Irvine, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,000 ($13,122)
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Reviews 2310 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: People here can be lenient or not.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Not really aware of it

3 College Junior

Scholarships: They dont give a lot of money.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Its ok, it just depends who you hang out with.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Its ok, there has been bad stuff, but the worst is the drivers.

1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The bus leaves you or doesnt come. Its not an interesting palce to live in.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The area is not a college city at all, people should not come to irvine.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't really know much about it.

3 College Junior

Academics: The academics are okay because there are some professor that really love to teach while others, they don't. Some you can get really engage in the class and be able to participate, even though its hard work is all do able.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I have never taken the shuttle and don't know about public transportation in this city.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I've never seen anyone drunk, but I have heard conversations between students about alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Beaches are very near and there are shuttles that take students there. Disneyland is very near too.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: There are a few problems with the internet connection and sometimes it's hard to get online.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: If you feel unsafe, you can press a button under a blue light (found in many places around campus) and a police officer will go to where you are.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The cost of tutoring is very low and convenient. The campus is very calm and it's easy to concentrate on work

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I'm part of the minority, but I feel accepted. There are many Asian students.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They gave me what I needed and I didn't have to pay much out of my pocket.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Not too cold, kind of hot during spring and summer.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't go to parties or go out much in the nights.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've met very nice people and the campus is beautiful.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining places are okay. They don't give student discounts.

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Serious offenses are intolerable but anything short of that can be compromised.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Engage socially in any events or parties.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Alot of dining in a walk-able distance. There are also late night delivery foods available.

4 College Senior

Computers: UCI has alot of computer labs and most are accessible at any time except for early mornings. There is a 24 hour engineering lab but during the day students study at the Langson library or the Gateway study center. The Wi-Fi is amazingly fast and has never dropped.

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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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