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University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA

UCI, founded in 1965, is a public university. It is noted internationally for its rich academic programs and the quality of its faculty. The faculty includes internationally renowned scholars and researchers who are dynamic, dedicated teachers. Irvine's distinctive undergraduate research programs allow students to work closely with faculty mentors. Students may choose from 55 undergraduate majors, 49 minors and a myriad of specializations, concentrations and emphases offered by the School of the Arts, School of Biological Sciences, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, School of Humanities, Department of Information and Computer Science, School of Physical Sciences, School of Social Ecology and School of Social Science. The Campuswide Honors Program and Humanities Honors Program are open to outstanding students in all majors. The programs feature special curricula consisting of small seminar-style classes, independent research projects or creative performances and mentorships with top UCI faculty. Upper-division honors programs are available in 15 majors. Its 1,470-acre campus is located near Newport Beach, 40 miles south of Los Angeles.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students27,331
   Women14,503 (53.1%)
   Men12,828 (46.9%)
Graduate Students5,423


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate41% of 77,810 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineNovember 30
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.97 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math633 average
560-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading571 average
500-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing577 average
520-630 range of middle 50%
ACT CompositeNot reported


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $33,149
Out-of-state: $59,831
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $15,026
Out-of-state: $41,708
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met85%
Average Freshman Award$24,400
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemQuarter
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 26% of classes
10-19 students: 32% of classes
20-29 students: 13% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 12% of classes


Irvine Population229,985
Nearest Metropolitan AreaLos Angeles
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 79% of freshmen, 41% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
Sororities9% of women participate
Fraternities 9% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
42.7% Asian
1.9% Black/African-American
31.2% Hispanic/Latino
4.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
16.9% White
2.4% Unknown
International Students16.2% from 71 countries
First-Year Students Returning92.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.62 3.96 665 643 28
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High 4.00 4.98 800 790 36
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• UCI professors discovered the "hole" in the ozone layer.

• The Outdoor Adventure Program specializes in sailing, surfing, kayaking and rock climbing classes for beginning UCI students.

• UCI's 24-inch telescope is open to the public on certain nights as well as to the university's astronomy club.

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