council ranked UCI's doctoral programs
in the top 10 in the nation among public universities. The campus
is additionally enriched by the UCI Graduate School of Management,
dedicated to developing and educating students to become business
leaders through full or part time MBA degree programs and non-degree
executive education programs. These programs translate into two
to three thousand highly skilled upper-echelon business leaders
ready for immediate placement every year.
the area's outstanding state schools, there are also several private
colleges such as Chapman University in Orange, comprised of eight
schools and colleges including a school of film and television
creaed in 1996, and a school of law which opened in 1995.
are also four community college districts in Orange County with
nine colleges. These include 50 year old Orange Coast College
in Costa Mesa, which ranks second of all California's 106 two-year
institutions in the number of students it transfers to the University
of California and California State University systems, as well
as prominent institutions like Saddleback, Golden West, and Irvine