University of California-Irvine.

University of California-Irvine

Irvine, CA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of California-Irvine

The University of California, Irvine (UCI or UC Irvine) is a public research university in Irvine, California. UCI is one of the ten campuses of the University of California system, and offers 87 undergraduate degrees and 129 graduate and professional degrees, enrolling roughly 30,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate students as of Fall 2019. The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity", and had $436.6 million in research and development expenditures in 2018. UCI became a member of the Association of American Universities in 1996. The university is considered one of the "Public Ivies," meaning that it is among those publicly funded universities thought to provide a quality of education comparable to that of the Ivy League.The university also administers the UC Irvine Medical Center, a large teaching hospital in Orange, and its affiliated health sciences system; the University of California, Irvine, Arboretum; and a portion of the University of California Natural Reserve System. UC Irvine set up the first Earth System Science Department in the United States.UCI was one of three new UC campuses established in the 1960s to accommodate growing enrollments across the UC system. A site in Orange County was identified in 1959, and in the following year the Irvine Company sold the University of California 1,000 acres (400 ha) of land for one dollar to establish the new campus. President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated the campus in 1964, a fact which was commemorated with the delivery of a commencement speech by President Barack Obama exactly fifty years later. A total of seven Nobel Prize laureates have been affiliated with UCI. The university is also associated with a total of seven Pulitzer Prize winners, including three faculty members and four alumni.The UC Irvine Anteaters currently compete in the NCAA Division I as members of the Big West Conference. During the early years of the school's existence, the teams played at the NCAA Division II level. The Anteaters have won 28 national championships in nine different team sports, 64 Anteaters have won individual national championships, and 53 Anteaters have competed in the Olympics.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 29,295 students
  • 0.29 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of California-Irvine

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Botany, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Pharmacology, and Physiology.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

31,063 students out of 85,092 applicants were accepted into University of California-Irvine. They had an average SAT score of 1291. 86% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 50% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of California-Irvine was $41,752, while for in-state students it was $13,738. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $43,272.

The average financial aid at University of California-Irvine is $18,600. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $23,152 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of California-Irvine

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

66% of undergraduate students at University of California-Irvine received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of California-Irvine

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Irvine was of $14,861 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,357.

Diversity at University of California-Irvine

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017