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UC Irvine Admissions Information

University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA (map)


The University of California-Irvine, commonly referred to as UC Irvine, is a public research university in Irvine, California. The university is ranked eleventh in U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 list of the Best Public Universities in the nation. UC Irvine is a top research institution; in fact, three UC Irvine researchers have earned Nobel Prizes in the fields of chemistry and physics. The University offers more than 80 undergraduate majors, 50 master’s programs, and about 45 doctoral programs. UC Irvine is a member of the distinguished American Association of Universities (AAU).

UC Irvine offers a unique variety of ecological preserves, observatories, and outdoor laboratories. Students enjoy Irvine’s cozy suburban environment as well as the town’s numerous parks and recreational centers. The school offers a wide variety of extracurricular options for its students; in addition to Irvine’s large Greek life–offering nearly 50 fraternities and sororities–the school features almost 600 clubs and organizations. Irvine’s Division I teams are supported by an unexpected mascot, Peter the Anteater, who is in turn cheered on by fans who are collectively titled Eater Nation. Located just 40 miles from Los Angeles, the campus provides students with access to a major metropolis rich in arts, culture, and entertainment.



Basic Info

Main Address: University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697
Phone Number: (949) 824-5011  
Website: www.uci.edu  


Type of school: Public, Research  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 21,976  
Percent out-of-state: 1%  
Percent international: 2.85%  
Female to Male ratio: 53:47  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 19:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Semester At Sea
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Women's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Men's Housing
Apartments For Married Students
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Special Housing For International Students
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Marching Band
Music Ensembles
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Choral Groups
Film Society
International Students
Literary Magazine
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Pep Band
Student Newspaper
Television Station

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #1 "Best Literary Criticism and Theory Program"
  • Ranked #36 "Best Business Schools"
  • Ranked #11 "Best Public Universities"
  • UC Irvine teams have won 26 national sports championships

Admissions Information


UC Irvine admissions are competitive; approximately 45% of students are accepted from the school's applicant pool. In considering applying to the school, it is important for an applicant to note that only 1% of the student body is from outside of California, indicating a high level of competition for non-Californians, as well as natives to the state.
The University's admissions website notes that a candidate's secondary school record, GPA, standardized test scores, talent and abilities, work experience, and level of interest are the most important considerations in the school's admissions process. Other factors include an applicant's character and personal qualities, state residency, and whether he or she is a first-generation college student. UC Irvine requires applicants to submit an essay, their SAT or ACT (with Writing) scores, as well as two SAT Subject Tests.


Admissions address: 204 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-1075
Phone number: (949) 824-6703  
Fax number: (949) 824-2951  
Admissions Website: http://www.admissions.uci.edu/  
Email: admissions@uci.edu  
Contact Person: Brent Yunek, Director of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 45,742  
Percent of applicants admitted: 45%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: November 30  
Early decision/action deadline: N/A  
Accepts the Common Application? No  
Admission requirements: Essay
Standardized Test Scores

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes (SAT or ACT with Writing; 2 SAT Subject Tests)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: All SAT scores required for review  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 4859  
ACT code: 0446  
Learn more about other UC System schools:
UC San Diego   UC Santa Barbara   UC Berkeley  

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