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UCI Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

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 more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. University of California Irvine typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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%

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Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Irvine and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that UCI regularly accepts students with ACTs 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.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1120 1350
SAT Reading 550 660
SAT Math 570 720
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT English 23 30
ACT Math 24 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. 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%
SAT Score (NEW 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%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of California Irvine. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Irvine was 3.92 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UCI will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 79% Good
3.50 to 3.75 19% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 1% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 0% Low
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2016.

Admission Requirements

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

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.