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Are you going to college in California? Maybe you’ve always lived in the state and maybe you just want to experience the constant sunshine, either way you’re sure to have fun. After your studies are done, that is. Living in Irvine, you’ll be less than an hour from Los Angeles and you should be able to drive around and find some really enjoyable activities nearby. Among them, Disneyland, which is only about 20 minutes away and Long Beach, where you could spend some time relaxing.

Overview of University of California-Irvine (UCI)

The campus itself is quite large. You might end up driving to some of your classes or you can make use of public transport; you probably won’t make it in time if you try to walk.

The total student enrollment is nearly 37,000, which is quite large as far as university student populations go. The student-to-faculty ratio is decent considering the size at 18 to 1, but it does mean that you may need to compete with other students to get into office hours with your professors if you have trouble with a class.

The university is public, supported by government funds along with student tuition and fees. The school also awards bachelor’s degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 18:1
Graduation Rate 85%
Year Founded 1965

Student Enrollment

Total Students36,908


Undergraduate Student

Male 14,583
Female 15,799

Graduate Student

Male 3,132
Female 3,394

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UCI Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 44,729
Female 53,209


Male 13,419
Female 15,963

Acceptance Rate30%

Male 30%
Female 30%

Enrollment 36,908

Male 7,381
Female 7,012
Application Fee $70
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline November 30
Common Application Accepted No

UCI Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

You may expect the cost of your college education to be pretty pricey since you’re living in an expensive part of an expensive state, and the total cost, including tuition (in- or out-of-state), room and board, books, supplies, fees, and other charges is $35,363.

However, once you financial aid has kicked in and paid for a good portion of this, you’ll only have the average net price left. In a recent school year, this was $15,268 on average for each student. But you still might not end up paying this entire amount.

Since your financial aid usually depends on your income, what is left after it’s applied (average net price) will depend on your family’s income as well. Broken down, it looks something like this. Families that earn less than $30,000 pay around $9,558, families that earn between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $13,648, and families that earn more than $110,001 pay around $29,841. That is, for those on the lowest end of the scale, more than $20,000 less than the original total cost.

A little more than 50% of a recent freshman class qualified for financial aid. Of this amount, 57% received an average of $18,934 in federal aid. Slightly less (45%) received an average of $8,364 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $13,106
Average Total Aid $18,780
Students Receiving Financial Aid 74%
Room & Board $16,677

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $13,753
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $43,507
  • Books and Supplies - $1,361
  • Room & Board - $16,677
  • Other - $4,250


You may still be deciding what you want to major in, even if you have one or two career fields you’re interested in. The most popular degree programs offered at UC-Irvine are social sciences; business, management, marketing, and related support services; engineering; psychology; and computer and information sciences and support services.

At some point during your first year, you’re going to know whether or not you want to stay at this school till you graduate. And really, you’re pretty likely to stay. The retention rate here is 94%, which is excellent and shows that the vast majority of students find everything they need at this university.

Universities also keep track of their graduation rates, which indicate success for the institution and for students. The 4-year graduation rate is 69% and the 6-year graduation rate is 84%. Both of these are over the average national graduation rate.

Student Population Total

Student Population 36,908

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Social Sciences Majors 1392 Total Graduates / 17%
Criminology 380 Graduates
Economics, General 307 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 291 Graduates
Sociology 218 Graduates
All Business Majors 969 Total Graduates / 12%
Business/Managerial Economics 664 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 260 Graduates
Information Resources Management 45 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 907 Total Graduates / 11%
Mechanical Engineering 252 Graduates
Computer Engineering, General 113 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 109 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 97 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 794 Total Graduates / 9%
Social Psychology 540 Graduates
Psychology, General 254 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 742 Total Graduates / 9%
Computer Science 558 Graduates
Informatics 121 Graduates
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation 62 Graduates
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 40%

Outcome & Salary

Your salary should be respectable after you graduate and find a position. Graduates generally make an average early-career salary of $60,700 and their average mid-career salary is $129,200. Your 4-year cost of education, based on the average net price, will be around $61,000. A graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential is $765,620 and their 20-year potential is $2,057,620. After subtracting your cost of education, that’d put your 10-year projected ROI at $704,548 and your 20-year projected ROI at $1,996,548.

Compare this to the salary and projected income for a high school graduate: their national average salary is $37,960. Their 10-year projected income is $379,600 and their 20-year projected income is $759,200.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $61,100
College Grads Average Salary $78,458
College Grads Mid Career Salary $125,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $784,580
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $2,043,580
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $52,424
10 Year Projected ROI $784,436
20 Year Projected ROI $1,991,156
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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