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Colleges / University of California, Irvine

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate29%
Acceptance Rate29%

About UC Irvine

University of California, Irvine Overview

University of California, Irvine is a public, state school in the suburban setting of Irvine, California. UC Irvine was founded in 1965 and the school currently enrolls around 36,505 students per year, including 29,449 undergrad students. UC Irvine ensures on-campus housing for up to 15,693 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to UC Irvine for Fall 2023 is November 30. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by March 31.

Student Activities at UC Irvine

Love music or performing? At UC Irvine you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school'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.

Interested in Greek life? 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.

2022 UC Irvine Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Quarter
Overall Acceptance Rate 29%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
In-State Tuition $11,928
Out-of-State $42,954
Percent of Need Met 79.2%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $26,607

Is UC Irvine a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how competitive a college is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better view of what UC Irvine offers and if the school could be the right college for you.

UC Irvine Acceptance Rate 2022

UC Irvine is very difficult to get into. Around 29% of applicants get into UC Irvine each year. Last year, 107,952 students applied to UC Irvine and 31,239 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UC Irvine

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

Approximately 94% of students who start at UC Irvine come back for their second year of college. Around 84% of students who started at UC Irvine earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook UC Irvine Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with UC Irvine directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

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.

As of 2022, the total market value of University of California, Irvine's endowment was $1.3 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, UC Irvine spends about $24,600 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UC Irvine

Tuition 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 79.2% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UC Irvine full-time are awarded $26,607 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $17,472 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 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available 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! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UC Irvine.

Based on this information, is UC Irvine the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit 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, in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

If you want to see UC Irvine for yourself, be sure to 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

260 Aldrich Hall Irvine, CA 92697

Campus Setting: Suburban

UC Irvine Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

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

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UC Irvine is like? There are approximately 36,505 students enrolled at UC Irvine, including 29,449 undergraduate students and 7,056 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 95% percent are from CA and 5% percent of students are from other states.


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