UC Irvine Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Frederick Reines Hall at UC Irvine
Frederick Reines Hall at UC Irvine ( more photos). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

UC Irvine Admissions Overview:

UC Irvine had an acceptance rate of 41 percent in 2016, making it a selective university. The majority of admitted students have grades and standardized test scores that are above average. To apply, interested students will need to submit an application, official high school transcripts, and scores from the SAT or ACT. UC applicants must also write four personal insight essays. For more information, check out the school's website, or get in touch with Irvine's admissions office.

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UC Irvine Description:

The University of California at Irvine is located in the heart of Orange County. The 1,500-acre campus has an interesting circular design with Aldrich Park in the center. The park features a network of paths running through the gardens and trees. In academics, UC Irvine has many highly ranked programs including biology and health sciences, criminology, English, and psychology. A little over a third of UCI students live in university housing, and the school has an active Greek system. In athletics, many of the UCI Anteater teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 32,754 (27,331 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,360 (in-state); $40,042 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,766 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,429
  • Other Expenses: $4,375
  • Total Cost: $32,930 (in-state); $59,612 (out-of-state)

UC Irvine Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 68%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 63%
    • Loans: 41%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,506
    • Loans: $5,467

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Computer and Information Science, Criminology, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Design, Global Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Social Psychology, Sociology
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Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 9%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 71%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 87%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Track and Field, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo, Basketball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Cross Country, Water Polo

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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