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  1. Academics
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  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  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 26,889 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UC Irvine acceptance rate is 41%. Popular majors include Social Psychology, Biology, and Public Health. Graduating 87% of students, UC Irvine alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,500.
About University of California - Irvine...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference
Address
501 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
Website
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
41%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1060-1330
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,780/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,280/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,338/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,820/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,596/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,096/ year
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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
42%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.245 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.246 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
26,889Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 152 responses
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  • Asian
    28%
  • Asian, academic, smart, outgoing.
    20%
  • Academically focused, conservative, though nice
    20%
  • Smart
    11%
  • Outgoing
    8%
  • Academically focused, adventurous, outgoing
    5%
  • Adventurous
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.310 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.361 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 172 responses
Report
  • Beautiful
    23%
  • Calm
    22%
  • The best research institution
    18%
  • Vibrant
    9%
  • Full of opportunity
    9%
  • Up and Coming World Class University
    8%
  • Good
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
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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UCI is a nice place in the sense that it's generally safe and easy to get around. Professors vary from each other; since the university is a research university (and they take pride over that), your professors will vary from individual to individual. It's not surprising if your professor is super smart but horrible in teaching. You really have to fight for yourself here in studying, but that's not saying there aren't good Professors at all - there are! Emphasis on Professors because sometimes that's just what'll make or break your happiness for that quarter or so.

That being said, it's also not surprising to question your tuition here if it's worth it or not. UCI is a great place for connections, and if you learn well here and you connect well, then the money you put in here is pretty worth.
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As a first year, UCI has totally exceeded my expectations when it comes to a college experience. The environment itself is beautiful and enriching, which really contributes to a student's well being. UCI promotes education, and although it is challenging, I found it to be beneficial to be in a competitive environment because it pushes me to do my best academically. The professors at UCI keep their students into consideration at all times, and not to mention there are so many centers at a students fingertips it's hard to keep track of them all! All in all, UCI does not disappoint.
Rising sophomore, first one year at this campus has been transformative in terms of personality, academic pursuit, network. Professors are highly accomplished, nice and extremely helpful! Sessions are fast and the classes are hard. Keeps you on the works all the time during the quarter.