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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?

8,394 Undergraduate Awards
$44,706 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 highest award offered at UC Irvine is the doctor's degree.
  • 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.

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University of California - Irvine Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UC Irvine has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#29 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#124 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#163 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UC Irvine.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Cultural Studies & Analysis Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Demography & Population Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Computer Systems Networking Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Computer Systems Networking Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Criminology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Social Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Value Social Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Mental & Social Health Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UC Irvine has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Colleges for Criminology College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies College Factual
#23 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#37 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#53 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#71 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

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?

$44,706 Net Price
38% Take Out Loans
1.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UC Irvine is $44,706. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

29,797 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 30,382 undergraduate students at UC Irvine, with 29,797 being full-time and 585 being part-time.

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

There are also 6,526 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,797 full-time undergraduates at UC Irvine, 48% are male and 52% 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 10,738
Black or African American 599
Hispanic or Latino 7,723
White 3,916
International Students 5,071
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,750

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Biology 700 0 0 0 700
Child Development & Psychology 664 0 5 9 678
Business/Managerial Economics 666 0 0 0 666
Computer Science 568 0 69 24 661
Public Health 486 0 25 4 515
Business Administration & Management 260 0 244 7 511
Criminology 380 0 48 3 431
General Education 379 0 11 8 398
Economics 367 0 8 13 388
Political Science & Government 304 0 6 6 316
Mechanical Engineering 252 0 29 5 286
General Psychology 270 0 2 1 273
Sociology 250 0 11 12 273
Computer Engineering 172 0 73 11 256
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 125 130 0 255
International Studies 200 0 0 0 200
Mathematics 180 0 11 8 199
Chemistry 136 0 18 36 190
Electrical Engineering 109 0 51 17 177
General English Literature 135 0 23 8 166
Biomedical Engineering 90 0 44 22 156
Civil Engineering 97 0 37 14 148
Computer Information Systems 123 0 11 6 140
Law 0 0 0 140 140
Accounting 0 0 136 0 136
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 102 0 13 5 120
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 117 0 0 0 117
Chemical Engineering 81 0 17 12 110
Medicine 0 0 0 110 110
Fine & Studio Arts 100 0 10 0 110
Physics 59 0 23 26 108
Drama & Theater Arts 73 0 21 5 99
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 91 0 0 0 91
History 74 0 5 8 87
Anthropology 71 0 8 8 87
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 65 0 18 1 84
Nursing 55 0 19 5 79
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 74 0 74
Materials Engineering 37 0 13 14 64
Computer Software & Applications 62 0 0 0 62
Geological & Earth Sciences 39 0 14 6 59
Applied Mathematics 0 0 57 1 58
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 33 0 10 9 52
Urban Studies 51 0 0 0 51
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 12 0 21 16 49
Ethnic Studies 42 0 5 0 47
Human Biology 47 0 0 0 47
Management Information Systems 45 0 0 0 45
Natural Resources Conservation 38 0 3 0 41
Dance 30 0 10 0 40
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 16 0 9 12 37
Philosophy 23 0 6 8 37
Music 27 0 9 1 37
Romance Languages 26 0 0 8 34
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 32 1 33
Journalism 31 0 0 0 31
Biotechnology 0 0 30 0 30
Environmental Engineering 15 0 12 2 29
Statistics 0 0 22 5 27
Area Studies 25 0 0 0 25
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 3 0 9 9 21
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 21 0 21
General Social Sciences 20 0 0 0 20
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 10 0 6 3 19
Mathematics & Computer Science 18 0 0 0 18
Public Policy 0 0 18 0 18
General Engineering 0 0 17 0 17
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 13 0 0 3 16
Cognitive Science 14 0 0 2 16
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 7 0 0 7 14
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 13 1 14
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 14 0 14
East Asian Languages 10 0 0 3 13
Legal Research 0 0 12 0 12
Writing Studies 0 0 11 0 11
Medical Science 0 0 10 0 10
Teacher Education Subject Specific 9 0 0 0 9
Other Visual Art 0 0 4 4 8
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 5 2 7
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 7 0 7
Genetics 6 0 0 0 6
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 6 0 6
Classical Languages & Literature 6 0 0 0 6
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 0 1 4 5
Other Social Sciences 0 0 4 0 4
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 2 1 3
Germanic Languages 0 0 3 0 3
Systems Theory 0 0 2 1 3
Religious Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Environmental Design 0 0 0 0 0
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 0 0
Information Science 0 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 8,394 125 1,618 657 10,794

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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