University of California – Irvine (UCI)

501 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA

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University of California - Irvine (UCI) is an institution of higher learning and research, and one of the fastest-growing campuses in the University of California system.  It is situated in the heart of Orange County, in Southern California. Consistently ranked among the nation's top universities, UCI is known for its top-rated academic programs and professional schools. Some of UCI's newer programs include public health, pharmaceutical sciences, nursing science, and its School of Law.

UCI offers more than 80 academic majors and 63 minors for undergraduates. UCI offers more than 100 academic disciplines at the graduate degree levels, with 53 master's degree programs, and 45 doctoral programs. Professional degree programs include the M.D., Ed.D. and J.D. UCI provides graduate students with many opportunities to participate in research initiatives and interdisciplinary programs.

UCI is known as one of the top research universities in the world, thanks to a distinguished faculty of scholars and scientists. Included among the faculty are two Nobel laureates, two Medal of Science recipients, more than 20 National Academy of Science members, among others. UCI faculty are also acclaimed in the arts, literature and other disciplines, with three Pulitzer Prize winners, more than 50 Fulbright scholars, and nearly 40 Guggenheim Fellows, among others.

The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UCI is the first in the UC System, and is one of the fastest-growing programs of its kind in the U.S.

UCI also offers an Extension program for continuing education focusing on professional and personal enrichment.


The Irvine Company contributed 1,000 acres of land for the University of California, Irvine campus in 1960. UCI officially opened in 1965 with eight buildings on its campus. Over the years, many renowned architects contributed to additional buildings at the UCI campus.

There were nearly 120 faculty members and just over 1,500 students enrolled on campus when the school opened.


The academic calendar of the University of California - Irvine follows the quarter format, with fall, winter, spring and summer quarters.

Colleges and Schools

The University of California - Irvine, refers to its departments, colleges, schools and programs as "Academic Units," which are:

  • Claire Trevor School of the Arts
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Department of Education
  • The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences
  • School of Humanities
  • Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • Program in Nursing Science
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • School of Physical Sciences
  • Program in Public Health
  • School of Social Ecology
  • School of Social Sciences

 UCI also has numerous research centers and institutes.

Student Life

The Student Affairs Office at the University of California - Irvine offers a range of student services that are gathered in clusters: Auxiliary Services, Campus Recreation, Counseling Services, Health Services, Enrollment Services, Dean of Students and Student Housing.

The Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) offers a host of student activities and amenities, including fitness facilities, activity rooms, family/children's time, an aquatics plaza, a rock wall, roller rink, multiple intramural sports clubs, many social, academic and cultural clubs, cooking and nutrition classes, dance classes, yoga, swimming lessons, team building and leadership programs, and more.

On campus student housing is available, along with a range of dining services.


The school colors are blue and gold, and the school mascot is the anteater. When the UCI was founded in 1965, students voted for their favorite mascot. The anteater won over the other possibilities that were promoted, including the unicorns, eagles, golden bears, and sea hawks, among others.


UCI "Anteater" athletic teams have earned 26 national titles in nine sports. Anteaters have won more than 60 individual national titles. More than 40 "Anteater" athletes have competed in the Olympics.  The UCI Anteater athletics teams participate in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

 Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

UCI is located in the Irvine, California, which has been voted the "safest city in America" for several years running. The UCI campus offers all the best of California, including nearby beaches, mountains, deserts, and plenty of entertainment and culture.

UC Irvine is Orange County's largest employer, and has a significant economic impact on the area. The campus community of UC Irvine is founded on several core principles: respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation, and fun.

UCI's faculty, students and staff contribute to the community through programs that address social issues. The UC Irvine Medical Center and UC Irvine Douglas Hospital offer cutting-edge medicine and the latest technologies to the area's citizens.

UCI engages the community through many public events and activities, including campus performances and speaking engagements that are open to the public. A recent headliner was the His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the applicants University of California – Irvine accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting into UCI.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2012

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading460 - 600
SAT ® Math530 - 670
SAT ® Writing490 - 620
SAT ® Total Score1480 - 1890

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2012

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English20 - 27
ACT ® Math23 - 29
ACT ® Composite Score21 - 27

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into UCI

The table below lists the chances for admission at University of California – Irvine.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions23,956 (42%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled5,077 (21%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at University of California – Irvine is about 30,000. The student body is made up of 81% undergraduate students and 19% graduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $70 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $11,000-$13,000
    • Out-of-State: $34,000-$40,920
  • On-campus housing and meals are estimated to cost around $14,000

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid72%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships62%$14,480
Receiving Student Loans46%$5,262

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 2.3%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, University of California – Irvine may offer services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

With a very high graduation rate of around 86%, University of California – Irvine is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years68%
Graduating in 5 Years16%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: University of California – Irvine

  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program

Campus: UC Irvine School of Law

  • Law Program
    • * Accredited by the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (since 2014)

Intercollegiate Athletics

UCI is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big West Conference)
  • Basketball (Big West Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Indoor
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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