The Best & Worst

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

Highest Grades

  1. 1
    High-profile research professors
  2. 2
    Famous alumni
  3. 3
    Frequent high-profile guest speakers, including the Dalai Llama and Governor Schwarzenegger
  4. 4
    The beautiful, sunny Southern California weather
  5. 5
    Laid-back Student Center
  6. 6
    The immaculate ARC
  7. 7
    Three hefty University libraries
  8. 8
    Lord of the Rings-themed buildings
  9. 9
    Study abroad program
  10. 10
    The Career Center

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
93% of students return after their first year.
Proven Success
86% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Knowledgeable Professors
90% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
63% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
70% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
62% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Safe Campus
64% of students surveyed said that they feel extremely safe and secure on campus.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
61% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Learn from the Best
98% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.
Students Stick Around
Only 10% of students transfer out.
Extremely Diverse
One of the most racially diverse campuses-80% of students are minorities.

Worst Of

Lowest Grades

  1. 1
    The solicitors
  2. 2
    Parking hell
  3. 3
    Increased student fees
  4. 4
    High cost of textbooks
  5. 5
    Difficult to find things to do
  6. 6
    Commuter school
  7. 7
    High cost of living
  8. 8
    Huge lecture class sizes
  9. 9
    Not much school spirit
  10. 10
    No football team

Facts & Statistics

Expensive
Tuition is a steep $36,000, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
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