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About UC Irvine

UC Irvine Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

UC Irvine will release their Early Decision results on Wednesday December 15th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the UC Irvine Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

University of California, Irvine Overview

University of California, Irvine is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Irvine, California. UC Irvine was founded in 1965 and now enrolls around 36,303 students a year, including 29,638 undergrads. UC Irvine provides on-campus housing for up to 15,493 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at UC Irvine! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of UC Irvine's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? UC Irvine students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? UC Irvine has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UC Irvine has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UC Irvine on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at UC Irvine on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! November 30, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by March 31.

2021 UC Irvine Facts At-A-Glance
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Overall Acceptance Rate 30%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 0%
In-State Tuition $15,671
Out-of-State $45,425
Percent of Need Met 81.8%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $22,964

Is UC Irvine a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a better idea of what UC Irvine offers and if it sounds like a good fit for you.

UC Irvine Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into UC Irvine. UC Irvine admitted 30% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 97,942 students applied to UC Irvine and 29,301 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UC Irvine

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UC Irvine, around 94% are still enrolled their sophomore year. UC Irvine's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 85%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook UC Irvine Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

UC Irvine's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. UC Irvine's endowment was valued at $1 million in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, UC Irvine spends about $23,795 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UC Irvine

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. UC Irvine meets 81.8% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $22,964 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $18,399 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UC Irvine. Based on this information, how does UC Irvine sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UC Irvine a good school for you?

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Where is UC Irvine?

UC Irvine is located in the suburban setting of Irvine, California, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

If you want to see UC Irvine for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take 405 Freeway to Irvine, or book a flight to the nearest airport, John Wayne (Orange County).

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UC Irvine and Irvine are like without leaving home.

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College Info

19182 Jamboree Road Irvine, CA 92697

Campus Setting: Suburban

UC Irvine Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UC Irvine is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UC Irvine is Nov 30.

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Wondering what life at UC Irvine is like? There are approximately 36,303 students enrolled at UC Irvine, including 29,638 undergraduate students and 6,665 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 97% percent are from CA and 3% percent of students are from other states.


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