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1 College Freshman

Academics: As I said before: only do premed if you're a Bio major. Otherwise, you're stuck, as there are no flexibility between the school. Changing majors can be difficult too, as if requires taking prerequisite classes that are major restricted and impossible to get into.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: It's not easy, but if you put your mind to it, its doable. We're not competitive here, but you do need a competitive mindset to succeed.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Many options to get help.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Tough, but stick with it and you'll survive.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Professors are a hit and miss in lower-division courses.

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Over the years, UC Irvine has collected an exclusive array of world-renowned professors that not only know their stuff, but also pride themselves on the intellectual growth of their students. With professors ranging from Nobel Prize winners, Noble Laureates, and former OJ attorneys, student admiration for the faculty at UCI is not at all uncommon. However, what plagues many major universities—UCI included—is the lack of one-on-one, personal attention from some professors that most students are used to receiving from their high school teachers. With many classes consisting of 400 or more people, it’s tough for any professor, no matter how passionate or inspirational, to reach out to even a fraction of those students.

Furthermore, it’s up to the students to step up their effort and visit professors during their office hours if they want any kind of direct interaction. It’s fortunate for UCI students that even the busiest of professors will set aside time for students outside of class. This all stems from the passion that UCI professors have for their students and their courses. Some professors go the extra mile to reach their students, and students who care do the same to meet their professors. This student effort has resulted in higher grades, professor appreciation, and newly discovered interest in a subject they might not have even considered.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 44%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 37%
  • 50 or More Students: 19%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Claire Trevor School of the Arts
  • College of Health Sciences
  • Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
  • The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
  • The Paul Merage School of Business
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Physical Sciences
  • School of Social Ecology
  • School of Social Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 5%
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Business/Managerial Economics: 2%
  • Social Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Langson Library
  • Science Library
  • Student Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually read the material.
  • Attend lectures.
  • Be social with your peers.
  • Don't cram for exams.
  • Get to know your TAs.
  • Go to discussions.
  • Know your course outlines.
  • Speak with your professors.
Did You Know?
Since 1995, UCI's graduate programs and specialties have often been ranked among the top 50 in the nation, including: literary criticism and theory, creative writing, organic chemistry, drama and theater, third-world literature, English, management information systems, gender and literature, 19th- and 20th-century literature, psychology-neurobiology and behavior, computer science, political science, chemistry, psychology-cognitive science, history, fine arts, biology, physics, management, applied mathematics, mathematics, and engineering.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 22 responses

  • 22% Michael Chabon - Pultizer Prize-winning author
  • 18% Jon Lovitz - former SNL comedian, actor
  • 10% Aimee Bender - acclaimed writer
  • 8% Roy Fielding - chairman, Apache Software Foundation
  • 8% Yusef Komunyakaa - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • 6% Allison Liddi-Brown - director of "ED TV"
  • 6% David Benioff - noted screenplay writer
  • 6% Alice Sebold - author
  • 6% Scott Brooks - NBA Coach
  • 6% Victor Kim
  • 4% Whitney Otto - author
  • 0% Kelly Perrine - star of UPN's "One on One"

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 118 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 118 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 44 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 43 responses

  • 14% This was my dream school.
  • 63% This was one of my top choices.
  • 23% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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