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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

Diversity: Irvine is a corporation and less of a college town. I suppose that has its benefits however, more students would want to have more freedom which the city of Irvine prevents to keep things uniform.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is accepted here, not judgmental comments

4 College Senior

Diversity: Being in an online masters program, the draw is nationwide giving the program a very diverse feel.

College Freshman

Diversity: Not completely sure, but campus itself is extremely diverse.

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.

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  • 315th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hometown
Hawthorne, CA
Major
Business Economics
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UCI is one of the few schools in the nation that can say a minority represents the majority of the overall student population. In this case the majority is Asian American, with about half of the student population being of this descent. Although it’s a bit lopsided, diversity is still there when compared to the mostly white, Anglo-Saxon universities throughout America. More than 15 percent of UCI’s student body consists of minorities other than white and Asian. Blacks and Latinos are represented here as well, and some students believe that the campus is growing more and more diverse.

Most students agree that what one makes of their cultural experience at UCI is ultimately their decision. The more you do to learn about another culture, the greater your understanding and perception of diversity. A lot of clubs are designed to educate people about other cultures, and there are also various events throughout the year where representatives of different countries contribute to this education. The end result is an integrated community where people can keep and remain proud of their heritage. Also, if you look around enough at the various food fairs held throughout the year, there’s a fair showing of Greek, Indian, and African American booths, a fun way to celebrate and learn about another culture. No matter what your background may be, you shouldn’t have a problem finding your niche at UCI, and that niche might not be limited to your culture of origin.

Facts & Statistics

African American
2%
Asian
49%
Hispanic
18%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
20%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
14%
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 14%
25+: 16%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 24%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 65%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
UCI has a Lesbian Gay Transgender Bisexual Resource Center, as well as the group organizations Irvine Queers and OUTspoken, all of which encourage students to be more open and aware about differing sexual orientations among their peers and act as support groups.
Political Activity
Not known for being the most political campus within the UC system, UCI almost finds pride in having minimal student protests compared to Berkeley or UCLA. The passion’s definitely there, but most Anteaters prefer just chilling with the flow, instead of trying to break political waves.
Economic Status
Although UCI does have a student body that varies in socioeconomic diversity, judging by the high number of BMWs and Lexuses (or high number of cars period) in the parking lots, it’s safe to say the majority of UCI students lean towards economically-strong family backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
Since this is the socially conservative and Republican Orange County, it makes sense that Christian groups are by far the most numerous on campus. Beating out the fraternities and sororities in their zealous flyer handouts, it’s not hard to find an eager Christian waiting to salvage your soul just outside the classroom doors when lectures end.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs are an overwhelming majority at UCI. Even fraternities and sororities also seem to be ethnically-based. This is readily apparent along Ring Road where most of the Greeks hang out.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 17% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 131 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 26% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 131 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 27% Not sure
  • 30% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 134 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 134 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% No
  • 17% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 17% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 50% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 50% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 17% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 43% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 14% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 6 responses

  • 17% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 33% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 17% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 33% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 131 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 60% Very accepting.

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