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Reviews 2685 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love this school. I wouldn't change my decision in accepting to study here. The experience I have had here is welcoming and a safe environment throughout the neighborhood. My favorite experience has to be welcome week before starting the quarter and world record events that take place. The research opportunities are limitless and the hands on help available is great for growing minds.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although UCI was not my first choice, I am extremely happy I ended up there. I've met some of the most motivated, positive, helpful friends and hallmates I could ever ask for. My first quarter did not go so well because I was barely getting the hang of the quarter system, there were financial issues back home, and making new friends was a struggle for me. By Winter quarter, I got used to the pace and made tons of friends through dorming and being open-minded in my lecture and discussion classes. The professors at this school are top-notch so your're getting the best resources out there. I'm glad I chose this school because it has given me more than what I expected.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCI is a wonderful school with a beautiful campus. The school is eco friendly and the people there are very friendly.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At first I was not really sure I had made the right choice in attending UC Irvine but after my first year I am extremely happy I chose to attend this school. The people are very friendly and the atmosphere is very relaxed and welcoming.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a very good school, with a lot of opportunities. It's close to the beach and the weather is perfect. It's a school where you can concentrate in your classes and your future, but you can also have a lot of fun.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At this school I have met a great number of wonder and helpful people. The residents in my college dorm were very kind and welcoming. My resident advisor was able to help and answer questions we had. I would choose this school again because it is a geat balance between fun and scholarship. I only would have liked to been able to research potential majors before commiting and applying to colleges.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wouldn't choose my school again because I feel like I don't really click with a lot of people at my school. Also, I feel like I wasn't fully prepared for college and I jumped in too quickly. I should have considered a junior college before coming to a university.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: When I first visited UC Irvine, I felt this great vibe that this school has everything I need to become successful. Surely, most people say that, but what really makes this unique is that there's no other school like Irvine, and I'm glad to be a part of it.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the feel and environment of the school.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The classes are great and the professors all seem to know very well what it is that they are doing. The highlight of this campus is the residential areas, where they truly make students feel like the school is another home, and not just a school.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UC Irvine has everything I've been looking for, except the "cool college town feel" (like UC Santa Cruz) and a more renowned name. However, I've come to realize that these two things aren't as important as what I'm looking for academically. Sure, I don't like the campus as much as others, but I know I'll be doing what I love and I'll be working to hone myself as a student and learner. I want to double major in Computer Science and Vocal Performance because I have a passion for both, and this school is really willing to help me do that. That's what I love about it. Other schools aren't so open. UC Santa Cruz was good about it, but their Computer Science program apparently doesn't compare.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: In N Out. 'nuff said.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The people are helpful enough.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: I've never had any problems with them

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food options get old pretty quick, but its good

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really enjoyed living in Middle Earth this year.

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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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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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