The University of California - Irvine is a public research university located, as the name quite clearly gives away, in Irvine, California. Founded in 1965, it’s a relatively new university but has very quickly climbed up the rankings and is definitely among the Tier 1 universities, which should explain its rating as a Public Ivy League. The excellent research program, coupled with the location and doors it opens for you, means that it’s a hot favourite for students from all over the world. Pity it’s not terribly easy to get into, but it’s not extremely hard either. It ranks #78 according to U.S. News' 'Best Global Universities Ranking' list.