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University of California--Irvine is a public institution that was founded in 1965. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,216, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,474 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. University of California--Irvine's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 49. Its in-state tuition and fees are $14,688 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $37,566 (2013-14).
On the sunny campus of the University of California—Irvine, students don't have far to go to decompress after class. The Pacific Ocean is a quick 5-mile trip away, attracting surfers, sailors and sunbathers alike. Seated in Orange County, the bustling campus is home to more than 500 student organizations, including nearly 50 fraternities and sororities. The UC—Irvine Anteaters compete at the Division I level in the Big West Conference, cheered on by non-traditional mascot Peter the Anteater and a group of student fans called Eater Nation. While UC Irvine is known as a commuter school, university officials have tried to combat that status by offering more on-campus residence options. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, but more than three-fourths of first-year students choose to do so. Getting around UC Irvine is easy with the school's ZotWheels, a fleet of blue and gold bicycles that students can pick up and ride to four campus locations. Commuters looking to be more energy efficient can carpool to campus with other students through the university's Zimride Rideshare Community.
The research institution specializes in areas such as cancer and neuroscience studies in conjunction with the highly ranked UC Irvine Medical Center. Graduate programs are highly regarded at UC Irvine, too, with speciality offerings at the Paul Merage School of Business and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. The university has also earned accolades for its eco-friendly measures, promoting green initiatives through student groups like the Anteaters for Recycling and Conservation. Famous UC-Irvine alumni include former "Saturday Night Live" actor Jon Lovitz, Greg Louganis, four-time Olympic gold medality in diving, and author Alice Sebold, who wrote "The Lovely Bones."
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UCI combines the strengths of a major research university with the highly personalized experience of a small college. Over four remarkable decades, we have become internationally recognized for efforts that are improving lives through research and discovery, fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching, and engaging and enriching the community.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to University of California--Irvine, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 31. The application fee at University of California--Irvine is $70. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 42.4 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||42.4%|
|Application deadline||November 30|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||December 31|
The student-faculty ratio at University of California--Irvine is 19:1, and the school has 46.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of California--Irvine include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Business/Managerial Economics; Political Science and Government, General; Social Psychology; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||66%|
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University of California--Irvine has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,216, with a gender distribution of 45.7 percent male students and 54.3 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. University of California--Irvine is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
University of California--Irvine offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of California--Irvine also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of California--Irvine, 33 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of California--Irvine.
|Students who have cars on campus||33%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At University of California--Irvine, 65.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,918.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$14,688 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$37,566 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$12,073 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data