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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: 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 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.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The variety of classes you are able to take is astonishing and really allows you to explore the options. Some professors are beyond amazing and passionate while others lack enthusiasm. Always try studying at the library, it always increases the effectiveness of your work.

4 College Junior

Academics: UCI has one of the best biology programs in the country- they really grill you hard and make sure you are completely prepared for Medical School.

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College Freshman

Academics: I am not entirely sure. I have been mainly worried about my own grades, units, and GPA, but I am sure the alumni here are great as I am often told of the achievements of past UCI students. The professors for the most part are engaging, kind, and ready to help their students as long as they have a decent question. The registration process was a bit much, but nothing that would discourage you. The workload of the courses correlates with the amount of units you take, so about 2 hours/unit. If I have a 4 unit class, then I would strive to study for 8 hours or more. And there is no better place to study then the study rooms and libraries offered all over campus. Whatever study area fits your comfortable or work zone needs, I'm sure you will find them.

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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 109 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 33% Michael Chabon - Pultizer Prize-winning author
  • 27% Jon Lovitz - former SNL comedian, actor
  • 13% Roy Fielding - chairman, Apache Software Foundation
  • 13% Yusef Komunyakaa - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • 13% Aimee Bender - acclaimed writer
  • 0% Kelly Perrine - star of UPN's "One on One"
  • 0% Allison Liddi-Brown - director of "ED TV"
  • 0% David Benioff - noted screenplay writer
  • 0% Whitney Otto - author
  • 0% Alice Sebold - author

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 108 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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