Students Say

Students looking for “a high caliber education on a safe and beautiful campus” may want to consider the University of California Irvine located in southern Orange County. UCI is a good fit for studious undergrads looking to benefit from one of University of California’s top-ranked facilities that is described as “laid-back but also very competitive academically,” allowing students to be “challenged but comfortable.” With more than 27,000 students, the school is "big enough to have a great diversity of majors and excellent professors, but small enough so you won’t feel overwhelmed.”

Overview

Applicants
66,505
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average HS GPA
3.94

GPA Breakdown

80%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
4%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 620
SAT Math
550 - 690
ACT Composite
-

Deadlines


Regular
November 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Volunteer Work
Work Experience
Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

Students looking for “a high caliber education on a safe and beautiful campus” may want to consider the University of California Irvine located in southern Orange County. UCI is a good fit for studious undergrads looking to benefit from one of University of California’s top-ranked facilities that is described as “laid-back but also very competitive academically,” allowing students to be “challenged but comfortable.” With more than 27,000 students, the school is "big enough to have a great diversity of majors and excellent professors, but small enough so you won’t feel overwhelmed.” Although some students may find some of the large lecture classes “overwhelming,” others point out that the “professors are very intelligent and welcoming people.” In addition to its “prestigious reputation,” “UCI is at the forefront of scientific research” that is backed by the high-quality professors who “are all experts in their subjects.” The benefits of “[having] faculty [that] is constantly doing research” means that “they are always on top of their fields that they are teaching.” This is a huge plus for some students. “I consider it my dream school…I like the amount of research opportunities that undergrads have here.” Students describe professors as “professional,” and “diverse.” A downside to this diversity is that some foreign professors have “thick accents” that “are hard to understand.” The upside is that, “All of the full-time professors do research on campus and it shows by the ways they teach students. It comes from a real point of view because they are passionate about it.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
1,458
with Terminal Degree
1,429

892
Men
566
Women
413
Minority
40
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
79%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Jon Lovitz
Actor

Richard Ford
Writer, 1996 Pulitzer Prize

Whitney Otto
Writer

Scott Brooks
Professional Basketball Coach

Greg Louganis
Olympic Diver

Michael Chabon
Writer, 2001 Pulitzer Prize

Bob Gunton
Actor

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Jun 28
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Bottom Line

Tuition, room and board, and everything else costs about $27,400 a year at UCI. (It’s considerably less if you commute.) With all the sources of need-based and merit-based aid available here, most students don’t pay anywhere near that amount. UCI is a truly a bargain if you can meet California’s residency standards. On the other hand, if you are branded as a nonresident, the costs here approach those of a private school.

Bang For Your Buck

UCI tends to attract the third-largest applicant pool in the University of California system (behind UC Berkeley and UCLA). With all the stellar resources available here and the plethora of nationally recognized programs, admission to UCI is an achievement that rivals the path set by its older and larger brethren. If you can get admitted, UCI offers generous financial aid assistance in the form of scholarships, loans, and grants. In addition to federal and state aid programs, UC Irvine offers a robust grant program for needy students. The Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan covers educational and student-services fees for California residents whose families earn less than $80,000 a year and qualify for financial aid. Blue and Gold students often qualify for additional grant aid to further help reduce the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,105

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,979

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,568

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,728

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$19,105

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,220
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$34,098
Required Fees
$3,357
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,732

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,640

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

The warm, sunny southern California weather and the “safe,” suburban town of Irvine, are a huge draw for many UCI students. One student describes the campus as “gorgeous and very eco-friendly.” Another calls UCI “The school that is very green, very peaceful, very safe, and absolutely awesome.” Many students like the fact that there is a huge park in the middle of campus and “Everything is within walking distance.” The safe, peaceful surroundings create a “good environment for studying,” which is important at a school where students take academics seriously.

“Life is pretty calm and fun. If you want to party you can, but it isn’t the main thing going on during nights and weekends. Hanging out in dorms or going out to eat, going to the beach, and exploring the area are popular. Also, working out and playing sports is very popular.” Dance is also big. “[The] school has a lot of competitive dance teams…five really successful teams to be a part of if students are into hip hop dance.” Whatever your interests, one student points out, “The opportunities on campus are endless.”

On weekends, when students look forward to a break from their weekly studies, they can travel to nearby Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Anaheim. But with over 550 clubs and organizations on campus, students do not have to look off-campus for things to do. UCI is “the place to be if you’re looking to get things done; we chose to have a second library over having a football teamthat’s how serious we are.”


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
24,489
Out of State
2%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
72

Demographics

54% female
46% male
2% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Many students mention diversity as one of their school’s strengths, but others would like to see even more diversity. UCI is known for its high Asian student population, and, as one student points out, “there should be [more] Latino and black students on campus because Asian and Caucasian are the majority.” One student describes those who attend IC Irvine as “social academics,” whatever their ethnic backgrounds. “Typical students are always involved in quite a bit, whether its fraternities and sororities, student body government, or community service organizations, an Anteater is always involved and well rounded.” That’s one thing most students agree upon: the love for their mascot, the anteater!

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
27%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
86
First-Year Students living on campus
81%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
75

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dr. Jan D. Sarrantino

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psycho-educational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Psych-educational evaluation preferred; Specific AD/HD Documentation Form

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
584
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
25
Number of Religious Organizations
59

9% join a fraternity
10% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Anteaters)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Anteaters)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: www.campusorgs.uci.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: CSUSB; LMU; UCLA; USC

Sustainability

UC Irvine adopted a policy on Sustainable Practices back in 2004 in order to promote environmentally conscious construction and fixtures on campus. After signing the ACUPCC, the school completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and began pinpointing where to focus its environmental efforts. UC Irvine has determined that all new construction on campus must seek LEED Silver at a minimum. In fact, eight buildings on campus have achieved LEED Gold and eleven have achieved LEED Platinum. UC Irvine has installed a 1.2-megawatt DC solar power system, which is “expected to produce more than 24 million kilowatt hours (equivalent to offsetting 25.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide) over twenty years.” UC Irvine is also setting the example when it comes to alternative transportation. Through its initiatives, the campus reduces more than 43.6 million vehicle miles and 14,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Even UC Irvine’s Dining Services is working to combat wastefulness. Even UC Irvine’s Dining Services is working to combat wastefulness. A study was conducted showing trays caused 430 pounds of food waste per day. By eliminating trays, waste was reduced by 180 pounds in 2008. Through further education of students and employees, waste was reduced an additional 70 pounds in 2009. Since then, the total number of residents and meals served have increased dramatically. Waste per day at the dining commons is 237 pounds, but waste per person has continued to decrease significantly to 1.41 oz./person per meal.

Green Rating
99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
21%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
31

Average Number of PC's per Lab
31

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, Samsung, Sony, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Bryan Jue
Public Information Manager

Address
260 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-1075

Phone
949-824-2719

Email
visituci@uci.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Anteater Recreation Center
Bren Events Center
UCI Student Center
Cross-Cultural Center
Arts Plaza
Beall Center for Art and Technology

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Disneyland
Newport Beach
Knott's Berry Farm
Irvine Spectrum
The Block at Orange

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Sat-Sun
8am-9pm; 8am-5pm
949-824-2719

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri at noon
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The John Wayne Airport (Orange County) is 5 miles from campus. Taxis are available. County bus stops on Campus. Amtrack and Metrolink are also available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The campus is one mile south of the I-405 freeway. From south of Irvine, take I-405 to the Culver Rd. exit and proceed south to Campus Dr. Turn right on Campus Dr. to W. Peltason Dr. (the university entrance). Turn left on W. Peltason Dr. From north of Irvine, take I-405 to the Jamboree exit and proceed south to Campus Dr. Turn left on Campus Dr. and proceed to Bridge Rd. (the university entrance). Turn right on W. Peltason Dr.
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Key Stats

66,505
Applicants
24,489
Size
37%
Acceptance Rate
1180
SAT Scores

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