UC Irvine GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

UC Irvine GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph

UC Irvine GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
UC Irvine GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

UC Irvine accepts less than half of applicants, making one of the country's more selective public universities. Take a look at the GPA, ACT, and SAT scores of those who were accepted, rejected, or waitlisted for this school.

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Grades and Standardized Test Scores for UC Irvine

In the scattergram above, the green and blue dots represent accepted students. As you can see, most students who got into Irvine had GPAs of 3.5 or higher, SAT scores (RW+M) of 1000 or higher, and ACT scores of 20 or higher. In the middle of the graph a lot of red is hidden beneath the blue and green, so it's important to realize that many students with grades and test scores on target for UC Irvine still get rejected. This could be due to many factors including an unimpressive high school curriculum or lack of depth in any extracurricular areas.

Your high school grades and SAT/ACT scores are going to be the most important part of your application for UC Irvine. If you're a straight "A" student with above average SAT scores, your chances of admission are good. That said, the university is looking at more than grades. The admissions folks will want to see that you took challenging courses such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Honors. These advanced courses earn applicants extra points when UC Irvine calculates GPA (for a maximum of eight semesters). 

Other Admissions Factors for UC Irvine

Don't despair if your grades and test scores are slightly below the norm. All of the University of California schools have holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data (note that this is generally not true for the 23 schools in the California State University System). Students who show some kind of special talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal. Your participation in meaningful extracurricular activities can play a role if you show reveal passion, leadership, and talent. 

Also, be sure to put time and care into your four personal insight essays. Choose your topics carefully so that each short essay reveals something important about your personality and interests. These essay tips and essay style tips can help you make your writing shine.

The University of California at Irvine, along with all the other UC schools, does not use letters of recommendation as part of the application process. Also, admission interviews are not offered by the university.

Finally, be aware of the recent bad press UC Irvine has received. Apparently, an acceptance letter doesn't mean you'll be able to attend. Hopefully, this is just a one-time miscalculation, but the impact on affected students was devastating.

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Note that you can use the same application to apply to multiple UC campuses. You'll simply need to indicate your preferences and include an application fee for each school.