University of California - Irvine Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Irvine, CA
Website
www.uci.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
21,881
Part-Time Undergrads
335
Setting
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
$13,122
Out-of-State Tuition
$36,000
Room & Board
$11,706
Acceptance Rate
47 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
1530–1920
Average ACT Scores
21–27

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • High-profile research professors
  • Famous alumni
  • Frequent high-profile guest speakers, including the Dalai Llama and Governor Schwarzenegger
  • The beautiful, sunny Southern California weather

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • The solicitors
  • Parking hell
  • Increased student fees
  • High cost of textbooks

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Many students here will admit that UCI wasn’t their first choice or even their second. While UCI still doesn’t live up to the prestige of UCLA or UC Berkeley—leading to some serious inferiority complexes among some students—it’s increasingly gaining respect. It may not have a football team, an infinite number of majors, a true college town atmosphere, an abundance of parking spots, or even a reputable mascot, but the administration is still growing and expanding the campus with the public funds and donations that it gains.

Despite being strong in academics and fair in athletics, there are still some heavy skeptics in a group of would-be happy, shiny people. No university, no matter how good, can please everyone. Whether you enjoy UCI will be based on what you make of it through your own perceptions. With enough imagination, you should never be bored, and there is no pressure to do anything you don’t want to. The minimum courseload is light, and most people take at least one class beyond the minimum required for full-time status. This leaves plenty of time to socialize, hang out in the beautifully maintained park at the center of the campus, or do whatever else suits you best. UCI and the community of Irvine eventually become like a second home to many students here. While it’s not perfect, it’s hard for anyone to resist falling in love with the beach on a Southern California day. The University of California at Irvine is the perfect school to mix work and play.

UC Irvine Student Reviews

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: In my opinion, I think the dorms are good, very peaceful. It is very convenient for students to go to class. In the leisure time,

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

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

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: The anteater express is amazing to transport around the campus, however the octa is a bit expensive considering how many buses you need to take to get to one place.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: That is one thing that is great about Irvine itself, it is always reassuring to know the safety of this city.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs such as gateway are always busy. The printing also is extremely costly if printing a lot of stuff.

1 person found this useful Report
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