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University of California - Irvine Overview

University of California - Irvine is a public institution situated in Irvine, California. Irvine is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is University of California - Irvine Known For?

28,855 Full-Time Undergraduates
$14,604 Avg Cost After Aid
37% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at UC Irvine is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at UC Irvine.
  • In 2017-2018, 81% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UC Irvine with a bachelor's degree make about $58,400 a year. That's 43% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average UC Irvine student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

University of California - Irvine Rankings

UC Irvine is ranked #122 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. UC Irvine also holds the #15 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that UC Irvine has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for UC Irvine

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 32
Best Colleges 122
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 241
Best Colleges for Diversity 356
Best Colleges for the Money 626
Best Colleges for Veterans 779

Where Is University of California - Irvine?

Location of University of California - Irvine

Contact details for UC Irvine are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 501 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697
Phone: 949-824-5011
Website: www.uci.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCIrvine
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ucirvine

How Do I Get Into UC Irvine?

You can apply to UC Irvine online at: admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html

Admission Requirements for UC Irvine

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UC Irvine?

37% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
86% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to UC Irvine. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 37%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 35%, and the acceptance rate for women is 38%.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to UC Irvine submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 650. Math scores were between 590 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 580 to 650 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 590 to 700 )
200
800
UC Irvine received ACT scores from 50% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 30. Math scores were between 25 and 31. Composite scores were between 25 and 32.

ACT English Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 23 to 30 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 25 to 31 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 25 to 32 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of California - Irvine?

$14,604 Net Price
38% Take Out Loans
1.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UC Irvine is $14,604. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UC Irvine

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,178 $10,423 $14,072 $21,023 $28,755

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UC Irvine, approximately 38% of students took out student loans averaging $5,314 a year. That adds up to $21,256 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Irvine is 1.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of California - Irvine Undergraduate Student Diversity

28,855 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 29,307 undergraduate students at UC Irvine, with 28,855 being full-time and 452 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UC Irvine

There are also 5,935 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,855 full-time undergraduates at UC Irvine, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UC Irvine

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of California - Irvine students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UC Irvine Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10,285
Black or African American 558
Hispanic or Latino 7,672
White 3,993
International Students 4,833
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,514

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of California - Irvine. At this time, 36 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 87 countries are represented at UC Irvine. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of California - Irvine

182 Took All Classes Online
5,034 Took At Least One Class Online
15.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 5,034 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UC Irvine has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 128th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UC Irvine

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of California - Irvine was 15.7%. This is the #1,043 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UC Irvine regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UC Irvine majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Criminology 10%
Social Sciences 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UC Irvine ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UC Irvine.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Criminology #12
Social Sciences #66

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of California - Irvine Majors

In 2017-2018, University of California - Irvine awarded 16,788 undergraduate degrees and 4,550 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 0 136 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 91 0 0
Anthropology 0 71 8 8
Applied Mathematics 0 0 57 1
Area Studies 0 25 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 16 9 12
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 2 1
Biomedical Engineering 0 90 44 22
Biotechnology 0 0 30 0
Business Administration & Management 0 260 244 7
Business/Managerial Economics 0 666 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 3 9 9
Chemical Engineering 0 81 17 12
Chemistry 0 136 18 36
Child Development & Psychology 0 664 5 9
Civil Engineering 0 97 37 14
Classical Languages & Literature 0 6 0 0
Cognitive Science 0 14 0 2
Computer Engineering 0 172 73 11
Computer Information Systems 0 123 11 6
Computer Science 0 568 69 24
Computer Software & Applications 0 62 0 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 13 1
Criminology 0 380 48 3
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 0 1 4
Dance 0 30 10 0
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 14 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 73 21 5
East Asian Languages 0 10 0 3
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 12 21 16
Economics 0 367 8 13
Electrical Engineering 0 109 51 17
Environmental Engineering 0 15 12 2
Ethnic Studies 0 42 5 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 117 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 100 10 0
General Biology 0 700 0 0
General Education 0 379 11 8
General Engineering 0 0 17 0
General English Literature 0 135 23 8
General Psychology 0 270 2 1
General Social Sciences 0 20 0 0
Genetics 0 6 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 39 14 6
Germanic Languages 0 0 3 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 21 0
History 0 74 5 8
Human Biology 0 47 0 0
International Studies 0 200 0 0
Journalism 0 31 0 0
Law 0 0 0 140
Legal Research 0 0 12 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 10 6 3
Management Information Systems 0 45 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 74 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 5 2
Materials Engineering 0 37 13 14
Mathematics 0 180 11 8
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 18 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 252 29 5
Medical Science 0 0 10 0
Medicine 0 0 0 110
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 7 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 7 0 7
Music 0 27 9 1
Natural Resources Conservation 0 38 3 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 33 10 9
Nursing 0 55 19 5
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 65 18 1
Other Social Sciences 0 0 4 0
Other Visual Art 0 0 4 4
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 6 0
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 102 13 5
Philosophy 0 23 6 8
Physics 0 59 23 26
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 13 0 3
Political Science & Government 0 304 6 6
Public Health 0 486 25 4
Public Policy 0 0 18 0
Religious Studies 0 3 0 0
Romance Languages 0 26 0 8
Sociology 0 250 11 12
Statistics 0 0 22 5
Systems Theory 0 0 2 1
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 130 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 9 0 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 32 1
Urban Studies 0 51 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 11 0
Total 0 16,788 3,236 1,314

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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