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Your chances of getting into University of California Irvine

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

28.8%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Irvine
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at UCI is 28.8%.  Its admission rate is the 10th lowest in California and the 83rd lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into UCI and can you get accepted?

UCI is a highly competitive school to get into. You have a moderate chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, only 31,110 out of the 107,950 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 19 percent on standardized admission tests. University of California Irvine typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.75. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into UCI?

29% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to University of California Irvine you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.75 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1330 on the SAT
  • Score 29 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class

UCI GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.75*

Typical High School Grades 

A-

What GPA do you need to get into University of California Irvine?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into UCI are to have around a 3.75 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UCI will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at UCI is 3.75 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #22 in California for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since UCI is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.75 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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UCI SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by University of California Irvine.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1230-1430

Applicants Submitting SAT 

88%
SAT Scores for University of California Irvine
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 600
Math 25th Percentile 630
Composite 25th Percentile 1230
SAT Scores for University of California Irvine
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 680
Math 75th Percentile 750
Composite 75th Percentile 1430
Average SAT Score 1330

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at UCI is 1330 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1230-1430. Students who get into University of California Irvine score in the top 20 percent of all SAT test takers..  UCI ranks #17 in the state of California and #124 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1330 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. UCI regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1230 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1230, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1130, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

University of California Irvine is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "neither required nor recommended".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1330 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1330, you have around a 29% chance of being admitted. A 1430 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 44% chance of getting in.

University of California Irvine admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1430 and Above Good >44%
1330 to 1430 Avg + 29%-44%
1230 to 1330 Avg - 18%-29%
1130 to 1230 Reach 10%-18%
Less than 1130 Low <10%
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UCI ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

26-33 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

41%
ACT Scores for University of California Irvine
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 25
Math 25th Percentile 26
Composite 25th Percentile 26
ACT Scores for University of California Irvine
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 33
Math 75th Percentile 31
Composite 75th Percentile 33
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to UCI is 29, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 26 and 33.  The school ranks #18 in California and #128 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 29. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 26 and score in the score in the top 18 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 22.

41 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Irvine.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as University of California Irvine is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "neither required nor recommended".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into UCI for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 29 score has around 29% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 46% with a 33 ACT score.

University of California Irvine admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >46%
29 to 33 Avg + 29%-46%
26 to 29 Avg - 19%-29%
23 to 26 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 23 Low <12%
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High School Class Rank

98% of University of California Irvine freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of California Irvine students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 98%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

University of California Irvine admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 57,022 50,928 107,950
Accepted 17,678 13,432 31,110
Acceptance Rate 31% 26% 29%
Enrolled 3,886 2,603 6,489
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 19% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Nov 30, 2023

Days left to Apply

None

The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of California Irvine is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Irvine and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of California Irvine Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because UCI is highly competitive, you have a moderate chance of acceptance depending on your GPA and test scores. If you earn at least a 3.75 GPA, you will have a fair shot at getting in. Additionally, you should score a 1330 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT to be competitive. If you can score a 1430 SAT you will be a very strong applicant.

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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.

FAQs

Does University of California Irvine prefer SAT or ACT?

88% of students submit their SAT scores to UCI. 41% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of California Irvine?

29% of those who apply are granted admission to UCI. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of California Irvine?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1230 and 1430. The average SAT score is 1330. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of California Irvine?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 33. The average ACT score is 29. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.