University of California-Irvine Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (13)
UCI was a great school that continues to thrive in academics each year. The campus is beautiful, which was a major deal breaker when deciding where to attend college.
UCI is a clean, safe, attractive campus, geared towards the sciences and environmentally friendly. There are many opportunities for everyone, however, not just those going into the STEM field.
Pros: Great location and housing options. Cons: Lack of school pride, too many commuters
Good school, small program, allows for good interaction with the professors however there are also fewer opportunities for research and there are definite biases towards certain concentrations than others
It is a very big school which is both a positive and a negative. There are tons of great resources, a very wide variety of classes, extensive study abroad options, and a large beautiful campus. The downside is that it can be difficult to get to know professors, but if you make an effort it is definitely possible.
The campus is beautiful and has a growing engineering department.
I went to college thinking it would be as easy as high school. I ended up failing two classes my first quarter. That's when I realized I would be pushed to be better and I had to work hard. The next four years were the most stressful, most rewarding years of my life. I was learning multiple new things everyday! I got to work with dangerous chemicals using top of the line instruments. I got to use the nuclear reactor that sits in the basement of the science building multiple times. I felt prepared and confident at the end of my time there and go hired for my first job within two months of searching. It's HARD to get through college, but that's where you push yourself and grow into the person you always saw yourself being.
A forum for learning what you want to learn; I took the opportunity to not focus on which degree would help my career path most, rather which degree/classes provided me the opportunity to learn what I wanted
Like all UCs and research focused institutes this is a top notch place perfect for individuals who are interested in research and/or learning what is the edge of our understanding. I say that because if you just want to be give information to regurgitate or pass courses so that you can move on to medicine, social work, etc then I suggest you save money and go to a cal state or community college. If you are truly interested in your course material UC Irvine is a great place because your professors are experts in the field...I've had many discussions about very advanced topics with professors s.d they are always so happy to disperse knowledge.
My freshman year was super hard because I accidentally got on the wrong side of one professor. He in turn made my life hell by contacting my other professors and telling them random stuff about me. They in turn graded me hard, spoke to me disrespectfully, and never actually heard my side of the story. The whole thing was a misunderstanding and this professor took something way too personally. I almost failed all of my classes because of this. I was placed on probation and the counselor might have heard something too because she was very judgmental. When I tried to talk to the dean and let them know that this professor was making things hard for me they said that they're siding with him and they don't think I'm being discriminated against. It was freaking terrible and I hated the school and the entire system. I lost my financial aid and it was just my first quarter. I spent the rest of the time working my butt off and making sure that I proved all of those people wrong, I'm not a bad person and they were wrong to judge me without clarifying what happened. I'm graduating next year and can't wait to be out of this hell hole. My GPA is better, I have met some amazing professors that were amazing and inspirational, I've learned a lot. I just wish that the administration took the words of a freshman seriously and that a professor wasn't so childish as to go out of his way to ruin my life.