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UCI Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

40.6%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Irvine
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into UCI? The school has a 41% acceptance rate. Last year, 31,630 out of 77,816 applicants were admitted making UCI a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 32 percent. University of California Irvine typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1130-1390
Applicants Submitting SAT
87%
SAT Scores for University of California Irvine
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for University of California Irvine
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1390
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 requires applicants to be in the top 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 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 1000. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Irvine admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1390 and Above Good >54%
1260 to 1390 Avg + 41%-54%
1130 to 1260 Avg - 29%-41%
1000 to 1130 Reach 19%-29%
Less than 1000 Low <19%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
24-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
49%
ACT Scores for University of California Irvine
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for University of California Irvine
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 30
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 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 27 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. 49 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Irvine.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Irvine admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >54%
27 to 30 Avg + 41%-54%
24 to 27 Avg - 29%-41%
21 to 24 Reach 19%-29%
Less than 21 Low <19%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.92
Typical High School Grades
A-

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's for admitted University of California Irvine students
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 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

Admission Statistics

University of California Irvine admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 41,990 35,826 77,816
Accepted 17,816 13,814 31,630
Acceptance Rate 42% 39% 41%
Enrolled 3,479 3,072 6,551
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 22% 21%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2018
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2018.

Admission Requirements

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