University of California - Irvine

3,267 reviews
  1. Irvine, CA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
University of California - Irvine is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference
Address
501 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
Website

University of California - Irvine Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
37%
SAT Range
1030-1290
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$12,072/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,532/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,925/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,344/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,779/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,710/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
68%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.221 responses
41%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.229 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.230 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
24,141Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 136 responses
Report
  • Asian
    27%
  • Academically focused, conservative, though nice
    21%
  • Asian, academic, smart, outgoing.
    21%
  • Smart
    12%
  • Outgoing
    8%
  • Academically focused, adventurous, outgoing
    4%
  • Adventurous
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.294 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.345 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 156 responses
Report
  • Beautiful
    22%
  • Calm
    21%
  • The best research institution
    19%
  • Vibrant
    10%
  • Up and Coming World Class University
    9%
  • Full of opportunity
    8%
  • Good
    6%

After University of California - Irvine

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
69%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.159 responses

Reviews

3,267 reviews
  • Excellent
    424
  • Very Good
    1356
  • Average
    1251
  • Poor
    172
  • Terrible
    64
I love sports, but have never been into watching others play the sport. However, the fan support and the school spirit demonstrated at the first basketball game I attended was so contagious that I attended all the basketball games of the season. The sport events are well attended by students and they like to support our fellow athletes. Being a student, it can be daunting to be on a competitive team sport because you also have your grades to worry about and maintaining your GPA, so that is why there are club sports. I personally have joined the tennis club. Don't have to worry about competing against other schools, it is just a great way to keep in practice and continue playing the sport you loved in high school. The school gym couldn't be any better! I have never seen a bigger gym in my life. Honestly, there are so many options to stay active and be involved in anything athletic it's hard to choose one. Everyone is so lively and cheerful at sports events and the dancers and cheerleaders make it more entertaining. The school band at basketball games make the experience more enjoyable. Overall, it is just a great pass of time.
  • College Freshman
  • 11 months ago
To be honest, this school was second to last on my college list. I did not want to go to this school. I thought it was of mediocre potential. But I am happy to say that I could never be more wrong, and the list of reasons why it is the best choice I could have made runs long. So far, the people I have come to know are great! Being in the Biological Sciences program has definitely challenged me not only as a person, but as a student. What the professors teach doesn't apply just to the classroom, but they have a great way of applying every material to real life. As a person, I have had sleepless nights and I have been able to set my priorities straight and I could never be more tired. However, as a student, I have become enriched and those sleepless nights and exhaustion doesn't matter because I want to know more, I want to understand. The professors at UCI inspire you to succeed, and not just because you want to graduate, but also because their genuine passion for the subject radiates the whole room that you can't help but feel inspired to take advantage of my education. This is what makes my school unique. I have learned through the people I have met at my university and through the my teachers that getting the right answer is only half correct. It is only half correct in the sense that it only makes me only somewhat of a good student. There is nothing to learn from the correct answer, but there is so much more to understand from an incorrect answer. My school doesn't focus on just being successful and finding the key to an unsolved mystery. My school compels its students to comprehend all the reasons why the other options are refutable.

Besides an education, UCI has much more to offer. The environment is welcoming and I know the for a fact the people are great because everyday I look forward to going to work on campus. If I could do it all over again, I would put UCI at the top of my college list and because it offers me more than an education. It stimulates.
  • College Freshman
  • 11 months ago
The safety and security is very good. Then again I do not know if that is biased because I haven't experienced anything. Although I did always catch a random man standing by our housing and I called the police twice about him but nothing was done. He even started lurking around my freshman dorm housing area. And I have heard about incidents with our campus police in which they do not help people as best as they can. I cannot verify these statements, I only heard them from one of my professors. So all I can say is I hope they step up a little more and actually pay attention when someone brings something suspicious up, and that they do not take it lightly. In these times, you never know!
  • College Sophomore
  • 4 months ago