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Colleges / University of California, Irvine

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA 4-Year Public

About UCI

University of California, Irvine is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of Irvine, CA, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

Founded in 1965, UCI currently enrolls around 36,303 students a year, including 29,638 undergrads. The institution runs on a quarter academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $1,036,416. The school spends $23,795 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Admissions Facts About UCI

Acceptance rate: 30%

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: November 30

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 31

What is University of California, Irvine's acceptance rate?

UCI is a very difficult school to get accepted to. UCI accepts around 30 percent of applicants each year.

In 2021, 18,621 applicants were waitlisted and 2,664 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is UCI a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UCI, around 94 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 5,424 students who started at UCI as first-time freshman, 3,730 graduate within four years.

UCI's six-year graduation for undergrads is 85 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $18,399 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UCI sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is UCI a good school for YOU?

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All applicants should hear back from UCI by March 31.

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College Info

19182 Jamboree Road Irvine, CA 92697

Campus Setting: Suburban

UCI Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UCI is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UCI ACT Scores


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UCI SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1190 - 1400


Math SAT Range

590 - 750


Reading SAT Range

570 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1400 and Above


1190 to 1400


1190 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UCI students is 1288. Applicants with SAT scores of 1400 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UCI, while applicants with SAT scores between 1190 to 1400 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1190 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UCI.

UCI Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UCI is like? There are approximately 36,908 students enrolled at UCI, including 30,382 undergraduate students and 6,526 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from CA and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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