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University of California - Irvine Data & Information Overview

1,716 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
30% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of California - Irvine Ranked?

#77 Best Colleges in Nation
#14 Best Colleges in CA
Criminology Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of California - Irvine was awarded 1,716 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminology.

Overall Quality

UC Irvine landed the #77 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UC Irvine held the #151 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UC Irvine also holds the #14 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UC Irvine?

30% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
91% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

University of California - Irvine has a very low acceptance rate of 30%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to UC Irvine just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to UC Irvine submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 630 and 750.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 600 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 630 to 750 )
UC Irvine received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 26 to 33 )

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University of California - Irvine Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
83% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of California - Irvine is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of California - Irvine is 83%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  83 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of California - Irvine

94% Freshmen Retention
68% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 94% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of California - Irvine enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UC Irvine the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 68%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  68 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of California - Irvine.

University of California - Irvine Undergraduate Student Diversity

28,990 Full-Time Undergraduates
69.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
52.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 29,638 undergraduates at UC Irvine with 28,990 being full-time and 648 being part-time.

How Much Does University of California - Irvine Cost?

$12,209 Net Price
27% Take Out Loans
$20,048 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UC Irvine is $12,209. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UC Irvine

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$6,540 $8,449 $13,275 $20,567 $29,802

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UC Irvine, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UC Irvine, approximately 27% of students took out student loans averaging $5,012 a year. That adds up to $20,048 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Irvine is 1.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UC Irvine Graduates Make?

$71,961 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UC Irvine make around $71,961 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future UC Irvine graduates since it is 69% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at University of California - Irvine make the most money.

Location of University of California - Irvine

California State
28,990 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
University of California - Irvine is a public institution situated in Irvine, California. The city atmosphere of Irvine makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for UC Irvine are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 501 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697
Phone: 949-824-5011

University of California - Irvine Majors

98 Majors With Completions
9,882 Undergraduate Degrees
2,230 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 98 majors graduated from University of California - Irvine. Of these students, 9,882 received undergraduate degrees and 2,230 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 822 $70,796
Child Development & Psychology 770 $27,585
General Biology 749 $20,595
Business/Managerial Economics 706 $40,611
Public Health 496 $30,524
Economics 472 $40,188
Criminology 448 $29,048
Business Administration & Management 379 $47,857
General Psychology 366 $28,714
General Education 357 $25,783

Learn more about the majors offered at University of California - Irvine along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UC Irvine

99% Take At Least One Class Online
94% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 35,949 students took at least one online class at University of California - Irvine. This is an increase from the 5,466 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 35,949 34,140
2018-2019 5,466 204
2017-2018 5,034 182
2016-2017 4,543 100
2015-2016 2,438 101

Learn more about online learning at University of California - Irvine.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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