UC IrvineUniversity of California Irvine was founded in 1965 and is the fifth largest in the UC system with over 29,000 undergraduate and 6,000 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 degrees offered in 92 subjects at the undergraduate level and 130 more at the graduate level, students have many options. 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 rankingThe student to faculty ratio is about 18 to 1. However, 53% of all classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors are social sciences, psychology, engineering, and business/marketing.

UC Irvine admissionsThe school was once known for being a commuter school, but today about 82% 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 8% of men are affiliated with fraternities and 9% 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

Academic Qualifications

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 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 97,916
Enrolled: 6,068
Yield: 23.9%
Acceptance rate (overall): 29.9%

In-state applicant acceptance rate: 22.7%
Out-of-state domestic applicant acceptance rate: 63.6%
International applicant acceptance rate: 44.0%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 21,736
Transfer applicants admitted: 9,556
Transfer acceptance rate: 44.0%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 8,608
Admitted off waitlist: 1,610
Waitlist acceptance rate: 18.7%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 4.0
Top 10% of High School: 98%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1190-1400
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 570-690
SAT Math: 590-750

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 24-33
ACT English: 22-32
ACT Math: 22-31

Standardized Test Requirements

UC Irvine does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

UCI does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

UC Irvine does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

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Graduation Rates

UC Irvine graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

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Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 69.3%
5 years: 82.7%
6 years: 84.4%

Transferred to another school: 9%

Loan default rate: 1.7%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 1

Salary after attending: $58,400

R&D Expenditures: $361.4 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 15
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 0
Burglaries: 25
Car thefts: 5

Financial Aid

Net 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 (2020-2021): $32,397

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-2021)
In-state: $36,042
Out-of-state: $65,796

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $15,268

By income
$0 to $30,000: $9,558
$30,001 to $48,000: $10,373
$48,001 to $75,000: $13,648
$75,001 to $110,000: $19,851
$110,001 and more: $29,841

Graduates with student debt: 50.1%

Average student debt at graduation: $19,597

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

UC Irvine undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

Women: 52%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 52%
20 to 39: 21%
40 to 99: 14%
100+: 13%

Student Population
Total: 36,908
Undergraduate: 30,382

Student Residence
In State: 78%
Out of State: 2%
International: 20%

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This page was last updated in August 2020.