University of California-Irvine Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (25)
University of California, Irvine is a budding college in the highly acclaimed UC system. In a state where the top two UC colleges have historically been Berkeley and Los Angeles, Irvine, among other UC schools, have been gaining the appropriate traction and accolades to match their competitors. Irvine in particular is an incomparably skillful, diverse, and community-centered institution. Each school in the University has a rigorous curriculum and doctorate-level professors who continuously demonstrate support and careful attention to their students and their endeavors. I cannot praise enough the counseling department at UC Irvine, in particular that of the School of Social Sciences. My counselor was extremely attentive to my needs as a student, and even administered some tough love where necessary. With her guidance, along with the exemplary structure of the school, I was able to recover from some downturns in my academic career, turning a 2.6 GPA into a 3.1 in a matter of two semesters. To this day I am still in touch with my counselor, who is active in helping me prepare for my graduate school endeavors. I cannot recommend UC Irvine highly enough, and I would encourage curious undergraduates and graduates alike to explore the school for their collegiate goals.
The campus is in the heart of Orange County and minutes away from the beach and canyons of Newport/Laguna area. Although it is far from being cosmopolitan, the student body is diverse, which I deem to be one of the school's strengths. I have had very interesting instructors / professors who were always accessible. Campus has gone through years of construction and updated in recent years, it seems. UCI is a solid school that I am proud of but wish it improves more so that I can be even more proud to be an alumni.
I would like recommend that all students be encouraged to study abroad in the International Studies program. I believe it is crucial to have global hands-on experience in order to truly say you have International Relations experience. My study abroad experience was the best education I received while at UC Irvine.
UC Irvine has a beautiful campus and safe neighborhood. The school is well designed and the classes are hard enough for you to learn successfully yet still be able to have a social life. The students have a very positive attitude and the relationships you'll make will last a lifetime. I highly recommend this institution!
UC Irvine was one of the top schools I was seeking admission to because of it's quick development and growth as an institution and a game changer in the world with its innovations, research and resources. I was initially in limbo between switch majors from business economics to either political science or business administration depending on my career path of law or business. I needed a sense of direction and advice from someone who was experienced and knowledgable so i turned to my economics professor for advice. He provided honest advice with factual evidence. I stuck with my econ major and will be pursuing my MBA in the near future. My point is that the faculty and staff at UCI are so open to conversation whether its about the course or personal problems. It was impressive how my professors were able to accommodate to the large student body. In addition to the impeccable guidance from staff and rigorous curriculum, the location and design of the campus is absolutely breath taking. The campus is clean, safe, cozy and best of all, only 15 minutes away from the beach. Best part was being able to lay on the beach while catching up on class reading material. It was beautiful to witness the increase in diversity of the student population over the span of four years. Different ethnicities, races, religions, social groups, etc. EVERYONE felt at home. Overall, UC Irvine is still a fairly new school with more potential and growth even after all the success they have acquired. My experience at UC Irvine was amazing and I would go back in a heartbeat. I strongly recommend UC Irvine to EVERYONE.
University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a beautiful campus nestled in the safest city in America. It is a university that makes everyone feel at home, away from home. Free speech is promoted all the time and the student population is very interconnected when it comes to political views. UCI is extremely diverse and truly captures the essence of being a school for all nationalities. UCI also offers numerous opportunities to get involved in research, which opens doors for professional jobs and is a major plus if you're considering graduate school! Overall, I truly believe UCI provides students with the necessary skills and rigorous curriculum needed to succeed in the workforce and in graduate school.
UCI is a great school-simply that. However, it is a difficult, but not impossible school to navigate through. It is critical to utilize every resource at your disposal. If unsure, just ask and you will be directed to where you need to be and you will make the most of your education there. Do not be afraid to ask for help, but also know that you are in charge since you are paying them. Aside from these little reminders, remember to make the most of your experience. The professors there are knowledgeable and willing to help- a majority of them, but that requires that you interact with them first.
My experience at the University of California, Irvine was wonderful overall. The campus is beautiful and has a diverse student population. The courses offered within my major and school were many and covered a plethora of topics and subject matter. You could be as broad or as specific as you want with the classes you took. I took courses on both the theoretical and the practical side of my field. For example I had courses on political theory based on the discourse of philosophers from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as courses comparing the modern politics of governments in North American and Asia. These two sides of learning provided me a more balanced education. An additional plus, the faculty were always available to meet with you if you needed the extra help or if you just wanted to discuss a certain topic more.
UCI is an amazing school, just as all the internet articles and surveys mention. The campus is small enough to become well connected with students and professors, but still big enough for you to run out of breath on the way to class. There are plenty of research opportunities and internships to become involved with during the four years of undergraduate studies. The people and the environment make UCI a very welcoming environment for all ages and ethnicities.
The University of California, Irvine is great school to attend if you are interested in a career in STEM and/or government. The school offers many opportunities for students to do research, as well as present their findings at conferences, research symposiums and during class among your peers. The school is in a safe location, that is constantly rated among the top 10 safest places to attend school and goes above and beyond to make sure students feel supported both academically and professionally. Students interested in government have a range of extra curricular options including mock trial, pre-law societies, study abroad legal programs, UCI Law Forum, Global Connect, running for office through UCI student government, plus more more opportunities!