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Colleges / University of California, Irvine

University of California, Irvine

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

UC Irvine Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to UC Irvine, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is November 30 and the fee for the application is $70.

Application fees can add up, but some colleges offer free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply to UC Irvine for fall semester should hear back from UC Irvine by March 31.

UC Irvine Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of UC Irvine's admissions stats.

UC Irvine 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 98%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist Yes

Continue reading for more information on UC Irvine's admissions stats.

Considering Applying Early to UC Irvine?

These are the early application deadlines for University of California, Irvine.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II No –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

UC Irvine does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is UC Irvine Hard To Get Into?

UC Irvine is a very difficult school to get into. UC Irvine evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, UC Irvine accepted 29% of all applicants, around 31,239 of the 107,952 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like UC Irvine, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

In 2022, UC Irvine waitlisted 8,765 students. Of those, 1,288 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does UC Irvine Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UC Irvine

Curious about the factors that are considered by UC Irvine during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Volunteer Work Very Important
Work Experience Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
State Residency Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with UC Irvine for more information on admission factors.

UC Irvine Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UC Irvine must submit the following items. Double check with UC Irvine's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UC Irvine?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. 4.0. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

At UC Irvine 98% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 100% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of California, Irvine, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 --
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

UC Irvine doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

UC Irvine does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Transferring to University of California, Irvine

Applicants should hear back by April 30.

Transfer students can enroll in UC Irvine during the following terms:

• Fall Term

UC Irvine Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UC Irvine?

❌ Students who are admitted to UC Irvine must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does UC Irvine accept transfer credits?

✅ UC Irvine accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does UC Irvine accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ UC Irvine accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UC Irvine?

✅ UC Irvine is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is UC Irvine's acceptance rate?

✅ UC Irvine's acceptance rate is 29%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UC Irvine?

❌ UC Irvine does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UC Irvine?

❌ UC Irvine does not offer eary action.

Want To Learn More About UC Irvine?

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UC Irvine Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into UC Irvine? UC Irvine is a very selective institution. The UC Irvine acceptance rate is 29%. This means that the institution accepts 28 out of every 100 applicants.


UC Irvine Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

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

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

UC Irvine ACT Scores


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UC Irvine SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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UC Irvine GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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