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Chances of getting into University of California Irvine

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
26.5%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Irvine
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into UCI and can I get accepted? The school has a 27% acceptance rate ranking it #11 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 25,360 out of 95,565 applicants were admitted making UCI a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 28 percent. University of California Irvine typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of California Irvine is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UCI SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1170-1420
Applicants Submitting SAT
88%
SAT Scores for University of California Irvine
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1170
SAT Scores for University of California Irvine
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1420
Average SAT Score 1300

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 29 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1170 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 1040. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 out of 1600. The school ranks #18 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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
1420 and Above Good >39%
1295 to 1420 Avg + 27%-39%
1170 to 1295 Avg - 18%-27%
1045 to 1170 Reach 11%-18%
Less than 1045 Low <11%
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UCI ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
24-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
41%
ACT Scores for University of California Irvine
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for University of California Irvine
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 28

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. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #20 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 41 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Irvine.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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 >40%
28 to 33 Avg + 27%-40%
24 to 28 Avg - 19%-27%
20 to 24 Reach 13%-19%
Less than 20 Low <13%
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UCI GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.92
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 3.92 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 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?

High School GPA's for admitted University of California Irvine students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
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 N/A% Low
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

96% 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 96%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 0%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of California Irvine admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 51,501 44,064 95,565
Accepted 14,393 10,967 25,360
Acceptance Rate 28% 25% 27%
Enrolled 3,473 2,596 6,069
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 24% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2021
Days left to Apply
61

Applicants have 61 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2021.

Application Fee

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

Admission 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 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.

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?

27% 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 1170 and 1420. 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 24 and 33. 41% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.