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University of California Irvine

Irvine, California

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University of California Irvine overview
Location Irvine, California
Online uci.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
University of California Irvine overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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University of California-Irvine (UCI) is a public research university situated in Irvine, California, and is part of the prestigious University of California system. Founded in 1965, UCI sits near the coast of Southern California, approximately 50 miles south of Los Angeles, offering a suburban environment with Mediterranean climate. The campus is known for its Aldrich Park, a central park with a botanical garden, and contemporary architecture such as the striking Langson Library. UCI offers student housing across several residential communities. Academically, the university is categorized as having "very high research activity" and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, notably in biological sciences, computer science, and psychology. The institution maintains a selective admissions process. UCI also contributes significantly to the regional economy and has a growing reputation in fields like medicine through its association with the UCI Medical Center. Though known more for its academic contributions than athletics, UCI has achieved recognition in sports such as men's volleyball, where the Anteaters have secured multiple national championships.

In the most recent statistical year 119,191 prospective students applied, and 25,212 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 5,664 enrolled in the school.  34,733 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,204 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $11,564 plus fees of $2,375. UCI is ranked 91 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












UCI is rated within the top 19% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
University of California Irvine overview
SAT 1230/1430
ACT 26/33
Estimated GPA 3.75

Applications Accepted

University of California Irvine overview
Applications Due Nov 30, 2023
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend

California Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of California Irvine
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,346
Other Fees$2,375
Room and Board $17,699
Budget for Other Expenses$4,305
Total One Year Cost$37,289

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of California Irvine
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,346
Other Fees$2,375
Room and Board $17,699
Budget for Other Expenses$4,305
Total One Year Cost$67,361

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$61,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

85% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of California Irvine students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 23%
Biology 16%
Psychology 11%
Business 8%
Engineering 8%

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

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