UC Irvine: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Located in the heart of Orange County, University of California, Irvine is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 27%. The 1,500-acre University of California, Irvine campus has a circular design with Aldrich Park in the center. In academics, UC Irvine has many highly ranked programs including biology and health sciences, criminology, English, and psychology. The university has an 18-to-1 student/faculty ratio, and for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, UC Irvine was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In athletics, many of the UCI Anteater teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference.

Considering applying to UC Irvine? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, UC Irvine had an acceptance rate of 27%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 27 students were admitted, making UC Irvine's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 95,568
Percent Admitted 27%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 24%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of California, Irvine requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 88% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th percentile 75th percentile
ERW 580 670
Math 610 740
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UC Irvine's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing, 50% of students admitted to UCI scored between 580 and 670, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 610 and 740, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 740. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1410 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UC Irvine.

Requirements

UC Irvine requires the SAT writing section. Note that UC Irvine considers the highest SAT with an essay score from a single test date. Subject tests are not required for admission to UC Irvine.

ACT Scores and Requirements

University of California, Irvine requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 41% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 32
Math 25 32
Composite 25 33

This admissions data tells us that most of UC Irvine's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to University of California, Irvine received a composite ACT score between 25 and 33, while 25% scored above 33 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

UC Irvine requires the ACT writing section. Note that UC Irvine does not superscore ACT results; your highest combined score from a single test administration will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of University of California, Irvine's incoming freshmen class was 4.01. This data suggests that most successful applicants to UC Irvine have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

UC Irvine Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph
UC Irvine Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of California, Irvine. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

University of California, Irvine, which accepts just over one-fourth of applicants, has a selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind that California residents who apply must have a GPA of 3.0 or better with no grade lower than a C in 15 college preparatory "a-g" courses. For non-residents, your GPA must be 3.4 or better. Local students from participating high schools may also qualify if they are in the top 9% of their class. See how to calculate your UC Admissions Index.

UCI, like all of the University of California schools, has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. As part of the application, students will need to write four short personal insight essays. Since UC Irvine is a part of the University of California system, students can easily apply to multiple schools in that system with one application. Students who show special talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get a close look even if their grades and test scores are a bit below the norm. Impressive extracurricular activities and strong essays are all important parts of a successful application to UCI. The University of California, Irvine does not accept letters of recommendation, unless they are specifically requested. Admission interviews are not offered by the university.