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Chances of getting into University of California Irvine

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
30%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Irvine
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition High 
How hard is it to get into UCI and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UCI is 30%.  It ranks #12 in California and #83 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. UCI is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 29,301 out of 97,938 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 19 percent (SAT 1230/1430 ACT 26/33). University of California Irvine typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average weighted GPA around 3.75. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The UCI application fee is $70 and applications are due by Nov 30.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of California Irvine is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

UCI SAT Scores

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

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of California Irvine typically prefers applicants to be in the top 20 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1230 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 1130. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1330 out of 1600. UCI ranks #13 in California and #96 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Irvine admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1430 and Above Good >45%
1330 to 1430 Avg + 30%-45%
1230 to 1330 Avg - 18%-30%
1130 to 1230 Reach 11%-18%
Less than 1130 Low <11%
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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
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for University of California Irvine
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 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 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in California and #102 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 41 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Irvine.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Irvine admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >47%
29 to 33 Avg + 30%-47%
26 to 29 Avg - 20%-30%
23 to 26 Reach 12%-20%
Less than 23 Low <12%
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UCI GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA 
3.75*
Typical High School Grades 
A-

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

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into UCI. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Irvine was 3.75 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #22 in California for highest average GPA. 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?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.75 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

98% of University of California Irvine freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating 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

University of California Irvine admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 53,209 44,729 97,938
Accepted 16,069 13,232 29,301
Acceptance Rate 30% 30% 30%
Enrolled 3,133 2,632 5,765
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 20% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2022
Days left to Apply
56

Applicants have 56 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2022.

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 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.

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?

30% 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. 88% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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. 41% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.