The University of California, Irvine is ranked ninth among the nation's best public universities and 39th among all national public and private universities, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" ranking of undergraduate programs at leading universities.

With 30,000 students and three Nobel Prize winning faculty members, UC Irvine is a dynamic and fast-growing campus. The city of Irvine is ranked as one of the safest cities in the nation, and enjoys close proximity to the beautiful Pacific coastline.

UC Irvine is a driving force of innovation that benefits local, national and global communities. Being a major research university it has a commitment to cutting-edge research, teaching, learning and creativity and offers 82 undergraduate degrees and 98 graduate and professional degrees. 

Basic details

  • Region: West
  • Location: Irvine, California
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Public

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 38.7%
  • Average ACT score: 28
  • Average SAT score: 1880 (with writing included)
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance;  Anthropology;  Archaeology;  Area Studies;  Art History;  Arts;  Biology;  Biomedical Engineering;  Business;  Chemistry;  Computer Science;  Creative Writing;  Criminal Justice;  Dance;  Drama/Theatre Arts;  Economics;  Education;  Ethnic/Cultural Studies;  Engineering;  English;  Environmental Sciences;  Film/Cinema Studies;  Gender Studies;  Genetics;  Geography;  Geology;  History;  Humanities;  Information Sciences/Systems;  InternationalRelations;  Languages;  Law;  Literature;  Management;  Marketing;  Mathematics;  MedicalSciences;  Neuroscience;  Music;  Nursing;  Pharmacology;  Physics;  Physiology;  Philosophy;  Political Science;  Psychology;  Public Health;  Public Policy;  Social Work;  Sociology;  Urban Studies;  Veterinary Medicine
  • Full list of majors available:


  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $56,810


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's Athletics / Track and Field;  Women's Athletics / Track and Field;  Men's Baseball;  Men's Basketball;  Women's Basketball;  Men's Cross Country;  Women's Cross Country;  Men's Football / Soccer;  Women's Football / Soccer;  Men's Golf;  Women's Golf;  Men's Rowing;  Women's Rowing;  Men's Swimming and Diving;  Women's Swimming and Diving;  Men's Tennis;  Women's Tennis;  Men's Volleyball;  Women's Volleyball;  Men's Water Polo;  Women's Water Polo

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