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Campus Quality


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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Coming into this school I never thought I would fall in love with the campus. It has a strange feel of being small but very big. I love the trees in Aldrich park that adds to the big feel for me also the science library is great place especially the top floor where on very clear days you can see downtown LA and the Hollywood sign in the distance north. The study rooms are good and all over libraries and Dorm areas. The Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) is a great place to go to workout or play a sport. Traditions? ZOT ZOT ZOT

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Facilities have decent aesthetics, and some areas of campus appear more dated than others.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Welcoming environment. Maximum growth potential.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: On campus, students can go to the ARC to take sport classes and clubs, the spacious and large science library, and, of course, there is Aldrich Park right in the middle of the campus.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: The student life is okay depending if your an involved student or not.


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All of the facilities on and around campus definitely add to the overall physical attraction of UC Irvine, and most of these facilities are fairly new. Because of the plethora of more-than-adequate student-related activity centers on campus, car-less students and commuters waiting between classes will not be left standing around. They can most likely be found at the ARC (the Anteater Recreation Center), which is perhaps the most popular place on campus. The Student Center is mostly described by students as anything but spectacular, but most agree that it still serves its purpose. While the more studious students choose to study or read there, the more laid-back students view the Student Center as their own personal Holiday Inn because of its diverse lounging—or better said, many places to nap—indoor shopping, and eating options.

For places of physical activity beyond sleeping and studying, the ZOT Zone is available for students who are really into gaming or for anyone who simply wants to live a second childhood for a few hours or so. The ARC is a must see and do for the more physically conscious and active types. If you want to better fit the stereotypical image of a Southern California college student, it might be a good idea to make frequent trips to the ARC.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,489 acres
Student Centers
The Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Bar on Campus
Anthill Pub & Grille at the Student Center
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Café Espresso
  • Cornerstone Café
  • Starbucks next to the UCI bookstore
  • The Cyber A Café
Movie Theater on Campus
School Slang
  • 909: A reference to students from the inland counties of CA.
  • ARC: Anteater Recreational Center.
  • AV: Arroyo Vista, off-campus housing.
  • CV: Campus Village.
  • EEE: Electronic Educational Environment.
  • Humcore: Humanities Core.
  • ICS: Information and Computer Science.
  • LARC: Learning and Academic Resource Center.
  • LGBTRC: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center.
  • NACS: Network and Academic Computing Services.
  • New U: The campus newspaper, the New University.
  • Norcal: Northern California lifestyle.
  • Socal: Southern California lifestyle.
  • UCI: University of California Irvine.
  • VDC: Vista Del Campo, off-campus apartments.
  • VDC Norte: Vista Del Campo Norte off-campus apartments
  • WebReg: UCI's online course registration and enrollment system.
  • WebSoc: UCI's online searchable schedule of classes.
  • Club Carnival: Club Carnival occurs during every Welcome Week for the new students on campus, featuring a good portion of the 320 clubs at UCI selling off internationally-themed foods, holding contests and games, and handing out welcome prizes.
  • Comedy Night: Bring on the laughter and bring on the tears as ASUCI hosts the annual Comedy Night to usher light-hearted incoming freshmen into UCI, letting them settle themselves down from the stress of Orientation Week.
  • Earth Day: Totally run by solar power, UCI's annual celebration for Mother Earth includes over 30 participating agencies all actively trying to share in the importance of environmental awareness. With over 20,000 visitors each year, UCI pulls out all the energy efficient stops to host a medley of interactive, educational, and fun games and booths for all.
  • Foam Party: Held every year to "foamally" baptize first-years into the UCI community, this has become a popular social event for both older and newer classes. Second-years and up get a chance to wreak havoc on naïve newbies, while also coming prepared in bathing suits the second time around.
  • Greek Songfest: The Greeks' biggest event of the year, in which all the frats and sororities showcase their singing, acting, and set-designing talents in a series of grape-dangling performances in their combined efforts to raise funds for a chosen beneficiary.
  • Mardi Gras: Thrown by ASUCI, this is one the campus's highlighted galas of gorging and trouncing along the paths of Ring Road. Following in the tradition of the original Mardi Gras, students party until midnight, eating, tossing balls for prizes, listening to concerts, and decorating festive masks.
  • Wayzgoose Festival: Starting since 1972, and qualifying as UCI's oldest tradition, Wayzgoose is a medieval themed carnival of jousting, fun, food, among friendly faculty, student, and club organizations. On top of that, there's the annual host of stages scheduled with a menagerie of inflatable carnival rides (including pony rides), snake handling, and a wild animal show (frat boys need not apply).
Urban Legends
  • The school mascot was based on a cartoon strip.
  • There's a girl dressed in white who haunts Aldrich Park.
  • There's an underground tunnel system at UCI built as an emergency evacuation for faculty.
  • UCI secretly houses and researches nuclear weaponry.
Favorite Things To Do
During class breaks, you can shoot some pool or play a few arcade games in the Zot Zone, work off some midterm-crammed calories at the ARC, or head over to the University Town Center and grab a bite to eat, as well as catch an indie flick. Hanging out in the Zot Zone, the game and recreation room in the Student Center, or across the street at the University Town Center are popular must-do activities for most UCI students. At lunch, local bands jam out in the lounge area while students enjoy their meals at the student center. Since students do happen to live in image-conscious OC, working out at the ARC is not uncommon. Also, poetry readings and political lectures occur across campus sites mostly during after-class hours.
Student Organizations Web Site
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 196 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 79 responses

  • 20% Shocktoberfest
  • 18% World Record Breaking Attempt
  • 12% Welcome Week
  • 12% Dark in the park
  • 8% Wayzgoose Festival
  • 6% Club Carnival
  • 6% Cultural Nights
  • 6% Foam Party
  • 6% Comedy Night
  • 3% Earth Day
  • 2% Greek Songfest
  • 1% Mardi Gras
  • 0% Basketball Games

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 104 responses

  • 16% Eat food at UTC
  • 15% Walk through aldrich
  • 13% Socialize
  • 12% Go to the beach
  • 9% Walk though ring road
  • 8% Sit at the park
  • 8% Hangout with friends
  • 7% Walk around mall, Fashion Island
  • 4% Go to the Spectrum/Shopping
  • 4% I like to go bike riding.
  • 1% Everything!
  • 1% Sleeping on the couch in the common room
  • 0% My program is online, so I'm rarely on campus.

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 114 responses

  • 53% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 39% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 8% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 190 responses

  • 29% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 12% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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