Irvine, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,000 ($13,122)
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Reviews 2498 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Some pretty new building and some old building

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Parking is far and expensive the wall is too thin

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Big Classes Study at own risk

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Stay Strong or you get weeded out

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Just average and you need a car to get to places

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Far apart price is expensive

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Often Person of interest email sent

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Wall to thin you can hear people in other room

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: As with everything, there going to be some good and some bad.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: As stated earlier, Irvine is a corporation and as a result you'll see less mom and pop shops and more franchises. Its no Berkeley where theres a plethora of food choices.

3 College Junior

Academics: I believe we should move more towards a semester system due to a long term understanding of the material and not a rushed memorizing of information later forgotten.

3 College Junior

Academics: I like it, as with every program there many ups and downs.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Irvine is a corporation and less of a college town. I suppose that has its benefits however, more students would want to have more freedom which the city of Irvine prevents to keep things uniform.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Ive looked into this and the only reason I've stayed away is due to cost.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: I had a bad experience with the greek life and as a result I stay clear of them. I understand on one hand you are trying to promote brotherhood; however, on the other hand, don't make others feel lower if they are not in it and as if they're outcasts.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Ive gone to the gym on campus and its really quite something. I think i really like it. I say this because I've been going for 3 months there now and something just keeps me coming back.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I see the housing and for some its heaven sent; for others, its way to expensive and deters those not on financial aid.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Its just like another school in that regard. Though the police in Irvine are questionable from what I've heard from other students.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I frequently went to the dinning commons to eat and i loved it!

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: I was laughed at for attempting to apply for financial aid because they saw my mothers income on paper but had no clue what was really going on in my life. She told me "you're not going to get any aid." Sure enough, that afternoon my request was denied.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Honestly, I look forward to what the future lies for me having neared my graduation from this school.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are dining halls in both Mesa Court and Middle Earth, plus many other options on campus like starbucks, subway, panda express, as well as off campus, such as chipotle, blaze pizza, cha for tea, etc.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: UCI is not known as a "party school." They partying is minimal.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Local atmosphere is great! It's close to the beach, many nearby food places such as boba shops, asian cuisines, etc. Very close to nearby convenience stores as well for necessities.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They can be strict at times when necessary otherwise, everyone is lenient and understanding.


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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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