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Location
Irvine, CA
Undergrads
21,881
Tuition (in-state)
$36,000 ($13,122)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

4 College Senior

Academics: Being one of the first universities to offer an online masters program, and continuously building upon that program to deliver the best academic structure for us as students is noteworthy!

4 College Senior

Academics: The university did a great job developing an online program for the working adult. Balancing a full-time career with the opportunity to earn a masters degree is supported by the tough yet understanding workload, the engaging faculty and the encouraged communication with other students.

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.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 4th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 561st
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 793rd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 930th
    Best Course Variety
  • 971st
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hometown
Hawthorne, CA
Major
Business Economics
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Over the years, UC Irvine has collected an exclusive array of world-renowned professors that not only know their stuff, but also pride themselves on the intellectual growth of their students. With professors ranging from Nobel Prize winners, Noble Laureates, and former OJ attorneys, student admiration for the faculty at UCI is not at all uncommon. However, what plagues many major universities—UCI included—is the lack of one-on-one, personal attention from some professors that most students are used to receiving from their high school teachers. With many classes consisting of 400 or more people, it’s tough for any professor, no matter how passionate or inspirational, to reach out to even a fraction of those students.

Furthermore, it’s up to the students to step up their effort and visit professors during their office hours if they want any kind of direct interaction. It’s fortunate for UCI students that even the busiest of professors will set aside time for students outside of class. This all stems from the passion that UCI professors have for their students and their courses. Some professors go the extra mile to reach their students, and students who care do the same to meet their professors. This student effort has resulted in higher grades, professor appreciation, and newly discovered interest in a subject they might not have even considered.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,014
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
270
Total FT Faculty
2,248
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$108,707
Full-Time Retention Rate
93%
Part-Time Retention Rate
91%
Transfer-Out Rate
10%
Graduation Rate
86%
Programs/Majors Offered
114
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 44%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 37%
  • 50 or More Students: 19%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Claire Trevor School of the Arts
  • College of Health Sciences
  • Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
  • The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
  • The Paul Merage School of Business
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Physical Sciences
  • School of Social Ecology
  • School of Social Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 5%
  • Business/Managerial Economics: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
  • Social Psychology: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Langson Library
  • Science Library
  • Student Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually read the material.
  • Attend lectures.
  • Be social with your peers.
  • Don't cram for exams.
  • Get to know your TAs.
  • Go to discussions.
  • Know your course outlines.
  • Speak with your professors.
Did You Know?
Since 1995, UCI's graduate programs and specialties have often been ranked among the top 50 in the nation, including: literary criticism and theory, creative writing, organic chemistry, drama and theater, third-world literature, English, management information systems, gender and literature, 19th- and 20th-century literature, psychology-neurobiology and behavior, computer science, political science, chemistry, psychology-cognitive science, history, fine arts, biology, physics, management, applied mathematics, mathematics, and engineering.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 110 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 24% Michael Chabon - Pultizer Prize-winning author
  • 20% Jon Lovitz - former SNL comedian, actor
  • 16% Yusef Komunyakaa - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • 16% Aimee Bender - acclaimed writer
  • 12% Roy Fielding - chairman, Apache Software Foundation
  • 8% Alice Sebold - author
  • 4% Whitney Otto - author
  • 0% Kelly Perrine - star of UPN's "One on One"
  • 0% Allison Liddi-Brown - director of "ED TV"
  • 0% David Benioff - noted screenplay writer

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 110 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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