University of California, Irvine

University of California, Irvine is at the forefront of research, discovery, and scholarly efforts that improve lives throughout California and benefit communities in every corner of the globe. UC Irvine is ranked #1 in the United States and fifth in the world among the 100 best universities less than 50 years old, according to an analysis by Times Higher Education. In its annual publication “America’s Best Colleges,” US News & World Report recently ranked UC Irvine 13th among the top public universities in the nation.  New academic programs and professional schools have been launched in fields critical to California’s health and prosperity. Through world-class education, UC Irvine is shaping the future of California and the world.

A top choice for undergraduate education, students who attend UC Irvine discover easy accessibility to stellar faculty for research and mentoring; excellent professional schools in the fields of medicine, law, business, education, and the arts; a beautiful campus in one of the safest big cities in the nation; award-winning student housing; exciting campus events throughout the year; and unparalleled leadership preparation to succeed in today’s interdependent world.

UC Irvine fosters a unique interdisciplinary approach to learning, broadening students’ awareness and enabling them to draw upon knowledge from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. It also makes learning extremely interesting and applicable – as students can tailor their studies to meet their unique educational and career goals. While majors are housed within individual schools at UC Irvine, students engage in opportunities to work closely with faculty and take courses across all schools.

UC Irvine’s ideal location makes it easy for students to enhance their university experience with off campus activities as well. The campus is close to famous surfing beaches, desert and mountain resorts for hiking and snowboarding, famous attractions and venues like Disneyland and Angel Stadium, as well as, southern California locales like Hollywood, San Diego, and Palm Springs. And the city of Irvine enjoys a highly educated and diverse population so those new to the city feel right at home.

Life at UCI is rich in diversity – students from California high schools and community colleges, across the 50 states, and around the world are attracted to our campus to live, learn, and have fun. The UC Irvine campus is an international village poised to shape the future.

Student demographics

Total enrollment (fall 2012) 27,479
Undergraduate enrollment 22,216
Graduate enrollment 5,263
International enrollment 1,420
Number of countries represented on campus 71
Male 46%
Female 54%
Faculty-Student ratio 19:1

ESL program and/or support services

Academic English/English as a Second Language Program (ESL)

The Academic English/English as a Second Language Program offers English language courses for registered undergraduate and graduate students at UC Irvine. Classes are offered in academic writing, reading and vocabulary development, pronunciation, conversation, and grammar. Courses are designed to strengthen students’ English skills so that they can complete the academic requirements of UC Irvine successfully. The program also provides international graduate students who plan to become teaching assistants with an assessment program and support tutorials.

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International Undergraduate Preparation Program (IUPP)

To support students intending to apply for admission UC Irvine Extension now offers a program for international high school graduates who wish to improve their academic and/or language skills. The comprehensive, 9-12 month International Undergraduate Preparation Program (IUPP) gives qualified international high-school graduates essential skills to help them be admitted as an international freshman and succeed academically, culturally, and linguistically as they pursue their bachelor’s degree in the United States.

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Student Housing options

UC Irvine provides convenient, comfortable and secure undergraduate and graduate housing options, including residence halls, academic theme houses, fraternity and sorority houses, international houses and apartments. Vista del Campo, a privately owned apartment community on the UC Irvine campus, has been named Best Student Housing Apartment Community by the National Association of Home Builders.

On-campus housing is guaranteed for two years for incoming freshman students and one year for incoming transfer students. Graduate student and family housing are also available.

For more information on Student Housing, please click here.

Application deadlines

Undergraduate Admissions: November 1 – 30 for fall quarter admission only.

Graduate Admissions: September 15 – March 1; for specific program details, please click here.

For more information on Application Deadlines, please click here.

Admission requirements

If you’re an international student seeking to enroll at UC Irvine as a freshman or transfer student, please click here.

International Student visas issued

F-1: UC Irvine issues the form I-20 for international students to be able to apply for the F-1 visa.

J-1: UC Irvine issues the form DS-2019 for international students to be able to apply for the J-1 visa.

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

To assist you in planning, the budgets below are the estimated expenses for 2012-13. The University may change fees at any time.

ESTIMATED BUDGETS FOR 2013-14 Undergraduate Students
For nonresidents of California, add $22,878* Nonresident Tuition and Fees to the costs below.
  Living at Home Living on Campus Living Off-Campus**
Books and Supplies $1,583.00 $1,583.00 $1,583.00
Room and Board $4,470.00 $12,073.00 $9,737.00
Personal $1,703.00 $1,366.00 $1,723.00
Transportation $1,814.00 $974.00 $1,997.00
Subtotal $9,570.00 $15,996.00 $15,040.00
Systemwide Fees $12,192.00 $12,192.00 $12,192.00
Campus Fees $2,289.00 $2,289.00 $2,289.00
Fees* $14,481.00 $14,481.00 $14,481.00
Total $24,051.00 $30,477.00 $29,521.00

* The amounts shown in this document represent fees as currently estimated for the 2013-14 academic year.

For more information on Cost of Attendance, please visit  The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website or the University Registrar website.