UC IrvineUniversity of California Irvine was founded in 1965 and is the fifth largest in the UC system with over 24,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. Located in Orange County, the campus is in a suburban setting on 1,700 acres of land. The school is well-known for its research activity, especially in the areas of cancer and neuroscience through the UC Irvine Medical Center. With more than 98 graduate and professional degrees, students can enroll in the Paul Merage School of Business, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and the School of Law. Undergraduate students can enroll in one of eight schools. They also have the Campus-wide Honors Program, which offers students an independent study program where they can come up with their own curriculum and design a personalized major. UC Irvine also offers courses in the Summer Session or through their Extension program.

UC Irvine rankingThere are more than 80 undergraduate degree options. The student to faculty ratio is about 19 to 1. However, 58% of all classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors are biology/biological sciences; business/managerial economics; political science and government; social psychology; and general psychology.

UC Irvine admissionsThe school was once known for being a commuter school, but today about 75% of first-years live on campus in the dorm communities Mesa Court and Middle Earth. Mesa Court has volleyball and basketball courts, a community center, a recreational center, and the Mesa Academic Center (MAC). Middle Earth (named after the J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”) has 24 residence halls, two dining facilities, a student center, and several resource centers. Upper classroom can reside in Arroyo Vista, which includes 42 houses (including 9 sorority houses and 5 fraternity houses). Apartment-style housing is also available.

UC Irvine has more than 500 student organizations. There is also an active Greek scene with about 50 chapters. About 9% of men are affiliated with fraternities and 10% of women with sororities. The clubs at UC Irvine consist of a wide variety of topics, including groups for academic, political, religious, service, social, multicultural, and athletic interests. Students can choose to get involved with the service club, Phrateres, which has worked with non-profit organizations since 1967.


Acceptance Rate

UC Irvine acceptance rate

Average GPA and Class Standing

UC Irvine average GPA and top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

UC Irvine SAT score

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

UC Irvine ACT test score

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2018 (Class of 2022) applicants: 94,866
Note: The other figures are for Fall 2017!
Enrolled: 6,552
Yield: 21.1%
Acceptance rate (overall): 36.6%

In-state applicant acceptance rate: 33.4%
Out-of-state domestic applicant acceptance rate: 47.4%
International applicant acceptance rate: 45.1%

Transfer Admissions
Number of applicants: 19,841
Enrolled: 2,465
Acceptance rate: 47.1%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 4,503
Admitted off waitlist: 835
Acceptance rate: 18.5%

Average GPA: 3.97
Top 10% of High School: 96%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 500-630
SAT Math: 560-700
SAT Writing: 520-630

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
(Note: These ACT ranges are from last year as this year’s were not available!)
ACT Composite: 24-29
ACT English: 23-30
ACT Math: 24-30

Standardized Test Requirements

UC Irvine requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT required

UCI requires the writing portion Writing portion required

UC Irvine recommends the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests recommended

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Graduation Rates

UC Irvine graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

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Salary After Attending

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 78%
6 years: 87%

Transferred to another school: 9%
Loan default rate: 2.0%
Total Rhodes Scholars: 1
Salary after attending: $55,100

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 25
Robberies: 4
Aggravated assaults: 10
Burglaries: 55
Car thefts: 15

Financial Aid

Total Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

University of California Irvine financial aid

Average In State Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

In-state tuition, room and board (2018-2019): $30,777

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2018-2019)
In-state: $34,319
Out-of-state: $63,333

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $13,780

By income
$0 to $30,000: $9,280
$30,001 to $48,000: $10,338
$48,001 to $75,000: $13,820
$75,001 to $110,000: $21,596
$110,001 and more: $28,096

Graduates with student debt: 59%

Average student debt at graduation: $20,628

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

UC Irvine undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Women: 54%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 57%
20 to 39: 19%
40 to 99: 11%
100+: 13%

Student Population
Total: 32,754
Undergraduate: 27,331

Student Residence
In State: 81%
Out of State: 3%
International: 16%

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This page was last updated in March 2018.