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UC Irvine Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to UCI, the regular decision application deadline is November 30 and the application fee is $70.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from UCI by March 31.

UCI Admissions Stats at a Glance

UCI 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 98%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not even considered
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to UCI?

University of California, 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 UCI Hard To Get Into?

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

In 2021, UCI accepted 30% of students, around 29,301 of the 97,942 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like UCI, 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 2021, UCI waitlisted 18,621 students. Of those, 11,081 eventually got in.

What Does UCI 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 they consider most important in the admissions process. 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're strong.

Admissions Factors at UCI

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Not Considered
Volunteer Work Very Important

UCI Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UCI?

At UCI 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%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

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

UCI 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

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in UCI during the following terms: - Fall Term

UCI Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UCI?

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

Does UCI accept transfer credits?

UCI accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

UCI accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UCI?

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

What is UCI's acceptance rate?

UCI's acceptance rate is 30%.

Want To Learn More About UCI?

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UC Irvine Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

30%

How hard is it to get into UC Irvine? UC Irvine is a very selective institution. The UC Irvine acceptance rate is 30%. This means that the institution accepts 29 out of every 100 applicants.

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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.

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

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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

36,303

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

30%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$17,982

Out-of-State

$47,736

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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