University of California-Irvine Reviews

4.07 out of 5 stars
(46 Reviews)
  • Irvine (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $42,692
93% of 46 students said this degree improved their career prospects
98% of 46 students said they would recommend this school to others
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2.7 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 8/10/2015
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013
"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"
4.7 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/30/2015
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
2.8 out of 5 stars
GDahl - 4/21/2015
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
3.5 out of 5 stars
QT Pai - 9/25/2013
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 1991
"Its a public school, so if you are independent and able to self-initiate to guide yourself through the college process. California state schools are a good way to get a degree without the financial burden."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/20/2013
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2007
"Tell us about your college experience.My college experience was great. I think looking back I could have enjoyed it more. But overall it was still great. I think now in hindsight I value college more as an experience than getting a degree. Getting a degree is actually very important but I think the experience of a young 17-18 year old ventuirng out into the world without parents really teaches you a lot and prepares yourself for the future. It's an important time for becoming who you are. My school was a good fit at the time. Looking back I wish I had gone to an out of state school but at the time it was a great fit. I also wish I knew more about how student loan debt would affect me. It seems that most students just accept student loans without really understanding how it would affect one's future life.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I would not choose the same degree. At the time I was young and unsure. I would choose a different degree that was more related to a skill and not so generic.What advice can you offer other students?I would say go to college knowing what you are going to do. If you're wavering between majors or have no idea what you want to do, I honestly would recommend taking the year off and travel or go to a community college to learn more about yourself. That way when you enter university, you won't be wasting money and know exactly what you want to do and your degree will work for you. I would also advise to talk to someone who would honestly tell them about the implications of accepting student loans. And fully understand how much will be borrowed and how that will affect later on in the future."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/19/2013
Degree: Environmental Engineering
Graduation Year: 2011
"Tell us about your college experience.I really enjoyed my time at UCI. The campus itself was absolutely beautiful, and one could not ask for a more premiere location than Southern California, and in particular, Orange County. The resources on campus were fantastic. Computer access was very easy and plentiful. Libraries were spacious and always had quiet areas available for study.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I would go back to school for the same degree, as it provided me an absolutely fantastic opportunity to start a career in a fairly lucrative and in-demand field. I am confident that my degree from a prestigious university will continue to pay dividends down the road.What advice can you offer other students?Get into Science, Technology, Engineering or Medicine. Do not max out on loans. If you need to go to community college for financial reasons, by all means do it, as your resume will only show that you graduated from a 4 year university. Take advantage of internship opportunities during the summer between semesters, and utilize all campus career resources as much as possible during your time in school, as they are available to you for free and will not be the day after you get handed your degree."