Then and Now: Mesa Court

A lot has changed since 500 students moved into Mesa Court on Sept. 26, 1965. UCI’s first residence hall community is currently its largest, with three new buildings – Mesa Court Towers – opening in fall 2016, adding more than 900 spaces for a total accommodation of almost 3,000 students.


  • Size of housing community: 10 two-story buildings for 500 students
  • Population: Freshmen and upperclassmen
  • Amenities: Reading rooms with fireplaces and couches
  • Quotable: “My room, 203-D, had a window that looked out onto hills being developed into the first addition to Mesa Court. … The ritual each morning was for the construction workers to start the large scrapers, dirt haulers and water tankers.” – John McCoy ’69


  • Size of housing community: 29 halls that range in size from 55 to 85 beds and three new six-story buildings for nearly 3,000 students
  • Population: Freshmen only
  • Amenities: Wi-Fi and the Cyber Lounge
  • Quotable: “I love how it is filled with plants and trees. I also like how it feels like a community and how friendly the staff is.” – Anonymous