University of California—Irvine

Colleges University of California—Irvine

UC Irvine

UC Irvine

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location students adm. int’l. fresh grad GPA ACT SAT TOEFL
Irvine, CA 29,449 29% 15% 94% 84% 3.9 N/A 1330 80

University of California—Irvine is a public institution founded in 1965. It’s located in the suburbs of Orange County on a campus of 1,475 acres, and only five miles from the Pacific Ocean. UCI specializes in cancer and neuroscience studies in conjunction with its highly ranked Medical Center. Graduate programs include specialty offerings at the Paul Merage School of Business and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Students can participate in more than 500 student clubs. The university has earned accolades for its eco-friendly measures, promoting green initiatives through student groups like the Anteaters for Recycling and Conservation.


UCI is consistently recognized as a trailblazer in a broad range of fields, garnering national and international honors in every school. The campus’s diverse academic offerings paired with world-class leadership create an environment worthy of any passionate student. Graduates are prepared to be global citizens equipped with the tools of analysis, expression and cultural understanding required for leadership in today’s world. UCI’s student-faculty ratio is 18:1, and the school has 53% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include Social Psychology, Biology, Public Health, and Managerial Economics.

Special Highlights

ANTrepreneur Center. UCI ANTrepreneur Center was founded with the mission of integrating entrepreneurial and innovative thinking into the UC Irvine campus and its students in starting new ventures. This center provides free mentorship with integrative learning opportunities, resources to help students scale their business, and connections to the greater Irvine entrepreneurial network.

Middle Earth Towers. The grand entrance that leads to UCI’s new Middle Earth Towers can seem intimidating to students at first. On a concrete ledge next to the staircase is an inscription that reads: “Speak friend and enter.” The riddle is from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. It’s also a key word in UCI’s Middle Earth community. The futuristic five-story high structures are inspired by Tolkien’s fictional mythological past. The new housing expansion added 500 new beds, and residents will have many opportunities to make friends and enjoy such amenities as a dining hall, a multipurpose room, a study pavilion, and a fitness and recreation center.

School Mission & Unique Qualities

UCI was the youngest campus to be welcomed into the prestigious Association of American Universities. The New York Times ranked UCI as number one in the nation for economic diversity in its student body, citing us as “doing the most for the American dream.” We are also national leaders in research and practice relating to sustainability and environmental protection. UCI is the most energy-efficient campus in California, with among the most LEED Platinum and Gold certified buildings in the US. We are consistently among the top 10 “Coolest Schools” in Sierra magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s greenest universities.

Student Reviews…

“Irvine is a very clean and fairly safe community which allows the campus to have the same clean and safe environment as well. The best part about UC Irvine was the convenient campus and counselors who genuinely cared about your growth and well-being.”