UCI Admission Chances

Acceptance Chances

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for University of California Irvine
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into UCI? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 27,764 out of 71,775 applicants or 39% were admitted making UCI a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.


SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for University of California Irvine
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1120
SAT Scores for University of California Irvine
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1350
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Irvine?

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1120 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1005. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1235 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 91 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Irvine admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1350 and Above Good >52%
1235 to 1350 Avg + 39%-52%
1120 to 1235 Avg - 27%-39%
1005 to 1120 Reach 18%-27%
Less than 1005 Low <18%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for University of California Irvine
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for University of California Irvine
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 29
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UCI?

Admission data indicates that UCI regularly accepts students with ACT's of 24 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. 46 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Irvine.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Irvine admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >55%
26 to 29 Avg + 39%-55%
24 to 26 Avg - 29%-39%
22 to 24 Reach 21%-29%
Less than 22 Low <21%

Estimated GPA Requirements

University of California Irvine has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.


Admission Statistics

University of California Irvine admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 38,642 33,133 71,775
Accepted 15,520 12,244 27,764
Acceptance Rate 40% 37% 39%
Enrolled 3,223 2,533 5,756
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 21% 21%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Irvine and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of California Irvine Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of California Irvine
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110653 IPEDS survey data for University of California Irvine.