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Reviews 2539 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is so much to do in the proximity of UCI. There are outlets, eateries, and most importantly, Disneyland. All of these places are available to UCI students with or without a car and are reachable in less than an hour.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics at UCI are great. They have many fans and the games are always so hyped up. It provides a great environment and boosts our school pride.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know much about off-campus housing.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The program in which I am enrolled in is the Biological Sciences program at the University of California, Irvine. The difficulties do not necessarily occur during the application process; however, it is an impacted major. The difficulties occur after the application process where people get sorted out due to failing grades or other sorts of problems. I have heard that it starts out as the largest school and ends up being one of the smallest, if not the smallest, at the end of the four years.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy it very much; however, it is not a cake walk. There is much work ahead of me, but I plan to pursue it with passion because it is truly my passion to attain a biological sciences degree. The workload is tremendous, but if it is your aspiration to pursue this field then all the power to you. The facilities have great workspace and an abundant amount of materials to conduct any type of experiment. The curriculum here is great, throughout the 10 week class we learn what we would learn in a year of high school. It is fast-paced; however, the teachers are here to help. In regards to internship/job opportunities, the school supplies their students with an updated list of openings for either.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was nice and simple accepting the loans. I had no hassle receiving the grants and loans; however, just gathering information to take out and apply for loans is quite a hassle.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Mostly everyone dresses up with the latest fashion.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: Once in a while I would see a few beer bottles but I don't know how the party scenes were.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I did not live in dorms my first year, but I did live on on-campus apartments. The apartments were quite expensive but worth it because I had my own room and bathroom. There is a huge recreation center really close to the on-campus apartments which is convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus because there are police around and there are posts where you can call a police in case of an emergency. It is quite rare for something bad to happen on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Irvine is a great city. It is quiet, clean, and calm due to strict police. There are a lot of places to go shop and eat. There's also a huge gym called the ARC.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I honestly don't really pay attention to what goes on in Greek life, but I have heard (from non-Greek students) that there are some sororities and fraternities that have stuck up people.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The main sport here is basketball and this is the time where a lot of people have school spirit.

3 College Senior

Diversity: You have people from all over.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The classes and people you meet, its ok.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: If you know how to network, its okay.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Its more for the experience.

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3 College Senior

Majors: It depends if you pick the right one for you?

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3 College Senior

Academics: I really like the classes i take and the professors.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: It depends how you are with food.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Most students are nice, ones you get to know them.

3 College Senior

Facilities: The student life is okay depending if your an involved student or not.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Sororities are somewhat big at the campus and have many activities throught the year.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The university has a lot of events, its beautiful, open, easy access to help, and maps are located everywhere.


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Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hawthorne, CA
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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