University of California in Irvine

Learn what degree programs University of California in Irvine offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About University of California in Irvine

University of California - Irvine (UC Irvine or UCI) is a public, 4-year research university located about 50 miles southwest of Los Angeles, California. The Irvine campus is 1 of 10 University of California campuses located throughout California and was established in 1965. Aside from the main campus, UCI has two medical facilities, UC Irvine Medical Center and UC Irvine Douglas Hospital. The 2013 rankings provided by U.S. News and World Report ranked University of California - Irvine 12th in its Top Public Schools category, while the university has also been ranked 44th in the National University category.


UC Irvine is comprised of 11 schools, 2 academic departments, and 2 academic programs, all which offer students 80 undergraduate majors (some of which are also available as minors), 40 master's programs, and 76 doctorate programs, as well as a wide variety of California teaching credentials. UCI offers students online learning options, which include summer courses, a master's degree in criminology, and a substantial list of online courses for adult learners. Classes are fairly small, with a student-to-faculty ratio at 19 to 1.

2010-2011 degree completion data indicated that the most popular undergraduate degree programs were biological sciences with 954 degrees awarded, business and managerial economics with 545, and political science and government with 382. The most popular master's degree programs were business administration and management with 341 degrees awarded and teacher education with 143. Medicine was the most popular doctorate degree program, with chemistry coming in second and computer and information sciences in third.

The university has 5 library locations. The Jack Langson Library, the Ayala Science Library, the Grunigen Medical Library, the Law Library, and the Libraries Gateway Study Center cover the research needs of students and faculty by offering access to the combined library's holdings of 3.35 million books, 85,000 journals, 160,000 government documents, and 133,000 audio and visual materials including maps and photographs. The libraries are also responsible for preserving 581 archival collections, which include over 1 million original documents and photographs. The Law Library is currently expanding its shelf and study spaces.


The university opens its application for fall admission October 1 a year prior to desired admission. Prospective students can begin submitting applications and application materials on November 1 with the final filing deadline on November 30. Applications are submitted via the University of California website, along with a $60 application fee. Students receive acceptance notification beginning March 1. Some majors are closed to new admissions or may require an additional application process. Otherwise, students may choose their majors while they are applying for admission and are encouraged to choose more than one major.

Students will need to submit their transcripts, ACT or SAT test scores, and any other test scores including, but not limited to, Advanced Placement (AP) testing along with their application. The minimum requirements for freshmen applicants include completing college preparatory coursework while in high school and maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA (or 3.4 if a non-resident). California residents who meet the minimum requirements for admission into the university, but are not accepted to UC Irvine, may be given placement at another UC campus if room allows.

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements, UC Irvine looks for students who display talent - intellectual, athletic, or creative - in their chosen field, and students who display academic achievement. Public service or student government involvement is also valued in a candidate. The university does allow credit for AP exam scores but does not allow for credit for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, tuition for an undergraduate California resident is $3,740 per quarter. Other mandatory fees are estimated at $942 per quarter. There is an additional eTech per unit fee that is charged to students, but will not amount to more than $60 per quarter. Non-resident students should expect to pay an additional $7,626 in tuition costs. Books are estimated to cost $1,567 per year.

The yearly costs for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses vary depending on where the student chooses to live. For students living at home, room and board is estimated to cost $4,422 per year; personal expenses, $1,684; and transportation, $1,794. For students living on-campus, room and board is estimated at $11,735; personal expenses, $1,351; and transportation, $962. For off-campus, room and board is estimated at $9,635; personal expenses, $1,705; and transportation, $1,976. Merit and need based scholarships are available to students. Full-time, beginning undergraduate students received a total of $14,898,989 in institutional grants or scholarships for the 2010-2011 school year.

School Type 4-year, public research university*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate, teaching credentials**
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarter**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 22,004 undergraduates, 5,185 graduates fall 2011*
Schools and Programs 11 schools, 2 academic departments, and 2 academic programs; 80 undergraduate majors, 40 master's programs, 76 doctorate programs, and several California teaching credentials**
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Biological Sciences (954)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (341)
PhDs: Medicine (102)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 58% in 4 years
82% in 6 years
83% in 8 years for the Fall 2003 class*
Admission Rate 45% for fall 2010*
Entering Class Size Fall 2011: 4,405 full-time, 6 part-time***
First-Year Retention Rates Fall 2010-fall 2011: 94% for full-time, 83% for part-time*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students SAT composite middle 50% range: 1590-1940
ACT composite middle 50% range: 23-28*
Application Due Date November 30 the year prior to desired admission ****
Decision Notification Date March 1 the year of desired admission****
Tuition 2012-2013 $14,046 for tuition and mandatory fees for CA residents, $36,924 for non-residents (Figure does not include living or other school related expenses)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) First-time undergraduates in 2010-2011: Federal grants (38%), state and local grants (38%), institutional scholarship (55%), federal loans (45%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 72% of first-time undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: * College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics; **University of California, Irvine; *** IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics; ****University of California.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools, 260 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA, 92697-1075
  • Phone: (949) 824-6703
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