Irvine, CA
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$36,000 ($13,122)
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Reviews 2451 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Facilities: I absolutely love Irvine's campus! It's very large but finding classes is very easy. We have a very large park in the middle of the school which I always enjoy walking through.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid process can be nothing short of a nightmare. The most important tip I can give to anyone is get it done early! Don't procrastinate!

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3 College Senior

Academics: The most popular study areas at UC Irvine include biology, business, computer science, and probably engineering. Many of the people I've talked to are either trying to be successful engineer or go to medical school.

4 College Senior

Academics: I absolutely love sociology. I think the program is set up very well. The workload is manageable; you can go to school and still have a healthy social life. The internship/job opportunities for sociology majors is a little skimpy though, they need to work on that.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The Greek life at UC Irvine is very very smalll. Personally, I always feel uncomfortable around people who are involved with Greek life. Many of the frat guys I have met are rude and obnoxious and many of the girls I've met are snobby and stand off-ish.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I've noticed that a lot of the students on campus look and dress the same. The Greek life guys and girls always look like each other. There's a lot of hipsters. There's also a lot of people who just don't care what they look like.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: UC Irvine is by no means a party school but when there are parties they tend to be fun until about 11PM. That's usually when they get broken up by the police.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is very convenient but very expensive. I would not recommend living at Camino del Sol.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The crime level at UC Irvine is very low. Students are always given updates on current and previous crimes through their Zot Alert. I feel very safe at UC Irvine.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: My first quarter was terrible! The courses were very difficult and designed to fail over half the class which I felt was very unfair to the students. The professors were very robotic like and not very engaging. Once I switched my major to sociology, I started to really enjoy going to UC Irvine. The classes were a lot more fun than the classes I took my first quarter and the professors were excellent at what they do. There's a wide variety of classes offered for sociology, the class styles are very straight forward (lecture and discussions), and class sizes are generally smaller.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: UC Irvine is great when it comes to providing career opportunities and information for students. However, the career/internship prospects seem to be higher for STEM majors.

College Senior

Majors: I have never had an internship but I plan on landing one this year. My primary concern with finding an internship is my level of experience and my major. Many of the companies who offer internships are looking for STEM majors. Before transferring the University of California I was a supplemental instructor.

4 College Senior

Majors: In order to get into my program I was required to take a specific amount of classes and maintain a specific GPA. The primary challenge I faced was having a low GPA, I didn't do very well my first quarter so it really hurt my overall GPA. The biggest tips I can provide are stay persistent and keep your grades up.

3 College Senior

Diversity: The student population at the University of California Irvine is primarily Asian. Irvine is a very wealthy area many of the students who attend UC Irvine seem to be well off financially. The primary political beliefs I've noticed on campus tend to be more liberal.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It is not a college town.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: I wish more diversity existed on the campus.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I absolutely love the campus!

3 College Junior

Majors: The School of Business is hard to get in.

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3 College Junior

Majors: The name of my major is already confusing: Business Econ. It's not under the business school but school of social science. Honestly I don't really think it makes a big difference than pure Econ major.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: There are lot of greens. Many people say that UCI is beautiful. ARC--the gym--is great.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Even though we don't have a football team, we still root for the teams we've got especially since we've made it to national standings in a number of them.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: You don't have to join Greek to get invited to parties, especially if you're a girl, but if you do join one, you definitely have the upper-hand of having an easier time at meeting new people.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UCI is very accepting of anything really. I can't speak for the international students, especially the Asian ones since they just keep to themselves and stick with their own kind, but other than that, no one really cares. Just be you.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Honestly, there are just so many different scenarios that I would have to describe to completely answer this question, but in all, GE's tend to have a lot of busy work, there are too many professors you just can't understand (accent-wise), and it's difficult to get any of your classes. However, most professors do care about your success in the classroom, and during finals week, everyone dies together, so it doesn't make it as bad.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Well, I'm switching out of my major cause I don't like it.


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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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