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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far my school experience is limited to my orientation, but I can honestly say that the my whole orientation experience was very fun. It has gotten me excited to actually start school and be involved in all the things offered on campus

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I enjoy the clubs around campus and the different activities the school provides. There are so many different clubs to discover at the Welcome Week fair and WAYZGOOSE. There are also concerts in the event center and park. Irvine itself is a bit dull, so to have fun you may need a car. I personally hate my major (Studio Art) because it is not geared towards what I want to do and is a bit misleading. I thought I would be learning things to better myself as a commercial artist instead of a freelance gallery artist. The Digital Arts minor is no better.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There is not too much student diversity. Most students are biology majors vying to go into Medical School or pursue research oriented careers. There is also not too much to do off campus unless you own a car. A student must be involved in many activities in order to form friendships and keep busy outside of class. However, the campus is fairly large and has an easy going atmosphere since it is centered around a large park. Also, it is about twenty minutes from the beach if one has a car and about ten minutes from the Irvine Spectrum, an open air mall. The on campus housing is also quite nice if you are willing to pay a higher price for campus living.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The community, be it the people or the city itself, fits my personality. It's not too dead but not too quiet either. I like the the way that it reminds me of my hometown. Unlike the stigma people view my school with, the diversity of racial/ethnic groups can be seen.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've had many great experiences at UCI. The faculty I have encountered thus far are friendly and helpful. During my first year, I've felt that i have had sufficient resources to do well in my courses. My classmates have mostly been very friendly and outgoing as am I. I have not had issues making friends. I came very close to choosing another school. I possibly would have been further ahead if I were to go to Cal Poly Pomona, however, they sent my acceptance rather late. I believe if they accepted me sooner I would have attended Cal Poly Pomona. But I am very happy with my choice of UCI and believe that I will strive here.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Nice campus. Eco-friendly. Passionate professors

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far, I'm enjoying my time at UCI. Wonderful people, great atmosphere, beautiful campus, wide selection of classes and majors, everything.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the accepting atmosphere that UC Irvine offers.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The faculty and staff care for all the students.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The process in registering and doing assignments before the deadline is new to me. Transferring from a community college, its been difficult. I hope to enjoy my first quarter at UCI. It seems like it will be difficult. I just don't want to feel discourage to go to school.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My first year of college was very challenging. I took up a job to help my parents pay for the finances that weren't covered by financial aid. Because of that, I lost time to study, sleep and fully enjoy my freshman year. I had to be on top with time management and it was even more important to take care of myself since it was fairly easy to get sick in the dorms. I also got a little homesick being away from home. My overall experience at school was hard but I definitely learned a lot in terms of what I can handle and what I should expect in college. Everything that has happened has made me a lot more prepared for the incoming year and I am hopeful that it will be better for me.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far, my experience with the school itself is great. Some teachers are hard to understand, but most teachers are dedicated and they encourage you to learn -- especially the Computer Science teachers. It would be nice if there were more school-wide events, though.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Everyone around is really helpful. You can feel that it really is a great learning environment just by the dedication of the staff and students.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Overall Experience: I have reconstructed my GPA while in community college.

Prior to submitting my personal statement to UC Irvine, I have it reviewed and revised by my professors in different fields.

During my reconstrution period, I have achieved all As for all classes I have taken in two years.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The college I chose makes me feel right at home.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience at school has been great. I love the campus and the friends that I have made here. I have no regrets in my decision to attend this school. There are also several clubs and organizations to choose from to get involved on campus.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UCI has been a great experience for me so far mostly because of the small community I found on campus in the Campuswide Honors Program, which gives the feel of a smaller college within the larger campus. The CHP has provided challenging and intellectually interesting classes while providing a community of like-minded students.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the location of our campus. It is very convenient and the campus looks really nice. The professors and student staffs are all very friendly. During my SPOP, my department president gave us a modeled schedule of our classes.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have made a lot of new friends and started questioning things that I had never questioned before.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wouldn't trade my experience for anything else. After my first year, I have learned to be able to be strong through hardships and along with the organizations that I have joined, I have a support system. In addition, I have acquired mentors that help guide me and advise me in opportunities to have but also give me the opportunity to make my own decisions at the end of the day on what I want, not what I should do.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The community is very safe and my parents fully support my decision to attend UCI.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've only been in the SPOP so far, and it blew my mind. All of the upperclassmen, incoming freshmen, and professors were respectful, cheerful, and have a kind heart. I look forward to study and grow with the Zot family :)

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The counselors are very helpful.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Being a new school, the faculty and management works very hard to put the school in top rankings and the studies and work load is a lot. Being a quarter system, means you will be giving exams throughout the year. I feel great that I am learning a lot and living it up. My favorite experience is the first quarter, where faculty was welcoming and helpful. I joined so many clubs and activities. However, given another chance, I would not choose this school over the older schools with strong alumni network. You would think that the lack of alumni network would be compensated by the increased efforts of the career center to help students find jobs. But it is not so. You are on your own.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school that I am going to right now is challenging, however, the difficulty of the classes and the competitiveness that I must struggle with is not what defines my experience thus far. I find that it is because I am struggling that I am able to learn more about myself as a student, a person, and as an independent adult. My school encompasses a diversity of students. This diversity is culturing me into an individual that will contribute towards our society. For these reasons, even though I have experienced failure in my academics, I can push past that because it is one of the thins that makes me a better student and individual.

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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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