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Reviews 3257 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors and the student center are very helpful in getting students jobs/internships! You must also make the initiative to put in effort as well!

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is a UCI PD, however, I am not sure how often they go around campus to make sure it is safe, as I have not seen them walking around the school at all.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great! However, some areas of on campus housing is quite far for being considered "on campus". Shuttle buses are helpful in this case, however, I wish on campus was closer.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I am rushing for a sorority and I have not met anyone negative! Everyone is very kind and welcoming!

4 College Junior

Athletics: I enjoy the club and intramural sports! I feel like these are better than the varsity sports!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Beautiful campus with stores all around that make it a college area for college students! The shuttle buses are so helpful!

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've only taken one class at UCI so far, so I don't want to base my entire rating on that. That one class was interesting and the class size was relatively small. I liked it because it's what I've been used to at my previous community college. I enjoyed the style of the class, and felt like I left with a better understanding of the subject, as well as sharpening my critical reading skills. However, I'm worried about the large class sizes of the undergraduate classes that I still have to take.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Everyone is very approachable and friendly. I've enjoyed my first class, which I took over the summer. I think the professor was very passionate and gave me a new perspective on the subject and critical thinking in general.

3 College Junior

Diversity: In UCI, there are so many diversity in campus. Different culture, religion, background, or racial.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I never see any drug in the school, but I heard some of that.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: sometimes, I got a message about the crime, but I really did not see any crime in UCI. Compare to other school, it is safe.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I had severals time to participate the career event, and it was good chance to see different kind of jobs.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I dont live in Campus Housing, because I heard so many bad things in house. (DIRTY)

2 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know about the Greek in UCI

3 College Junior

Athletics: I don't know about Atletics, but I heard it is famous in UCI

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: many clubs, various of opportunity.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: So far the courses are great and calsses are not too full. For my first year it is really good.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I havent gotten much feedback as of yet but the services have been helpful with my searches so far.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I personally feel very safe, I don't consider myself to be in any danger. There are security measures such as the lamp posts that can call the police and then the security that can walk you to your car or your dorm if it is late.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Since moving in it has been really nice living on campus. Things are somewhat out of the way since I live in Mesa Court but it is still very convenient and there is eating right near where I am staying. The social atmosphere is great, everyone in the hall is really open and friendly. Getting into housing wasn't a problem it was all pretty smooth.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: So far now that I have started my school is really influential. There are so many people here that are diverse and push me to achieve my best. The school is unique because of its amazing atmosphere, it is unlike some universities that feel big and intimidating. While it might be a very big campus with well known people it is comforting and feels like home. I would choose my school again because of the atmosphere and overall people and experiences. However, I would not choose it if I had known how hard it would be for me to get financial aid to cover the cost of a UC school.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The courses are good, just co courses like discussion sections tend to take place in a high school classroom setting. That its self is not bad, but the classrooms tend to seem a little out dated. UCI offers classes that you need, but it does not seem like it offers courses that are out of your field or anyone's field that seem to stand out.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I don't know much, but I do recall gettin emails about sexual assaults and physical assaults happening and receiving emails about them. Maybe once every year or so.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms was great. It was a fun experience that everyone should have the opportunity to do. The halls were clean as long as we kept them clean. The residents food commons were well enough to eat so that you didn't need to eat out. They usually only have one vegan main dish which is something made from

Tofu. Other than that, the food is not great but good enough to eat.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UCI is a great school. It has many Asians but it's a good school with many kind people. The professors for the most part try to help you, and set some time apart for office hours. Just make sure to keep on track with financial aid documents and other important documents.


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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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