University of California, Irvine (UCI)

Irvine, CA

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University of California, Irvine

University of California, Irvine

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 16 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 2.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for University of California, Irvine

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall, the atmosphere of UCI is great. It is a beautiful campus with great academics. The atmosphere does not feel as cut throat as UCLA or Berkeley, however it remains very competitive with all the talented students who attend the school.

Academics

The class sizes for 1st and 2nd years are quite large which have been as large as 450 students in a lecture hall. Personally, I have loved most of my professors. As always it takes more than just listening to a professor lecture to do well, so utilizing office hours are quite important.

College Life

Irvine is one of the safest cities in the world. It really is. The social atmosphere is really dictated by the social groups in which you surround yourself with. Finding a club within your first year of college at UCI will definitely help you find your place at a large campus like UCI.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

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Nightlife:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

The academic nature of this school is tough, but rewarding. If you are looking for a quiet college experience this is the place to attend. Parties a sgreek life are at a minimum, so don't expect much in that category.

Academics

Professors are challenging. Lower division classes are actually move difficult than upper division. As long as you attend all classes it is not that hard. I recommend going to the professors office hours.

College Life

There are hundreds of clubs to be involved in. The social atmosphere can be cliquey but one can find there niche. The social scene is quiet and most students are commuters. The campus is very safe and one can feel comfortable walking at night.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I really like the layout and design of the campus. It is a newer campus with a circular design. If you keep walking in a circle, you will always find your way back and stand a lesser chance of getting lost/confused. The park in the middle, Aldrich Park, is also a great way to relax in between classes.

Academics

The classes here are really rigorous and challenge us. I'm also pleased that Irvine added religion as a major in 2006 and started offering classes for it. That subject is not offered everywhere and it is a testament to a commitment of the university's goal of expanding.

College Life

The atmosphere is great. The weather is great and there are a variety of clubs offered for each individual. One thing is that you really need a car to really see the city of irvine. It is very urban and dependent on a reliable daily method of transportation.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2004

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Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

I had so many memorable moments during my undergraduate years at UC Irvine. There was something so exciting about dorm life and just having a new found sense of purpose, responsibility, and independence. I made so many great friends during that first year of school. The campus itself is quite small compared to other college campuses, so it was easy to quickly get acclimated by my new surroundings.

Academics

My class sizes varied from classes with 30 students (upper division) or classes with 400 people (lower division introduction classes). I enjoyed my majors (Political Science & Criminology) and the various classes I took during my time at the school. The workload was fair depending on the course load each quarter. I prefer the quarter system to the semester system because there isn't a sense of classes dragging on for too long and I was able to mix it up each quarter with different types of classes. Many courses offered discussion sessions that were separate from the weekly lectures, which gave the students an opportunity to really talk about and dive into the course matter of the week.

College Life

I was involved in various organizations on campus, including some multicultural clubs as well as the university newspaper. Irvine itself is a very safe and quiet city. There are plenty of dining options off campus, and a few on campus. There is a campus gym nearby, for those who seek refuge in physical activity. There are two libraries on campus that offered solace for those in need of a quiet study area during finals week. For those who craved social interactions, there are always Thursday night and weekend festivities being organized by different campus clubs & organizations.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1992

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

I liked UC Irvine, but it was a commuter school at the time and I had to work to support myself, so was busy with other things than your typical college student. A lot of students live in Newport Beach and commute in, rather than a traditional college life surrounding the campus. That might have changed since I attended.

Academics

Great, no complaints. I learned a lot. Classes can get crowded and it's hard to get, but that is probably all schools. I also found it every easy to get by on cliff notes which academically probably isn't ideal. I also don't remember any amazing teachers or classes, it was kinda a blur.

College Life

see above. I did not like the greek life, there were too many fees and charges when I had to work and couldn't attend meetings. I had to drop out as a result. Not everyone can afford the greek life and that doesn't seem right. That might not be exclusive to UC Irvine though. I had many greek friends but was also working, so made many friends that way as well. All and all I had a great experience and enjoyed my social campus life very much.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2003

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

Had a decent time at UCI. Commuted for the first half then lived in off-campus apt for the 2nd half so never got a great feel for campus life since I didn't spend a whole lot of time there. It's a comfortable campus but wouldn't say its anything extraordinary. Make sure you get out and explore other areas since there's not a whole lot to do in the immediate area.

Academics

Had some cool professors that really took educating seriously. There were also some others that just left it to their TAs to do everything. Can't really compare workload to other schools but it seemed about right -- enough to keep you crazy but not enough to kill yourself. Class sizes were a little much but its a UC so can't expect too much there...

College Life

Didn't spend too much time on campus or getting involved since I commuted and lived in off campus apts -- made my college experience a little bit like an extension of high school but I still had fun with it. The campus is totally safe since its smack in the middle of Irvine. This is both good and bad for entertainment... bad since there's not a whole lot to do in the immediate area but good since you're in the heart of OC which makes it easy enough to get anywhere.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2005

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

Good dorm experience. Good small campus feel, friendly peers. I got a job at the housing office my 4th year. Enjoy as much as it as possible, take part in as many aspects as you can handle. Careful with parking as you can easily get tickets, also my car got hit and run in the parking structure.

Academics

Some engineer classes were too large, making it easy to get distracted and stop paying attention. Professors are hit or miss but overall pretty good. Engineer program is very much about theoretical instead of hands on, with the intent of educating you to be equipped for a longer period of time.(teaching a man to fish rather than giving him one)

College Life

Fun intramural sports and community. Safety is excellent. Some clubs can be very engaging while others have very low turn out so that is hit or miss too. This is really what you make of it. If you choose to be active then you will enjoy this aspect of the university.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2005

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

UCI was a great school and great experience. The school is consistently ranked among the top in the country and it's location in Southern California offers a little bit for everyone. Academically, UCI is highly recognized and offers a wide range of degrees and courses. It's a diverse and decent-sized (15K+) undergraduate student body, and also offers grad schools in Medicine, Business, and Law. Located just minutes away from Newport Beach in Southern California, the campus and setting was awesome and weather, mostly perfect. Irvine is about an hour away from Los Angeles, so whatever you're looking for - food, entertainment, shopping, recreation, etc. you can find within a few minutes drive. Overall, I only have good things to say about the school and would totally go back if I were to do it again.

Academics

Being a research university in the UC system, academics are stressed. The majority of incoming undergraduate students typically plan to pursue advanced degrees so academic competition can be fairly intense. By sophomore or junior year, however, a lot students switch majors due to this competition. The professors are among the top in the nation, with several award-winning faculty members. Classes in the first two years are typically larger, lecture-hall based, with up to 400 students per class. In the final two years, upper level classes are much smaller, 30-50 students max.

College Life

While there are lots of clubs and organizations to get involved in, UCI isn't really a "party school". Most students join interest-based clubs and organizations vs. participating in Greek life. Business Networking and Academics-based clubs are popular due to Irvine being host to a good number of corporations. In terms of safety, it doesn't get much safer than UCI. Bike thefts are typically big news since they happen to rarely. Irvine itself, is regularly ranked as one of the safest cities in the country. If there was one area where UCI could improve, it'd be their athletics. There is no football program at UCI, and the basketball program is not quite ready to challenge the top programs in the nation. UCI is usually highly ranked in baseball and volleyball. Irvine is a big enough city for food, entertainment, most recreational activities; but for students looking for something more exciting, LA is only an hour away, and San Diego, not much further.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 2008

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

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