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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live on campus and am looking into off campus housing so I don't know very much about it.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Although the places nearby are mostly chains, I enjoy the options. Eureka, In n Out, Del Taco, Taco Bell, the different Asian restaurants and yogurt places I find satisfactory and diverse.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Parking is ridiculous, citations are the biggest crime in Irvine. Otherwise, a very safe campus. Admin isn't that involved and doesn't actively try to limit students.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not qualify for much aid so it has not been much of an issue, although I wish I didn't have to pay so much.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Overall it is pretty decent food, nothing spectacular but it kept me full the year I had a meal plan. Some days the menu is better than others but the constant food options like the grill, salad bar and pizza are good to return to if there's nothing better. Breakfast was always the best meal.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are decent sized and the first-year housing paired me with a roommate very well. The first year community in dorms is a lot closer than second year. The RAs are friendly and helpful. Right now they are under construction so it is a large inconvenience, but their should be new, nicer facilities in the next few years.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: so expensive around here. but safe

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Food tastes normal and reasonable price

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4 College Junior

Administration: normal conditions that are all acceptable.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: I got my aid on time when I supposed to have them. helpful

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: enough daily nutrition for students

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Mostly is okay for new students

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Nothing special when you have to pay for friendship

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is great because it is close to campus, there is a variety to choose from, and it is cheaper than on-campus housing. The problem is looking for it yourself, finding roommates, and furnishing the apartment.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: There are not many parties but if you look, you WILL find one and they tend to be wild.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is really good with a variety of healthy and unhealthy options. There are locations great for vegetarians and vegans and there is a nice variety of ethnic food.

3 College Junior

Administration: Administration is for the most part lenient in all terms except when it comes to protecting the students from protesters or negative attention.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: The process is typical. The problem is getting enough money to cover you and not have too much of a debt afterward.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: I think the food options are pretty good on campus because there are a variety of healthy-ish decisions as well as junk food to cure those cravings.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great but the only downside is the cost. You are getting great amenities and services but the cost has become outrageous for what is being offered.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus is cheaper than on campus and most of the students take advantage of this

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: No real healthy options besides like veggie grill but the trader joes is awesome!

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Very Very small. Those who party are often seen by non-partiers as ridiculous.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Really strict about parking. Apparently it gives them billions of dollars that they don't really use for the students but for bonuses.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not much is given out to those with some income. Although a lot of lower income kids are here due to the money they give.

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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.

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