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University of California-Irvine

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The University of California (UC) is one of the world’s largest centers for higher education with a total enrollment of approximately 220,000 students spanning 10 different campuses, namely: Irvine, Santa Barbara, Berkeley, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Davis, Merced, San Francisco, and Riverside. The University of California-Irvine (UCI) was established in 1965 with a total enrollment of 1,589 students. Since then, the university has grown considerably in terms of students, faculty members, and distinguished achievements.

The University of California-Irvine is located in Irvine, in the center of the Orange County. Irvine has been named as the safest city in America for five consecutive years. The campus is spread over an area of 1,474 acres on coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean. The university has a total enrollment of 27,670 students. Three UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes (one in Physics, and two in Chemistry).

The University of California-Irvine comprises eight undergraduate schools and two graduate schools. These are: Claire Trevor School of the Arts, School of Biological Sciences, The Paul Merage School of Business, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, School of Humanities, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, School of Law, School of Physical Sciences, School of Social Ecology, School of Social Sciences, College of Health Sciences, and School of Medicine.

The University of California-Irvine is fully accredited by the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


University of California-Irvine offers 79 undergraduate majors and 63 undergraduate minors. The graduate degree programs are offered in more than 100 areas of study.

Undergraduate Degrees

The undergraduate degree programs offered at University of California-Irvine are: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree programs. The Bachelor of Arts degree program is available in different areas of study such as African American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Business Economics, Humanities and Arts, and Film and Media Studies. The students opting for the Bachelor of Science degree program can specialize in areas such as Aerospace Engineering, Genetics, Informatics, Microbiology and Immunology, Public Health Sciences, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Graduate and Doctoral Degree Programs

The graduate degree programs offered at University of California-Irvine are: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Advanced Study (M.A.S.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.), and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.). The doctoral programs available at University of California-Irvine are Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.).

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admissions in the University of California-Irvine are primarily granted on the basis of academic excellence, number of college preparatory courses completed, the level of achievement in these courses, Advanced Placement, and college courses completed. Other factors influencing the chances of admission include the high school grade point average for the specified subjects and the standardized test scores. Another important evaluation criterion is the student’s personal achievement outside the classroom.

The application procedure involves submitting the admission application form, official high school transcripts, and ACT/SAT (Reasoning Test) test scores. After the applications are screened, candidates are intimated about their status. Students are then required to return a Statement of Intent to Register.

International Applicants

International students are required to submit the international application form, original secondary school transcripts/national exam score report, and certificates/provisional diplomas. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores. Students are supposed to provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance the education and living expenses for a year.

Financial Aid

University of California-Irvine provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of providing financial aid is to bridge the gap between family resources and annual educational expenses of the students enrolled for various programs at University of California-Irvine. Different financial aid programs available for the students are: grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

The need-based grant options include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Cal Grant A, Cal Grant B, and UCI Grant. Students can avail various loan options such as Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Student Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized), Federal Parent PLUS loan, Graduate PLUS Loans, and University Loan. Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions. The merit-based and need-based scholarships offered to the students of University of California-Irvine include Regents’ Scholarships, Henry Samueli Endowed Scholarship, Brython P. Davis Scholarship, LaVerne Noyes Scholarship, and Mabel Wilson Richards Scholarship.


To apply for financial aid from University of California-Irvine, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens. University of California-Irvine recommends a priority deadline of March 2 to apply for the financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4898th for the average student loan amount.
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University of California-Irvine believes that students play an active role in enhancing their classroom studies by participating in community services, cultural events, sports, and extracurricular activities. The students of the university publish the weekly campus newspaper known as the New University. They also participate in operating the campus radio station, KUCI, which is also streamed online. The university bookstore stocks new and used textbooks, computer software, apparels, gifts, supplies and bags.

The Career Center provides valuable guidance to the students to assist them in career decision-making, career planning, apply for jobs, and preparing for interviews. The Counseling Center organizes workshops to address interpersonal, developmental, and cross-cultural issues. The Campus Recreation office promotes a healthy lifestyle by getting the students involved in adventure pursuits, fitness, sports, and special events. The university also offers six Child Care centers for the children of the students, staff, and faculty.

University of California-Irvine: Housing and Dining

University of California-Irvine offers on-campus and off-campus housing support for the students. The university has two residence halls – Mesa Court and Middle Earth which are situated close to the university campus. These residence halls offer coed buildings that can accommodate 48-75 residents in suite-style units. The facilities available in the residence halls include cable TV, internet connections, kitchenette, laundry facilities, recreation rooms, and computer labs.

Dining facilities are available for the students of University of California-Irvine throughout the campus. The dining options include Wendy’s, Panda Express, Bene Pizza & Pasta, Jamba Juice, Quiznos, Organic Greens-to-Go, and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos.

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University of California-Irvine athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I. The university is a member of the Big West Conference. There are 18 athletic teams which compete in men’s basketball, cross country, track and field, baseball, soccer, golf, tennis, volleyball, and water polo. The women’s teams compete in tennis, cross country, golf, soccer, volleyball, basketball, outdoor track and field, and water polo.


  • University of California-Irvine. About the Campus. Web. 15 December 2011.
  • University of California-Irvine. Admissions. Web. 15 December 2011.
  • University of California-Irvine. 2011 – 2012 General Catalogue. 2011. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 26th in California and 328th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 470th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.00
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 7 0.03
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 52 0.19
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.02
Arrest 38 0.14

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 67 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 11 0.01
Robbery 40 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 513 0.24
Larceny 2,649 1.23
Vehicle theft 118 0.05

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District645

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 192nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $34,098
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,929 $1,929 $1,929
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $26,322
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,742 $1,742 $1,742
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $30,504 $30,504 $53,382
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $29,548 $29,548 $52,426
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $24,078 $24,078 $46,956

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $31,134 $43,379
Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,742 $1,742
Law Degree — Tuition $42,975 $49,469
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,742 $1,742

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $13,122(N/C) $13,122(N/C) $36,000(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,553 $1,567
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,611 $11,706
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,139 $3,239
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,541 $9,635
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,492 $4,605
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,678 $8,824

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$70
Graduate Application Fee$80
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 56,515 (26,025 male / 30,490 female)
Admitted 23,956 (10,456 male / 13,500 female)
Admission rate 42%
First-time Enrollment 5,077 (2,202 male / 2,875 female)
FT Enrollment 5,067 (2,195 male / 2,872 female)
PT Enrollment 10 (7 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment28,895

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Big West Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big West Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big West Conference

ACT Test Admission

409th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 41%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

270th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 670
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 990 / 1270

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity12,982
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 76th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $116,283 ($123,462 male / $97,802 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,051 (653 male / 398 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,983
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $84,963,000

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