University of California-Irvine Reviews

  • 45 Reviews
  • Irvine (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $42,692
93% of 45 students said this degree improved their career prospects
98% of 45 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 9/29/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"Overall, attending U.C. Irvine for my undergraduate studies was a very bland, unexciting and lackluster experience that I regretted almost instantly. The school does very little for the students in terms of on-campus activities and their career center is of very little help - especially compared to what I have heard from friends at other universities. The vibe of the school feels very subdued. I was very envious of schools like UCLA and USC that had many more activities, resources, events and proud and helpful alumni groups for their students. Just about every one of my friends from UCI says the same about the school. Most regret their decision and are still unhappy about their experience. In regards to professors and classes, expect helpful professors to be the exception rather than the rule. Most professors (especially in the sciences) are difficult to understand with thick accents. They seem more concerned with their own research than in actually teaching. Oftentimes, lectures are more than half empty and only fill up on exam days. If you are considering UC Irvine for your undergraduate experience, I highly recommend you reconsider your choices and really understand what you are getting into before finalizing your decision."
John Doe
  • Reviewed: 7/26/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Great school, lots of motivated students and expect to work hard if you are a pre-health student. I was a pre-dental student and there was 400 students in each class, expect competition with office hours consisting of around 30 students. If you are pre-health I recommend getting into research."
Jennifer Marroquin
  • Reviewed: 7/10/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"UCI is one of the best public institutions in the country and the education was as such. I was exposed to so many great, thoughtful, and interesting minds. I consider myself so lucky to be able to say that I received a Bachelor's Degree from this school. I left every class feeling accomplished and more knowledgeable. UCI provides an all around great environment for learning and living. The instructors were thoughtful and truly cared about their students. The person that I am I owe to UCI. I learned about what I was really interested and became inspired through various lectures. UCI provides multiple opportunities for success in the classroom and outside of the classroom. I absolutely loved UCI and returning would be an honor."
  • Reviewed: 7/2/2019
  • Degree: Performing Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2001
"I loved being a student at UCI. I was a Drama major, and I had a lot of opportunities to participate in the classes and extracurriculars that I enjoyed. The faculty in my experience were all very knowledgeable and invested in their students. They made lectures, workshops and plays fun and engaging. I chose to attend the University of California, Irvine because of the quality of the education, the scholarships available and the incredible environment within the campus and surrounding it. There is a park in the middle that the campus wraps itself around (in a circle). The food scene next to the campus is also diverse and there are plenty of restaurants both to eat at and the hold a part -time job at (if you need to work like I did to pay for your living expenses/tuition while studying). Irvine is a very clean, beautiful and fairly safe community. It is also very close to Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, which are wonderful to venture over to on the weekends after your studies/work are complete. The campus has a well rounded, diverse group of students in which make up interactive and encouraging classroom atmospheres. The professors want to see their students succeed and the school itself provides many helpful resources such as tutoring, health services, and clubs to help you succeed as well."
Jenny Tran
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The university has a beautiful and very structured campus that allows for students to go to their different classes within 10 minutes. The park in the middle is a nice scenery for students to relax in between their studies or going between their classes. Irvine is a relatively quiet and safe city. There are many cities near the area for students to enjoy good food and nightlife. The professors were dedicated to the student's learning and many professors teach the course based on their own personal research. I recommend this University because there are many different research opportunities for students. The campus life for students is very inviting and there are a wide variety of clubs for students to choose from. I've volunteered at the UCI Medical Center that gives students a great insight if looking into the medical field. There is so many different research fields at this university, you will be able to find one that peaks your interest. The biology courses are hard and professors challenge students. There are many student run tutoring and opportunities for your main biology and chemistry courses. You don't necessarily need a car because target is across campus and there are many restaurants at the locally UTC but its nice to have if you want to go to nearby cities. The financial services are busy during the school year, I recommend going early otherwise be prepared to wait in very long lines. However, they do try their best to accommodate students and help you with your needs. Living situation is very expensive. Many students share rooms or houses."
Kirsten Joie Ignacio
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2019
  • Degree:
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"UC Irvine was an excellent place for me to obtain my Bachelor's degree. The campus provided many support services for students and even spearheaded a food bank to make food more easily accessible and affordable. There is a wide variety of student organizations to participate in, which participation greatly influenced the trajectory of my career and my graduate studies."
Sonia Khatri
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"If I were to go back again to my senior year of high school during the decision process, I would choose UC Irvine once again. Not only is this school located in a safe, clean area, it is the place for scientific innovation. Being a young UC school, we have reached and became the #7 public institution in the nation. The classes as a bio major are tough, but they offer tutoring on campus. The people I have met are super friendly and helpful."
  • Reviewed: 5/8/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"UCI is a great school for students who are looking to study math and/or science. Unfortunately, I was a humanities major so the school lacked the funding and resources that other majors are afforded. I will say that the majority of professors I had were very available to students and eager to help students succeed."
Elaine G.
  • Reviewed: 5/8/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Do you like beating world records? Do you like sunny days in California? How about a verdant park in the heart of campus to take naps in between classes? Then University of California, Irvine is right for you! I give UCI 5/5 stars, hands down. UCI is currently 3rd on Forbes Best Value list, 3rd on Money Magazines list of Best Colleges in the U.S., and 7th in U.S. News and World Reports list for Best Public University. With those numbers, that is a lot to be proud of! I really got the best bang for my buck going to UCI for my Bachelors in Biological Sciences. I am the first in my family to go to college in the U.S. and UCI was a great choice. It got me to where I am today, a Doctor of Physical Therapy student. We can all argue that education is the most important part of a university, but there are so many other things that make a school special. I stan UCI with all my heart. UCI earns extra cool points in diverse ways. We are the Guinness World Record holders for the largest dodgeball game after reclaiming the title two times. I was lucky enough to participate in 2012! They also hold other records for largest pillow fight, water pistol fight, and Capture the Flag game. Talk about a fun time while making history! Fun fact: One of the housing areas, Middle Earth, is based on Lord of the Rings. All the dorms, buildings, and even the food hall were named after LOTR locations. My freshman year, I lived in the Rivendell. It was awesome and something to boast about to my high school friends at other universities. One of my favorite spots on campus is the Cross-Cultural Center. It was a safe space to celebrate diversity, promote inclusivity, and embrace who we are. It was a place we could all learn from each other and share our stories. Every Thursday I went to Kababayan meetings, an organization that helped me learn about my roots as a Filipina. UCI has also been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy, EPA, and the state of California for their advances in energy management and efficiency. Theyre continually working towards sustainability and are leading the movement in colleges around the U.S. Im proud to come from a school that cares about the world and its future, and the impact they impress upon it. The highlight of my college experience was graduation, because guess who was our guest speaker? Barack Obama! This was in 2014 when he was still in office, by the way. I cant believe he took time out of his very busy POTUS schedule to come speak to us! It was also UCIs 50th anniversary, making it a truly special moment that Ill never forget. As you can tell, UCI is a very well rounded school, easily earning the high spots on the previously mentioned lists. Theyre dedicated to both education and its students, making sure the experience will be great and memorable. I dont know what life would be like if I didnt go UCI. It really helped me find myself and define who I am. Im going to pitch the heck out of UCI for my future children when it is their time to apply to college!"
Latina psych major
  • Reviewed: 5/8/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I loved the psychology program at UCI! The professors were really nice and the school of social sciences had a lot of great resources for its students. The advising staff was always incredibly friendly and helpful.. The campus as a whole had a great vibe and so much to do."