Campus Strictness

Irvine, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,000 ($13,122)
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5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Serious offenses are intolerable but anything short of that can be compromised.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Living at UCI is the best experience, if you are a freshman you definitely need to dorm!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There is quiet hours at dorms, but students tend to forget about them, and it is not strongly enforced.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I really enjoy the feel of the campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It does not affect too much on students' academic or social lives. Rather, it sometimes help with coping certain students or helping in general. RA's are great on providing a strict yet friendly environment in dorms.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 380th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1230th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1297th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hawthorne, CA
Business Economics
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For a public university, UCI doesn’t seem to allow a lot of the personal liberties that even private colleges allow their students. RAs and some campus officers might be compared to a modern-day force of the Gestapo when it comes to drinking and drugs in the dorm areas. However, when it comes to protecting the students and their belongings, most agree that campus police (and maybe even the RAs) do a pretty good job. Drinking is heavily dealt with and is prohibited in the dorms, as are drugs. Some students have had experiences where they’ve gotten busted with little consequence, but when it comes to drinking and driving, campus police are absolutely intolerant. The actual town of Irvine seems to be walled off from the criminal element
of LA and is rather conservative, which might be an explanation for some of the strictness. It is obvious, though, that there is a lot of student animosity toward the campus authorities here. Having a police station on campus that is within minutes of housing probably doesn’t help matters either.

One of the unseen perks to having an active and abundant police force, however, is that their presence makes the campus that much more safe and secure. Not much is going to happen here beyond the occasional locker or bike theft or a student who’s not “smart” about drinking, but considering what else could be out there, an overly strict campus is probably a more than fair price to pay at UCI.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking underage
  • Making too much noise in your dorm
  • Parking illegally
  • Running stop signs

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 140 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 148 responses

  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 12% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 47% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 37% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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