Irvine, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,000 ($13,122)
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Reviews 2289 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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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5 College Senior

Majors: Business Economics major have a choice in choosing from a variety of classes because of excessive amount of majors. However, if one wants to succeed, one should invest time in school as well as internship opportunities.

4 College Senior

Majors: Internship depends on where you are employed. I've had to opportunity to intern at a small firm and a fortune 150 firm. It was an excellent experience.

5 College Senior

Weather: UCI has the ultimate California weather.

4 College Senior

Transportation: I've taken the campus shuttle a few times and it is excellent.

College Senior

Greek Life: I am not a greek participant but I have been offered to join. It is entirely your preference and your character. UCI will help you develop who you are but you need to be focused on your goals or else, post-graduation will reflect how hard you've committed yourself to college.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: It is all dependent on personal preferences.

3 College Senior

Academics: I am a Business Economics major a School of Social Science at UC Irvine. Class size is extremely big and if you miss your deadline on registering for classes, it is very difficult to get in. But the learning environment is excellent.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: UCI school spirit can definitely improve and quality of classes can improve as well. UCI is well recognized in engineering but in other professional fields, UCI tends to be ranked second to others.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The beach is nearby and there are three malls to go on a date. There are alot of freeways nearby and students have a choice of driving to LA to enjoy a good night or San Diego to observe scenery.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It can definitely improve by having additional security not employing students but professionals

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is very well organized and structured. There are new building and old buildings but most old buildings have been remodeled to accommodate the new students.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is of mediocre quality. Most students enter lease contracts with a private company to obtain housing at our school.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: I am not a U.S. citizen therefore not eligible for financial aid. My financial need of tuition is above and beyond most college students. I have always applied for a monthly payment plan to accommodate for my financial short-comings each month.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics at UC Irvine is very outstanding but not supported to the fullest. The administration does an excellent job in advertising events and even specific players. But the students are not willing to engage in the culture of sports because the students have become extremely self oriented. Parties and social outing are above any sports event at our school.

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,

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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.

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2 College Freshman

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

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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.


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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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