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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
UC Irvine is a highly rated public university located in Irvine, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 29,251 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the UC Irvine acceptance rate is 29%. Popular majors include Social Psychology, Biology, and Computer Science. Graduating 83% of students, UC Irvine alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,100.
501 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference

University of California - Irvine Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

UCI Admissions

Acceptance Rate
29%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1190-1410
ACT Range
25-33
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$15,014/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$18,605/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
68%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
68%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.221 responses
41%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.262 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.263 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    16%
  • On Campus
    84%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
29,251Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
485
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 87 responses
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  • Academically focused, conservative, though nice
    39%
  • Smart
    21%
  • Outgoing
    15%
  • Academically focused, adventurous, outgoing
    11%
  • Adventurous
    5%
  • Involved
    3%
  • academically focused, liberal, chill
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.327 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.378 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 189 responses
Report
  • Beautiful
    23%
  • Calm
    21%
  • The best research institution
    17%
  • Vibrant
    11%
  • Full of opportunity
    9%
  • Up and Coming World Class University
    8%
  • Good
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$58,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
83%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
69%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.159 responses
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University of California - Irvine Reviews

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UCI was truly an amazing experience for me! Having lived on-campus for two years and commuted my third, I felt that UCI created the atmosphere for a great college experience. My courses were challenging and supplemented by passionate professors, as well as driven colleagues. UCI provided great opportunities to expand in my academic and career goals, such as extensive research opportunities, networking with local professionals, and diverse externships. Lastly, campus life was more than what I expected! With friendly students, effervescent school spirit, supportive staff, and a plethora of local eats to check out, Irvine kept me wanting more! Overall, I would recommend UCI to incoming students! Zot zot
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Due to the pandemic, the University of California, Irvine has quickly and successfully transitioned to remote learning. Although there were many stressors and challenges that arose, the university was understanding and provided relief to the students through housing, academics, and the like. Professors are really supportive of the students and constantly provided students with resources and platforms to help continue their studies through these times. One setback that this university has is that the administration at UCI had been very hard to reach and unresponsive ever since the transition to remote learning. However, the transition to online learning was very smooth and is to be commended.
The campus is in a circle so it is easy to navigate. Everything is located at least 10 minutes apart (walking distance). There is also a large park, named Aldrich Park located in the center of the campus. This is a nice space to relax. The campus is safe and has patrol on-call 24/7. It is also easy to navigate. It provides a variety of majors that are not offered in neighboring schools or within the UC system. It is definitely a top-rated school!