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

Facilities: The cost of tutoring is very low and convenient. The campus is very calm and it's easy to concentrate on work

5 College Freshman

Facilities: If you want to get involved there is no doubt you can find something you are interested in.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The ARC, the Science Library, and the Engineering Halls are pretty great.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: It's nice if you like laying in grass

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Being that there is a park in the middle of campus ensures a tranquil environment for students to relax in nature. There are several libraries as well as study centers and computer labs open at varying times so that students are able to study when it is convenient for them.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 59th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 85th
    Best Student Centers
  • 133rd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 165th
    Best Library
  • 234th
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hometown
Hawthorne, CA
Major
Business Economics
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All of the facilities on and around campus definitely add to the overall physical attraction of UC Irvine, and most of these facilities are fairly new. Because of the plethora of more-than-adequate student-related activity centers on campus, car-less students and commuters waiting between classes will not be left standing around. They can most likely be found at the ARC (the Anteater Recreation Center), which is perhaps the most popular place on campus. The Student Center is mostly described by students as anything but spectacular, but most agree that it still serves its purpose. While the more studious students choose to study or read there, the more laid-back students view the Student Center as their own personal Holiday Inn because of its diverse lounging—or better said, many places to nap—indoor shopping, and eating options.

For places of physical activity beyond sleeping and studying, the ZOT Zone is available for students who are really into gaming or for anyone who simply wants to live a second childhood for a few hours or so. The ARC is a must see and do for the more physically conscious and active types. If you want to better fit the stereotypical image of a Southern California college student, it might be a good idea to make frequent trips to the ARC.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
385
Campus Size
1,489 acres
Student Centers
The Student Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
3
Bar on Campus
Anthill Pub & Grille at the Student Center
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Café Espresso
  • Cornerstone Café
  • Starbucks next to the UCI bookstore
  • The Cyber A Café
Movie Theater on Campus
None
School Slang
  • 909: A reference to students from the inland counties of CA.
  • ARC: Anteater Recreational Center.
  • AV: Arroyo Vista, off-campus housing.
  • CV: Campus Village.
  • EEE: Electronic Educational Environment.
  • Humcore: Humanities Core.
  • ICS: Information and Computer Science.
  • LARC: Learning and Academic Resource Center.
  • LGBTRC: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center.
  • NACS: Network and Academic Computing Services.
  • New U: The campus newspaper, the New University.
  • Norcal: Northern California lifestyle.
  • Socal: Southern California lifestyle.
  • UCI: University of California Irvine.
  • VDC: Vista Del Campo, off-campus apartments.
  • VDC Norte: Vista Del Campo Norte off-campus apartments
  • WebReg: UCI's online course registration and enrollment system.
  • WebSoc: UCI's online searchable schedule of classes.
Traditions
  • Club Carnival: Club Carnival occurs during every Welcome Week for the new students on campus, featuring a good portion of the 320 clubs at UCI selling off internationally-themed foods, holding contests and games, and handing out welcome prizes.
  • Comedy Night: Bring on the laughter and bring on the tears as ASUCI hosts the annual Comedy Night to usher light-hearted incoming freshmen into UCI, letting them settle themselves down from the stress of Orientation Week.
  • Earth Day: Totally run by solar power, UCI's annual celebration for Mother Earth includes over 30 participating agencies all actively trying to share in the importance of environmental awareness. With over 20,000 visitors each year, UCI pulls out all the energy efficient stops to host a medley of interactive, educational, and fun games and booths for all.
  • Foam Party: Held every year to "foamally" baptize first-years into the UCI community, this has become a popular social event for both older and newer classes. Second-years and up get a chance to wreak havoc on naïve newbies, while also coming prepared in bathing suits the second time around.
  • Greek Songfest: The Greeks' biggest event of the year, in which all the frats and sororities showcase their singing, acting, and set-designing talents in a series of grape-dangling performances in their combined efforts to raise funds for a chosen beneficiary.
  • Mardi Gras: Thrown by ASUCI, this is one the campus's highlighted galas of gorging and trouncing along the paths of Ring Road. Following in the tradition of the original Mardi Gras, students party until midnight, eating, tossing balls for prizes, listening to concerts, and decorating festive masks.
  • Wayzgoose Festival: Starting since 1972, and qualifying as UCI's oldest tradition, Wayzgoose is a medieval themed carnival of jousting, fun, food, among friendly faculty, student, and club organizations. On top of that, there's the annual host of stages scheduled with a menagerie of inflatable carnival rides (including pony rides), snake handling, and a wild animal show (frat boys need not apply).
Urban Legends
  • The school mascot was based on a cartoon strip.
  • There's a girl dressed in white who haunts Aldrich Park.
  • There's an underground tunnel system at UCI built as an emergency evacuation for faculty.
  • UCI secretly houses and researches nuclear weaponry.
Favorite Things To Do
During class breaks, you can shoot some pool or play a few arcade games in the Zot Zone, work off some midterm-crammed calories at the ARC, or head over to the University Town Center and grab a bite to eat, as well as catch an indie flick. Hanging out in the Zot Zone, the game and recreation room in the Student Center, or across the street at the University Town Center are popular must-do activities for most UCI students. At lunch, local bands jam out in the lounge area while students enjoy their meals at the student center. Since students do happen to live in image-conscious OC, working out at the ARC is not uncommon. Also, poetry readings and political lectures occur across campus sites mostly during after-class hours.
Student Organizations Web Site
search.dos.uci.edu/clubs
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 103 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Wayzgoose Festival
  • 17% Cultural Nights
  • 17% Dark in the park
  • 17% Earth Day
  • 17% Comedy Night
  • 0% Foam Party
  • 0% Mardi Gras
  • 0% Greek Songfest
  • 0% Club Carnival

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 36% I like to go bike riding.
  • 29% Socialize
  • 21% Sit at the park
  • 7% Walk through aldrich
  • 7% Walk though ring road

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 119 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 8% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 49% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 44% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 108 responses

  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 16% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 51% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 30% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 10 responses

  • 71% I like aldrich park.
  • 14% University town center across the street
  • 7% Dorms, art school
  • 7% Claire trevor area

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 75% How the schools mascot was going to be a unicorn.
  • 12% How aldrich park was designed riots couldnt happen
  • 12% The haunting of the girl in campus road

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% The people that work at the GYM.
  • 20% The staff at freshmen housing

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% The people that work at the dinning hall.

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