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Study at University of California Irvine

University of California - Irvine, also known as UCI or UC Irvine, is a coeducational, public research university. The institute was founded in 1965 and is located in Irvine, California. The college offers admission to more than 20, 000 students annually. The students can choose from a wide range of programs in liberal arts, computer science and engineering, therapy and Counselling, drama and performing arts, and science.

UC Irvine's sports teams are nicknamed the Anteaters. Peter the Anteater is the official mascot of the college. The institute boasts of nationally competitive teams for cross country, track and field, basketball, baseball, volleyball, water polo, soccer, sailing, swimming, and rowing.

The college boasts of some distinguished alumni such as Nobel laureates Dr. Frank Sherwood Rowland (Chemistry, 1995), Dr. Frederick Reines (Physics, 1995), and Dr. Irwin Rose (Chemistry, 2004). Joseph McGinty Nichol, another alumnus of UC Irvine, directed the “Charlie's Angels” movies.

Profile of University of California Irvine

The campus of UC Irvine is in Irvine, California. which is a medium-sized city. The school is a public institution. Degrees at UC Irvine include, at the school's highest level, the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in mathematics, engineering, science, drama and performing arts, computer science and engineering, and liberal arts.

UC Irvine Selectivity

Admission at UC Irvine is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 520. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 560 and 670.


UC Irvine has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, UC Irvine had 26, 483 students enrolled (25, 839 full-time equivalent). The school has a large minority student population.

Student Life

UC Irvine offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Big West Conference.

UC Irvine Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts2, 100economics, political science, sociology, English, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, history, anthropology, . . .
Science1, 136biology, chemistry, physics, geology, ecology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, ecology and population biology, cell biology, . . .
Therapy and Counselling598social psychology, psychology, genetic Counselling
Engineering592electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, materials engineering, environmental engineering, aerospace engineering
Computer Science and Engineering429computer and info science, computer engineering, computer science, computer support, computer and info science courses, computer graphics
Security and Law Enforcement392criminology
Business and Management359business management, managerial economics
Drama and Performing Arts154drama, dance, various performing arts
Fine Arts140fine arts, art history and criticism
Architecture and Planning139environmental design, urban planning
Medicine134medicine, neuroscience, public health courses
Photography and Commercial Art71film studies
Education and Teaching71teacher ed, educational administration
Religion and Philosophy39philosophy, religion
Music26music performance, music
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental studies
Family and Social Work1public policy analysis

Contact: UC Irvine

University of California Irvine

Irvine, California 92697

General Phone: (949) 824-5011


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