UC Irvine is on a 1,477-acre campus in a suburban setting in Irvine, California, not far from Los Angeles. UC Irvine has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to join – including band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
UC Irvine has fraternities and sororities.
UC Irvine students' favorite campus traditions are Celebrate UCI (open house), Homecoming and Shocktoberfest.
First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
Most UC Irvine students live off campus. In 2022, 42% of undergrads at UC Irvine lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 58% of students lived off-campus or commuted to UC Irvine. There are 15,693 spots available in on-campus housing for all 29,449 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 15,470 students chose to live in campus housing. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.
UC Irvine offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.
At UC Irvine there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.
Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.
Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.
Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.
Let's take a look at the athletic options available at UC Irvine:
|Sport||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Golf||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Tennis||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Track And Field||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Volleyball||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Water Polo||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Cross Country Running||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Archery||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Badminton||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Crew||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Fencing||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Lacrosse||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Rugby||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Sailing||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Table Tennis||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Ultimate Frisbee||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Wrestling||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.
University of California, Irvine is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The UC Irvine campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.
UC Irvine offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit UC Irvine, take 405 Freeway to Irvine, CA. If you need to fly, book your flight to John Wayne (Orange County) airport.
Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore UC Irvine's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour
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