Location
Irvine, CA
Undergrads
21,881
Tuition (in-state)
$36,000 ($13,122)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2271 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: In my opinion, I think the dorms are good, very peaceful. It is very convenient for students to go to class. In the leisure time,

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Living at UCI is the best experience, if you are a freshman you definitely need to dorm!

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: The anteater express is amazing to transport around the campus, however the octa is a bit expensive considering how many buses you need to take to get to one place.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: That is one thing that is great about Irvine itself, it is always reassuring to know the safety of this city.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs such as gateway are always busy. The printing also is extremely costly if printing a lot of stuff.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: The basketball games specifically are the most popular at UCI. Volleyball also has its group of fans.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: You need to get help because you never know what you're doing.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is a decent amount of things to do in Irvine but you will definitely need a car or transportation to do so since most of the malls or other places are far.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: If you want to get involved there is no doubt you can find something you are interested in.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet chosen a major.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet chosen a major so I cannot explain how difficult it would be to enter a program.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Love the California weather, never can I complain about the wonderful heat or the cool breeze.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The variety of classes you are able to take is astonishing and really allows you to explore the options. Some professors are beyond amazing and passionate while others lack enthusiasm. Always try studying at the library, it always increases the effectiveness of your work.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's great to at least know people from the greek life since they are who throw the best parties.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of restaurants at the UTC, which makes it easy to find something new to try.

4 College Junior

Academics: UCI has one of the best biology programs in the country- they really grill you hard and make sure you are completely prepared for Medical School.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Irvine is extremely safe, and there are lots of high-end shopping places and restaurants right off the Newport Beach shuttle route!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are not really important at UCI, but club and intramural sports are very important to the student body.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There is quiet hours at dorms, but students tend to forget about them, and it is not strongly enforced.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cost is reasonable, and there is a variety of good such as Korean, Japanese, Mexican, and Chinese food. There is sushi, pizzas, sandwiches, noodle soups, and much more.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: I am living on campus, so I don't really need any transportation for this year. However, I took the bus here before and the experience was not great. I literally waited an hour for the bus come to take me back to school, and there was no bench for me to seat.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: I've seen many athletes on campus.

College Freshman

Majors: I am a freshman and has not started looking at internships.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am currently majoring in Korean Culture and Literature, but I would like to change it to Business Administration. However, UC Irvine has one of the best business program in the state which makes it very difficult to get in.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The environment is great; it is safe. But other than the restaurants around, there is no where at which you can really find entertainment.

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Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hometown
Hawthorne, CA
Major
Business Economics
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Many students here will admit that UCI wasn’t their first choice or even their second. While UCI still doesn’t live up to the prestige of UCLA or UC Berkeley—leading to some serious inferiority complexes among some students—it’s increasingly gaining respect. It may not have a football team, an infinite number of majors, a true college town atmosphere, an abundance of parking spots, or even a reputable mascot, but the administration is still growing and expanding the campus with the public funds and donations that it gains.

Despite being strong in academics and fair in athletics, there are still some heavy skeptics in a group of would-be happy, shiny people. No university, no matter how good, can please everyone. Whether you enjoy UCI will be based on what you make of it through your own perceptions. With enough imagination, you should never be bored, and there is no pressure to do anything you don’t want to. The minimum courseload is light, and most people take at least one class beyond the minimum required for full-time status. This leaves plenty of time to socialize, hang out in the beautifully maintained park at the center of the campus, or do whatever else suits you best. UCI and the community of Irvine eventually become like a second home to many students here. While it’s not perfect, it’s hard for anyone to resist falling in love with the beach on a Southern California day. The University of California at Irvine is the perfect school to mix work and play.

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