I have been asked by my university, TWCU, to come to evaluate the study abroad program at UC Irvine. It was a rare rainy day in Southern California and my first time in Irvine and Costa Mesa (where my hotel is). It is an impressive campus like UC Davis and looks to be a good place for the students to study.
There some great landscaping on the campus as well.
The dorms on campus have names taken from J.R.R. Tolkien's novels. I know some Tolkien loving guys who would have loved that.