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UC Irvine Student Life

UCI is on a 1,477-acre campus in a suburban setting in Irvine, California, not far from Los Angeles. UCI has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

UCI also has fraternities and sororities.

UCI students' favorite campus traditions are Celebrate UCI (open house), Homecoming and Shocktoberfest.

UCI Housing

UCI offers housing. Students are not required to live on campus. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most UCI students live off campus. In 2021, 15% of undergrads at UCI lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 85% of students lived off-campus or commuted to UCI. There are 15,493 spots available in on-campus housing for all 29,638 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 6,881 students chose to live on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

UCI offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

UCI Athletics

At UCI 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 UCI:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Golf NCAA Division 1 Intercollegiate Club Teams
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
Basketball 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
Table Tennis Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Ultimate Frisbee Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Wrestling Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams

Is UCI Safe?

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 UCI campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

UCI offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to UCI

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit UCI, take 405 Freeway to Irvine, CA. If you need to fly, book your flight to John Wayne (Orange County) airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in California you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore UCI's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Keep Reading About UCI

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UC Irvine Students

53%

Women

47%

Men

98%

Full Time

2%

Part Time

97%

In State

3%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

37%

25%

16%

13%

5%

2%

1%

0.23%

0.07%

Undergraduate Students

29,638

Graduate Students

6,665

Non-Resident / International Students

4,841

UC Irvine Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Women's Center
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
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Campus Security
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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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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