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University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) Reviews

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  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    57 out of 58 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UCI isn't really a party school, so if you are expecting that type of environment, it probably isn't for you. The quiet atmosphere works great for students who are really serious about their academics. Also, if you like being around tons of Asians, this is the school for you! :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Come on a campus tour before committing to anything, of course, but apart from that I would recommend driving around Irvine before deciding. A lot of my friends complain that there isn't too much to do in Irvine and they didn't really think about it before they sent in their SIR. I don't mind, but since some people do, I think it is really beneficial to check out the surrounding area first.

    Bang for the buck

    I received the Regent's Scholarship which really helps my parents out with tuition. There are plenty of other scholarships out there! But even without these scholarships, I feel like the quality of my education is well worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    A big part of my college experience has been the people that I meet. UCI has so many clubs to offer that it is easy to find people that you have things in common with. Besides from that, the RA's and CA's do a good job of trying to make everyone feel welcome.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at UC Irvine really care about you. Although the lectures are quite large, professors always take plenty of their time for office hours and you can even schedule appointments with them if those hours don't fit your schedule. The class readings are relevant and although they are often long, you learn so much from each one!

  • 08/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 22 people found this review useful. 2 of 246

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for a student looking for a top-notch education. Yes, you can still have fun but it's also good to be studious. There are a lot of Bio Sci Majors at UCI and there are a lot of Engineering Majors, but that doesn't mean the English or Drama Major cannot get his/her moneys worth at this school. It is a very well-rounded school that not many people know about so take the time to research it. Our sports teams are excellent with some of the top in the nation, yet no one seems to know these things.

    Tips for prospective students

    My number one tip is to work hard in high school and to keep that up all the way through until high school is over. There is never a time for slacking off or letting yourself get behind. Working hard will prepare you for college. I had a difficult time with this for a while in my first year of college, but I had to remind myself to stay on task and really stay focused. In a college like UCI, there are so many students that it's a good idea to always try to be ahead because once you fall behind you stay behind. There are so many students working hard that you cannot let yourself down. I also suggest looking into colleges by doing a college search and seeing what your top choices are. Are you looking for a place that is bursting at the seems with stuff to do and is not focused on academics? Or are you looking for a place that is safe and maybe close to the beach? Those things are important to take into account because you not only want to take into account the academia of your school but also the extracurricular stuff and the location of the college! For me, UCI is located in a great area and I love that about it. The beach is so close, and that helps me when I need to clear my mind and get through a rough day.

    Bang for the buck

    I think school in general is expensive, but living in an area that is serene, safe, and close to the beach, I definitely think it has its bang for its buck. After visiting other campuses, I realize how much UCI has to offer its students! I love how convenient everything is and that there is not too much traffic. Sure, it may be a little pricey at times but in this economy, what isn't?! It's college in general that is difficult to pay for, so out of all of the the UCs I definitely like UCI!

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy going to school here even though I have to admit my first year was a difficult one. I felt I didn't know how to get myself into that large crown of over 20,000 students! I was worried at first that no matter what I did, there was no way to be noticed and no way of finding my own place. After some searching, I found my niche in two places: the Cross Cultural Center and the Public Health Association. I am determined now more than ever that I will be able to find more places that will make UCI my home. I enjoy it more now than I did before because I know now that I am not alone in trying to find my footing. The park, which I mentioned before, called Aldrich Park is located in the heart of UCI and without it, I would not have had some of the best conversations with other students and friends! It is so beautiful and relaxing. I also enjoy the fact that there are so many different places to eat and the Student Center is always bustling with people! You don't have to be bored because you can even meet up with friends and form study groups at one of our three amazing libraries. Even on the weekends there are things to do like drive 8 minutes to the beach and hang out, or go to Newport and have a nice dinner. There is even clubbing in Costa Mesa! Everything is fairly convenient. Also, there is a University Town Center that has a Trader Joe's, Yogurtland, Cha, and Golden Spoon! There are a ton of places to eat and hang out.

    Am learning a lot

    Being that I have only been at UCI for one year so far, I feel that I am really learning a lot from my professors and from the students that I have surrounded myself with. No matter where you are at, it is the people you are around that you can learn from. UCI has a lot to offer when it comes to academia. There are numerous Nobel Prize winners, each having a building on campus named after them. Upon arriving at UCI, I took a campus tour and during this tour I knew that I was going to be learning something new every day from the students and from the faculty. For example, did you know that there are 1100+ trees planted in the center of our school (Aldrich Park)? I had no idea! Taking the time out of the day to notice things of beauty like the structure of our campus has made me realize how thankful I am to be learning something new every day. I never walk out of a class empty-handed and wishing I had actually learned something. Instead, I always look forward to the next day of classes, even if it becomes a struggle to wake up in the morning. UCI has so much to offer in the broad scope of learning that I cannot name everything, but everyone should get the opportunity to see for themselves. Check out a classroom and talk to a professor during office hours. Those are the times that you learn the most anyways! One-on-one conversations have opened my eyes to a real college experience of never-ending lessons and learning.

  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 3 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't do much on the weekends or who aren't looking to party, students who want to challenge themselves academically (but not TOO much), students who like working out (we have an amazing gym), students who are independent, students who love the beach (we are minutes from it), students who love shopping (lots of high-end malls near buy), and students with a car (you will need one if you plan to have any fun on campus), Asian (they make up a majority)

    Tips for prospective students

    The strong points of this school are the weather, location, and layout of the campus. However, the people here can be quite snobby (it is in the middle of the O.C) and the classes aren't as challenging as I expected. The campus itself is great, and the faculty and staff are INCREDIBLY knowledgeable! My advice is to come to the campus and take a tour, and really evaluate whether you would fit in with a crowd of rich kids who are not always out to get an education.

    Am enjoying being here

    The students here can be hard to get along with at times, but if you are independent and can make friends with just about anyone from any walk of life, then you should be fine. One of the sad things about Irvine is the lack of school spirit. It is essentially non-existent, and that is not an exaggeration.

    Am learning a lot

    I was expecting to be challenged academically, but instead I found that classes here were not as hard as expected. The classes are easy to get through, but are very interesting.

  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 12 people found this review useful. 4 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Aspiring Medical Students (large, competitive school of medicine, majority of bio classes relate to medicine, proximity to Medical Center) Art History Students (small class of Art History; staff is composed of highly-successful, respected professors)

    Tips for prospective students

    UC Irvine is quickly becoming one of the most competitive of the UC campuses because it can afford to be; with a new, state of the art Medical Center, a prestigious nursing program, and world-class facilities, UC Irvine offers only the best for its students. Prospective students should not expect UC Irvine to be a back-up school; competitive grades, volunteering, and extracurricular activities are a must.

  • 09/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Work-hard play-hard types. It is stereotypically Asian dominated, so if you have a problem with Asians, probably not a good choice. Plenty of options when it comes to clubs and other on-campus activities. As with every other college, you get what you put in. If you don't put yourself out there, don't get involved, and don't go to class, you're going to be an unhappy student with bad grades- simple as that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many AP classes as you can and take the AP tests, you'll get credit for them and registration windows are based on credit amount- so every little bit counts! Start looking at GE classes because many of them will cover more then one category.

    Bang for the buck

    Not happy about the 10% increase in tuition and there's talk of raising it even more. All in all, it's still worth the money as opposed to many private schools and state schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus, easy to walk to all your classes and not too hard to find your way around. Weather's not too shabby here either, close to Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Plenty of shopping centers around like Spectrum, Fashion Island, and South Coast Plaza. Not as lively as UCLA (of course) and we don't have a Frat Row, but there's a perfect variety of things to do without tempting you to forget about school.

    Am learning a lot

    An abundance of classes with top quality teachers. I haven't had a class that was taught by a horrible teacher or was completely useless. As with every university, don't slack off, stay on top of your game and try to figure out what you want to do so you don't waste your time on classes that don't help you reach that goal!

  • 12/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who wish to major in Biological Sciences

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard in high school and try to get at least a 3.7 GPA. Participate in as many extracurricular activities as you can. Try and score at least an 1850 in your SATs.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of the tuition is definitely worth it. The campus is safe and it's a nice place to live in, they have an amazing education system so I definitely feel it's worth the expense.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love UC Irvine because it is located in a great city. Irvine itself is a quite place, but it's near other cities that hold lots of fun and exciting things to do. For example, Irvine is approximately 20 minutes away from Disneyland, so if you're ever looking for something to do during the weekends, you and your friends can drive to the happiest place on earth. You can have the best of both worlds when you're living in Irvine: the crazy chaotic city life and the quite suburban life.

    Am learning a lot

    I have just finished my first quarter as a freshman, out of the four professors that I had during fall quarter, one strongly conveyed the love he had for the subject he was teaching. The other three professors lacked passion and enthusiasm, which was quite disappointing. I'm hoping that I will have more professors like my Calculus professor, whose love for math practically oozed out of the words that would come out of his mouth during his lectures.

  • 07/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UCI is great for outgoing students or students who are looking to get involved in things like Greek Life, ASUCI, our volunteering. Because of Irvine's proximity to the corporate headquarters of many companies, students looking to network and find good job opportunities are close to the source.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into the department and get acquainted with professors right away. Start freshman year when you are in the larger classes so they remember you in the upper divisions - it's all about those letters of rec!

    Bang for the buck

    I would say yes, you will definitely get your money's worth. There's a lot to do and a lot of things are included with fees. The ARC (our campus gym) is great and included. Study rooms, rooms for meetings on campus, concerts like Shocktoberfest and Reggaefest are also free!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus. There is a huge park right in the middle which is great for breaks between classes. There are a lot of study places on campus and so it never gets too loud. People are friendly and there is a lot to be involved with including Greek Life, volunteer opportunities, clubs, etc.

    Am learning a lot

    There are some inspirational professors and TAs here who go above and beyond the class material to help students learn about life. College prepares us for the real world and not only am I learning material relevant to that, but I am also learning how to apply it later on.

  • 12/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 246

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is more studious than party. So you have to be serious here, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun on your own. This school is not mostly for Asians, yes there are plenty of them, but anyone has the same opportunity to apply here. UCI is well known for its biology classes. It is a very competitive school in the Biology major, so best if you are trying to apply for medical school, and I guess you can say in the Engineering also, but anybody is welcomed to apply if there major is found in the school. The weather is more of a beach type weather, since it is near the beach, usually windy, but its still beautiful. I personally did it for the distance, and so if you want to live close to home and you live near Irvine, this can also be an option. Basically, the people are friendly, peaceful (not all), and overall it becomes a pleasure to be living and being a part of the campus of UC Irvine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Mainly my tips are: get a tour of UCI and visit their website to see if you like the school, live on campus because you will meet a lot of people and it will be more convenient when you are studying, send paperwork on time for when you are applying for Irvine and financial aid, do a summer programs for Irvine (don’t take classes during the summer, because you won’t really meet people, my best suggestion is to do CAMP, if not, do SPOP), go to Welcome Week, but join a club if you have the time for it (maybe 1 or 2), go to office hours for professors, try to apply for LARC, if you are taking a biology class, you should look for free tutoring in this subject, because there is, check your EEE (for class quizzes, scores, evaluations, surveys and emails from professors), check your Webmail (email from the school or professors), and check your ZotAccount (to know if you owe any money to the school) . Also, I highly recommend you not to miss class, and be early to class, because seats will be taken quickly or you will come into class with classes already started and you sitting on the stairs. Keep a schedule of your day that you can see everyday to know when you have classes, and a planner will help a lot (to remember midterms and finals). Lastly tips for which teachers to take. I have only taken one quarter here at UCI, but these teachers are really good. For Biology 93, you should take O’Dowd and Warrior. For Chemistry 1A you should take Borovik and for Precalculus (Math 1B) you should take Mrs. Famiglietti. If you are still curious on which classes you need to take, you can always check ratemyprofessor.com.

    Bang for the buck

    In my opinion, there are schools that are much more expensive than this school. I think it’s almost about $29,000. Since you’re searching for scholarships, you probably don’t have the money that is needed to get into college. Well I never worked when I was in high school, and I still am not working. My parents did not have the money to pay for my college tuition and they didn’t really have a good income. So practically once I was accepted to Irvine. They ended up paying most of my tuition. They paid like about $24,000. I did apply though, for FASFA and Cal Grants, so it’s a good thing not to forget to do that. The rest of the money is being paid by the scholarships I got. So keep trying because I didn’t get my scholarships until almost the end of my Senior year. So I really do think you will get a bang for your buck if you come to Irvine because it worked out good for me. If you still have trouble, you can always do work study. You’ll practically be working while you’re in school to pay off for your college, and I’m sure by then you’ll have scholarships or even hopefully some of your tuition paid off by the college. If you really want to apply here, it’s worth it. Don’t think it’s going to be cheap at another college. The cheapest it can get is at a community college, but if you worked hard and you are willing to challenge yourself and not let any obstacles get in your way, then you will find the money you need to pay off for UCI.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really am enjoying UCI because it is a very beautiful campus. You either get to live in Middle Earth which is more of a community while Mesa Court is more of an outdoors type of living situation. In my opinion, you should choose to dorm, you will meet a lot of new people with great and interesting personalities. If you’re still not sure where you want to live, get a campus tour or even just go on the Irvine website. Practically you can find anything you want on campus. You can workout at the ARC or Helm’s Deep, go eat with your meal plan (you’ll have a meal plan consisting of 100, 125, and 165 meals about) at Pippins, Mesa Court, or Brandywine, or go to eat at Starbucks, Wendy’s, Panda Express, or even visit the libraries. You won’t really need a car, unless you’re ready to pay for the permit to be parking. What I also enjoy, is that there are several clubs you can be a part of. I have become a part of two medicine clubs, I have done volunteer service, and I have already gotten a leadership position in one of the clubs. You will enjoy many of these things, but don’t worry if you’re not sure which club you want to join, Welcome Week will help you with which club you want to join. You don’t have to rush things, its best to get adjusted to the life of a university, but when you get the chance, you should think of joining a club. I really recommend not to join fraternities or sororities but its up to you on how you want to experience your college life.

    Am learning a lot

    I am glad that I actually joined CSSA CAMP Summer Science Academy, which I highly recommend for those who are of a Chicano/Latino, African-American, Native American, or Pacific Islander and must be majoring in Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Information and Computer Sciences, or Applied Ecology under Social Ecology. If this isn’t possible, then at least attend SPOP, which is for everyone. Both of these are in the summer and they will definitely increase your chances of making new friends and getting into the environment of UCI. In the beginning of my year, I saw many lonely people, so it is best to meet friends and feel comfortable before you officially come to UCI. You will also be surprised at how many people there are in classrooms. For my Biology Lecture class, I practically had more than 400 students, so don’t really expect to get personal attention from your professor, unless you meet with them during office hours. So if you’re having trouble with your classes, you can stop by and ask for assistance. They are always willing to help out a student since mostly no one goes to there office hours. This gives the students that do go, a better opportunity to learn. It is also best to take LARC, which is a tutoring program, and only free if you are eligible for the waiver. I took Chemistry tutoring and it really affected my performance in the class. You should consider tutoring, even if you took AP or Honor classes in high school, you’re going to see that you are going to need it. The Midterms and Finals are hard, but if you study and work harder than you had in high school, I assure you that you will do great at UCI.

  • 01/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a great education, and don't need to party every other day of the week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the Student Parent Orientation Program, and get involved quickly. Many opportunities are available to those who start pursuing their goals quickly when they arrive on campus!

    Bang for the buck

    With tuition and other fees rising, it has become increasingly difficult to pay for an education at UC Irvine, however the quality of the education from a University of California school is unrivaled for its price.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is extremely wonderful. From the weather to the people, the best way to describe UC Irvine is humbly pleasant. Ring Road is a great place to see friends or make new ones. Additionally naps in Aldrich park cannot be topped.

    Am learning a lot

    The lower-division classes offered at UC Irvine are fairly challenging and give a broad view of topics important for the education of successful college students. The best part of these classes are the professors, as many of them are devoted to their work and research and are passionate about sharing it with undergraduates.

  • 01/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any student who loves the mild weather, wants classes to be close together, loves a beautiful campus, wants a quality education and good professors, loves to go to events and enjoys the socal area. Really good for pre med students too, since UCI has a competitive medical school and great guidance from counselors

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a great school, but parking is expensive! If you don't need a car, I recommend you leave it at home. There are plenty of shuttles and alternative modes of transportation you can take that will save you a ton of money; parking permits are hundreds of dollars every quarter and UCI parking lots are always congested, making that permit worth even less since you might not even be able to find a spot!

    Bang for the buck

    Attending college is expensive, especially with increasing tuition, but the quality of education to recieve at UCI is quite good. The amount of opportunities to join clubs or organizations is plentiful, and there are always fun events going on. There is a vast amount of resources available to all students, that will help in researching, tutoring, building resumes, searching for internships, ect. The community at UCI is also quite open, and you're bound to get to know quite a lot of people. The campus is beautiful, and compact so that its easy to walk to all of your classes; plus you can't beat the mild socal weather!

    Am enjoying being here

    UCI is filled with diverse groups of people, anyone can get along with anyone here, and the numerous clubs and organizations are open and friendly. The clubs and communities in UCI make the time here a much more enjoyable and enriching experience. The dorms are fun, and the food is great! Plus theres plenty of popular places to eat and shop and enjoy inside and outside of the campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much since I've been here; the classes are quite challenging but the things you learn can also be very interesting and fun! A majority of the professors here are friendly and they care about you; they are always willing to help and they are also good lecturers, which is super important for a class since the majority of things you learn come from lectures. Some professors may not be as good at teaching the material, but they are few and the minority. Plus if you need extra help, theres always two huge libraries, free tutors, as well as a great tutoring program called LARC; students can do really well with all these resources.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 246

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    Campus Safety

    UC Irvine is a very safe campus. The UCI Police Department is on duty 24/7, with both emergency and non-emergency branches available at all hours. There are also emergency blue light booths installed frequently around the campus, so that if a student ever feels unsafe, he or she can push the blue light button and a UCIPD officer will escort him or her home. Irvine is also one of the safest cities in the country, and I have never felt unsafe on UCI's campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular on UCI's campus, with roughly 11% of the student population involved in a sorority or fraternity. For more information please visit http://www.greeklife.uci.edu/ .

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs, organizations, and involvement opportunities on campus in areas such as, volunteering, sciences, writing, Greek life, dance crews, dance ensembles, singing groups, theater groups, sports teams, film clubs and many more. There is a student group for every field of interest, and if there isn't one for you, you can start one!

    Great for these types of students

    UCI is great for students who are very focused on their degrees, serious about succeeding in their fields, and who want to reap the benefits of attending a public university with a private university feel in Southern California.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only traditions I can think of at the moment are Wazygoose and Reggaefest. Both are free festivals on campus for UCI students held in Aldrich Park. Wayzgoose, also known as Celebrate UCI, is a festival for all things UC Irvine, and Reggaefest is a Reggae music festival for the UCI community. For more information visit these pages! http://www.wayzgoose.uci.edu/wayzgoose/index.php , and http://www.asuci.uci.edu/reggaefest/ .

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately the UC system and the state of California are very in debt. While I feel like I have earned a great education at UCI, I absolutely do not feel as though my education will be worth the almost $30,000 of debt I have incurred over my last three years.

    What to do for fun

    UC Irvine always has something to do! From attending sports games, to theatrical productions, joining Greek life to joining a dance crew, dance performances to comedic improvisation shows, and free movie screenings on campus to concerts at the Bren, UCI has a thriving social life. With Newport Beach and the Disneyland Resort just short drives away, students at UC Irvine are always having fun.

    Food and Dining

    UC Irvine has a lot of food options! It is also a great campus for healthy eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. Aside from the UCI dining choices, there are also many chain restaurants on campus, including but not limited to: Starbucks, Wahoo's Fish Tacos, Quiznos, Subway, Einstein's Bagels, Panda Express, Organic Greens To Go, and Jamba Juice. There are also many restaurants and eateries across the street in the University Town Center.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is tricky, because it really depends on your Resident Advisor, hall mates, and room mate(s). Try to pick a dorm that is close to where your classes will be held, and just hope for the best when it comes to your roommate. Choose Middle Earth housing if you will be in the sciences, and Mesa housing if you will be in the arts or humanities.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Irvine is a competitive campus, so depending on your major and level of interest in the course subject, classes may be very challenging. Find study partners in your classes and compare notes so you aren't left to study alone all quarter!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get he smallest meal plan! Dorm food is made to be produced cheaply and in mass amounts, so it's usually unhealthy. Have a meal plan but also make sure to supplement with vitamins, fruits, veggies, and lean proteins! Also, never buy books at the bookstore. Wait until your professor tells you which books you need, then buy from Amazon. Big money saver!!

    In three sentences

    The University of California, Irvine is a beautiful campus with a degree program for any field of study. A safe, inspired, and progressive institution, UC Irvine is consistently moving up in the ranks to become one of the UC system's most selective universities. Come visit UCI and see why it's students are proud to be Anteaters! Zot zot!

  • 01/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 246

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    Great for these types of students

    Well, if you like open, suburbian areas, then UCI is for you. At the center of campus is a huge park, very green, trees everywhere, which is imo a waste of space, but that's just my personal opinion. The area isn't too lively, Irvine is a little boring in my opinion, but it's just typical suburbia. Just from observing people around campus, they all seem to keep to themselves and aren't the most social in the world. But there are thousands of people, you'll always be able to find someone with a common interest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and get an unofficial tour if you can, just by one of your friends. Ask around to really get a feel of what it's like. If at all possible, I highly recommend to live in a dorm. It's much easier to meet people and it's a lot more social. Make sure to get involved and join lots of clubs. And don't forget to be on top of your studying :)

    Bang for the buck

    Not much to say here, all UC's have the same tuition, so it's relatively the same.

    Am enjoying being here

    Again, it is what you make of it. Being a commuter myself, it makes it a bit more difficult to meet people, but if you put yourself out there and try to meet people, they are generally receptive and you'll find some friends. To be honest though, I don't love UCI and i applied to transfer to UCLA. Not to say that there's anything wrong with UCI, but it just doesn't feel like I belong here all that much. Also, I like the UCLA campus and surrounding area a lot more and the people seem more social and lively. A lot of people will love it here, just visit and know what you're getting yourself into.

    Am learning a lot

    UCI has great resources, but only if you use them. My first quarter, I went through only focused on my GPA and when my grades weren't what I expected, I made it my goal to actually learn for the sake of learning and try to better myself as a person. Since then, it's been great. The teachers are there to help you, but only if you ask them. It really is what you make of it. But then again, there will always be teachers that are jerks. I had one professor who cared a lot about his students and another who honestly could care less. Just remember that there is a huge diversity in professors, but always read their reviews on www.ratemyprofessors.com to get an idea of what they'll be like.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 246

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    Great for these types of students

    It's great for the type that want to live close enough to home to go home every weekend or so, and those that appreciate a quiet campus on the weekends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do well in high school and whatever happens, do NOT GET ANY GRADES LOWER THAN A C! I have a friend that got accepted to UCI, but had a D in a class in his final semester and they rescinded acceptance just a few weeks before he was supposed to attend orientation. Join a lot of sports and clubs at school, work on your personal statement way beforehand, and you'll be good to go.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a bit expensive but it IS a UC, so that's expected. I don't think the financial aid is that great but hey, it's a bad economy we're having now. Get close to some professors or advisors and they might be able to send you some scholarship opportunities.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people here are nice, albeit a bit distant so it's hard to make friends unless you dorm here. UCI is more of a commuter school because there are a lot of people living near the campus, so they either go home for the weekend or commute. I highly recommend that you join a club or organization since it would be the best way to make friends if you don't dorm here. Also, you meet a lot of great people at SPOP, which is the orientation, so remember to keep in touch with those people!

    Am learning a lot

    The lectures here are pretty good, and I highly recommend attending them. Although some professors post their Powerpoint presentations or notes online, I recommend that you use them only to review or if you miss a class. The professors tend to go into more detail about what's on their slides in class that you would miss from the slides. They also have office hours, along with the TA's, so it's pretty easy to find someone to help you with a problem at a good time. If not, you could always schedule an appointment or email them.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's Irvine! The campus has its own Police and they mainly shut down parties after 10 minutes and give tickets to people riding their bikes where they are prohibited. Irvine is very safe!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and organizations that it is hard to choose from! There is definitely a place for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to study on the weekends or are not into partying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Boba is always sold on Ring Road for $2.

    What to do for fun

    Most people go to the beach or head over to Newport for fun on the weekends since most places on campus are closed. As a Freshman in a dorm, your RA will always have activities set up. Some people like to try and catch the bunnies that are on campus or just lie in the park.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons (Pippin & Mesa Commons) are constantly busy with mostly Freshman and some upperclassman. It is good the first year, but then you realize you got The Freshman 15. Once you get into apartments, you rely on the fast food places nearby and ramen. BC Cavern and Phoenix Grill have amazing burritos!

    Dorm Life

    Most of my friends were dorm-mates and our hall continues to keep in contact. If you are interested in something, such as research, join the hall that is research-oriented. It is very easy to make friends who are in the same major and have the same interests.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Biology major, Irvine requires that you take more Biology and Chemistry classes than all of the other UCs!

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize the resources available on campus such as Department Peer Tutors, LARC, and the libraries!

    In three sentences

    UCI is a very quiet school in terms of partying, but there are always activities going on throughout the day that any student can participate in. The school is fantastic in Academics and has many research opportunities.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's blue emergency buttons everywhere, and Irvine is one of the safest cities ever

    Great for these types of students

    Laid-back, but still motivated

    What to do for fun

    Newport beach is just a short drive away. Great food at Diamond Jamboree. A lot of malls. Ride the giant orange balloon for free!

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food isn't the best, but compared to other school food, it's pretty good. A lot of options, and the occasional theme night is sure to please.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make of it, but if you come in with an open mind, you're sure to have tons of fun. The RA's are all very fun and spirited and they're there whenever you need them. Since you only live with about 65-80 people, compared to hundreds at other schools, you get to know everyone. You have another family.

    Academic Rigor

    Workload isn't too bad, but professors emphasize strong academic skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus your first year, and form good relationships with your hallmates and RA. Go to class.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a relaxing, yet academically rigorous university. Almost everyone you meet seems happy to be here. There are thousands of opportunities for students.

  • 08/05/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Appears to be pretty safe if you use your common sense.

    Bang for the buck

    My current psych advisor said the degree is a lot of bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is a great place to relax and rejuvenate.

    Academic Rigor

    Appears to be challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and study.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus with the best types of psychology classes for me out there. It really fits my academic goals.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 246

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are so many places nearby to hang out and have fun. There's the University Town Center (UTC); there are theaters. There's a Boomers! nearby, and there's also the Irvine Spectrum (mall with outdoor ice skating rink).

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. It's just normal dorm food, I guess. Tastes yummy either way!

    Dorm Life

    From what I've experienced so far, it is quite amazing! It is a lot of fun, and a lot of connecting with others. You get to meet lots of new people, and make lots of new friends!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes seem alright. They don't seem too hard, except for the Chemistry class.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like a friendly atmosphere, this is definitely the place! People here are nice, friendly, fun, and confident. Everyone is willing to help and have a good time with you.

    In three sentences

    UCI has amazingly friendly people on campus. Everything is extremely convient. There are food places, markets, theaters, froyo, and plenty of other fun hang out places for everybody.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never encountered any police except when a girl rode her bike where it was forbidden.. But I did have to walk back from class late at night and it was pretty sketchy.

    Greek Life

    I wanted to join one but I'm entirely too broke. You have to pay to look at their booths. (Being sarcastic, but the way they charge, they might as well).

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs! They are extremely easy to join, don't require you to pay an arm and a leg, and a great break from academics.

    Great for these types of students

    There are a lot of Asians so it's easy for them to fit in. Also people who have a lot of money. And if you basically live in the library, you'll enjoy this.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I personally find it unusual that there isn't more activity on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a beautiful school with a great education system, but for all the loans I have to take out you would think I get carried to class! It's extremely difficult to enroll in classes and now they make some people take classes in summer due to the overcrowding. I don't understand how that makes sense. What exactly am I paying for? I'm a little baffled.

    What to do for fun

    Not a lot, to be honest. There are hardly any activities that I'm aware of. Most people have to travel off-campus to Newport to have parties because things get shut down quickly. But it all depends on who you know. They do have sports and things that your residence holds. Those are fun!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is GREAT. They even give you a take out box. There are also tons of eateries on campus! Starbucks, Subway, Wahoo's, and more. Plus, campus is super close to Albertsons.

    Dorm Life

    I gave it a better score than I wanted. I know many people do like it, but my experience was trying. I ended up with a single dorm which is what i wanted. Little did I know i was surrounded by other people with singles who wanted to be secluded. I made close to no friends, but that is another thing in its own.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are pretty good. I had an excellent chemistry professor who truly cared that the students knew what we were learning and not simply memorizing. Most classes have a decent curve, but don't depend on them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Absolutely visit the campus. Don't simply listen to the guide; look around and realize the environment you are about to be put in. Be as prepared as you can before you go in and definitely get comfortable with the campus.

    In three sentences

    This University is very education-oriented. Obviously a good thing, but it does lack a lot of school spirit. You're either all about school or you have an easier major; not much in between.

  • 08/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for those that are interested in research because this college is specifically aimed toward research and all the professors are part of a research project.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the area see if it is a place for you. When you go to college, get involved, met new people, and drive around Irvine. HOWEVER, do not forget your classes! Because 10 weeks go by Quick! So don't procrastinate :] Networking is just as important as academic learning,

    Bang for the buck

    Personally, I do not receive any Aid of whatsoever. My parents pay for thing from Housing and tuition to books and food.

    Am enjoying being here

    Beside the fact that UCI is very far away from home, UCI has a very nice environment. Everyone is very friendly and kind and everyone helps each other. It is always sunny and warm. Also there are various places that you can find a quiet place to study. :D

    Am learning a lot

    In UCI, I really learned a lot because there are a lot of opportunity to help you fully understand your courses. There are, of course, your professors who are really nice and if you do not understand you can always go to their office hours and ask for help. There are also TA which are like your second teacher and if you do not understand your professors(because of accents or way of explaining), you can go to your TA and ask them for help. However, if you can not ask your TA you can always go to the Free tutoring sessions. Besides academics, you also learn a lot about socializing and networking. Also you learn that you must put yourself out there to figure out answers to questions and to find opportunities.

  • 12/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UCI is a University for people who work hard. There are parties too of course but classes can be hard and students need to be willing to sometimes work a lot. There are a lot of clubs so there is a place for everyone. It is also a great place for bio majors, but I also find that their School of Humanities is pretty good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go visit the campus before hand to see if you like the way it is during the academic year, it is not the same to visit it during the summer and during fall! Also a lot of my friends took summer courses before coming and they really enjoyed it, made a lot of friends and had advantage towards the other freshman.

    Bang for the buck

    Well with the 32% increase it is getting a little expensive for a public University but it is a really good research University with enough mediums to help you learn what you are interested in and the quality is worth the money. Also they have a lot of Scholarships to apply for and not only GPA based so it can be a great relief for people who cannot afford College. I know people going to UCI that only pay $2000 all include per quarter. Although it is really expensive for out-of-state students and I would not recommend it for them.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really am enjoying the University. It is wonderfully located: near the beach, LA and San Diego, it has a great weather the whole year, you meat a lot of new people -students, Ra's, professors- and has a great campus around a park so I really like it. Also they have a lot of clubs and extracurricular activities. It is definitely a really social University!

    Am learning a lot

    I spent my years of high school studying at a French one and Coming to UCI was a big change specially because I had never taken an English class but UCI helps you find the right class for your level. With the GE's they help the students explore other areas besides your major so they are sure that in the end of the 4 years they do what they really like and are able to defend themselves in other fields just in case. UCI has great counselors if you are lost, great professors that care about their students, a great variety of classes and a really good system to help students in the case they have difficulties.

  • 01/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Reserved, more conservative, and Asian because there are a lot of these. Ones who want to work hard and study but not be too challenged to the point of insanity.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend students to get involved like joining a club, sports team, dance team, sorority, or fraternity because without that, there's not much to do. The dorms are a great way to make friends but it's often hard to find a place to go out on the weekends.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a great school and a beautiful campus. The weather is beautiful because it is Southern California. The beach is very nice and the surroundings are nothing to complain about. The classes and level of education are great and they offer a lot of classes and majors for all people.

    Am enjoying being here

    For the most part, I enjoy the school and especially the friends I have made, but it isn't completely what I expected. A lot of people live really close and go home on weekends, making it fairly boring and a little depressing, but it is a good time to get homework done. It's much more of a commuter school than I thought and the atmosphere is a little more conservative and reserved than I would like, but usually I do enjoy it.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes have been very interesting and I have been learning a lot. I took a class last quarter about natural disasters! It was really cool and even more challenging than you would think. I am an undecided major and this school has done a good job at providing me with the tools I can use to help declare a major.

  • 07/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UCI is great for anyone and everyone. We are a very VERY diverse school with every color, shape and size of a person. Also, there is a variety of interests and you are bound to find at least one person who enjoys the same things you do. All it takes is you and 5 other people to form an official club at UCI. Whether you are quiet and reserved, or loud and outgoing, UCI doesn't discriminate. You are guaranteed to fit in somewhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for students: 1. Don't hold back. Put yourself out there to meet new people. Join a club or organization. We have over 500 different clubs and sports to get involved with. There is something out there for everybody 2. Study. Like I said earlier, there is a lot of competition here at Irvine, so it is relatively easy to fall behind. Staying on top of things and finding the right study buddies is very important. 3. If you have a car, and can afford to keep it on campus, do it. I can't afford to have a car with me at Irvine, but it would make life quite a lot easier. Irvine is a pretty spread out area, so not everything is walking distance. If you can't afford it either, that is still fine. Irvine has a great bus system shuttling all day. However, a car would still be more convenient. 4. Be responsible. College life can be quite hectic, especially with incoming freshman. So get your priorities straight, and don't let the freedom of college get the best of you. I've seen many kids lose their motivation that they had in High School just because they didn't have their parents breathing down their necks anymore. Just make good decisions.

    Bang for the buck

    With these latest tuition increases, yes, the University of California is quite expensive. However, you are going to find those price increases almost anywhere you go nowadays. So I think everyone should apply and not make money the deciding factor. The UCI financial aid office is very helpful and always willing to make appointments and go over your account. I made many visits there my first quarter to go over some last minute loan adjustments. They are also very sympathetic and show you great places to apply for scholarships. Yes, still after all of that, school is still expensive and sometimes thinking about the payments is stressful, but I firmly believe that it will be worth it. The saying, you can't put a price on education. is absolutely true. The experience I am having and the knowledge I am receiving is absolutely wonderful. I would never trade it in or change my mind.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love UCI. This was my number one pick for schools, not only because it offered my double major, but also because it has the perfect balance I was looking for. I wanted a school where I could be involved, social, and make a lot of friends. However, I also wanted a school that could challenge me academically. UCI is exactly what I was looking for. I have already made friends that I know will last a lifetime and I feel like I have known them for way longer than just a year. I would also recommend anyone to go Greek and join a Fraternity or Sorority. The Greek community here at UCI is wonderful for meeting new people and joining a sisterhood or brotherhood that will always be there to support you. Greek Life is not all about the social aspect of college. I got my first on campus job through one of the girls in my sorority, and many girls after they graduate get full time jobs through alumni sisters as well. Having a bunch of people there to help when you need it is very comforting. Also, being able to go out on a weekend for a break from the stresses of school is great. UCI is right next to Newport Beach. The beach and pier are very close, and there are also great shopping locations. Everything you need is right by Irvine campus which makes life very convenient. There is always enough housing and there are affordable options that won't make you pay a fortune. Irvine is the perfect place for anyone looking for an overall amazing college experience. I encourage anyone and everyone to apply

    Am learning a lot

    I feel like I am learning more and more everyday. The professors are very well educated and continually challenging their students. They are also all involved in some form of research along with their teaching. So there are numerous opportunities for students to work alongside their professors. I had an English teacher my first quarter that really set me up to be motivated and confident throughout my college career. I felt he truly cared about me doing well and was always available to answer questions. Every professor and teaching assistant has a set time for Office Hours. That is a time when students can come in, ask questions, and simply get to know their professors better. This is especially important since some of the lectures have more than 400 students in them. I am really focused on the classes involved with my major, but also there are GE courses that we have to take in order to get a good overall education. The GE courses offered are very good and comprehensive, but they are also understanding in the fact that the classes cover the basics of the subject. I also enjoy the competition between all of the other students here at UCI. Everyone is trying their hardest and studying the most they can. This mood throughout the campus motivates me to try even harder in my classes in order to come out on top. Students always form study groups or tutoring sessions to help one another out as well. Everyone is out to give advice or exchange textbooks with friends who are taking classes they have already taken. I feel like the main focus at UCI is to get a great comprehensive education and all the students here can agree.

  • 08/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This campus is perfect for students who like a more quiet and relaxed campus, but have the choice to go to the beach, a variety of malls, parks, or nightlife nearby (easier if you have, or know someone with a car though). We have a gorgeous park at the heart of our campus where concerts and other events take place. Basically it is a suburban campus which is perfect for studying and getting good grades, but also for a lot of fun. However, if you want constant activity, lots of people walking around everywhere and at all times of night, this might not be the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely stay in the dorms for your first year. No matter what personality you have, be it shy or really enthusiastic, this is your gateway to meet really great people and some of your best friends. College is what you make it!

    Bang for the buck

    Despite the statewide raise in tuition, the UC system is still worth it. The faculty really cares about the standards of our education and works with the students through these difficult times.

    Am enjoying being here

    This campus wasn't my first choice, but now I wouldn't like being anywhere else. The campus is beautiful, clean, safe, and is full of diverse students. I love the plethora of opportunities for one to become involved on campus and/or meet lifelong friends.

    Am learning a lot

    As a third-year, I've been learning exponentially since freshman year. The faculty at this school not only encourage learning the material for classes, but help you develop research and communication skills along the way.

  • 08/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in research, who wants a large campus, who likes Asians (because there are a lot of them), who likes sunny/nice weather all year around, and loves the beach should consider attending UCI.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'd advise anyone to go to the anteater involvement fair during welcome week. Get involved in on-campus activities. Attend sporting events, and don't be afraid to try new things. We have a fantastic volleyball team, baseball team, and our other teams aren't bad either. You want to enjoy your first year of college, make lots of friends, and get involved. There's research labs on campus that you can apply for if you're interested in research. There are lots of fraternities and sororities you can join, and hundreds of other clubs for all types of interests.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm not going to lie, UCI is expensive because it is a university. But the school is definitely worth the cost. You're getting a university level education, and the opportunities that you will have are worth it. You're surrounded by people who care about their education and after graduation you'll have the advantage over people who went to a state college or a community college. The dorms that you live in during your freshman year are some of the best dorms I've seen. And the gym, called the ARC, is a great place to work out, with top-quality equipment and a newly finished pool. Definitely worth the money paid.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is gorgeous, who wouldn't love a park in the middle of campus to nap in while between classes. The people are all friendly, and helpful. The Student/Parent Orientation Program, also known as SPOP is a great way to meet people and make friends before classes start. One of the most common questions during your freshman year is, What SPOP were you? Irvine is completely planned city, and its less than ten minutes from the nearest beach. There are plenty of places to go around Irvine. Los Angeles is close enough to take day trips to, as well as Long Beach, Huntington Beach, and San Diego.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at UCI are pretty large in size, there were roughly 400 students enrolled in my first lecture class of my freshman year. However UCI does a good job of breaking down those class sizes into smaller discussion classes, which provide a more intimate learning environment. The lectures are run by professors, however the discussions are run by Teacher's Assistants, mostly graduate students who have a degree in the area they are teaching. The Professors and TAs are extremely helpful, most are quick to answer emails, and there are also office hours that you can attend if you have any questions. In addition to that, there are also LARC classes that you can take specific to the classes you are enrolled in. They are run by undergraduate students who have already taken and passed the class. Overall there is plenty of opportunity to learn a lot in your classes and help is also available to anyone who needs it.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for everyone. You just have to find your niche. There's a place for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try talking to anyone you know who currently goes to UCI. Taking a tour around campus also really helps and gives you an idea if the school is right for you. In addition, for those who accept UCI as their college, try everything. It's a very common tip, trying everything really helps you in finding out what you are truly passionate about.

    Bang for the buck

    I think the tuition and expensive for attending UC Irvine is quite pricey. Where does all the money go? It’s gone to maintenance of the school. You pay for your own textbooks and if you want extra tutoring through their LARC (Learning and Academic Resource Center) program, you pay an extra $100 per quarter, per class. I really wish tuition was cheaper. With the university located in an expensive city, everything is expensive. Although the campus is clean and well-maintained, it is expensive to attend; especially if you do not get financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    I don’t particularly love being at this school, but I don’t absolutely hate it either. Coming from northern California, southern California is quite different. Having no car in Irvine is actually a big problem as well since most activities are in inner LA. The city Irvine itself is operated by a big company so many of the groceries and items are more expensive. Yes, there are many clubs to join and you may find ones you like but for many, the clubs may not be for you. It depends on how much you want to be part of something. Some people go for a sorority or frat while others turn to their hallmates and become close to their hallmates. If you want to have fun, you’ll find it, but if you want to study you’ll easily be able to do that too.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors that I encountered as a biological sciences major were pretty helpful in teaching the material. For biology, the material was presented through powerpoints and the instructor would elaborate on the material. Some professors were better than others, seeking to explain the material further while other professors dismissed questions that were asked. Although I studied a lot on my own, the professors provided an outline for my study. Just attending the lectures is really not enough to do well unless you’ve already learned the material before. Some professors place more importance in their lectures by not providing any powerpoint. Once again, it really depends on the professor you choose and how much you are willing to put into your studying. If you find the best combination between studying yourself and attending lectures, then doing well should not be a problem.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Irvine is the safest city in Orange County

    Greek Life

    lots but i'm not signed up yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    Access, Ambassador program

    Great for these types of students

    studious and like to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    arc and food places. wold's biggest dodgeball game.

    Bang for the buck

    Not bad if you commute but living around campus is costly

    What to do for fun

    arc! greatest recreation center anywhere! beach, shopping, trails, movies, restaurants, and plenty of sunshine.

    Food and Dining

    Middle of the road

    Dorm Life

    Very fun

    Academic Rigor

    Very competitive and challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    be willing to work hard, have fun, and get little sleep.

    In three sentences

    this school is in a great location in orange county. the community is diverse and welcoming. uci is very academically challenging.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    irvine is one of the safest cities in the country. uci is safe.

    Greek Life

    i'm not affiliated but they do host a lot of great philanthropies.

    Clubs and Activities

    if you want to find a club for something, one most likely exists for it.

    Great for these types of students

    driven, hard working, and smart.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a large beautiful park in the center of campus that all the building surround. our mascot is also an anteater... it was that or unicorn.

    Bang for the buck

    higher education is dealing with a budget crisis right now so school isn't cheap. but degrees are important and this is a great school.

    What to do for fun

    the utc is a popular place for students to go and the school is only ten minutes from the beach, an hour from la, and only an hour twenty from san diego. there is quite a bit of life surrounding irvine but irvine itself is relatively quiet.

    Food and Dining

    the food court at the student center has really great choices and the commons has good food too.

    Dorm Life

    i can't answer because i did not dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    this definitely depends on the major, but all classes require effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you are choosing a school that fits your goals, and has good academics in the area you want to study. always be thinking, what is my next step after this? whether it be more education or a career.

    In three sentences

    uci has excellent academics, countless clubs to join and a beautiful location. i've had great experiences so far, and i don't regret my decision to come here. i've learned so much and found great friends at the same time.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    GREAT. so safe here, i love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    awesome clubs. really motivational. helps to succeed

    Great for these types of students

    study hard, play hard. come out of school and get a job.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    vendor fair every quarter

    Bang for the buck

    expensive, but great experience

    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends. Bunches of places to go eat.

    Food and Dining

    Pippin and Brandywine is where its at.

    Dorm Life

    I transferred. Never stayed in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    study hard

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great place to start your career. There are so many different company headquarters here so it makes it easier looking for strong internships to build experience.

    In three sentences

    Awesome, Motivating, Intellectual

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 246

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never seen any place safer than UCI!

    Greek Life

    There are a nuber of organizations to make sure the Greek life is well...

    Clubs and Activities

    More than hundreds of clubs and a lot fun!

    Great for these types of students

    hardworking, leaders, and socially active students are gooing to love this place!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ZOT ZOT ZOT!..... That's the sound of an anteater!

    Bang for the buck

    If you use your brain effectively you can be very successful there.

    What to do for fun

    Get in different organizations and get involved in anteater community!

    Food and Dining

    The buffet food are perfect!

    Dorm Life

    You can choose to have a lot of fun or have more privacy to study for your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Everything is well taught and perfectly researched in UCI. I like the advising and counseling in there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Involved! Study hard! Have fun!

    In three sentences

    It is the most spirited college. It is the most comfortable college. It is the closest place to my home.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Studious. Asians...? Safe people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    American Pie.

    What to do for fun

    Shopping. Beach. Come on. It's SoCal. There's so much to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't stress. Be yourself. Study hard.

    In three sentences

    A warm and welcoming campus, for sure. Academics really are prioritized which is nice. Safe and friendly environment to focus on reaching for success.

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is one of the safest cities- you can take walks 2am in the morning and feel at ease!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs! There is one bound to suit you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are 50 things that you MUST do before leaving UCI <3 Make your years count and have an adventure!

    What to do for fun

    There are two beautiful malls very close by! You can spend time at the park and visit the UTC for some good food! I recommend La Diplomate! The sandwiches are amazing!

    Food and Dining

    You will get tired of the food you serve, that is why every once in a while, you reward yourself with a good meal somewhere!

    Dorm Life

    You make things happen for yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    You can do it, just got to find the right balance for yourself!

    Tips for prospective students

    Follow your dreams, because you are the leader of your life.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a beautiful campus. Good vibes everywhere. Safe and friendly!

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safest campus I have ever visited. I don't feel nervous walking alone at night. It tends to be very calm at night, which is soothing, and allows you to get your work done. Many police cars patrol, ensuring the streets are safe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are hidden tunnels by Mesa Courts, which are fun to explore!

    What to do for fun

    Visit the dollar theatre, take a walk around Aldrich Park, drive to Newport or Laguna beach, hang out in dorm rooms, visit the Arc (gym), play a sport, join Greek Life!

    Food and Dining

    Love the variety in the commons. Food can be cooked for your specific dieting needs - less carbs, sugar, vegans, lactose intolerant, etc. Pizza and deserts are delicious! Large drink selection, not too bad of lines. Great variety of food for every meal, and also very large dining rooms!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms are fairly large, and the houses are nice! If you start talking to people in your houses early on, you will enjoy your stay much more. The staff cleans up the houses very well, and all furniture looks basically new. Common rooms are great for hanging out with people in your hall. If you want to meet people quickly, prop your door open on move in day - it makes people think that you're friendly!

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are very intellectual, having gone through extreme amounts of schooling in order to qualify for a teaching position. They listen to their student's needs, and have frequent office hours where students can go and receive help. Very easy to communicate with professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    At first it might seem boring here, but when you actually look for things to do, you will have a lot of fun. Join a frat or a sorority - the more you get involved, the more you will enjoy your college experience. Keep an open mind - UCI is very diverse, but don't judge people on their appearance or the things they do, because usually they are great people anyways.

    In three sentences

    University of California, Irvine is a very beautiful school. Out of all the colleges I have visited, UCI has the nicest people, and the nicest facilities. It is a very safe city, and my move here was very smooth knowing that.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 246

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own police force on campus and there are light posts with emergency buttons all over campus. We also have workshops about protecting yourself while on campus.

    Greek Life

    They have a lot of activities and events. It is also a great way to meet people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone here on campus and they can work with your schedule.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year Irvine breaks its own record of playing the biggest dodgeball game ever. It gets crazy!!

    Bang for the buck

    Housing is a little expensive if you dorm, but we have other options like town houses or apartments quick are a little more convenient. Parking expenses are also high but we have to options of renting cars, bikes, or riding the zot bus which is free for all students.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things at irvine to do for fun. We have Greek life events, kayaking, zip line in our school and outside of school you can go out and eat, go to the beach, shop at the irvine spectrum and more cool activities.

    Food and Dining

    Three meals a day. Buffet style so there is something for everyone and the dessert is very tasty.

    Dorm Life

    It is super fun and you get to meet lots of new people and learn about their goals. However, it is too expensive for what you get.

    Academic Rigor

    Great teachers, but talk to them during office hours if you have any further questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    To become familiar with what is included in the registration fees so you can take advantage of everything. Don't overpay for housing and meal plans.

    In three sentences

    Excellent location! Beautiful campus! Awesome student service!

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Make new friends, join new clubs, take up a sport. As long as you broaden your social circle, you are bound to find something to do, and you will always keep yourself busy. Have fun! College can be stressful so remember to give yourself some time to just let your hair down and go out every once in a while. =)

    Food and Dining

    Budget your money for food expenses. Set aside a stash or account for food so that even if you get carried away spending money, you will always have enough to eat. If it is possible apply for a meal plan as a joint expense with your tuition and board. This way, you never have to worry about saving extra money on the side for food when the school provides you with plenty of meals each day.

    Dorm Life

    When you receive your roommate request form, fill everything out, every single box, every little line, everything. If you fail to be specific about who you want to live with, you just may end up with your nightmare. Bottom line: Imagine the worst case scenario for your roommate and fill out your request form accordingly. =)

    Academic Rigor

    Stay connected to your studies. Though having fun may be a part of the college process, limit yourself to the amount of fun you allow yourself to have. Sure, college life is a mixture of all kinds of interests, but ultimately, the students who work hard and THEN play hard tend to make it all the way to the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure this school has exactly what you are looking for, and do not be afraid to consider even the smallest details because they may come up much more important later. After all, you want to get the best for your hard work. Make your research count!=)

    In three sentences

    This school has great majors that match what I am looking for in a school. I would love to see the campus as the school looks beautiful from the looks of the pictures on the website. I think UC Irvine fits me pretty snug, considering what I'm looking for in a school, and it may be a definite option for me thanks to its resourceful distance. =)

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 246

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    Campus Safety

    The City of Irvine is in fact the safest city in the United States, with populations over 100,000. We've been ranked safest city in the U.S. eight times consecutively by the FBI. On top of that, we even have our own private police force right here on campus. I guess it's safe to say we're pretty safe here.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is Greek Life. You'll find it at almost any university you visit. Here at UCI, we take pride in our fraternities and sororities. All of our Greek houses are located on Greek Row in Arroyo Vista. Might I say that our Greek houses are beautifully renovated and upheld nicely. We have the parties a few times a month, and we try to keep the noise down, but hey, it's college!

    Great for these types of students

    UC Irvine is great for students who want to get away from home, but still want the opportunity to drive home on weekends. We have fun here, work hard, and get ahead in Irvine. Also, our school is becoming more biological-friendly. So for those looking into majoring in Biology or Public Health, this is a great place to be.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do in Irvine during off-days and weekends it'll have your head spinning for days. Many UCI students take the weekend off and head to Disneyland, which is remarkably close by the way. The Spectrum, a group of fashion-based stores, eateries, movie theatres, also draws attention during weekends. Not only that, but Newport Beach is extremely close by. Put that sunshine to use, get that tan, or take a swim in our crystal clear water if you have time in between classes or on off-days.

    Food and Dining

    UC Irvine makes living and eating on campus as easy and proactive as possible. Students can use their ID cards to enter any of the eateries on campus, regardless of their living situation. We provide our scholars with the highest in customer satisfaction, by listening and evolving our method of serving students. Therefore, our whole menu for all of our eateries is accessible online, we make reservations for those who are vegetarians and vegans, those who want to eat with family. Guests are also allowed to dine with you, adding your fun and peace of mind. The chefs here at UCI make it their mission to provide students with the best meal and customer service possible. I stand by that statement.

    Dorm Life

    Residential Life is booming at UC Irvine. Our freshman housing communities, Middle Earth and Mesa Court, are no strangers to providing the most comfortable living experiences to our newest Anteaters. With over 60 resident halls combined, and a volley of student staff workers willing to lend a helping hand, new and current students have no problems making friends and having fun. As a current student at UCI and as a student housing advisor, my job is to ease students from living at home to living independently. So far, I've helped hundreds of students transition both academically and socially.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Irvine is a great all around school. At 47 years old (as of writing this), we're a relatively new school. The difficulty of your classes is what you make of it. Remember that you're in school, so regardless of how smart a student is, studying is an important part of coming here. With that said, UC Irvine is a hardworking, engaging, and challenging school, but if you work hard, there's no need to worry. If you do find yourself having trouble though, we have multiple areas for students to ask for help including the SOAR Center, the Writing Center, and LARC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just remember that your mission is to go to school, get the best GPA possible, make friends, experience new things, meet new people, and enjoy life. This is your best years of your life, make them count. Work Hard. Study Hard. Play Hard.

    In three sentences

    Sunshine, fresh air, and vivid scenery are the epitome of Southern California's UC Irvine. Classified as Orange County's signature school, UC Irvine is home to a multitude of scholars from different locations, unique backgrounds, and whom hold various academic pursuits. Our students are dedicated to challenging their academic boundaries and reaching higher plateaus.

  • 09/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 246

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of clubs and activities to do throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    It is very delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is very united.

    Academic Rigor

    It is intense but satisfying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do a lot of research on your major.

    In three sentences

    It is a safe and healthy environment. The campus is beautiful. Every program is excellent.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of thing to do at UC Irvine, albeit you'll often have to seek it out. For those that like to see live entertainment, there's a movie theater that play lots of smaller indie films in the UTC, and a comedy club. The pub on campus often has bands playing in it. Other options include the many performances put on by the arts school and school hosted concerts. Sports fans can watch the basketball, volleyball, soccer, and baseball teams. Games are fun and give a good excuse to wear face paints and yell a bunch. Being 15 minutes for the beach means lots of bon fires and surfing trips. The school is also 15 minutes from Disneyland so season passes aren't necessarily a bad idea. There are many clubs that cater to specific tastes and the ARC has fun dance and cooking classes. The party scene can be difficult in Irvine, but can be easily navigated if you meet the right people and either have a car or know somebody with one. All the on campus housing has community centers that have fun things to do like billiards, ping pong, and swimming pools.

    Food and Dining

    UC Irvine has a lot of choices when it comes to food. There are a variety of locations to grab a bite on campus such as Subway, Wendy's, Jamba Juice, Panda Express, and Wahoo's in addition to many cafeteria style eating places. The food here is just what you'd expect, decent food at a decent price that you don't have to make yourself. The University Town Center (UTC) just across the street from campus provides a large amount of dining options. Several cultural restaurants, snack and sweet shops, and not to mention the ever popular In N Out and Cha for tea (a boba place) give students more than enough options around dinner time. For those that find themselves with the munchies late at night, there aren't too many options, but a Jack N the Box near campus stays open 24/7.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is essential. Incoming first years should absolutely participate in dorm life. There are two different first year communities at UC Irvine namely Middle Earth housing and Mesa Court. Middle Earth Housing is situated on campus so that walking to your classes is never a hassle. Those living in Middle Earth have two dining commons within a two minute walk and are closer to the Anteater Recreation Center (ARC), the school's state of the art gym. The buildings in Middle Earth borrow their names from the places and characters in J. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Some examples include Isengard, The Shire, Whispering Woods, Rohan, Shadowfax and more. Each building houses approximately 80 to 100 students. Rooms are on the moderate to smaller sizes, though better that than dorm rooms for the grand majority of other schools' dorms. Middle Earth has a more urban feel than other parts of the campus. Mesa court, the other first year living area boasts a more open living area that focuses on relaxation and tranquility. Situated just across the street from campus, Mesa Court is never too far from your classes. The location is especially close for Arts students and to the athletic buildings, though Science and Math majors can expect ten minute walks to their classes. The buildings here are named after things found in nature, but in Spanish. Example names are Viento, Cascada, and Estrella. Dorm rooms tend to be much larger than those found in Middle Earth and the buildings are much newer. Residents here have only one dining commons that doesn't require a walk, but that hardly proves a hassle. You have a choice between where you live, Mesa Court is popularly agreed to be the more desirable of the two, but you are free to make your own decisions.

    Academic Rigor

    The first thing you'll probably notice when coming to Irvine is that it doesn't matter how easy high school was for you, there's going to be someone in the room who knows the subject better than you. It's easy to feel really behind or unprepared during the first few weeks, but it gets easier when you start to understand how you'll be tested and how quarters flow. Classes are challenging, but if taken seriously it is generally not too hard to pass. A lot depends on the professor and TAs for the class, because they write the midterms and finals which account for about 95% of the grade. Classes last only 10 weeks, so while things move fast, you'll be moving on before you know it (which is especially comforting when you have to take a programming class that you've been dreading).

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There's no better way to own your college experience than to throw yourself right into the mix of things. Make sure to be outgoing. The first days are all about meeting new people and by meeting new people you open lots of opportunities. Also, think hard about which major you'll be coming in as. It's much easier to stick to one major than to flip flop between several. You'll lose lots of valuable time and end up taking many more classes if you make changes later. And finally you'll have to learn to balance your lives. You'll be up later than you are probably used to. There's almost something to do every night and sleep often goes forgotten. While that is almost avoidable you will need to learn to prioritize school work, extracurricular activities, personal engagements, and partying (yes there are lots of parties at Irvine). But understand that you will eventually need to sleep.

    In three sentences

    For those who want to get involved in the Sciences and Arts, UC Irvine is a worthy choice. There are a multitude of options for interning and working under research for those future scientists, and a comprehensive arts program that allows students to showcase their abilities. The community is oftentimes quiet, but accepting and friendly.

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of California, Irvine is the safest campus I have ever heard of. Irvine is already the safest city in California with the lowest crime rates. The only thing that could possibly hurt you is the squirrels. There are Emergency stations set up all around campus, and if one is every in danger, all they need to do is press the blue button and a police officer will be with you instantaneously. Campus police are available 24/7 and if you are ever in need of an escort whether it be day or three o'clock in the morning they will be at your side. And if you ever get stuck somewhere off campus or are in need of help, you can call campus police and they will pick you up and bring you back to campus. How convenient is that!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 500 clubs and organizations on campus. It's extremely difficult to NOT get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of California, Irvine is a great place for any student! There is something for everyone here. You'll fit right in to the Anteater family! ZOT ZOT!

    What to do for fun

    There's never a dull moment at UCI. Clubs are always boothing on ring road selling a variety of international snacks, free concerts or movie screenings happen every week, the Greek life are always out and about giving away free items...the list goes on and on. As far as off campus goes, there's plenty of things to do! There are free shuttle busses that go to Newport Beach, to Fashion Island, to the District Shopping Center; the University Town Center is just across the street.

    Food and Dining

    AMAZING! Cafeteria food is NEVER tasty; however, at UCI, all of the dining commons have exceptional varieties of great tasting foods! The dining commons are open all day long and the menu changes every day. It's like having 5 star dining right in your backyard!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome, fun, and supportive. There are so many hall activities that bring everyone living in the hall together as a family. Whether it be hall dinners or just watching a movie together in the common room, dorm life is never dull. The rooms are cozy and there's plenty of space. The bathrooms are cleaned everyday. The only downfall is that there is no air conditioning but it really never gets too hot. The best thing about dorm life is that you are never alone. Your dorm mates are always there for you when you need them.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of California, Irvine is the top research university in the US. It is very academically competitive and every student strives to be their best.

    Tips for prospective students

    My best advice to prospective students is to take it one step at a time. There is so much to do at UCI that it can become easy to overwhelm oneself. Remember to stay on task, and to not run before you can walk.

    In three sentences

    The University of California, Irvine is one of the finest research universities in the country. Not only is UCI a phenomenal place to study, to grow as a scholar, and to begin a journey towards one's career, UCI is also family; it is home. UCI's faculty, staff, and students are so spirited and encouraging; once one has visited and experienced this for themselves, they'll never want to leave.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun. There is the Irvine Spectrum just about 10 minutes away. There is Boomers, which is another 10 minutes away. There are many group organizations that set up dances.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the time the food is really good. I always like the stuff they have on a regular bases. I just dont like how there are almost no desserts.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the apartments in Camino Del Sol, and i absolutely love it. I have met so many new friends and they are very nice and fun. Everyone I have met or just see around are such nice and friendly people.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics can be pretty tough. The professors are really helpful and most are such great teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a great school.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is an amazing school. The campus is beautiful. The University has such helpful professors.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 246

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is the safest city in the United States. Anyone can feel safe on or off campus around here at any time of day

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities, there is really something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for Introverted, artistic, quiet life, kind of students. Students who want to feel like they are in a relaxed yet very happening environment, this school really bridges the gap between the two. There is a beautiful park in the middle of the school for relaxing naps or walks through nature, and a lot of quiet little places to escape the maddness and study peacfully. It is also great for students who want to challenge themselves to become better than they ever though possible.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is a very nice school. After attending a cal state and a junior college, you can really fel a totally different vibe at a UC. The UC's are very nice, all around high quality schools. The land, the Facilities, the faculty, the resources, everything is of the highest quality and aimed at making students here successful and prepared for the real world.

    What to do for fun

    Join club! There are 600 clubs, so there is something for everyone. Also there is a lot of nature around. The beach, hiking trails, running trails, biking trails, all are within a few miles of the school.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of food available on and around campus. Many of the major resaurant chains are within walking distance of dorms and classes.

    Dorm Life

    The student dorm life here is very vibrant. A high percentage of students live on campus, so there is a lot to do around the campus. The facilities are very nice and conveneiantly located next to stores, restaurants, the rec center and school. Irvine is a very nice, clean, quiet, and safe city to be in. If you are looking for a party school, this is probably not for you. If you are looking for a comfortable, close to home kind of feel, this is more for you.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes range from easy to hard depending on the subject and the professor. The difficult proffesors are not just sticklers, they are qell qualified individuals who are very active in their field, and very proffessional, so they hold studetns to very high standards, making the material more difficult than at other colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a fast paced environment. Really brush up on study skills and especially time management skills because those two skills will determine how well you do. UCI, like any Campus, is what you make of it. There are a multitude of resources at students dispoasal, and also many opportunities for campus involvement, internships, and community service. Be ready to go out and make your mark!

    In three sentences

    University of California Irvine is a beautiful campus with a competitive edge. There is an environemtn of constant stimulation in the form of research and student life, for all those who are willing to go out and make something out of their college experience. It is conveniently located in the heart of Orange County, less than an hour drive from all the major cities in the Southland.

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 246

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    What to do for fun

    I spend a lot of my free time with my friends. I've made amazing friends at UCI and I have the most fun with them whether we're making a run to Cha at 12:50 am, shopping at the Irvine Spectrum, or at a fraternity event in AV.

    Food and Dining

    I'm giving food and dining four stars because there is a lot of great dining in Irvine and in the neighboring cities; there is seriously no end to the list of new restaurants with great reviews. The food on campus, however, I'd give three stars. UCI has all the basics like Starbucks, Subway, and Panda Express on campus and Cha for Tea right across from campus (which alone deserves 5 stars) but on campus, there aren't any dining places too stellar.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at UCI are very nice and my double room is incredibly spacious, more so than any other college dorm room that I have seen including ones at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Barbara to name a few. In the beginning the dorm food is great but after eating it for months on end its decent at best. Dorming provides practically no personal space because someone is always there but that's not unique to UCI, that's simply a part of dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    UCI has been challenging, especially my first quarter freshman year. Starting college is intimidating (my first lecture with 400 students seemed ridiculously large and daunting) and the standards are different than they where in high school: you are expected to spend A LOT more time studying if you plan to be successful. However, this is totally doable and it doesn't take long before you're accustomed to the expectations. Finally, what I didn't understand when I started UCI was that, unlike high school, an A really means outstanding, a B means really good, and a C means average. There's no more expectation to get straight A's, even straight B's is considered impressive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open-minded; there is something for everyone at UCI. Whatever you hope to get out of your time attending college, whether at UCI or at another university, be open-minded about every opportunity that comes your way because it can contribute to your college experience and help build towards achieving your goals.

    In three sentences

    Choosing to attend UCI was the best decision I could've made during that hectic period of college acceptances (and depressing rejections) and I am so glad that I am an anteater. UCI is a large university, student wise and campus size, but regardless, when I walk around campus I don't feel like an insignificant student amongst some other 22,000+ undergrads; instead, I feel like I have a place as I am constantly seeing friendly faces. Besides the friendly people, I thoroughly enjoy all of the classes that I have taken at UCI because I am constantly being pushed to expand my intellectual and academic repertoire.

  • 06/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 246

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    Campus Safety

    -It also is located in the #1 most safe city of the United States according to a report from the FBI.

    Greek Life

    Around 10% of students are involved in Greek life. Currently, UCI is home to 9 Panhellenic sororities, 15 IFC Fraternities, and multiple multicultural and professional fraternities. In addition, Greeks at UC Irvine value giving back to their community, many raising over $40,000 to a philanthropy.Likewise, collectively Greeks host Songfest which has paired with plenty of organizations in the past such as Make a Wish Foundation and Child Abuse Prevention Center of Orange County raising millions of dollars within the past 32 years. Likewise, networking, a sense of home and entertainment are more of what greeks on this campus focus on.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is plenty to do at UCI. Home to over 700 clubs there is something for everyone to join. There are clubs for League of Legends, Types of Dance, Majors, Fraternities/Sororities, Food, Sports and more! UCI is big on entertainment with concerts every quarter such as Shocktoberfest, Reggaefest, and Summerlands. In addition there are always sports games to attend as UCI teams are NCAA Division I.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone! Really!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -SPOP (Student Parent Orientation Program) is a 2 day orientation where students will learn more about themselves, the campus and their anteaters peers before their freshman year. -Undie Run during finals week! -The infamous UCI tunnels! -You can also find the place on campus where you will stand in front of a building, talk, and hear yourself as Darth Vader. -UC Irvine is a huge circle. So, you'll never get lost!

    Bang for the buck

    -It has one of the most friendliest people of any campus. -One of the cleanest campuses in the US. -One of the greenest campuses in the United States. -Current President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton gave speeches at the university in the last two years.

    What to do for fun

    Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and the Angel Stadium of Anaheim are within a 20 minute drive --with traffic--! UCI is within 10 minutes from the coast, Newport Beach being the closest beach. There are plenty of restaurants, shopping areas, movie theaters and more to entertain oneself with.

    Food and Dining

    UCI can definitely improve on the food it provides, 3 buffet-style restaurant-like cafeterias known as commons. Regardless, the breakfast is supreme! In addition, UCI has restaurants such as Panda Express, Subway, Wendy's, Wahoo's, Starbucks and more in addition to a 7-11 type store called Zot N' Go that has everything you'd need from a morning coffee to an emergency snack.

    Dorm Life

    UCI is home, literally. When one thinks of residential living (dormitories), one thinks of apartment type buildings with 5 floors, 10 floors, or more. UCI is unique in its dormitories as each dorm building is constructed as a house, 2 floors minimum, 3 floors maximum... no more than 80 people per building. You get to truly get to know everyone in your dormitory (also called halls) and create a bond that you otherwise would not have the opportunity to elsewhere. Also, some dorms are named after Lord of the Rings locations!

    Academic Rigor

    The University of California, Irvine curriculum is a rigorous one. It isn't considered one of the Top 100 universities, and #1 under 50 in the US for no reason. General Education classes tend to be easier, but as you move along to upper division courses is when the rigor gets harder. Do not fret though, because if you truly like your major the difficulty will not matter, you'll do great!

    Tips for prospective students

    UC Irvine is an institution that requires hard work. Do not take your studies slightly, but do not obsess over them either. Irvine is located at the heart of everything, the beach, Disneyland, shopping centers, delicious food and more... make sure you make worth while your experience while attending here.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine might not be at the top of many college lists, but it is undoubtedly one of the most underrated colleges in the world. It is the #1 college under 50 years old in the US, and 4th in the world. Therefore, it is an institution that in such a short time has made incredibly strides, so much so that current President Barack Obama was this year's commencement speaker.

  • 07/22/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Party types. A lot of learning goes on but there is also a ton of night life just waiting fot them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Def. go on campus and take a tour (official/unofficial). Probably not a good school to bring your car to, everything's pretty close. Be sure to check out housing, not many options, but the options are pretty good. Some dorms here are larger than standard college dorms.

    Bang for the buck

    Not sure yet.

    Will enjoy being here

    I personally love the suburban area, the shopping center right across the street, and the mall not too far away. It's near the city, but not in it. LA is not too far away, the beach is 8 minutes away as well. There is so much night life too I hear.

    Will learn a lot

    I hear the professors are great, especially when it comes to office hours, internships, and getting students involved in research.

  • 10/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry if you don't know what you want to major in. Most of the people in college end up changing their major because they find something that they like better. Once you are here it is important to enjoy your stay here, go out to the events that are held on campus but still know that the principle reason you are here is to learn, so balance your social life and your studying

    Bang for the buck

    In regards to cost, this university is relatively inexpensive to the average student. While the same can not be said for the surrounding area, it is still one of the better educations that one can receive considering that most UC's charge over $30000 this one is roughly $3000 less and you get an education that is on par with the more expensive colleges such as UCLA and UCSB

    Am enjoying being here

    There are a considerable amount of things to do on campus. Whether its something as simple as going down to the Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) and getting a good workout at the gym or enjoying the natural scenery at Aldrich Park, being here has been great. The Associated Students University of California Irvine (ASUCI) do all they can to make sure that we have events that we, the students, would actually attend.

    Am learning a lot

    What I have learned here is nothing compared to high school. There is absolutely no comparing what you learn here. I will admit that it is difficult but its not impossible, especially considering that both the professors and t.a's are willing to stay after class and talk to you, meet with you during their office hours so you can talk to them one on one, plus they do all they can to make sure you get the material. I've learned so very much in my short time here and its been great.

  • 11/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People looking for a great college experience. People who are not afraid of a large campus and those who really want to meet great new friends

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind, do not believe everything you hear about UCI. Experience the school for yourself. Eat at the commons, stay in the dorms, go to a class. Be your own critic....you will be surprised

    Bang for the buck

    Since UCI is a state school it is well worth the cost. I feel like I am getting a BIG bang for my buck and I have to pay for this myself!!!!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. I have met many wonderful people and enjoy both the social and academic aspects of the school.

    Am learning a lot

    Yes the classes are very interesting and challenging. In order to get the most out of your classes you have to put a lot in. UCI is a very competitive school, so be ready to hit the ground running when it comes to school work.

  • 11/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    They say UCI is a school for bio majors. That might be true but in reality this school and well as any school is for those students who are determined and have great self-control. If you got that then you're pretty much good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a week of Irvine before you move in. Go around the OC and find places that are within 30 minutes away. Learn how to use the bus. Chances are that is how you will be getting around. During SPOP, which is orientation, try to make connections and I mean lasting connections. Exchange numbers. College is much easier with friends. Develop good study habits. It's easy to get distracted when you have hallmates yelling in the common room. Don't get too overwhelmed. You have to learn that sometimes you've done all you could do and just have to relax.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's not much to do around here. Depending on where you stay Mesa Court or Middle Earth you will find a completely different atmosphere. Here in Middle Earth things are quiet. They do have events though. Small events during the weekend to get people out and about. Sometimes it can be hard making friends with your hall. I find it easier to blend in with other halls. I'm not a huge fan of UCI but I do like the ability to go for a late night walk in Aldrich Park and not have to feel unsafe. People around here are nice when it comes to move in time.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently taking three classes. Bio 93, Writing 39B and Chem 1A. If you are planning on being a bio major and attending UCI these will probably be your classes. My biology and chem professors are really helpful. They make sure to provide enough examples. They make office hours very accessible. For Chem I do find myself learning a lot. Since I didn't pass the AP Bio exam with a 5 I have to take Bio93. My bio book is the exact same book I had for AP Bio so not exactly learning anything new. However my Bio professors do add information from their research.

  • 12/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I think UCI is great for basically everyone actually. I think anyone can find their niche here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if you think a UC is not an option for you, still apply. You never know what they may see in you. Definitely get involved on campus in things you like to do and be open to new friends and new ideas.

    Bang for the buck

    I think any UC school is worth the money. They really aren't that expensive and you get a great education with so many opportunities to take part in.

    Am enjoying being here

    The students and faculty at UCI are great people. Everyone is nice and willing to help. You don't see any bullying or anything like that. I love being here. The Middle Earth dorms are really awesome. There are always things to do and great places to study.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are very different from high school, but the professors have so many office hours and they are willing to help everyone. I have already learned so much and I am only a freshman. I can't wait to see what else I will learn.

  • 12/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCI is right for you if you want a peaceful campus. Also if you enjoy or want to do research along with your professor UCI is the right place to go.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a UCI freshmen that has just started college the best tip I can give to prospective students is to not fall behind on their readings because it is easier to keep up than to catch up.

    Bang for the buck

    The money you invest in your education at UCI is very much rewarded with the knowledge you get. The price you pay is twice rewarded because you obtain experience and resources that you will use in your desired career.

    Am enjoying being here

    Since the moment I walked into the campus I felt at home. Everyone is so nice and friendly. They walk around campus smiling and looking cheerful and truly I can't say my opinion has changed. I really do feel like the campus is my home. I especially love Aldrich Park because it brings nature and the campus together. I really enjoy being a student at UCI because I am learning and making friends all at once.

    Am learning a lot

    The professor at UCI are very friendly and have created a rigorous but very informative curriculum for the students. Personally I think they are the best of the best and strive for excellence from their students which is great if you want to obtain the most out of your education. You also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and do research with the professors.

  • 12/23/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who work fine on their own, and isn't afraid to go to professors for help. Students who have the discipline to make themselves do the homework and make themselves read the book

    Tips for prospective students

    Major in something that you're interested in..I wasn't interested in Biology AT ALL, but I took it and I was miserable. It was incredibly boring for me and I didn't do too well my first quarter.

    Bang for the buck

    I have to say that it's pretty expensive here...maybe it's like that at all UC's.

    Am enjoying being here

    The city is really nice and peaceful and everyone here is friendly. I dorm so my hallmates are amazing and there always seems to be something there to do.

    Am learning a lot

    I just finished my first quarter at UCI, so my review might not be too accurate. I'm a Biology major, probably transferring into Social Sciences. I think that The lectures and professors are really great, it's just that the subject did not interest me..so I didn't learn much

  • 03/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    In my point for view, I think students that are in love with nature and science will be compatible with UCI. After all, UCI is filled with many trees and science-based majors. I'm not saying that trees and science-based majors are the only ones that should go to this school, but it's definitely perfect for those individuals that love this green and science-like environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate. The worse thing a student can do once they enter UCI, or any other college, is that they can be left behind fairly easily. Not only will you be overwhelmed, but also stressed out to the point where you'll want to pull your hair out.

    Bang for the buck

    UCI's tuition is similar to the others. Generally, it would cost an estimate of 30,000 dollars a year (give or take the amount of classes you take and where you are living), but this is just for a first year. The tuition is expensive, but the quality of the education fairs easily with the costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many things on things that are fantastic on this campus: the opportunities, the nature around the area, the spirited environment, and the motivated teachers. Even though this campus has just about everything that seems to be perfect, I gave this rating half of six because of the amount of academic stress there is at times. The campus is well-rounded, serving both the student's mental and physical health. But it does get to the point where me, the student, want to just relax for a bit.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are extremely knowledgeable and very interesting. I'm learning a lot mainly due to their passion in the material. This passion really does instill me to learn a lot more than I really have had in the past.

  • 03/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UC Irvine is a great school for those who want to be challenged academically. UC Irvine is a great school and the professors teach the material very well. Although all of Irvine's departments are wonderful, the Neuroscience Department is one of the best in California, and maybe the US.

    Tips for prospective students

    I believe time management is most important. I had to relearn how to manage my time better. In college, you have more time in between classes, but you need to use that time wisely. Also, be aware that college goes by quicker than high school because, depending on your classes, just three weeks after the quarter has started you have midterms and then suddenly, it's finals week. Finally, if you need help then you should get help. There is plenty of help for students here at Irvine, but you just need to look.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive but it is definitely worth it because at UC Irvine, you get a great education. Although UC Irvine is not as prestigious as UCLA or any other schools, it is just as good academically and athletically as any other.

    Am enjoying being here

    I was accepted to many colleges, but it came down to Irvine and Santa Barbara. I decided to visit both schools in order to make my final decision. When I came to Irvine, I immediately felt like this was the place for me. The environment was perfect and peaceful. The events have been really entertaining and everyone is just very welcoming.

    Am learning a lot

    I am already in my final quarter of my first year of college at UC Irvine and I can definitely say I have learned a lot. The professors are kind and they really care about their students. If you need help they will help you. The professors I've had have amazed me; they definitely know what they're talking about.

  • 05/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone really! There's tons of different clubs and activities that cater to many different interests. If you're coming for solely academic purposes, engineering and bio are big majors here. The new business majors are gaining interest. There are also many minors available. I had no idea I wanted to pursue a minor until I attended and saw what was available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up on the class readings. Every class has some type of reading to be done, and if you can keep up with the class schedule you'll definitely be prepared for exams. Basically, don't procrastinate. Of course, that's always easier said than done though. ;)

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you put into it. Someone can pay his fees but not learn anything and say the fees are too high. If you genuinely enjoy challenges and learning new things, it's definitely the bang for the buck!

    Am enjoying being here

    Great campus with a beautiful park in the middle. There are places for people to hang out and relax and quiet places for people to study or do homework. The professors and faculty are nice and most of the students are very friendly and approachable. Irvine is a great neighborhood too, and if you like Asian foods, you'll never be out of choices here! ;)

    Am learning a lot

    I am definitely learning a lot here. There are MANY great professors and they truly want to help students learn and enjoy the subjects they are teaching.

  • 06/14/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Actually anyone attending UC Irvine want to give me some tips? Whether its certain classes or certain restaurants to go to, I'm up for it!

    Bang for the buck

    I guess I'll find out once I start going right? Right now I find it really expensive because I'm only getting a bit of financial aid, but hopefully it'll be worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    I've gone around UC Irvine and the places surrounding it and everything seems great! Everything looks clean, nice, and safe. I'm not a party person so I really do think this is the school for me.

    Will learn a lot

    I haven't attended here yet so I'm not sure if I will learn a lot. But I really do believe this has to do with how hard YOU try not just your professors. I've heard great things about this school and its academics so I'm excited to go.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone belongs at UCI. There is always some person, group, or club ready to take you in and help you assimilate yourself into a life that you are happy with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to new ideas, new experiences, and make choices that you'll be happy with in the future.

    Bang for the buck

    Housing is readily available for those who need it and there is always help for those who have any financial difficulties. But you definitely get a solid education and hope for the future.

    Am enjoying being here

    People who go to UCI are friendly and open to suggestions and freedom of speech. There have been displays of open support of the BGLT community as well as help for those in the Middle East. There are people out on campus expressing their opinions against raised fees or teacher pay cuts.

    Am learning a lot

    Not only am I learning material from the classes, but I'm also learning life long skills from my friends and my peers. I've learned what study methods work best for me through watching my friends and experimenting with study groups and study rooms as well as the library and Gateway.

  • 07/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone that wants to meet a diverse and amazing student body while getting a top education from renowned professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Throw away any preconceptions you may have. After attending the nationally ranked orientation at UCI, I was more than ready to attend UCI. Have an open mind and you'll love UCI.

    Bang for the buck

    Despite the recent increase in tuition, going to UCI is well worth it, especially if you live at home. UCI is known as a commuter school, so if you're living at home and attend UCI you're getting a top education at a reasonable price, AND you don't have to pay for living.

    Am enjoying being here

    UCI is not like the typical college experience that you see on TV. There's not as many parties and at times it can be quiet, but it's nice that it's not as crazy as some other colleges. The peaceful environment can sometimes be very nice.

    Am learning a lot

    I had a lot of preconceptions about UCI, but honestly the professors here are amazing. Many of them are top researchers in their fields so they know a lot, and are willing to teach it to you. It's comforting to know that I am learning from some of the best and brightest.

  • 09/08/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is incredible. Very beautiful, they sight is just amazing. My friend who goes here says that she sees students always rushing to class with books in their arms. Although it is a good school, the students seem to be very rushed, not taking their time for anything.

    Will learn a lot

    UCI is included in the top ten colleges in the entire world. My friend is currently attending this school and she says that the teachers are really good, even if they assign you loads of work.

  • 09/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Irvine is great for students who need a little less cut throat environment. Student who preform well under their own pressure rather than someone else will thrive here.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips would be to visit the campus and sit in on a class of your interested major and see if it clicks for you. Check out the facilities the eating quarters and Aldrich Park. If you don't enjoy it than maybe Irvine isn't right for you.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a little expensive especially since the area is filled with old money. But you really do get your bang for you buck with the high quality education and great living style.

    Am enjoying being here

    Irvine is also located in an amazing area. You are right next to the beach as well as close enough to the city. It is a relaxed area and makes you feel like you are always on vacation.

    Am learning a lot

    Being at Irvine gives you the chance to be able to learn for the sake of learning and expanding your knowledge rather then simply learning to pass the test. I have had a great deal of experience with these types of classes where the only way to pass is to memorize material rather than understanding it. At Irvine however I feel that I have the chance to learn a lot with the great professors and amazing staff.

  • 09/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't mind doing some walking up and down some hills and being around a lot of Asians. Student who might be interested in doing some research. Students who enjoy the warm weather of Southern California.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors on a deeper level than in class. You're going to need it when it comes down to letters of recommendations in the future. Join on-campus clubs and organizations to get to know others. If possible, carpool with someone in order to avoid the costly parking permits.

    Bang for the buck

    The only complaint I have about UCI is the parking. It's expensive and hard to find, especially for the residents. Obviously, due to the budget cuts, the tuition has increased and the availability of courses have decreased.

    Am enjoying being here

    I don't enjoy doing research, but I have learned a lot through some of my classes that required a research element. Having research skills really helps you to obtain a good job in the future. I haven't really joined any clubs or organizations since I've been here (which might affect my rating) because I spent that time working, doing internships, and studying. However, I would say the majority of the students here are actually really involved on-campus. Campuswide events, such as Shocktoberfest, really brings us together.

    Am learning a lot

    I have been attending UCI for 3 years now, and I've come to realize that the professors here are really open to helping you to achieve your goals. It's really important for you to show up to office hours though. Don't wait until midterms and/or finals are around the corner to approach them. Many of my professors spend most of their office hours alone because most students just aren't showing up on a regular basis. I definitely feel the difference in my intelligence level just the way I speak on a topic that I've learned throughout my college experience, especially when others are turning to me for help on that topic or situation. I exited high school hoping to be able to engage in intelligent conversations like I see on TV or elsewhere, and I have gotten that through my experience at UCI. Student services, such as the Learning and Academic Resource Center (LARC), helps students on their classes and study skills. UCI supports student research, so if you do faculty-supervised research, you will get compensated for it through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

  • 09/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a place where they will be challenged to think critically in the classroom but also somewhere fun. Apparently the School of Biological Sciences is world class. The gym is top-notch and there are plenty of clubs, organizations, and greek life. There are plenty of parties you just have to know where they are happening.

    Tips for prospective students

    In spite of being a college town there isn't much to do here. There is NO nightlife in terms of clubs/bars. It's a lot of office buildings and corporate parks. There are things to do in the surrounding area but you have to leave Irvine. So it's good to have a car/license! But make sure you come to a full and complete stop at the stop signs. The cops are zealous here and will ticket you for things like that. Also, don't park places overnight unless you are sure it's ok. You will get towed/ticketed and it is not cheap.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive and there isn't much you can do about that except try and mitigate the costs with grants, scholarships, and loans as best as you can.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love my major and the people within my school (Claire Trevor School of the Arts). This part of campus is gorgeous and so vibrant and full of creativity.

    Am learning a lot

    The best part about being a drama major is the fact that all my classes are under 30 students. All my professors know me by name. So I'm not just a number out of 300 in a lecture. I get units for doing what I'm passionate about and I'm excited for this upcoming year and all the projects I'm going to work on.

  • 10/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Am learning a lot

    One thing I have noticed here at UCI is that there are so many resources to help you do well. Everyone here really wants you to succeed. Access to tutoring (both free and paid for) is incredibly easy. Yes the lecture halls are huge, but the professors will always give you their e-mails and encourage you to visit them during their office hours. Also, once a week you meet in a smaller group of students with a grad student who helps you with the material from the lecture. It is very helpful to have material explained in a different way.

  • 11/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Research-oriented students. UC Irvine has one of the greatest research institutions and is renowned for its research achievements all over the world. If you're in social movements, UC Irvine specializes in social movements. Our Sociology Department has a great, prestigious set of professors who have both contributed to the realm of sociological research and social advocacy. May I recommend you get to know the following: Prof. Caesar Sereseres, Prof. Al Valdez, Prof. Charles O'Connel, Prof. Carter Butts... these are only but a few of the AMAZING faculty we have in the Sociology department. And THAT's just one department within the School of Social Sciences... GO SOCIAL SCIENCES!

    Tips for prospective students

    Because the University of California system is a research-oriented school, research experience in high school gives you a definite leg-up. Engage in your own independent research projects, participate in science fairs. And you DEFINITELY MUST get to know your high school teachers and college counselor. Visit them in their office often, and seek their advice and listen to them! Also, get involved in clubs on campus that express your interests and passions. Without these extracurricular activities, you wouldn't be able to come up with creative ideas for writing your personal statement.

    Bang for the buck

    What with the incredible budget cuts and vastly increasing tuition fees in this day and age, it's hard to say that you would be getting your money's worth for a University of California campus. Many popular student services and jobs (i.e. Learning and Academic Resource Center Tutoring, Social Sciences Academic Resource Center). have been cut as a result of these state budget cuts. A lot of the money is being redistributed from the California public educational institutions to other things, including the state prison-industrial system. What used to be on-campus paid internships at the Social Sciences Academic Resource Center (SSARC) for students are no longer paid. Parking on campus is a whole new different story... Many wonderful visiting professors have been laid off and replaced by tenured research professors. In my opinion, I feel that we are losing a lot of passionate professors who love and live to teach and build relationships with students. On the brighter side of things of the recession--there have also been new student services and re-formed support centers that have come to fruition based on students' comments and demand (i.e. Student Outreach Retention Center, Veterans Services, International Student Center). The students are clearly not the only ones feeling the budget cuts; the professors, staff, and faculty feel it as strongly too. So almost everyone if not all of your fellow professors are on your side, and they do their best to provide you the most you can of your educational undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom to give you that bang for the buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    The range of activities at our campus is crazy VAST! There are so many clubs, organizations, internships, jobs, research experiences... you name it, a Mock Trial team, Peer Educator Program, Harry Potter club, and a variety of cultural clubs. Many opportunities to build your social and professional networks and just have fun!

    Am learning a lot

    I choose to stay beyond four years at UC Irvine, because there is just so much more I didn't know as a high school student. And so much more to learn!

  • 11/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Studious and hard working. People looking to get a great education on a beautiful campus. Plus there are many things to do in the immediate area.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as possible outside of the university's financial aid. Also, get involved in campus organizations. Otherwise, you will have a LOT of free time on your hands. Go to office hours and get to know your professors. It will be much better when you need letters of recommendation and they actually know you personally. Classes sizes can be very large so make sure to set yourself apart from the rest of the pack.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a state school, financial aid is virtually non existent. I have no doubt that I am receiving a world class education from great professors, but it can get a little expensive. My advice is to apply for as many scholarships as possible outside of the university's financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have definitely enjoyed my time so far at UC Irvine. The people are very friendly, respectful and hard working. Campus can get a little boring on the weekends seeing as many residents go home but it is not too bad.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are all very intelligent and willing to help any student with just about anything. They seem to have an deep interest in helping their students to succeed.

  • 11/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCI is predominantly Asian and if you don't mind the culture shock, you'll be fine. Located in Southern California and the weather is always nice so if you like soCal weather, then Irvine is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    College life is much different than high school in both the social and academic level. In most classes, your grade is based on your midterm and final. You'll have so much more free time than you did in high school so use it wisely! On the social aspect, you have to go out of your way to meet people versus in high school, it was much easier. However, just take risks and enjoy college as much as you can

    Bang for the buck

    I personally feel that tuition is just expensive in general, but I feel that I am getting what I'm paying for. Free gym membership at the Anteater Recreational Center (ARC), free shuttle service around campus, and there's a University Town Center right across the campus! There is so much to do around Irvine; you just need to make the effort to find opportunities.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people in UCI are very friendly and want to get to know new people. Get plugged in a club and just try to meet as many people as you can. Get to know your hallmates if you're dorming! It'll make your freshman college experience much more fun.

    Am learning a lot

    If you pick the right professors, I believe it'll make UCI a much better experience and much easier as well. I'm an undeclared major going into Public Health and the Biology and Chemistry teachers really know what they're doing. They both love what they're teaching so it makes the lectures more exciting. Many of the professors here have been teaching for a long time so I feel that the education here is just as beneficial than an Ivy.

  • 11/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you have ever wanted to: -Break a dodge ball world record -Be successful in life -Be an anteater -Live in the Orange County than come to UC Irvine.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are bored, even for one second at UC Irvine, you are doing it all wrong. UCI is a place for fun, learning, and involvement. http://www.uci.edu/features/2011/09/feature_bucketlist_110926.php This bucket list should be a requirement for graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    The UC system is one of the best Universities in the world. UC Irvine has the same engineering school as UCLA, so you know it is top of the line. As long as Yudof keeps his hands out of our pockets, it is one of the best value universities.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am a 4th year chemical engineering student at UCI and I spend about 15 hours a day on campus, and there is no place I would rather be. There are 24 hour computer labs that are a quiet place to study. The pub is a great place to grab a beer with your professor after class. The zot zone is always a great place to relax and grab a game of pool. Students are encouraged to participate with the countless organizations on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    There are about 28,000 students at this University and the professors here make it feel like 100. All of the professors are reachable and very informative. My classes here prepare me for a career in chemical engineering while allowing me to continue with graduate school if I wish to.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Academically driven students. Super over-achievers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs, go out and see what UCI has to offer! Check into the classes before you buy the books, sometimes they're optional. DORM YOUR FIRST YEAR!!! Its amazing.

    Bang for the buck

    Books are super expensive!! And buyback doesn't give you much at all. They change the editions for books almost every year to make sure kids buy new editions and pay more. Its a public school so tuition is better than private but with budget cuts and increases, beware. No one is safe.

    Am enjoying being here

    The city is not really interesting or has much of a nightlight; definitely not a party school. There are many clubs though and the classes are really good.

    Am learning a lot

    The Humanities really push you to understand the material and develop your critical thinking skills (Philosophy major). The Physical Sciences go really fast and it's mostly up to you how you study and learn. Be careful or you can get left behind! (Biology major)

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Apply for scholarships, at least try. After you see the bills and expenses, you'll see why. Go to ratemyprofessors.com, so you can get a feel of the professors and which one you like best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus first !!! So you can get the feel of it.

    Bang for the buck

    Well all colleges are expensive overall. Loans are probably necessary, but it is still manageable.

    Am enjoying being here

    Well, UCI isn't the most diverse campus as far as I am concerned. It is a bit awkward coming from a place where Hispanics are a majority to being a minority. It is hard to settle in at first, but later you get used to it. Also, UCI is not a party school...AT ALL. You have to find the fun, especially if you are housing and no car.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are really knowledgeable, they enjoy their class, and are fun. You might once in a while get a boring, lack luster professor, but just try to look out for the professors that are worth your time and interest you.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Socially active, like to be involved, willing to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Amazing school but you need to be willing to work hard. The teachers lecture but it's up to the student to make the most of it. If you don't work hard, it is easy to fail.

    Bang for the buck

    University of California schools are very expensive, but the education is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy the people here and it is a beautiful campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes I am taking are challenging but enjoyable. I love the subjects and work hard to really learn the material. The professors are great and care about the students.

  • 01/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    A student who wants to get a quality education but needs to work hard and not expect to be babysat.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will only get out as much as you put in. Quarter system is very fast past so if you don't work hard and keep on top of everything you will fall behind.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive and tuition prices are still rising.

    Am enjoying being here

    Great environment!

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot! The professors are great and care about the students, and the material is interesting.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for researching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard from the beginning and finished strong in your last year.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is the safest city in the country, and our campus is no exception. We have a wonderful police department and CSO program. These people protect and serve our campus with diligence and a friendly attitude. They are always very helpful when you need something.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the middle of the campus there is Aldrich Park, where you will find the Womping Willow. Harry Potter fans will spot this unusual tree immediately.

    What to do for fun

    Our campus is about a 10 minute drive from the beach, and there are lots of shopping, dining, and hanging out areas around the campus. There are also a lot of club events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Buffet, anyone?

    Dorm Life

    I loved my performing arts dorm! I was put with people who share the same interests I have and I was able to find my best friend. We also had a dance studio and piano right in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Our school is rated #1 in the country (of universities under 50 years old). We're the Harvard of college noobs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with many different activities your freshman year. Try lots of new things as the campus offers over 400 extracurricular clubs and you may discover a new passion. Go to the sporting events and support your Anteaters. It's a lot of fun!

    In three sentences

    This University is wonderful if you are academically-driven. It is not the right choice for you if you enjoy a lot of partying or nightlife. Please bring your school spirit, because our athletic teams are top-notch and deserve support.

  • 01/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Its great for both social and quite introvert students. It isn't a party school which makes it a good balance for those students who are very studious.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    welcoming week was really fun and all the great activities they had for new students as well as old. SPOP was also a fun experience that happens for incoming freshman. Its to get all new students enrolled and familiar with the new campus that we were to soon be entering.

    What to do for fun

    You could go down to the school's gym, the ARC. You may also be able to take the bus to go to newport beach or just lay around with friends in the park, within the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not slack off, stay on track with everything.

    In three sentences

    It is a great area for studying and a very safe and quite community. So far I have liked the school and how the classes are as well. It is not a big city so its easy to make friends and cooperate with other students.

  • 01/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots of places to eat in Irvine. Close to a lot of beaches. Close to a lot of shopping centers. Play sports. Dance life is HUGE at UCI.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to put yourself out there. There's a first time for everything.

    In three sentences

    I think UCI is a great school. The campus is easy to navigate, and the campus is beautiful. The student life here is very involved.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    hard workers and high achievers.

    What to do for fun

    everyone has a disneyland pass.

    Food and Dining

    the food is okay but could be better.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms could be better.

    Academic Rigor

    it is all about academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are all about school work this is your school.

    In three sentences

    uc irvine is a really great school. there are nice professors and people. it is all about academics.

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    the arc is the on-campus gym and is very popular among students who exercise. kobe bryant also occasionally comes to shoot around!

    Food and Dining

    depending on the food you like to eat, food can be very pleasing or unhealthy!

    Dorm Life

    depending on your hall mates, the experience can lead to life-long friends and study partners.

    Academic Rigor

    most courses are very entertaining and interesting as well as the professors and ta's that lead them!

    Tips for prospective students

    be friendly and open! everyone at uci is very laid back and friendly enough, especially when it comes to finding your way around campus.

    In three sentences

    the general atmosphere of the campus is very laid back and self-paced. however, the moment you step in a library, lecture hall, or study center you understand the importance and emphasis of academics. students will enjoy the appreciation of balancing entertainment and priorities.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    irvine is the safest city in at least california, and i'm sure uc irvine is one the safest campuses. i always feel safe here wherever i go and whoever i am with.

    Greek Life

    there are a lot of greek organizations here on campus. a lot of them seem fun and entertaining but they do not pressure any one to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are hundreds of clubs on campus of all kinds. if you are looking for a specific type of club, odds are that perfect one is here at uci!

    What to do for fun

    there are many opportunities for fun both on and off campus. my favorites so far are exploring the underground tunnels and going to the beach. middle earth, and i'm sure mesa court as well, sponsors a lot of evens for everyone. some recent ones have been a 50's themed dance, whale watching, a talent show, and later this year we will be making a video for youtube advertising how great our school is!

    Food and Dining

    although the dinning commons have pretty good food, it is easy to get tired of them after a while. there are a lot of other eating facilities and restaurants on and off campus, however, for everyone to enjoy and try. some of my favorite are cha for tea, the asian noodle cafe, starbucks, and subway.

    Dorm Life

    i live in oakenshield, middle earth, and i love my dorm. no doubt about. i have the best r.a. ever and i feel like the friends i am making now are going to be in my life for the rest of my life. they are all just so unique and different, and since none of us knew each other before, we are all comfortable just being ourselves! we have so much fun just hanging out with each other in our common room and other places, and i don't know where i would be without them.

    Academic Rigor

    as far as academics are concerned, it all depends on the type of classes you take and the amount of units. right now i am taking 20 units (the maximum allowed) and although the work load is high, i do not feel as swamped as i thought i would.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you do not let your parents take control of your application. this schools loves students who are independent and like to learn to do things on their own.

    In three sentences

    i am so so so glad that i chose to attend uc irvine. the atmosphere here is so wonderful and nice, and everyone here is so considerate and friendly. i am having so much fun getting to know all of my new friends, doing well in all my classes (which i love), and having the time of my life!

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    you can hang out at the beach, go to the arc (gym), or shop/watch movies at the spectrum.

    Food and Dining

    the food in the dining halls is decent. it's a lot better at pippin than mesa commons. the other food on campus is great though.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms have a really unique community environment. it really depends on what hall you are in because it really determines your experience of living in a dorm. overall, the facilities are great and most of the buildings are renovated.

    Academic Rigor

    this school is one of the best in the uc system so the academics here are really tough. it's not so difficult, but their is quite a heavy workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    get over your generalizations about this school. you have to experience this school to truly understand how amazing it actually is. don't feel like this school isn't good enough for you because students here are a lot smarter than you think.

    In three sentences

    it's a fun, academic-driven school with a great atmosphere. this school has such a great community. it's impossible to not feel at home here.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    if you come to uci you must go to the annual dodge ball tournament!

    Bang for the buck

    i would definatly say that i am getting what i pay for coming to uci. you can not put a price on the quality of the professors and ta's.

    What to do for fun

    at uci there are tons of things to do for fun. the beach is about 10 minutes away, there are plenty of shopping centers to go to and the movies is just a walk away.

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall food at uci is at best ok but that's part of the whole dorming experience! you definitely won't go hungry eating at the dining halls but you'll be glad to go home to your mom's cooking.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life at uci is for everyone, not just students that are extroverted and enjoy parties. i am reserved by nature and was nervous about dorming but i found that it was not what i expected it to be. the students that i lived with were welcoming and respectful of my lifestyle and included me in all their activities and tried to get me involved.

    Academic Rigor

    uci does not fall short on academic rigor. they recruit the best and expect you to be your best. the teachers do challenge you but they are also available to help you if you need it. the ta's are also very helpful with the rigorous curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are planning to attend here and its possible you should dorm. it was one of the most amazing experiences that i've had. i am an introvert by nature and i was able to find a group of friends that i could spend time with and hang out with. there is a niche at uci for everyone.

    In three sentences

    uc irvine is one of the most welcoming colleges that i have visited. the campus is beautiful and very clean. the professors are amazing and truly care about what they are teaching you.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    beach, hiking, eat out, go clubbing in la

    Food and Dining

    love mesa and pippin dining. lots of places to eat here

    Dorm Life

    met my best friends in the dorm

    Academic Rigor

    it's competitive but worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    focus on making your grades strong! get involved with clubs, research, etc.

    In three sentences

    it is a great place to be. uc irvine is a wonderful educational environment. there are many opportunities to succeed here.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    they say irvine is one of the safest cities in the nation. the campus is extremely safe with our own police department and a service that accompanies/provides transportation when it's after hours and dark. stealing is uncommon too- even if you leave everything at a table for a bathroom or munchies break!

    Greek Life

    we have abundant greek life at uci, with entire weeks dedicated to greek recruitment.

    Clubs and Activities

    we have over 500 organizations here on campus, and you could start your own too! there's always a handful of activities going on in the same day and you're always welcome!

    Great for these types of students

    if you are coming to college for a party life, go somewhere else. irvine is a really mellow place, especially during the weekends. if you like to have fun but not get crazy drunk, this is it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    middle earth, one of our dorms, is named after the lord of the rings series. and although not unusual, we have a gorgeous park in the middle of our campus, which is perfect for napping, studying, playing, or photography.

    Bang for the buck

    although with recent cuts and ever increasing fees, some of our professors here make their courses priceless.

    What to do for fun

    there is a plaza across the street with a lot of fun eateries and a theater that shows indie films. organizations host a lot of free movie nights and every once in a while there are vendor fairs and farmer's markets right on campus!

    Food and Dining

    it might get a little repetitive, but we serve some legit food! what other college would serve carne asada steak and eggs at a dorm?! we have a lot of eateries on campus and around campus too!

    Dorm Life

    the food is better than a lot of other colleges, and the rooms are a lot more spacious too. the ra's are a lot of fun and there's so many activities you can't keep count! it's great for study parties or good old fun dance parties.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes will really challenge you to think and learn, but like any other educational facility there will be some classes that seem mediocre.

    Tips for prospective students

    come with a desire to learn, not just because you feel you have to or should. ask someone about the handy shortcuts to get to class faster! we have a shuttle service, so save money on parking and car fees!

    In three sentences

    professors in the political science department are top-notch- better than many at more highly accredited colleges. irvine is quiet enough so that it's peaceful but it isn't so boring you're losing your mind. even the food is good- what's not to love!?

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    uci is located in one of the safest cities in the u.s. there are escorts that you can call if you are afraid and the police are very close and respond quickly. i have never felt safer.

    Greek Life

    the greek life here is small but tight knit. the programs are very organized and helpful to students. it brings a sense of normal college life to the school and is highly recommended.

    Clubs and Activities

    uci is a very diverse campus and there are plenty of things to get involved with. whether it is cultural clubs, the greek system, sports, gaming, computers, music, or dance; there are strong clubs for those.

    Great for these types of students

    very focused and independent students. also students who are social and want to get involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every quarter there is a study break called the undie run. just a great time to let loose before finals. right near our science library there is a building that has amazing acoustics for anyone interested in that. also there are tunnel systems that run underneath the school but are no longer used. its lots of fun to travel from one end of the school to the other.

    Bang for the buck

    a very prestigious school that is still a uc. since its a uc it is not as expensive as other schools. you get what you pay for and there are not too many hidden costs. financial aid also helps out a lot.

    What to do for fun

    not too much to do in irvine unless you join an organization. most adventurous things are located very close to the city of irvine but you need a car to get there. the beach is not too far away, along with disneyland, knotts, and la.

    Food and Dining

    not the best food available on campus but good food is only a few minutes walk away. with the 2nd most popular in n out right near school there are always food options. lots of variety but accessible by car only.

    Dorm Life

    i live in the arroyo vista housing and i love it. its like living in a dorm but more independent. the dorm programs that they have for everyone are awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on what your major is, the curriculum can be intense. known for having awesome science programs that are very competitive

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved!!! uci is generally a commuter school but do something that makes you want to stay on campus and meet new people. highly academic school but you need balance.

    In three sentences

    a very unique school in a sheltered city. very diverse and well rounded. easily accessible to students but not what on thinks of a typical college.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    irvine is the safest place. ever.

    Clubs and Activities

    everyone encourages you get involved, the only problem is the amount of money that must be spent on dues. i would advise picking only the clubs you will truly commit your time to and are related to your field of interest.

    Bang for the buck

    not to complain about the united states economy, but everything is always expensive no matter where you are.

    What to do for fun

    for freshmen dorms, there are rec centers which have activities such as pool/billiards and ping pong. there are sports arenas all over campus, and there is a pub for students over the age of 21.

    Food and Dining

    sometimes the food can be sketchy and non-appealing, but other times it's delicious and addicting.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are clean, and your hallmates are great to be around. be aware of the wildlife that surrounds the dorms, and make sure to not disturb them. some dorms are louder than others past quiet hours, but there are ways to take care of that.

    Academic Rigor

    it really depends on which classes you are taking and with whom. some classes are graded on a bell curve which is helpful for some students, and threatening for others.

    Tips for prospective students

    learn more about the financial aspects of college, and how the meal plan works for freshmen. you should also understand how housing payments work as well as how to navigate around campus.

    In three sentences

    uc irvine has a clean and safe environment with a campus that promotes exercise an health. students are encouraged to get involved with school activities, and greek life is promoted. professors are kind and helpful, and it is easy to seek academic and counseling help on campus.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe campus

    Great for these types of students

    bio major, dance major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    any eater: zot zot!

    What to do for fun

    disney land, beaches, jym.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want to be a bio major or dance major, it is right for you.

    In three sentences

    diverse culture nice environment science dominant

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    i pretty much wanted to ask some students what their most memorable moment at uci has been so far. i'm heavily considering this school but feel it does not have a social side to the school, so i'm hoping some students can tell me otherwise.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    it is a very safe campus. there are blue phone stands where you can make calls for emergencies, or even if you you don't feel safe walking to your car at night, you can use that phone to have someone drive you to your car!

    Greek Life

    i am not associated with greek life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are hundreds of clubs at uc irvine. i am sure that you will have no trouble finding what you are interested in!

    Great for these types of students

    uc irvine is pretty much great for anyone. it has a very diverse group of people, so i cannot really pin-point specific types of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    uc irvine has vendor fairs every month in the quad area near the student center. it is pretty cool to walk by all of the vendors since they have really cool merchandise for sale.

    What to do for fun

    i like to play golf at the driving range just about a couple miles from campus. the arc (school gym) is a very neat facility. it was recently built, and i love to work out there!

    Food and Dining

    there is a place called university town center right across the street. it has many restaurants in the plaza, and pretty much a good variety of food.

    Dorm Life

    i cannot say much for dorm life since i am a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    it is a very challenging school, can be very competitive in biology and chemistry classes. but if you focus and study, you will do just fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    do not be afraid to speak to professors! many are approachable, and you never know when you will need them in the future! for example, letter of recommendations!

    In three sentences

    uc irvine is a very modern school. the campus layout is simple, it is circular, and it will take you a maximum of ten minutes to get from one side of campus to the other. it is a very beautiful campus.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    lots of activities at the arc and there's a dance club nearby.

    Food and Dining

    there are many good places to eat on campus and around campus.

    Dorm Life

    not good night life, but very friendly people

    Academic Rigor

    hard, but manageable workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    attend lectures and discussion, also research the professor before signing up for their class.

    In three sentences

    uci is a great school for people with the intention of pursuing a career in the health field. the professors really make an effort to help you out and make sure you learn. the campus is also very convenient.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    irvine is one of the safest cities in the country, and uc irvine has a great security system. scatter around campus are blue light alarms; if you happen to need assistance or just feel unsafe, just tap a near by alarm, and police will immediately come to you for assistance. in middle earth and mesa court, residents can call duty line for any help if needed.

    Clubs and Activities

    uc irvine has over 80 clubs that differ based on majors, religion, and more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one popular place to go on campus is the underground tunnels.

    What to do for fun

    uc irvine is about 20 minutes from disneyland which is a popular hangout place for students. in addition, newport beach is close by, and there are even shuttles that take students there from campus during the weekend. irvine also has numerous shopping centers that include fashion island, south coast plaza, and of course irvine spectrum.

    Food and Dining

    on campus, there are 3 residential dining halls as well as several food courts scattered throughout the campus. there are also small kiosks where you can buy snacks, drinks, and prepared lunches. overall, there is a vast variety of food offered at uci from panda express to wendy's to subway.

    Dorm Life

    at uci, there are 4 housing communities: mesa court, middle earth, arroya vista, and campus village. the first two are solely for undergraduate freshman while the other two are for undergraduate upper class men even though this year there are some freshman living in them. overall, most students enjoy the dorms since they are able to socialize and get homework help from fellow dorm mates.

    Academic Rigor

    academic rigor tends to depend on what major you are. biology majors are definitely some of the most competitive students on campus. even if you have troubles, there are plenty of resources available to provide assistance such as peer tutors and the larc office which provides tutors for several subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are interested in attending uc irvine, you should definitely visit the campus. also, talk to current students to discover their own personal experiences there. finally, it is vital to do research on majors, schools, etc.

    In three sentences

    uc irvine provides ample opportunities for all types of people. whether you like to be involved in community service or enjoy playing sports, the campus has plenty of resources for all the students. nobody ever feels excluded on campus.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    personally, i like to go to newport beach which is located ten minutes away. very beautiful and great to spend a day off there with friends.

    Food and Dining

    food and dining is great; there are many franchises on campus to choose from. starbucks, subway, quiznos, just to name a few!

    Dorm Life

    dorm life can be quite boring at times, but it helps with keeping the gpa high.

    Academic Rigor

    academic rigor is typical of that of the uc system. students are expected to learn, analyze, and delve into the realm of their specific studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students should come and visit the school to see whether or not they like the campus and also come into some of the classes and experience a typical day in the life of a student here at uci.

    In three sentences

    uci is a great research institution that in nestled in the middle of the quiet and clean city of irvine, located in the orange county area of southern california. great students, faculty and campus. a park in the middle of the campus makes for pleasurable study sessions which are a great change from the confines of the library.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Defintiely not worth the $12,000 I was charged for my first 3 classes. I have been a resident of California for 2 years and they refuse to charge me resident fees for another 2 years. I can get a better education somewhere else.

    What to do for fun

    They set up stands along the entrance of the school, selling food and clothes.

    Food and Dining

    The only part I liked about attending UCI was the wide variety of food places they offered on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    UCI does not offer enough time and support for one to really be successful in his or her career. They do not show any interest in helping you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to read all of the fine print before attending. You may be classified as a nonresident even though by all regards you are a resident. Also make sure that you have internet access because most of the schoolwork is online.

    In three sentences

    UCI was not a very good school. The classes are extremely short and you have to teach yourself most of the material. The tuition and residency rules are ridiculous and unfair.

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    i go out with friends , do engineering stuff such as building catapults and legos , giving me the inspriation to move on forward.

    Food and Dining

    i can say its the only food u will eat but its not bad , i give it a 6 out of 10.

    Dorm Life

    Its Great! it may not be the best but you sure do interact well with your residents!

    Academic Rigor

    engineering is a difficult but brings great future benefits!

    Tips for prospective students

    always work hard and have a determination to never give up

    In three sentences

    a great school ABET certified in the program of engineering. Rich in knowledge lectured by many professors with international accents. knowing more people other then your race is great for future networking.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    CHECK OUT THE SEMINARS OUR WEEKEND ACTIVITIES. OUR CLUBS ARE FANTASTIC TOO, AND RANGE FROM INVISIBLE CHILDREN AND EQUESTRIAN.

    Food and Dining

    EVERYTHING IS GOOD.

    Dorm Life

    YOU WILL MEET FRIENDS FOR LIFE AT THE DORMS EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIVE THERE.

    Academic Rigor

    ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU THINK HARD ON THE SUBJECT BUT EASY ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND THE MAIN IDEAS.

    Tips for prospective students

    CHECK OUT SPOP, AND HANG WITH THE ADVISERS THERE THEY WILL SHOW YOU ALL THE ROPES. DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK A SILLY QUESTION IN CLASS, ALL TEACHERS ARE WILLING TO HELP OUT. LANGSTON LIBRARY WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND FOR RESEARCH.

    In three sentences

    STUDENTS CAN EXPRESS THEMSELVES FREELY WITHOUT BEING JUDGED. THERE ARE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES IN RESEARCH. TEACHERS ARE WILLING TO GIVE THE STUDENTS WHAT THEY NEED IN ORDER TO DO THE BEST IN THEIR CLASS.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Its a pretty safe campus. If you are studying late at night and need to head to the parking, you can always request a security personnel to walk with you.

    Clubs and Activities

    You should definitely try to join all the different clubs to see where you fit in. Also, you make a lot of new friends by doing so.

    Bang for the buck

    Base on the tuition fees and the education you obtained from there, I would say you get a lot for what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    I usually hang out with my friends at the UCI Arc gym. It is a nice gym and during summer, Kobe Bryant shows up really early there.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few nice food place on campus and around the area.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't dorm which is one thing I regret.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, the classes are not too hard if you put a lot of effort into it. Also, learn to eventually distribute the hard and easy classes each quarter.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend living in a dorm during your first year to experience college life and to meet new friends.

    In three sentences

    is a nice and quiet campus. It has a park in the middle so you can relax there during breaks. Overall, UCI is a great place to learn because the professors are really nice and friendly during office hour.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you have a car, then you're set, but if you do not then there really is not much to do on campus or nearby.

    Food and Dining

    Food could be better, but overall not the worst food.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshmen I lived in the dorms and I got to meet so many great people. I would recommend getting a single room if you want to avoid any problems in the future with a roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Do your work, study and you will be fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with clubs on campus they are a great way to meet people. Do your readings ahead of time, and ask your professors questions in class or during office hours. For the most part all professors are glad to have questions asked.

    In three sentences

    As a current student at the University of California Irvine, I have learned so much, and continue learning more everyday. It is a safe university, and all of my professors are interested in what they are teaching. There are many different clubs available, and you have the opportunity to meet new people.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The place is pretty secluded, only things to do are on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy if you plan on attending a post-secondary education (i.e. graduate, law, or med school).

    In three sentences

    One of the safest places to be. I like the ARC, one of the best gyms un the US. Decent people to be around.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I perceive our campus as very safe. We have an escort program which will escort any students to their apartment or dorm at late hours of the night to ensure they make it there safely.

    Greek Life

    There are many greek organizations on campus ranging from multicultural to academic. Many students on campus decide to become part of these groups and usually they find one which suits there interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs and organizations on campus, ranging from academic interest groups to ethnic and religious groups. Since these clubs are so diverse and different, as an incoming student you are very likely to find one that you like or fit into. I'm actually part of a Latino organization on campus and it was great to know that there were a group of people interested in the same things as myself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our campus is a circle! Ring Road is the main road or trail on campus and since it goes in a circle you should not get lost. Walk down this path and you will eventually end up in the same place. We also have an undie run every year, but I don't know too much about it since I have not participated. We also have our annual events such as Shocktoberfest which takes place during fall quarter and it is essentially a concert put on by out student body. These events are really fun and I suggest that you attend these at least once during the time you're here. You should try to attend as many events as possible your first year just so you can make it memorable!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition just keeps rising and the prices are going up all over the state but it's starting to get ridiculous. There is no need for any student to be paying almost $30,000 for one year at a university. I feel like I am getting the most out of my education but the price is just outrageous.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much you can do, which is why you have to get creative and be open minded. Take a stroll in Aldrich park or plan a picnic. Go to eat somewhere late at night, like Cha for Tea which is open until 1am. It's pretty cool seeing so many people there so late at night. Sometimes your living community will have activities going on for the residents and those are always fun, because its another opportunity for you to get to know your hallmates and bond with one another.

    Food and Dining

    Living in Middle Earth, our designated dining hall was Pippin Commons. I enjoyed the food there and it honestly is very convenient. You start to miss the food once you live off campus and have to cook for yourself. You will eventually miss home cooked meals, but its definitely worth the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Middle Earth my first year and I have to say that it was an amazing experience. The RA's and staff there really try to put on events and programs to integrate students into the campus life. It is exciting and awesome meeting people whom you will live for the entire year. It's very weird at first because you are sharing a room with a complete stranger who is also there for the same reasons as yourself. However, you will form bonds with a lot of these people. The stranger down the hall may become your best friend. Be open minded when meeting people in your dorms, as they may be from different cities, states or countries. They might also come from backgrounds different from yours, but you can learn a lot of interesting things this way.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes I have taken at UCI have been very challenging. I feel like it forces you into a reality check and allow you to see what you need to change in order to keep up with the rigor demanded of you. Personally, I had trouble with the biology program and the courses it required. It's a very impacted program and become increasingly selective as students start getting into the upper division courses. But then again it all depends on the strengths you hold as a student and whether or not you are interested in the subjects you are studying. I would much rather take courses and pursue a major in which I find the material interesting, than courses in which I have no interest in and am at risk of failing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before coming here take a campus tour! It is amazing to see the campus for the first time, and you also don't want to get lost on your first day of class.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a very welcoming and friendly campus. Students are all-around happy and helpful to others.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    The only tip I have for prospective students is to come with an open mind as there is much to learn if you are willing to overcome the norm in which you are used to.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a great school to go to if you are interested in stepping outside of your usual routine. It provides great opportunities for students to experience a variety of different things ranging from student body to Greek life to various clubs. It is a great school to go if you are looking to grow as a person and broaden your horizons.

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is nothing to do in Irvine for fun. Newport, Tustin, and Santa Ana are places where you need to go to find some sort of social life.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload is a lot, however, it is manageable with focus and dedication.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to walk far or find some wheels to get you places.

    In three sentences

    It is great academically. It is impossible to maneuver the city without a car. The social life is boring.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go around and go to the gym, or any sport field you like. You can go watch a performance or any other artistic event. You can also go to Los Angeles and go to stores, concerts, or buy food.

    Food and Dining

    I've never visited UC Irvine, but I've been to UCLA. The food must be delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I still don't know how it's like to be in a dorm at UC Irvine, but I will know really soon. I've taken a look at their pictures they have online to see how the dorms look like and they look really beautiful, where you can share with another student that may be really similar to you.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Irvine is a very rigorous university, where you have to take classes and do research on them, and makes you see things differently; into another perspective.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to enroll in one of the best universities, UC Irvine is an amazing choice. Be careful to do everything they need before the deadlines. Be sure also to participate and support your future school.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is situated in the cleanest city in Southern California. UC Irvine is giving me the opportunity to have a start with school during the summer. I will give them a 10 if I apply fast enough to be in Summer Bridge Program.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    When ever there is a need to have some fun and take a break from books, besides going to Newport Beach to relax, you can also go to the Irvine Spectrum, or Fashion Island, or South Coast plaza to shop. They also have great restaurants such as Dave and Busters, CPK, etc. On the other hand, there is Disneyland which is a couple minutes away from UCI. The Irvine Great park offers a hot air ballon ride around orange county. ITS FREE!! If you want to stay local, Irvine Lanes can always be fun, or even the Pub at the UCI student Center.

    Food and Dining

    Freshmen 15 is bound to happen, but the food is great, especially as the dinning commons, Pippins. They have a variety of food, and very delicious too. The Student Center offers a variety of food too. I had my first experience eating a shrimp burrito from Wahoos. Food is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    People are friendly, outgoing, etc. You do meet your true friends as a freshmen in the dormitories. The experience of meeting different people, being able to form study groups, to have a work out buddy is amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    UCI is part of the University of California Regents System, and it is supposed to provide rigorous curriculum to challenge the students. If you were admitted as an Anteater, you can do it, you just need to focus and dedicated to school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you guys attend office hours. Professors are there to help you, but you must be enthusiastic about going to them. They are very approachable and are willing to help you if you take the time to look for them and approach them.

    In three sentences

    UCI is one of the best Universities in Southern California. We might not have the prestige but sooner rather than later the students who attended UCI will make the School shine. It offers many opportunities for students to embrace themselves as individuals.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security escort services will walk you to and from class, the library, your car, dorm etc late at night if you need it. Campus police is pretty quick to respond. Zotlink warns of any emergencies on campus via text message and gives frequent updates.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of ways to get involved on campus and something for everybody.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The mascot is an anteater

    What to do for fun

    Close to great shopping (South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum, etc) and less than 5 miles from the beach, where there are lots of bars, restaurants and clubs. Lots of fun events and big name musical artists on campus. Great restaurants close by as well, and close enough to go out in LA for a fun night out, or to San Diego or Vegas for weekend trips.

    Food and Dining

    Good food on campus, can get a bit pricey though. In-N-Out burger across from campus is delicious, cheap, and always packed.

    Dorm Life

    Very nice campus and gorgeous apartment style dorms at Puerta del Sol, Vista del Campo, and Vista del Norte. Convenient and close to campus, and shuttle service available to affordable apartments in Newport Beach

    Academic Rigor

    Classes were always challenging but manageable. You must be willing to think out of the box and be open to constructive criticism from your professors and TA's. Tutoring available at the LARC is very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Speak up, ask questions, go to office hours and get to know your professors. Doing so will enrich your academic experience. If you go to lecture, sit in the back, and don't engage in your academic career, then you will be bored.

    In three sentences

    Great on campus experience in the Global Cultures and Literary Journalism programs. Professors are invested in the personal and academic growth of their students. Very nice campus and great location.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Uc irvine has a reputation for being one of the most safest campuses.Its said you can literally walk in the middle of the night alone on the campus trails and nothing would happen.Though not really recommended pluse it's always better to bring a friend because it's more fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Well being involved with clubs is fun I know from past experience in high school.so I'm sure to join at uc irvine making my future college days exciting.Also some people say your more likely to want to go to school if your involved being in clubs and activities is like being in a family.

    Bang for the buck

    What more can I say about uc irvine without sounding like I'm bragging.Well it's just an all around good school with good people not to pricy although the area is super high maintenance.

    What to do for fun

    Haven't actually been a college student at uc irvine but I have stayed the night at a local hotel to get to know the area.There are many shopping malls near by pretty pricy so I wouldn't recommend it but a pluse about uc irvine is your near the beach and at the center of Los Angeles and San Diago.

    Food and Dining

    Well some people say its nothing like your mothers cooking. That's only because your either cooking for ur self eating fast food or have a meal plan at school.One thing for sure is at this school will not let you starve the students are friendly and would be glad to share their own food.

    Dorm Life

    After living at home for 18 years of my life I can truly say this will be one of the biggest challenges, not living in a home where you are sheltered from the world. I feel that even though I will be moving out, the school I have chosen, uc irvine does a stunning job of letting us decided our residential halls where we will be living and who our roommates will be.Looking at the space I would say its sufficient amount of room.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically this school is pretty well rounded, you may not have the comfort of having a mom to tell you what to do, but there are camp programs that are vary supportive.Ofering tutoring for anyone who needs it, the students teachers and councelers are extremely in touch with each other making it a great environment for learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the campus before you decide on any college.I choose uc irvine not only for its outstanding reputation but for its environment.

    In three sentences

    When I first stepped onto the campus I was a bit nervous.Because, being an incoming freshmen can be a bit nerv racking, but uc irvine has a relaxing invirnment that is located near the beach with many friendly faces.I would recommend visiting the campus it's gorgeous with many dedicated students.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Disneyland is like 20 mins away.

    Food and Dining

    Foods pretty good but the hours are horrible. They close super early definitely taking away from the real college experience.

    Dorm Life

    Place gets really dirty.

    Academic Rigor

    Decently difficult but not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expensive housing.

    In three sentences

    A decent school with a good engineering program. School has some good buildings. Horrible and overly expensive parking.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Rushing a sorority in Fall 2012!

    What to do for fun

    Newport Beach is right down the street!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Do your FAFSA!

    In three sentences

    University of California Irvine is very accessible, it is off of the 405 freeway in Irvine, close to Fullerton. It offers a wide breadth of majors from science related fields to the arts. It is a tight-knit campus with many extracirriculars and clubs.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine has been voted the safest city in the United States. However they have been recent robberies of bicycles however if you register your bicycle with the police department of Irvine then everything will be fine.

    Greek Life

    There are several sororities and fraternities that each vary as there are some that are academic orientated while others are nonacademic. There is an option available for you so go out and look for your perfect sorority or fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone and if for some strange reason you can not find what you are looking for then you can always start your own club. First make sure to look around at your options as there is over 70 different clubs and organizations at University of California at Irvine . There is always something to do at the University of California at Irvine.

    Great for these types of students

    Academic students that are not prone to partying a lot. The school in itself is not a party school so be prepared to study and get involved.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and sororities/fraternities that you can join that you will always have fun. The beach is also like 9 miles away from each side and you also have Disneyland that is always fun. The campus in itself is fun as there are many adventures and places to discover.

    Food and Dining

    I heard the food is delicious which would explain why they say that you gain 15 pounds your first year because you get spoiled with food. There are different options as to the meal plan that you want which is great. You can also have the option of having snacks in your dorm just make sure to not have to many.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are gorgeous even though they are small however they are still very roomy and comfortable from what I got to see. You have the option as to where you want to live and with who. You can either double or triple which depends on what you desire and want.

    Academic Rigor

    The school has a strict academic requirements that are needed to graduate. You will be surrounded by intellectual people from different background so be prepared to study. For each class lecture expect to study at least twice as long.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus so you can ensure that the school is the right environment for you. Do not listen to other students always contact the Admissions Office or talk to your Counselor. Apply for scholarships and check up on your Financial Aid.

    In three sentences

    It is a well rounded school that has a strong program in Biological Sciences. It is well recognized worldwide which will help broaden my opportunities. The campus is beautiful and while it is big it is easy to get around.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's Irvine, so being the safest city in the United States I would say that safety is excellent and not an issue. Don't abuse your safety though, you should be walking with another person at night- it can get dark and lonely.

    Greek Life

    We have multicultural, Asian, African American, Latino fraternities/ sororities. There are ranging from social to academics so it is not all party.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone, and if you want you can start your own club. There is clubs that range from multicultural to sports and really there is something for you if you look for it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You can see the Disneyland fireworks at around 9:45 from the top of Engineering Hall.

    What to do for fun

    If you really want to have fun I would recommend joining a school organization, there is something for everyone's taste and it can truly a place where you can be yourself and it can be become your home away from home.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, of course you will get tired of it but there is variety and if you live in Middle Earth there are two hall dinning locations.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is definitely a must if you have the financial possibility to do it.The housing facilities are great and conveniently located. If you enjoy sleeping a lot you can literally wake up and go to class in less than 5 minutes you are there. If you decide on Irvine I would recommend to do the residential housing for first years; either Middle Earth or MESA.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe the academic in this institutions are excellent and those it is not hard to say that you really do have to work hard to get the grades you desire. Everything is definitely doable and you can built up new study skills that will help you get through the courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you budget your money correctly because you can really save up if you don't waste your money. Classes with a lot of reading material should be your priority; what I mean to say is that you should not fall behind on reading specially because we are a quarter and it can be hard to catch up.

    In three sentences

    Great academics and enrichment programs. The school is a tear one research institution. Numerous opportunities for all cultural backgrounds.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For the most part, UCI is very safe. Irvine is considered a very safe area and honestly, you rarely hear of anything being stolen or unsafe. It's really great!

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everything and people are really welcoming!

    Great for these types of students

    People who are NOT looking to party! If you want to study but still have options available for you if you want to hang out, then it's perfect.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Basketball season is intoxicating; also, Octoberfest is a lot of fun! We have lots of fairs and festivals on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm from out of state, which does mean that I pay a lot of extra. But it's worth it. UCI is seen as the top up and coming new university in the USA, which means that now is the perfect time to get in before it becomes another UCLA!

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with friends a lot. There are fun events at the ARC and lots of communities have things to do that are fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food options on campus and what isn't on campus can be found right across the street in UTC. The best part is that they have vegan and vegetarian options; in fact, UCI was rated as the most vegan friendly school!

    Dorm Life

    The staff for the housing communities as UCI are AMAZING! They try really hard to make living in the dorms a unique experience for each person and since Irvine tends to be fairly safe, it's easy to get comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes can be SUPER hard, but there are also fairly easy ones. Most GE classes are reasonable, but some major requirements can be difficult and there is quite a bit of competition within classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on a campus tour! They give you a lot of information that's sort of neat about the school. You also get a feel for the atmosphere and some of the people.

    In three sentences

    Great atmosphere and professors that really want to teach you. It's a pleasure to be here, although it isn't where you want to go if you're looking for a party life. It tends to be rather quiet.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never feel scared walking around at night. It's definitely one of the most safest campuses.

    Greek Life

    I know a lot of people in frats and sororities and they seem really happy about it! There are plenty of misconceptions about fraternities but if you join the right ones and hang out with the right people, it's sure to benefit you.

    Clubs and Activities

    Definitely there are a lot of things to do because of how many clubs we have! There's a club for anyone and anything but if you don't feel like there's a club for you, you can easily start one yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    People who are looking for an accepting and happy group of students and who are open to new experiences and people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wayzgoose and Shocktoberfest are two of the most fun events at UCI. We have performers and, at Wayzgoose, all the clubs go out and advertise their cause which is really amazing.

    Bang for the buck

    Irvine is a rich-city so there are a lot of good places to eat but definitely can be expensive. The tuition itself and the dorm fees can get crazy expensive so watch your money!

    What to do for fun

    You make your own fun in UCI! There's college sports, movie theaters at UTC, the Spectrum mall 15 minutes away by car, Fashion Island, the District, and a lot more. There's tons of things to do in Irvine, especially eat really good food!

    Food and Dining

    The food is a little...eh. Except for breakfast at Mesa Commons and lunch and dinner at Pippins. If you're not feeling on-campus foods, right across the street, there's University Town Center which has restaurants and all kinds of places to go to.

    Dorm Life

    It's amazing living with people you've never met before because you learn so much from them. I lived in a hall called Aldea and it was the best experience of my life so far!

    Academic Rigor

    If you sit down and read, you'll understand the material. The support system is amazing and we have tutoring such as LARC or other peer-tutoring to help out if you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you go into college, you're going to expect people partying all the time and you don't think of the studying aspect as much. People in UCI definitely learn to balance their social life with their study life. Understand that procrastination is probably what will get you a low gpa first quarter.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a safe, quiet college but is definitely filled with experiences like no other. The people, the food, the vibe and everything else about UCI is unique and different from any other college I've seen. It's also filled with happy people genuinely enjoying their college years.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is rock climbing. The Irvine spectrum is nearby. The park at the center of the campus is very nice and good for picnics.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and made to order. The commons are clean and there is a lot of room. Good food but it gets boring after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very fun and makes college acceptable. Is an environment that helps you cope as well as settle into the school. I greatly recommend it.

    Academic Rigor

    All professors expect you to work hard. There are a lot of readings and deadlines to meet. Make sure to stay organized.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a great school and in a friendly environment. You need to expect to work and study hard. The quarter system works very quickly make sure to stay on top of your game.

    In three sentences

    UCIrvine is a very safe and clean school. The school is very organized and precise in their education goals. The school needs to be more diverse.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    UCI has been said to be one of the most safest campuses in the nation. It has service poles where you can simply press a button and security will come to assist you within minutes. There is also someone on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you if you are in a dangerous situation or need help being escorted somewhere or even if you need to be let into your dorm.

    What to do for fun

    Although I have not yet attended UCI, I have seen many different things that people can do for fun on and around the campus. There are hundreds of different clubs that students can join. Also, students can create their own clubs as well if there isn't one that they enjoy. And around campus there are different fitness facilities, movie theaters, shopping boutiques. Anything you would like is most likely within a 20 minute driving range; even the beach.

    Food and Dining

    I have eaten at various facilities that UCI has on campus, and they are of a reasonable price. They have many different options to meet every ones different needs.

    Dorm Life

    I have not yet lived in the dorms. But I have visited both dorm facilities that UCI has to offer and they are both beautiful. They give off a feeling of success.

    Academic Rigor

    When I visited the campus, school was still in session and I could tell that every student was there to get an education and truly enjoyed the education offered by UCI. Moreover, UCI is ranked very high in the nation for their academic success. And it also has a state of the art research program where students can excel even further in their education.

    Tips for prospective students

    I feel that if you are interested in attending UCI, you should make sure that everything fits your criteria. For example, make sure that tuition and room and board are within your budgets. And also make sure that this school is good for your intended major.

    In three sentences

    UCI is one of the most prospective schools that I have seen and researched. It has very high standards. And it is also a place where I find myself having much success in the near future.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is not much to do around the area unless you have a car and can go to the Irvine Spectrum or the District.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is not necessarily healthy and the fact that the meal plan allows a buffet sort of venue, does not particularly encourage a healthy diet. Hence, the freshmen ten.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms located on campus allow you make friendships and be able to wake up late with a great chance of still being able to make it to your class on time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit before deciding to attend and be sure to try either renting your books or waiting until the first day of class to make sure that you need the book. I did spend money on books I hardly ever used in multiple classes and do not encourage doing so ever again if there are other ways to get such resources.

    In three sentences

    The University of California, Irvine is a valued university in the field of undergraduate research. However, there is not much ethnic diversity on campus. There are many opportunities to get involved, but the classrooms usually fill up quickly and the professors mostly seem occupied with their own research at times.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The most dangerous thing on this campus is probably Greek Life and that isn't saying much. If safety is high on your priority list then this school is #1. There is a police department in the center of campus and they often patrol during the nights looking for intoxicated students.,

    Greek Life

    Remember those popular kids in high school? Now they all live in their own house in a community called AV (Arroyo Vista). If you are tall, good-looking and have money then they are perfect for you; if not, then a club will be more accepting. They go to parties in Newport every Thursday and Friday and usually have police to check their party bus before they leave and when they return.

    Clubs and Activities

    They offer a wide range of clubs and activities but most are just weekly meetings where they talk about the best way to raise funds and the end of the year activity. They are an excellent place to meet new people and learn about the campus and again will only give what you put in.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a Biology Major or a really motivated to attend graduate school then UCI is a great school. There are very little distractions and even though they do not have 24/7 study areas on-campus there are study rooms across the street in the apartments where you can study all night long.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None. There is very little school spirit and we lack a football team. It is few and far in between to see a student sport UCI gear let alone embrace our unpopular mascot the anteater.

    Bang for the buck

    If your parents make over 80,000 dollars and you cannot qualify for the Blue-Gold Plan then this University is an over-priced waste of time unless you are planning to be a Biology major. It will not prepare the majority of students attending and leave them knee-deep in student loans.

    What to do for fun

    Not much. Join a fraternity or sorority if you are looking to party and meet people. Other than that most nights on campus are quiet and heavily patrolled by police and UCI students who are junior police. Take my advice and find a place off campus to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    They offer mediocre buffets for the underclassmen and at quite a price. The food selection becomes repetitive after the first month and is required if you are a Freshman or Sophomore. There is an In-N-Out across the street but it is usually packed at all times throughout the day.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is very controlled and even though most everyone is already an adult they do not allow for much freedom on this campus. It is located in the quiet, heavily policed city of Irvine and they like to keep it that way. Do not expect to party at this school, most of the action happens in neighboring cities.

    Academic Rigor

    As for most majors the majority of your grade is based on the midterm and final exam. They are most likely Scantron test because written exams would be inconvenient to administer to class sizes this big. Lectures are usually not required and most of the information can be found in the book or the professors post their power-points online.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive with your education and DO NOT expect the professors to care whether you succeed or not. The school is filled with 17,000 students plus and it feels like it. There are many opportunities to get involved and do not wait to take them, especially for transfer students.

    In three sentences

    The University of California Irvine is a quiet school surrounded by nature. Most of the classes they offer are 300 students plus and hardly allow for any opportunity to have face time with the professor. The TAs are usually under-qualified and over-worked which makes it difficult to have consistent rubrics.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is one of the safest cities in the nation!

    Greek Life

    I'm not in any sorority but they are very active.

    Clubs and Activities

    Chinese Associations

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Anteater event zot zot zot: the dougeball record.

    What to do for fun

    Shopping! Also joing different clubs and attend campus events.

    Food and Dining

    Foods are not great, I think they are high calories. Although I did not mind much because it was convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Love my RA and my hallmates.

    Academic Rigor

    Knowing how to adjust your mind set helps you to succeed in class

    Tips for prospective students

    Management your time wisely and do the right things. You don't have to fall for negative incentive and stand up for youself. Study hard.

    In three sentences

    I love the location of my campus. People are extremely friendly. School spirit is high and I have fun!

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is ranked as one of the safest cities in the nation. Not only is the police and fire department just down the street from campus, there are also accommodations to help staff and students feel safe when walking through campus at night. There is also text message/email system that informs students of any issues that may take place near campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs to join; rather it would be difficult not to find the club you are looking for. But in the event that this club doesn't exist, well then you can start your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    it is great for nature lovers because we have a park right in the middle of campus. It is also great for school leaders and students that were in student body in high school because we make ourselves heard!

    Bang for the buck

    Even with the increase in tuition fees, UCI is still worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, you can hit up the gym with your friends and play some tennis, basketball, or go for a swim. There is theater across the street. UCI is also in close proximity to major attractions like Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and many beaches.

    Food and Dining

    Though it is a bit on the expensive side, the food is delicious and caters to everyone's palate, including vegetarians and vegans. There are also fast food shops across the street.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life gives you the opportunity to make friends right away. For freshmen, there are 2 dorm areas that are pretty chill and have many activities.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some classes that are more difficult than others, but if you manage your time wisely, they are very doable classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to study hard and to absorb a lot of information because it is not like high school. Also keep an open mind on what clubs you want to join.

    In three sentences

    There is a balance of ambiance and liveliness on campus. The courses are challenging and most of the professors are helpful. There are many career resources available on campus

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe. Irvine is considered one of the safest cities in the world. I would walk in the park at the middle of the night and not feel afraid. Also, there are buttons that you can press all over campus. If you press them, campus police will be there within two minutes to escort you wherever you need to go.

    Bang for the buck

    They sell boba and other food on Ring Road daily! The prices are so cheap. You can get boba for $1! Also, every month they hold a farmers market and clothes sale on Ring Road. Cheap buys!

    What to do for fun

    There are over 500 clubs on campus. For fun, I usually go to the ARC, or gym. The gym is absolutely beautiful. You can join intramural or club teams if sports is what you're interested in. Also, the park is a nice place to sit, study, or get a tan! UCI is in the middle of everything!

    Food and Dining

    Food is easily accessible at UCI. You are given swipes that you can use at the 3 commons on campus. Sometimes their food is delicious and sometimes it's not as good. They also give you Zotbucks that you can use at any food place on campus. After a while, common food can become tiresome so don't forget to bring your own food from home sometimes. There are kitchens in your hall so you can cook your own food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life could be really fun but extremely noisy. It's hard to study when there are a group of people screaming at the top of their lungs during the wee hours of the morning. Nonetheless, it's a great experience that I would never take back. Also, try to leave your dorm room open to the other people in your hall, you never know who you will meet. I know I met my best friends while I was dorming. The nice thing about dorming at UCI is that the Residential Advisers hold a lot of activities so that you can bond with the other people in your hall.

    Academic Rigor

    The Biological Sciences and Chemistry classes at UCI are especially challenging. The courses are very fast paced. The professors expect you to know everything they are teaching. I recommend enrolling in LARC classes if you get the chance. They are very helpful and they are offered at a low price.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are open to new experiences. Also, try to meet a lot of people during Welcome Week. Remember that everyone is in the same position you are. Regarding studies, DO NOT FALL BEHIND! It's hard to catch up when the academics are so fast paced. Don't be intimidated by your professors, they are there to help. Try to go to office hours when you do not understand a concept. Lastly, if you do not do so well during your first quarter of college, don't beat yourself up about it. Use it as motivation to do better.

    In three sentences

    UCI is definitely a large campus when you are coming from a small high school. Although it may seem intimidating, it's a lot of fun. There are so many clubs that you are sure to find one that fits your interests.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be yourself and stay focused.

    In three sentences

    It's an awesome university. The campus is nice. I love the weather!

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You will always feel safe at UCI!!

    Greek Life

    Haven't looked into those..yet... ;)

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of things to do! gtet involved as soon as possible!

    Great for these types of students

    Aldrich is key torelaxation! look for free classes at ARC to stay fit!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The underground tunnels are a must! yu have to visit them before you leave. Also pay attention to th ebuildings because they are unique (especially teh Science library which has ovaries and a sperm going in)

    Bang for the buck

    You will love it there! it will become your second home and meet a lot of great people there! you will enjoy your time there and it will fly by.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the UTC where you have Yogurtland, Cha, and many other great places to eat (p.S. if you are a sweet tooth they have a candy place there!!)Fashio Island, or bus it with friends to Jamboree! so many great activities!

    Food and Dining

    It is just awesome! Pippins is great and Brandywine is great! Eat up!!

    Dorm Life

    I loved teh dorms! they are very cofortable and you adopt a new family!

    Tips for prospective students

    Read in Aldich and tlk to teh professor because they are very chill!

    In three sentences

    One of the best UC's ever. The campus is so beautiful and everyone is so friendly. The atmosphere is perfect for when you are studying!

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I am a student athlete so I do not have a lot of free time, but there is a lot to do. There is the ARC, which is the recreation center, and it has everything from weights, basketball courts, a pool, and many other things. Also UCI is very close to Newport beach, which is a good place to relax and hangout with friends.

    Food and Dining

    There is everything that a college student would want, cheap food along with more expensive restaurants for the times that you want to splurge.

    Dorm Life

    I commuted so I cannot comment.

    Academic Rigor

    So far I have only taken GE's, so I do not know the full pressure of major classes, but regardless the classes have a lot of work and are always keeping me busy.

    Tips for prospective students

    The quarter system is a lot different and faster than semesters, so stay on top of your work and stay focused.

    In three sentences

    A very nice school with a large campus and easily adjustable atmosphere.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Top 10 safest cities with a population of over 100,000 or more.

    Greek Life

    Available. Recommend you join your second year if you decide you want to.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great variety and new programs are coming up every year like the TEDxUCIrvine program

    Great for these types of students

    Lively students looking to make an impact on their college campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Secret.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are active it most definitely is. No one will come and get you tho.

    What to do for fun

    Bike ride, tons of club sports, clubbing, parties, bonfires, dance crews.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is not getting better as of now but there are hopes it will improve. There is a lot of other food options tho including Le Dip and Veggie Grill

    Dorm Life

    Great atmosphere. The only thing that is getting worse year by year is the food but I've hear they will be making some upgrades very soon. The dorms themselves are good condition and are constantly getting renovated (like every 10 years)

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on major but overall it will be challenging compared to high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not have the mentality this is a backup school. It can be a great school for your future if you take it seriously. I am not even done with my school yet and I already have a variety of job offers.

    In three sentences

    It is an absolute gorgeous campus with an excellent location. Great Biology, Engineering and ICS departments. Very young school with lots of potential.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus if very safe. Students do get away with anything and police officers are very strict because they don't have much to do in such a safe city.

    Greek Life

    The ABSOLUTE BEST experience you will ever have in college. All I can say is, GO GREEK!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 clubs to choose from and the number grows each year. Have a new idea for a club? Gather a few friends and create your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working students who know how to keep their priorities straight, but also like to have fun and enjoy a laid back atmosphere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every fall quarter during zero week, ASUCI puts on the words biggest dodgeball tournament. Needless to say, we break the record every year.

    Bang for the buck

    Each and every year tuition keeps rising and the number of activities for students is dwindling. Take LARC (a student tutoring service) for example, it used to be offered for every class and it is only available for math and chemistry. Very expensive, will be in debt after graduation. Worth it? Hopefully.

    What to do for fun

    It may not seem like it, but there is a lot to do for fun! There are numerous shopping ares around town, like The Spectrum, Fashion Island, and The Market Place. You can go catch a movie with friends, attend a fraternity party, or tan in Newport Beach. But a car is almost essential for a good time.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't that great, but is sure beats having to cook for yourself. You will learn your second year when you no longer have a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Mesa is the way to go. Now there are a lot of housing options to choose from (Mesa, Middle, AV, CV, and Camino) but honestly Mesa Court has the best dorms for first years. I met some of my best friends living in the dorms and I always wish I could go back to being a freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are very very challenging and in order to do well, you must work hard. It will pay off in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the campus before you commit! I guarantee you will fall in love with its beauty. Also get involved. It is very easy to find an organization to join because there is a club out there for almost anything. And last but not least, support the athletic teams!

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a fabulous university for many reasons. One is its location, two the students, three the professors, and four all of the opportunities available. I have never seconded guessed myself when thinking if I chose the right university.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Can walk by myself at night and nothing really bad happens at UCI.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many, many clubs. It's one's choice to join and put effort to go and have fun.

    What to do for fun

    There is the beach 10 minutes away and about three huge malls. Santa Ana is right around the corner and Disneyland is a bus away! San Diego and Los Angeles are close by to go on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    They has three buffet style common rooms (cafeterias). There are a variety of different kinds of food, especially for vegetarians and vegan!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! If you know people, then you will have fun!

    Academic Rigor

    The professors know what they are talking about and they are very nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to study, study, study! It is one of the best public schools for a reason. The people here are great and take advantage of the resources.

    In three sentences

    It is very studious, but at the same time fun. You actually get your work done and it is great. It's simply beautiful.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is one of the safest cities in the world and the campus is no different. It is a priority well met with support from everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Circle of Fifths is my favorite thing outside of Academics. This acapella group made up of all men is a great social and collaborative music group! I am proud to be a part of it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Boba stands at the front of the campus are fantastic and are there almost everyday!

    What to do for fun

    Join a club. Also ride a bike or get involved with something like that. Sports are also nice here. The beach is also very close so that could be joined by the bike experience.

    Food and Dining

    I support the food programs at the school along with the choices of dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life along with all the living and hospitality is fantastic!

    Academic Rigor

    It is a very rigorous school academically and is completely worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is very easy to navigate but it is important still to be adventurous. The competition is steep just to get in so be proud to be an Anteater. The competition does not end however once you get in, and in some senses it becomes more competitive but you can do it.

    In three sentences

    A fulfilling environment, surrounded by great people, and opportunity. Has a great schooling system with academics and great extra curricular activities. UC Irvine is a great place to learn, teach, interact, and meet new people.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything depending the distance you want to go and what you are looking for.

    Food and Dining

    Dining food is good the first few months and then it becomes less interesting.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazong, you get met met amazong people with similiar interest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use all resources tomsucced in class and become involved your first year.

    In three sentences

    Competitive, friendly environment.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    A great way to meet people!

    What to do for fun

    Newport

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!

    In three sentences

    Irvine is a stunning community with excellent academics. The environment is friendly and peaceful. However, if you want to take a walk on the wild side, there's always newport!

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore the underground tunnels at night. Go to the rooftops of social science parking structure and look out at the skyline and create paper airplanes to throw off as a competition to see who's gets further. Overall, make sure to hang out with your friends as much as possible!

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall offers an average variety but it's still good to eat at. They also offer healthy options!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome. You get to meet several people if you are social. If you aren't I would highly encourage you to give it a go. You can't go wrong. Just talk to people. It's also where you develop most of your college friendships!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes vary depending on the subject. Overall, everything is do-able and obtaining good or decent grades are pretty average to do. Just stay on top of your work and ask for help. There is also someone willing to help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to schedule your classes with enough breaks. There's only a ten minute breaks in between classes so don't think jamming all your classes to particular days will do you any good.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The people are generally nice. You can take a nap in the park.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have to say this is one of the safest campuses i have ever stepped foot on. There are school police that are monitoring very regular and they even offer rides on campus if its to dark for you to walk home alone.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I go work out at the gym that's provided on campus for free for students. I also play on a club basketball team at UC Irvine. They have many of these on campus for different sports. I also go to parties and gatherings with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great! Its of course not your regular home made food but i enjoyed it. There are many dining halls on campus and also near campus. There are many places to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great here! I lived in the dorms my first year and i had the best memories there. You get to make great bonds with your roommate's and make long lasting friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently a bio sci major and i have to say the classes are tough. If you are looking for a school with great professors who definitely challenge you Uc Irvine is the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for prospective students I would urge is for your first year to live in the dorms. I found that it was an easy way to make new friends and build long lasting friendships, which i think is very important in your first year in college.

    In three sentences

    The campus I have to say is very beautiful and inviting. I definitely felt welcomed the first time i walked on the campus. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants a great college experience academically and socially.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food around UCI is amazing. The food at UCI is okay

    Dorm Life

    UCI dorming isnt like the ones you see in tv or expect of a college. Dorming at UCI is for freshmen only. The rest of the population lives in on campus apartments or off campus apartments. But the dorming experience is fun none the less because you are in small halls where you will get to live with a close group of 50-80 people compared to being in a huge hall with 1000+ people

    Tips for prospective students

    It goes by so quickly, you really have to jump at every opportunity. If something interests you, do it now because you wont get the chance later.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have undie-runs. We also have underground tunnels.

    What to do for fun

    Eat! Chill with friends at the beach. Late-night runs to In-N-Out are fun. Making memories with close friends is the best part. Try going to different lakes and parks here!

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus - not so great. Explore the city of Irvine; there are great hole-in-the-wall places here, like Albatros. Try the different ethnic foods you can find around the city!

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen year is significant in making long-time buddies here. It is a lot of fun and very exciting because it's all so new!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends greatly on what you study, but any challenge can be overcome. A class or professor who is deemed easy doesn't always equate to you doing nothing whatsoever. Easy usually means you studied and were present for lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make your time at UCI your college experience. No matter where you go, the satisfaction you'll get from where you are depends on the choices you make, and believing that you can make good out of anything. Make as many friends as you can; network with students, professors, and perhaps the strangers you find here as well. Try out all the different food and drink places here to be well-rounded in Irvine favorites, like Cha for Tea or Lollicup! Enjoy the mornings here when you can; UCI's campus looks gorgeous with all of its trees and gives you a sense of peace. Soak your college time up and enjoy!

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine strives for excellence in arts and science. UC Irvine is beautiful with its abundance of trees and kind people. UC Irvine is hip.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    i wish to attend here someday. i will attend UCI. :D

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At SPOP they do a tradition called American Pie and there is a secret tunnel filled with graffiti.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take up all the opportunities that they have for you.

    In three sentences

    University of California Irvine is very welcoming. I attended SPOP and it was filled with great activities. I met new friends, current students, and learned a lot about campus and the opportunities held here.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    As with any school you go to, get good grades! You never know whether you'll want to pursue any form of post-bac work, so it's best to always achieve to your highest potential.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, the staff are extremely helpful and are excited for your future. The student body is mostly friendly and happy to meet new people. Pretty low-key campus life.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is one of the safest cities, especially for a UC. UCI itself is like its own little city blocked off from the rest of society. If you ever feel unsafe, there is a blue call box around every corner that brings you an escort to take you home.

    Greek Life

    One could rush during week zero. It is a fun experience and looks great on resume's!

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs, fraternities and sororities, and every other kind of organization.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious students who also like to have fun are always welcome!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year we have a giant dodge ball competition that lands us in the Guinness book of records.

    Bang for the buck

    As any UC would be, tuition is quite high, and especially with the incessant increases that have been going on. Good thing there is financial aid!

    What to do for fun

    Shuttles can take you to the beach. There are movies and malls. If you know someone with a car, Knotts Berry and Disneyland are fifteen minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    The good thing is, there are plenty of options! Everywhere you go, from UTC to the housing areas, to the student center, there are plenty of places to eat. Also, not too far, there is the jamboree diamond with even more food to offer!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome. Make sure you get to live in Middle Earth! There are activities and dinners to enjoy with your dorm family. The friends you make there are friends for life.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are graded on a curve so one must compete for your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should always visit office hours and make friends with the professors. They are there to help.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a great but extremely competitive school. Your hard work will pay off through the great education and research opportunities that you will get.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Probably one of the safest campus in southern California. There are rarely any crime reports.

    Greek Life

    There is a ton! They are always on Ring Road!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO many clubs and activities on campus. Just to give you an idea there is an organization for just about every major, an organization for community service, forensics, communication, dance, and even anime! You can also apply and start your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Studious students who like to party!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a yearly undie run where a group of students run around campus with nothing except for their underwear.

    Bang for the buck

    Great campus, great classes and professors, but make sure to choose your major carefully as some majors really do not help you get a job!

    What to do for fun

    Not really much around here. I guess the Arc can be fun if you like to work out.

    Food and Dining

    The Anthill Pub is a great place to grab a drink (if you are 21+) and relax between classes. I wrote some of my most amazing term papers there. The student center food court also has an awesome assortment of cheap food chains. A great place for starving students!

    Dorm Life

    There are 2 undergrad dorms- Mesa Court and Middle Earth. Both dorms have amazing food courts! My personal favorite is eating at Pippins! There are tons of dorm activities. Be careful not to party too much or else your GPA may suffer. There is also dorms for second years- Arroyo Vista, Vista Del Campo, and Norte. Vista Del Campo and Norte have a gorgeous pool/bbq area! Arroyo Vista is great because its right next to the gym!

    Academic Rigor

    There are some really difficult professors and really candy easy ones. Do your research about your professors and getting a high GPA is very doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive and take advantage of the student career center. Try to get involved in student organizations. Many classmates that landed jobs after graduation were involved in campus organizations and/or had worked during college.

    In three sentences

    UCI in a nutshell is the perfect place for a student who couldn't make it into UCLA but as the same ambitions as those students. Students here believe in the motto work hard, party hard. A great school for a serious student who also likes to have fun!

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Tuition is expensive and fees are ridiculous. Parking is out of control as well. Other than that the school is good.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is one of the safest cities in the U.S.

    Greek Life

    Many Greek Organizations, including unofficial ones.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any club you can think of, you'll probably find it, or easily make one anyways.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart Focused Liberal

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Irvine Sewage tunnels.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the best public schools in the country.

    What to do for fun

    Irvine is right in the middle of Orange County. So many things to do like visit Disneyland, Knotts, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Pippen is the best dining hall, but the others are good too. Nothing like a high quality buffet but definitely better than high school food.

    Dorm Life

    Mesa Court is more sociable, Middle Earth is on campus. Both have their benefits and drawbacks.

    Academic Rigor

    A few classes, (ones for GE's), are easy. But expect science and engineering courses to be tough. But that's why the school is ranked so highly in them.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Make sure to adjust to the quarter system -Use all available resources to help accomplish your goals -Put education first

    In three sentences

    A great school for your education, no matter what you are majoring in. The social life is not as bad as it is made out to be. You are in a great environment for learning and enjoying the college experience.

  • 09/08/2012

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs

    Tips for prospective students

    You should visit the campus to check out its unique style and architecture. It is easy to get lost while you're crossing the center.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is definitely the place to be if you want to learn and explore new cultures and trends. The high percentage of Asian Americans expands the horizons of the difference in cultures, dialects, and experiences. Irvine offers many majors and minors, especially if you're looking into health/public health or the pharmaceutical careers.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the safest campuses!

    Great for these types of students

    There's an indoor track, so if you love to run but don't like to get sunburned that's the place to be!

    What to do for fun

    Did I mention the campus is at a great location?! The beach is about 15 minutes away, Disneyland is not to far from campus either! But you can hang out with friends and watch the Disney fireworks show from campus.

    Food and Dining

    I don't mind eating a bowl of cereal in my dorm. But, the food isn't that bad.

    Dorm Life

    Love hate relationship. I hate being away from home but i love the freedom. It's great and you get to meet fellow anteaters.

    Academic Rigor

    You must attend lectures if you want to obtain good grades! Don't think that because a course seems easy it will be easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never slack off, keep working hard but don't forget to have some fun as well.

    In three sentences

    This campus is one of the best that i have seen. It not only has great academics, but it's at a great location. I love this school!

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCI is a very safe campus. No complaints here.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved, but from what I've heard, a lot of fraternities and sororities give out scholarships and really provide a great experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 student organizations on campus, each catering to different interests and majors.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are willing to work hard and play hard. Science majors pretty much dominate the student population.

    Bang for the buck

    Amazing teachers, and an overall good experience it. It's also a fairly happy campus.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of places to see around UCI. Disneyland is pretty close. If shopping is your thing, The Spectrum is close by. Boomers, which is a mini theme park, is also near by. And of course, who can forget the beach!

    Food and Dining

    Brandywine and Pippin at Middle Earth have very good food. Mesa Commons is average food.

    Dorm Life

    I think this depends on how social you are. You have to put yourself out there and talk to people. If you are in your room all day, you're not going to make many friends. Get to know your suite-mates and hall-mates. Some of these friendships will go beyond your college years!

    Academic Rigor

    I am not sure how it works for other majors, but as a Biological Sciences major, I feel very challenged here. Most classes I have taken outside of my major have also prompted me to think critically. Other students I have spoken to agree.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCI's selectivity went from 47% to 35% from last year. The school is more selective now, so I would recommend students to get more involved, maintain at least a 3.5 high school GPA, take challenging courses, and really take the personal statement seriously.

    In three sentences

    UCI provides a student with everything: an amazing academic experience, cultural diversity, a great location and lots of things to do. It is a very safe campus, and also very close to some ideal locations for leisure.

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Great!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Enjoy studying...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Locations on campus are really good, they are divided by building departments. Locations are easy to find.

    What to do for fun

    Anything... bookstores, libraries...

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students can get many experiences.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is the great school of sciences. UC Irvine has a safe environment. Start here go any where...

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is considered one of safest cities in the United States.

    Greek Life

    There are 47 chapters that comprise the fraternity and sorority community at UC Irvine. The Greek community consists of 26 sororities and 21 fraternities that represent a wide range of ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds. They range from social, and education and career centered fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everything, and it is a great source for networking. For example, there is a Harry Potter Club, Fighting Gamers at UCI, Pre-Dental Society Club, and much more. Also, students can also make their own club if they are interested.

    Great for these types of students

    UCI is great for commuters because it's located next to multiple freeways. The parking and road system inside the university is very easy to navigate by car.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCI has a rumored underground tunnel that covers the span of the university. UCI also has a unique mascot among the UC system, which is the Anteater. Finally, the ring shape of the university which radiates from Aldrich Park, makes it both appealing and accessible.

    Bang for the buck

    The Career Center provides numerous career preparation for UCI students. Work study is available with excellent pay. In addition, UCI has partnerships with big companies such as Blizzard, Broadcom, and Microsoft companies.

    What to do for fun

    UCI has something for everyone. People who are into sports can go to the ARC (Anteater Recreation Center). Students who like video games and other hobbies can go to the Student Center and find facilities that can accommodate their interest. These include pool tables, ping pong tables, and XBox 360's. Also, students who like to read can go to UCI's numerous libraries that contain the most exhaustive books in Southern California.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is clean, accessible, and also offer a lot of variety. My favorite has to be the different type of cuisine that Pippin in Middle Earth offers!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm is located in a very nice, and clean area on campus. They also employ very active resident advisers that inspire dorm residents to join club and activities at UCI. It's a safe, and clean area.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very competitive, and it is one of the best universities in California. It provides the same quality as higher ranked universities such as UCLA, and UC Berkeley. Research, especially in medicine, are more accessible to students.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to get involved in clubs since this promotes networking. Pick up an internship or be a part of a research group to get involved. Also, establish a good relationship with your professors.

    In three sentences

    UCI is located in an area with a lot of big companies and they have partnerships with UCI. The students have a lot more opportunities to have hands on internships, which is an advantage for graduating students, especially engineering and medical students. Also, the campus is extremely beautiful and well-organized.

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Irvine is a place where there is no limitations on what you can do for fun! Joining clubs and fraternities are a great way to get to know people and to hang out at places such as bowling alleys, laser tag, and since it is only a 20 minute drive away, Disneyland!

    Food and Dining

    The dining here offers a wide variety of ethnic foods that are provided on and off campus. Many food and dining locations are very close to the campus itself so it is great for the students who like to save money and walk there themselves!

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is very social and very welcoming. At first glance, everyone is pretty shy but then, as time goes on, your dorm mates grow alongside you, experiencing the new college lifestyle and are in some ways, a new family to you.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload here is very much different from the high school environment even if you were able to take AP courses. Be prepared to study hours a day for even one class but most importantly, have fun while learning!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself and don't be afraid to express yourself. I know that might be said quite often, but college is indeed the best place to show or find one's true identity. I myself, when entering my university, am a very shy person and because of that, regret my actions. Just have fun and join the many various clubs that are available here.

    In three sentences

    Irvine is a very serene place with a great environment. The landscape alone is enough to make you want to stay here. However, the education system here, in my opinion, is fantastic and makes you strive to want to learn more!

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is a safe city. Police are available by call if you need a ride late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs that could apply to everyone. Club members are very nice.

    Great for these types of students

    Science and Math majors, this is a great school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dodgeball game of 4000+ every year by the ARC (Anteater Recreational Center.)

    Bang for the buck

    Textbooks and tuition is really expensive!

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, go to parties, movie nights, Irvine Spectrum, socialize, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food is tasty but the menu hardly changes, so you get used to eating the same thing every day.

    Dorm Life

    The people are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of reading. I can't stress this enough. Do the reading.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get used to doing pages and pages of reading for homework. Keep up with classwork and don't fall behind, it'll be hard to make up all the work! Have fun but remember to do your homework too.

    In three sentences

    The students are friendly. There are lots of opportunities to become involved on campus. There is a lot of reading for homework.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Where would you recommend going on campus for food?

    Dorm Life

    Are students required to live on campus, if you live off campus what is a good neighborhood and the average cost for rent?

    Academic Rigor

    Does Irvine have a good research program for undergrads?

  • 10/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is security everywhere and the halls have someone on duty who checks up on them frequently.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a lot of variety with regard to clubs. Anyone could find a place to fit in.

    What to do for fun

    You can hang out with your hallmates or go to one of the game centers and play games like pool. There are also tons of clubs and sport which host events to go to and party.

    Food and Dining

    It's an all you can eat style dining with good selections. However, the food options do not change that often and can become repetitive. But you can also go to one of the on-campus restaurants and use flexdine (which is part of your meal plan).

    Dorm Life

    You meet friends fast and everyone helps each other out with work. There are also hall activities which are fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging and require a lot of out of class studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the honors program if you can.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a good school with a beatiful campus. It has something for every major and two wonderful libraries. It also has the best Honors program of the UC system.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe. I saw a police officer ticketing students (and parents!) for parking illegally in red zones; it was a bit funny--as soon as he wrote a ticket for one person, another person would drive up and park illegally It was quite a sight to see. I'm very glad they enforce the laws--it's important!

    Greek Life

    Haven't heard too much, but I wouldn't join because it's pretty expensive.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't had a chance to participate in much since my commute is 3 hours roundtrip, but I have heard that the DIY (Do It Yourself) arts and crafts club is wonderful, the theatre group is very fun, and the Transfer Student Center is wonderful and has a lot to offer.

    Great for these types of students

    UCI is perfect for those who like a quiet environment, like to experience new cultures, who are maybe slightly adorkable or nerdy (and they embrace it!), and who really want to study hard and be successful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCI is very into dance crews and they give impromptu performances--very cool to watch and it's definitely a UCI quirk. There is also Aldrich Park, which is a park in the center of campus that is absolutely beautiful (and so peaceful).

    Bang for the buck

    I really hope tuition does not increase 20.4% as people keep saying. If it does, then I'd have to say that it's a wonderful school if you can afford it. Since I'm paying my way, it's very difficult--I work a combo of three part time jobs with hours totaling approximately 15-20 hours a week. Combined with the hiccups in the counseling office, admissions, and financial aid (I think this is in part because I'm a transfer student), then I would say it's at an 85% rating out of 100. My community college had better resources, counseling, admissions, and financial aid offices and I paid one tenth of the price of UCI. And the classes are much shorter than the ones I took at my community college--this has its benefits and not-so-great aspects, but it is getting less instruction time per the dollar amount you pay.

    What to do for fun

    Going into the University Town Center is always fun and it's best place to get frozen yogurt and delicious tea. Also, walking around at the vendor fairs and different booths is really cool--free pita bread samples with amazing hummus and awesome posters for $9 and t-shirts for $8. There are also some art exhibits which are very cool to see since they are interactive. I have not been around the nightlife since my train leaves in the late afternoon, but I've heard that there are lots of very cool things happening such as Shocktoberfest, former President Bill Clinton speaking (I really wanted to see that!), as well as plays from UCI and neighboring schools such as Concordia University.

    Food and Dining

    I have eaten at Starbucks and Jamba Juice. I have twice eaten in the dining hall at two events before I was a student there and it was quite delicious--I had pizza, ceasar salad, icecream, and a cherry Icee both times. It is expensive though.

    Dorm Life

    Nonexistent, but only because I live at home and commute via train and bus.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm an English major, so I speak for their English program--it's not too difficult, but it's not so easy that it's unbearably boring. It's at a great pace--the professors do talk fast because of the limited amount of time, so be prepared! My professors are tough graders, but they are helping make me a better writer. Some classes are easier than others and some are more enjoyable than others, but that is the same at any school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get the right counselor you need--one who will answer your questions and give you the info you need. I had a horrible experience with one of them where they wouldn't do this and, instead, I decided to make an appointment with a different one who has been fantastic. So, don't judge too soon, but if you are not getting what you need, then find someone else who can and will help you. Make at least 1 friend in your classes--it's so nice to have someone to share the same experience with you. Don't be afraid to say, hi to other people--they would like to meet you too! And if you are having problems or are unsure about a professor--talk with the professor in office hours. They are extremely helpful and are able to make things much clearer than in class. That being said, come prepared with questions for them; it will help make the office hour feel a little less awkward. With appointments with anyone--counselor, professor, etc. be over-prepared. Have two copies of everything you might need (if it's too much paper, then have 1 digital and 1 paper copy); I speak from experience--it helps to have these things on hand and it's great if you and the other person can both see something at the same time without having to look over each other's shoulders (and it makes you look super prepared and awesome!).

    In three sentences

    UCI is the essence of America--a true melting pot of different people and studies. Although it took some getting used to as a transfer student, the quarter system goes by fast. Making friends and using the campus resources (different student centers, etc.) are the two most important things to do on this campus, especially since you are paying so much to go there.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs!

    Food and Dining

    Brandywine Commons serves the best food.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in the Camino del Sol apartments, but I lived in the dorms for SPOP, and I wouldn't mind staying there. It is very nice, and not as small as you would expect it to be.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a lot different from high school because you HAVE to do the studying by yourself and make sure YOU are on top of things. You control your life, your free time, your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone. Everyone is just as nervous as you are. Embrace the awkwardness.

    In three sentences

    Best school ever! UC Irvine offers several opportunities to get involved and take advantage of. Best decision of my life so far!

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    About everything is within 3miles radius (bowling, movies, and etc)

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is the only weak part of UCI, rather many franchise restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nearly new (construed 2000s) but noises does not well filter.

    Academic Rigor

    Since its a UC school most professors are pre qualified on their educations.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want peace and good environment for studying along with the greens, definitely UCI is your first choice.

    In three sentences

    new, fresh, and dedicated

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is the safest place in America. Our campus is also very safe. Itâ??s well lit, and we have those emergency blue things everywhere. I havenâ??t heard about anyone getting rapped or attacked. We have had our fair share of incidents, but nothing that harmed students. Though like all college campuses, there are thefts.

    Greek Life

    The Greek population is very small. We do have a lot of Frats and Sororities. A lot of them are academic based, and only a few of them have houses. Whatâ??s nice about the greek life is that they have their parties off campus, AND they have shuttles to take people to them.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a ton of clubs. Pretty much anything you can think of, we have. We also have a lot of martial arts and dance classes at our gym, as well as other recreational sports. You can take archery, fencing, rock climbing, yoga classes, and so much more. We probably have about 12 different kinds of Asian martial arts at our school.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working. Driven. Arts students. Medical students. Business students. People who are nice, love to learn, and want to have a fun college experience that will ultimately give them a great degree. If youâ??re super into partying, then it probably isnâ??t the best place for you. Irvine (the city) is a pretty low key place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are these creepy tunnels that run underneath the school. Everyone eventually goes to find them. We have a giant, wonderful park in the middle of the school, called Aldrich Park. Itâ??s very green and filled with trees. It even has a meditation garden. We have a Pub on campus. Itâ??s called the pub. Itâ??s great food, at good prices, and you donâ??t have to be 21 to go in. Itâ??s a tradition that when someone turns 21 they get a free pint of beer.

    Bang for the buck

    Well, this is really a matter of opinion. I think everything is too expensive at UCI, but people havenâ??t been having to drop out due to budget cuts like they have at Berkley. Some of our programs such as Dance, Drama, and Criminology are in the top 5 in the Nation. We have nobel winners as professors, and have a lot of famous speakers come.

    What to do for fun

    There are constantly art shows going on. There are plays, musicals, workshops, improv shows, dance shows, art galleries, and music performances that range from jazz bands and operas, to a cappella groups. Hip Hop groups are really popular on campus. The group Kabba Modern is famous throughout California. Though UCI isnâ??t a party school, there are still plenty of parties and we do have a Greek System. There are a ton of clubs on campus, ranging from tap dancing and helping animals to law and medical associations. Weâ??re also very close to serval beaches, as well as LA and Hollywood. Weâ??re also just a few minuets from an arts center, that has several different theaters. Rock of Ages, Wicked, the famous Russian Ballet, as well as musicians and plays come to this area. There are some clubs and bars in the area, as well.

    Food and Dining

    The Cafes on campus are really good, but the dinning halls arenâ??t. The Mesa Court dining hall really isnâ??t that good. Food that is easy to make in bulk, like soups and casseroles, are good. The Commons in Middle Earth is a lot better.

    Dorm Life

    There are two dorms, Mesa Court and Middle Earth. Mesa â??hallsâ?? are more like houses. You have your own suits, and share one bathroom with several other people of the same sex. Middle Earth halls are named after places in the Lord of the Rings books, but have smaller rooms. Theyâ??re actual halls, too. Dorms can be theme, such as a performing arts hall, a music hall, or a gender variant hall.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your area of interest, and what classes you take. The sciences are extremely competitive, while other classes (such as in Drama) can have a surprisingly heavy course load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you actually take the time to look into each major, and the school that it is in. For example, the film department isnâ??t production based at all, and Biology is geared heavily towards pre-med. Different schools have different school requirements. For example, in Humanities you have to take a language, even if you took it in high school. And in Social Ecology you have to take 6 or 7 research classes and do actual research.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine students are intelligent, and kind people. The teachers do actually care about their students, though sometime admin can be hard to handle. Itâ??s not a party school, but their is a lively, and fun culture at UCI if you look for it.

  • 11/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe!

    Greek Life

    No so popular.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great resources on campus for one to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for studious students and if you are going into research.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year there is a world record dodgeball game we always play, reggaefest, and much more.

    Bang for the buck

    Great location, just ten mins from the beach and in terms of what you pay for in tuition I believe UCI tries to make the whole experience pleasant for all.

    What to do for fun

    The beach, hiking, working out, and going to the spectrum.

    Food and Dining

    great choices on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Irvine does challenge its students and has top professors who are currently doing research in their respective fields.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont come with the expectation that its a party school.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a great and upcoming research school. It has much to offer its students and as well as prospective students. Great campus and great atmosphere.

  • 11/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food, is the best!

    Dorm Life

    I live on campus, and its the best! You get to meet new people, and have the time of your live.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a must to apply!

    In three sentences

    It is the best decision that I have ever made!

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safest city in America for years (violent crimes per 100,000)

    Great for these types of students

    Academic yet sociable students.

    Bang for the buck

    All UC's are very expensive, however, Irvine is considered a the most safe and is a wealthy city.

    What to do for fun

    Many opportunities to meet new people and expand your social network with clubs or greek life. Irvine is a very clean and nice city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be too worried about your major. There will be a lot of chances to learn more and change into the major that best suits you. IF you're looking for diversity and a school that has a balanced social and academic life, UC Irvine is the school for you. Not to mention, the campus looks amazing.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine has many great opportunities for many fields, particularly Science, Law, and Business. The campus is great aesthetically and environmental issues are considered high priority. There is a high degree of diversity and the school overall should be regarded as a top level university.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCI is already located in one of the safest cities in America, however there are also many blue emergency stations around campus which you can use.

    What to do for fun

    There aren't many things to do here at UCI. If you want fun, you can ban out with your hallmates or go to the tunnels down at Mesa. You could go to the basketball games or maybe go to a fraternity party or something. It just depends on what you find fun.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is okay, it's not extremely good and not extremely bad. According to my sources, everyone says that Pippins food tastes the best as opposed to the others. The other on campus restaurants, I haven't tried them yet.. But we do have subway, jamba juice, Starbucks, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty fun, that is only if you get along with your hall mates. Don't get too distracted by the kids who don't study. Sometimes the dorms don't even enforce quiet hours at all, even when others are trying to sleep. If that happens, just call duty line, tell your RA, or ask them nicely to quiet down. The dorm food isn't that great either, everything pretty much tastes the same and I don't think it's very healthy either. Depending on who you live with, the bathroom can either be super clean or super dirty. In my hall, girls leave clumps of hair near the sink and in the shower drain. Why can't they simply pick up after themselves? Plus, it doesn't help that the cleaning lady comes once a day either.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on what you are taking. Usually the more you study, the more you feel ready for the exam regardless of the material. Just make sure you read the textbooks, go to office hours, attend tutoring sessions, etc. Do whatever you can to boost your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the most important tips is to stay healthy! Remember there is an ARC nearby..use it! It comes with your tuition money anyways. You should always study smart and go to office hours when needed. College consists of little homework and he grades are more based on those exams, so brush up on those test taking skills.

    In three sentences

    UCI is located in one of the safest cities here in America. You can practically walk out in the middle of night with nothing to worry about. The campus life is lively on the weekdays versus the weekends, since everyone goes home. The academic rigor is decent, as I'm only starting out as a freshman so I can't say much about the upper division classes versus the lower division. There are also many clubs here on campus also.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Doesn't get safer than Irvine. There are cops everywhere, and blue-lights in case things really do get dangerous.

    Clubs and Activities

    DO IT! JOIN ONE! The city of Irvine doesn't have much to offer, so this is one of the few outlets for people to really do activities and get involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mitosis plaza next to BS3 1200. Students usually know they can also shake the Mesa bridge by jumping on it in the middle and that there is a building that can project your own voice back to you if you stand in the right spot. Also, there is a taxidermized anteater (Peter!) in the study lounge.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition hikes suck. Also, Irvine is definitely not the cheapest place to be. Rent can be pretty high if you live close to campus (any of the apartment complexes such as Dartmouth or Stanford), and inexpensive food is hard to come by, aside from fast food. Again, the Albertsons on Campus Drive digs a hole into your wallet, so try to shop at Ralph's on Harvard or Wholesome Choice on Michelson.

    What to do for fun

    Check out Spectrum and go to 85 at Diamond Jamboree, off of Alton and Jamboree. Also, join a club! Admittedly, Irvine isn't the most exciting place to be, so a club's a great way to explore something new! Newport is also close-by if you have a car, and the tidepools can be pretty neat. The Lab at Costa Mesa is a neat hipster place too.

    Food and Dining

    Pippins and Brandywine are great! Mesa is a hit or miss, almost always. Campus has some taco, pasta, and burger places that are all decent but not the cheapest. There are two subways, and are my to-go places for lunch. BC Cavern has some nice happy hour deals too. There's also a Wendy's, Panda Express, and a Wahoo's. Pub's also great.

    Dorm Life

    Really depends on your Resident Adviser. They make or break a dorm-life. Mine was average, and therefore my dorm life was average. Again, you get what you put in. Also, Middle Earth > Mesa. This is coming from someone who lived in Mesa their freshmen year. The closeness to campus and the food alone are worth it. Also, the rumors about whether Mesa or Middle is more party-ish are untrue. You can find parties at either, and you can also find study buddies at either.

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on your major. Personally, I'm a double major in Criminology and Biological Sciences. I put in about 20-30 hours of study time for Bio every week, and maybe about 1 for Crim. Sadly, my crim GPA is higher than my bio's by nearly a whole point. Be prepared to work hard, give more, and lose out on a lot of social activities if you're a core science major (psych doesn't count at UCI, sorry!). Otherwise, it's pretty smooth sailing if you do your assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    -If you're looking for the renowned crazy college parties, this isn't the place to find them. It doesn't mean that a good old kickback with your buddies isn't fun, on the other hand. -If you're a core science major; be prepared to be jealous of how much less work other majors need to put in for their 4.0s. -You get what you put in. UCI might not be the biggest nor the best, but it's possibly one of the friendliest. Approach others, and they'll accept you with open arms. -Don't forget to voice your opinions! ASUCI really listens to what you have to say, so say it loud! -If you're going to live off-campus, avoid the apartment complexes near campus if you want to save money. They are incredibly pricy and you could easily be paying for a single elsewhere for a double there. Princeton townhomes is a good pick if you've got roomies lined up. -Bring a car if you can- there's not much around otherwise. -Albertsons on Campus Drive is a rip-off; Ralph's on Harvard is better in every way. For even cheaper, go to Wholesome Choice on Michelson; they even have a 5% UCI student discount! -Don't do a rolling stop. Just don't. Irvine cops are notorious for hiding out and catching people, especially around Arroyo Vista and the intersection between Bridge and Stanford.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a quiet and academic campus. It's easy to hate the campus sometimes for what it is (and what it could have been), but that doesn't mean UC Irvine lacks in opportunity. UC Irvine is definitely home to one of the nicest student bodies and approachable professionals everywhere.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UC Irvine is repeatedly ranked among the safest campuses in the nation for a reason.

    Greek Life

    Small greek life but a lot of people join. It's not necessary for a social life though.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of varieties - easy to get involved. Just do some research.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is a public school, it is in Orange County and expenses add up quickly. Off campus apartment rates are steep. I didn't feel as though I was given the financial aid I needed nor were there many scholarship opportunities through the school. On campus jobs were highly competitive and far and few between.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, sports, and friends.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food was top notch my freshman year. There are lots of local food places both on campus and off campus that provide for variety on a college student budget.

    Dorm Life

    The dormlife at UC Irvine was the highlight of my freshman year. It is cooperative, interactive, supportive, and most of all fun. RA's are helpful, you make a ton of friends, and are still part of a campus that promotes academic excellence so you can still study and succeed in these living environments.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Irvine academics are pretty competitive as is expected for a school in the top quarter of UC campuses. Academic excellence is expected and encouraged.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise prospective students to get involved in the college community early. It is easy to get caught up in academics alone at UC Irvine but the clubs allow students to be more well rounded individuals and provide an opportunity for social networking as well as a balance and outlet.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a researched based university that places a strong emphasis on academics as well as research practices both in class and outside as a personal investment. UC Irvine plays host to hundreds of extracurricular activities, clubs, and organizations. It is one of the safest campuses in the nation.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is one of the safest cities in the country. Similarly, UCI was just as safe during my time at the university.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, shop at one of the many surrounding malls, take advantage of the proximity of Irvine to LA and San Diego.

    Food and Dining

    Various places to eat on-campus, including the dorm hall cafeterias and food court. Additionally, the nearby University Town Center offers many choices for food and dining.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms ranged from good to great, depending on where you lived. I felt that the 1st year on-campus dorms were good quality, close to campus and had their own cafeterias. The other on-campus housing for non-freshman (i.e. Vista Del Campo) had better quality rooms, but they were not as a close to the university. Additionally, parking was always a hassle no matter where you lived.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on major (I was in engineering), but I always felt the classes were taught by quality instructors who identified with industry or research at an intimate level. Most classes were challenging in my major, but all professors were fair and honest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Avoid high costs of housing in Irvine by having a car and renting an apartment in surrounding cities of Orange County.

    In three sentences

    Very large and organized campus with many academic options for students of all backgrounds. Great faculty and research opportunities throughout the university. Close to the beach, theme parks, and many shopping areas, located in the safe suburban city of Irvine.

  • 12/18/2012

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    In three sentences

    In the heart of Irvine, thus providing a very safe and resourceful environment. Has a very tight-knit student population. Academically rigorous and will keep you on your toes!

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe.

    Greek Life

    If you can make genuine friends without it, then don't join Greek Life, but if you can't, leave that option open.

    Great for these types of students

    Dorky--as in people on Tumblr too much, people that like memes too much, and people that are obsessed with any internet trends. That is what I got a general feel of, at least in my dorm.

    Bang for the buck

    I transferred, but still enjoyed my time there. The best teacher I ever had was Chuck O'Connell for Sociology--that was worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There is the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater there, but that's about it. Have to go to Disneyland for fun. Getting an annual pass should be considered. Not too much to do in Irvine in general, very much a suburb.

    Food and Dining

    Definitely will get sick of Commons food at some point. But I think that can happen anywhere.

    Dorm Life

    Lived in Mesa, a little too far from campus, but still better than Middle Earth. I ended up sweating on my way to class everyday though; we were just about the furthest dorm from campus. Shared bathrooms always had a spider. Extremely hot and stuffy in our room (top floor). Bring a fan! And in general, some people meet really good friends in their dorms and others don't, so be open to Greek Life and other activities.

    Academic Rigor

    HumCore was a lot of work so that was the hardest, but it wasn't dreadful or anything and actually taught me some valuable lessons. My classes in general weren't too hard. Everyone likes studying together (well ahead of time) so that can be motivating for finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    SAT not as important as grades (my SAT was terrible) and other activities, etc. Tour the school first.

    In three sentences

    Recommend joining Greek Life. Bit of a commuter school, tends to be empty on weekends. Friendly people in general.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Legitly one of the safest university out there. UCI campus is super duper safe to the max.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is strong. New brothers and sisters are made.

    Clubs and Activities

    Several clubs and activities to join. Anything from intramural sports clubs to Circle K community service clubs. During Zero week, the school has a big fair to which there are several booths that are looking for students to join there club.

    Great for these types of students

    UCI is a great school for all types of students from the high school jocks and to nerds because in all, you will be in the same platform to a top notch student in the University of California Irvine. Everybody is open minded, welcoming, and diverse in people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Living in Crickhollow, across from the all girls hall called Oakenshield, it has been a tradition to steal the huge monkey from the all girls hall and keep it in our hall for our pleasure.(: It's all fun and games!

    Bang for the buck

    Go Mighty Anteaters Go! Beat Each Opposing Foe! Oh We'll Win The Battle Tonight! U - C - I, Fight! We're Marching To Victory! Colors Aloft, For All To See! Oh How Faithful We'll Always Be, Oh True To The Blue and Gold! U - C - I Zot UCI Fight, Fight To Alma Mater We Sing, Long Let Our Praises Ring, Oh All Hail To Irvine! U - C - I! BIG C We are sons of California Fighting for the Gold and Blue Palms of Glory we will win for Alma Mater True Long Beach State will soon be routed By our dazzling C and when we serpentine, their black will turn to green in our hour of victory! U (clap, clap, clap) C (clap, clap, clap), I (clap, clap, clap) Zot (clap, clap, clap) U, C, I, ZOT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

    What to do for fun

    For fun at UCI there are a lot of things to do besides studying, studying, and studying. As it is colleges, there are parties that are held by fraternities and sororities that you can go to fun fun; however, if your not all that into partying like me, there are always the fun game rooms you can go to and play video games, pool, air hockey, or the hall favorite ping pong. In addition, there is free access to the ARC (Anteater Recreation Center). It is a great place to go work out, go for a swim, beast at the courts; In all, it is a state of the art gym free for UCI students.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is very yummy n my tummy! P: Pippins, Brandywine, and Mesa Commons are the three dining commons in UCI that are built to be buffet style. Living in Middle Earth dorms, I have the luxury to have easy access to going to Pippins and Brandywine and their food is great. There is different types of prepared from Asian food to American food. The dining halls are run by professional chefs. The dining halls are very big in which it is a good place for little get to togethers with friends. Meal plan wise, there is the unlimited or 100 block food plan; I was pleased to have the unlimited food plan to where I could swipe in to the dining commons at anytime without worrying about how many meals I have left. Food and dining at UCI is.....well lets just say I actually achieved the freshmen 15 saying.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing! You meet different types of people who are easy to get along with and are fun to be around. I currently live in Crickhollow, which I must say is the best hall in UCI dorms of the 2012-2013 school year. Big thanks to our RA Colin for being so great in not only being a resident advisor but also being a mentor to us first years. There several activities at the dorms anywhere from movie and karaoke nights to hall mixer/party. To dorm in UCI is a great experience; Dorm life here makes the transition from high school to college easier and joyful.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically UCI is pretty rigorous like all UC's but it is very manageable. Living in the dorms and making friends in class allows the academic rigor be less rigorous as it sounds. College level academics is a lot different than high school level academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Socializing and meeting new people is important to have an easier life in college. Break the ice and Pop your bubble. UCI is a new beginning. UCI will be a home away from home. Expect the unexpected. Fun!Fun!FUN!

    In three sentences

    Apply to UCI. Once an Anteater always an Anteater! Anteaters makes the sound zot; ZOT!ZOT!ZOT!

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is not bad at all. Commons does have its off days but for the most part, they are pretty good with food. Meal system is based on a one swipe, one meal program and for Freshman, your choices are between a 100-meal block plan and an unlimited meal plan. If you eat all the time (or go home a lot), I really suggest the unlimited.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is one of the best parts of college. It's such a great way to meet people and connect with those who you would never meet had not you would have been placed in the same dorm hall. Hall activities are a great time to bond with potential college and lasting friends.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Irvine is challenging but not impossible. If you really work hard and by that I mean do your readings, go to class (you'd be surprised how many people skip class) study and take every opportunity to get help when you need it (even when you think you don't), you will be fine. Your grades are really based on you get what you deserve. Work hard and all that work will pay off.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Study

    Tips for prospective students

    Study a lot!

    In three sentences

    Expensive, pretty, and hard

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is rated as one of the safest cities in U.S.A. There are very few crimes happened in Irvine. Sometimes the school newspaper will list a crime report and most crimes can fit in a half page.

    Clubs and Activities

    You should definitely join a club or any other activity at UCI. UCI offers a lot of clubs and activities and I am sure you will find one that you are interested in. Since I was in my freshman year, I joined Swing Dance club, Accounting Association, and Intramural Soccer. They were all really fun and I got to meet a lot of new people that have similar interest. The staff who run the clubs are really fun and willing to offer help to their club members. Nevertheless, joining clubs and activities can enhance your commutative skills and the experience you gain can expand your resume.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Apparently, there is a secret UCI Tunnel right outside of Mesa Court. The UCI Tunnel is underground and has many graffiti that were drawn by UCI students.

    What to do for fun

    I would say go to movies and dinner with the halls. Also, I will go to the Anteater Recreation Center with friends and work-out together. If it is possible, you can schedule a date for bonfire at Huntington Beach with your friends and classmates. Everything that you need is really close to campus and I am sure you can find what you want to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    I heard that Pippin Common used to have fantastic food and taste. However, due to a change of chef and staff members, the quality of food at Pippin Common is not that great anymore. The chef seems to put so much oil in everything he or she cooks; even the breakfast is really oil. Mesa Common has similar quality of food as Pippin Common; but Mesa Common is a better environment to enjoy eating lunch and dinner. Because most people usually go to Pippin Common, I understand that it is difficult for staff to complete their cleaning duties. However, Pippin Common still need an improvement in cleaning and food quality. Nevertheless, out of the three dining halls, I would say I that like Brandywine the most. The quality of food is a little better than Pippin and Mesa. Not only that, the food they made at Brandywine really fits my taste. I really recommend its Spam Musubi and Pasta. The negative part about Brandywine is that it is a bad time to eat lunch during 12 because there will be a long line outside.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm life. It is the best experience since I attend college because most of the closest friends I have met in college are from my hall. I am really grateful that UCI has putted me into a hall with these fantastic people. My hall adviser is really nice and excellent in creating events for the hall. I really had a great time in the hall even though UCI gave me a triple room instead of a double. If you apply for Middle Earth, try to apply for a double or single. I lived in a triple last year and it is the smallest room I have ever lived. I don't think preference really matters when you apply for Middle Earth. One of my friends applied for a single and he got a double instead. I applied for a double and got a triple room. Yet, if you got a triple room, don't be frustrated. In my experience, you will probably meet some of your coolest roommates there.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, college is so much different than what you expected from high school. There may be a chance that you think you can survive 20 units, which is 5 courses, in college since you have done so in high school. Well, you may be wrong. Depended on your major, some courses in college are much more difficult than high school courses. Unless you are taking all GE courses, I don't suggest taking 5 courses in one quarter. I would say that courses are not difficult as long as you complete your assignments and ask for help when you need it. If you schedule your time well, you can pass all your courses and receive a dean's list at the end of quarter.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend students read the syllabus before attend their classes. Syllabus really helps because it provides all the details and overview of the course. Also, I would recommend students go to office hours if they need help. I personally have gone to office hours when I need help and I manage to pass the classes with As. Nevertheless, I would recommend students meet new people and friends when they live in the hall. Sometimes friends are really helpful because you can form a study group and work on the assignments together.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine has a really great study and social environment for students to engage their learning skills and to expand their social networks. UCI has really great faculty and staff that will be there to help students to find their career. Nevertheless, because most lecture halls and buildings are surrounding Aldrich Park and located nearby each other, students can easily find their classrooms and professors' offices.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UC Irvine is located in what was ranked the safest city in the nation. Your safety is guaranteed here and criminal acts on the campus is rare. The school has put restrictions on bicycles and skateboards on certain areas on campus to assure pedestrian safety and there are posts where you can call security to escort you if you feel uncomfortable traveling on campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life lacks at UC Irvine. Most of the frats and sororities are similar to one another and there isn't much variety. A lot of them do some serious hazing and it takes up a lot of time.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a wide variety of clubs, including those that pertain to people's majors, that celebrate many interests and cultures. US Irvine holds lots of events especially during week zero of the Fall quarter and it really helps students get involved and feel at home with the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    UC Irvine is great for all type of students. The environment is friendly and it guarantees you a quality education. If you love to dance I definitely recommend you consider UC Irvine. We have many different dace crews to choose from and your invited to attend any workshop for the dance crews even if you don't actually plan to join. However, UC Irvine does not have any graphic designing or art majors to choose from, so if you are looking into those this is the one time I don't recommend this school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UC Irvine has a lot of events throughout the year. We have clubs selling food and boba on Ring Mall. We have Shocktoberfest and EDC here every year on campus. These are very popular concerts and many times well known artists play here. We have Soulstice which is a fun event where any student can perform for others on stage. We have a large park in the middle of campus and a lot of time students go here to nap, study, or look for bunnies! We have the tunnels, a very funa experience at night, which takes you underground.

    Bang for the buck

    UC Irvine has everything you need here. You are guaranteed an outstanding education here as long as you are striving to achieve, which really makes the money you spend each year worth it. Books and supplies will be costly, but it is actually less costly than most other UC's and Cal States.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do in the Irvine area especially if you have a car. There is the UTC, stands for University Town Center, with different food shops, a Trader Joe's, movie theater, etc. Nearby is Fashion Island, which is a very beautiful mall and it is fun to visit. The beach is not too far away and it is an easy drive to get there so there is always time on the weekends are after class to go soak up some sun and play in the water.

    Food and Dining

    We don't have a large variety of fast food restaurants on our campus here, but around campus you can find just about anything. The common food is just your average cafeteria like food, but you can always find something you like and on occasion there are outstanding meals.

    Dorm Life

    I currently am living in a dorm here and it has been the greatest experience of my life. You get to know so many new people and UC Irvine's housing has a great sense of community. Everyone is closely knitted and most of us have met friends in or dorms that we will keep for a lifetime. The rooms are a nice size, except the triple might be a little crowded for a few people depending on how much yo bring along with you here.

    Academic Rigor

    Th professors do expect you to always meet your deadlines. It honestly not too much to ask for since they need to keep track of so many students and it should not be their responsibility to keep track of so many different students. Most tests are fair and can be passed as long as you put some time in to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you always meet deadlines and constantly check your e-mail for updates. Keep organized and make sure you know when everything needs to be done. Make sure you study and know what you are talking about because there won't be any help on the tests.

    In three sentences

    The campus has a very friendly and welcoming environment. The students and faculty here are for the most part nice and helpful. It is my first year and I have already been able to connect with many others.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is an issue at all at UCI. There are blue lights almost everywhere in case something does happen, however, I never feel in danger walking around at night. Not even when I'm alone.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is nice. Theres a lot of unique rush events and the housing for the greeks are really pretty. It's expensive, but worth it if you can afford it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO many clubs and activities you can do. It ranges from typical leadership clubs (ASUCI) to community service (Circle K) to ethnic clubs (Vietnamese Student Association, Korean American Student Association, Chinese Association) to physical things (Gym called ARC (antereater recreational center) and tennis club. Theres even a chess club or starcraft club.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students who aren't the party-crazy type. There are parties and clubbing events going on around campus and in nearby cities, but its not crazy where there's a party going on every night all around campus. If you want to party, you can find it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the cool things about Mesa Court is there is a secret piano room right below the Mesa Parking structure. There are sound proof rooms and a piano in each room to practice in.

    Bang for the buck

    UCI is pretty expensive, however the city itself is a rich city. The area is so peaceful and nice and the food is great. Weather is good, close to the beach. There's a lot of things to do if you want to find it. There's four pretty nice close malls that you can pick from: Crystal Cove, Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum, and South Coast Plaza. Plus, having a car helps because theres a lot more nightlife going on in neighboring cities like Santa Ana, Anaheim, Fountain Valley.

    What to do for fun

    If you're bored, theres activities going on all over campus: intramural sports, clubs, workshops, and other social activities. ASUCI (a leadership club) often hosts movie nights.

    Food and Dining

    Brandywine commons has the best food! Mesa commons and Pippins commons are also good, just not as great. Mesa commons breakfast is the best though.

    Dorm Life

    I personally live in Mesa Court and I love it. The environment is beautiful. It's like living in a small town of your own. Some of the dorms are more set up like hotels and others are more home-y. The newer ones have elevators. Mesa rooms are typically bigger than Middle Earth rooms. I've hear Middle Earth is also very fun. There's a big debate on which dorms are better.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard, however, they have many fun classes as well to fill your GE's. African American Studies is a good one if you're interested in race and racism.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your GPA up, get a good SAT/ACT score and write a good personal statement! UCI is upping its standards according to my incoming year (2012/2013 freshmen). Many people who seemed likely to get in did not, and UCI under accepted so they had to accept so many appeals.

    In three sentences

    University of California, Irvine, is definitely a great place to go to school. The environment is nice, the people are friendly, and the weather is great. There are a lot of good restaurants around and the beach is really close as well.

  • 03/03/2013

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    Food and Dining

    There are lots of eating options nearby.

    Dorm Life

    My cousin goes to this school and she loves it. She says you meet the most amazing people that come from even outside of California.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes run out quick, so be sure to apply early.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is easily the safest campus in the state of California. The police force on campus does not mess around. Not to mention that it is in the 2nd safest city in the state of California.

    Greek Life

    The Greek community is very productive, it raises hundred of thousands of dollars for great foundations every year. We have the largest philanthropy on the west coast, Greek Songfest, which allows the community to come together to put on a showcase of shortened musicals and raise money for a foundation of the Executive Councils choice every year.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and organizations you can join. Enough to cater to every single type of person.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that value relationships with people and people that want to make a lot of money in their future careers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a massive park in the center of campus. It really is a sight for sore eyes, especially after a long day of classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition includes hundreds of services and resources to succeed.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is 10 minutes away at max and there is a multitude of things to do in Newport.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options for food on campus, such as subway, jamba juice, pasta places, Mexican food and many more. The dining halls for freshmen offer a wide variety of food that changes every day.

    Dorm Life

    The residence communities are very helpful in transitioning Freshmen into college life.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a very competitive university and challenges its students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    My best tip for prospective students is to join as many things as possible when you get here. Get involved and narrow down your options to a few that you feel passionate about.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a very student friendly university, namely, it offers an unlimited amount of resources to allow students to succeed in their academic endeavors. The professors are all professionals and respected in their fields study. There are hundreds of clubs and organizations you can join to get involved on campus.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is VERY safe!

    Great for these types of students

    There are a lot of Asians.

    What to do for fun

    Newport beach is close by!

    Food and Dining

    Commons is a great place to eat! Only thing is I wish it was not so expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the Dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard and require a great amount of time. I say this because I am an athlete here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk yourself up when applying. Also ask people for help and if you do not understand, ask again. It's what people get paid to do so bug them some more.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school to get an education. It is in a nice location and the school is not too big or not too small. I wish it was more diverse.

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a few clubs that are fun to join and participate in, but the surrounding area of Irvine has little to do for fun. But this is up to the person, and one may find fun in places.

    Food and Dining

    Decent enough food for campus, they offer a variety of choices, though some dining halls are better in terms of quality. If you aren't up for dining halls, there are a variety of other places to eat at on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Decent, though some people tend to leave their stuff everywhere in the shared areas and are loud.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging enough courses, yet still enjoyable if you're interested in the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to take advantage of AP class opportunities if you can, since the credits from the test if you pass let you skip classes, get more units, and open your enrollment window earlier than most.

    In three sentences

    A clean, nice campus that has an overall friendly environment. The activities, such as clubs, are varied and interesting, ranging from a variety of interests and subjects.

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is pretty good, but make sure not to become dependent on it. Go into the city to try the cuisine, go to the market to make your own dinner, and don't fall into the chasm of the freshmen 15. Go to the gym to burn it off.

    Dorm Life

    A great experience to meet new people and make life long friends. Avoid a single room dorm and don't room with someone you already know, take a chance to get out of your shell and have a new experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It ranks that of UCLA, just because its name is not as prominent as its LA brethren does not mean it is any less exceptional.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't just stay on campus, explore the city, take in all the wonderful things it offers.

    In three sentences

    UCI isn't only a great school, but provides a great environment to not only study but work in as well. It has some of the latest equipment for student to make use of; it is also continuing to expand, for example its latest edition of a law school to the campus. Beyond that, the city it lies in provides a energetic yet safe community to live in.

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can definitely say that UCI is an extremely safe campus. I feel completely comfortable walking across campus at night, even after midnight. Of course, always take a friend to accompany you! There is even a hotline number to call when you feel unsafe to walk back to your home; they campus security will drive you back to your place!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is such an abundance of clubs and groups on campus. There is without a doubt that a prospective student will find their niche in one of them!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone who wants to stay super safe [Irvine is one of the safest cities in America], do research, join dance crews, join the men's volleyball or basketball team, loves boba and enjoys mother nature.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCI is definitely know for many things. A few are: the green campus, swagman, Ring Road booths/flyers, and much more!

    Bang for the buck

    Irvine is just an expensive place to live. The college itself is expensive too, especially with rates increasing! Make sure to apply for financial aid and scholarships!

    What to do for fun

    There is a good amount of things on campus to do, especially when you're involved in clubs or organizations. ASUCI, the student government, also hosts a few things every year including a Shocktoberfest [a concert], Soulstice [student talent show] and Wayzgoose [club fair]. Off campus, you might need a car to get places!

    Food and Dining

    There is always more than enough food, just remember not to overfeed yourself. After a while, the dorm food became heavy and repetitive, but what else can you expect? It's not dreadfully terrible. You just don't want to eat it every single day!

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely loved loved loved my dorm life. I lived in Middle Earth my first year and they had great community. That's what I really looked for in college: connecting with others who have just entered college. I had no problems bonding with my hall mates that year and we continue to be friends to this day. Not sure what to say about Mesa [the other dorm community], but giving Middle Earth five stars!

    Academic Rigor

    As a double major in International Studies and Psychology and Social Behavior, the classes aren't too rigorous and strenuous. I still have time for extracurricular activities such as clubs and volunteering. A lot of materials are in your books, so make sure to read the assignments!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind towards everything in college because you will end up experiencing many new things. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there to meet new people, whether it be students or faculty. Explore explore explore!

    In three sentences

    UCI was not my top school; it was actually my back up school. However, I grew to love my college by keeping an open mind. Zot zot zot, anteater for life!

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely safe. There are always police patrolling the area.

    Clubs and Activities

    ASUCI, SPOP, mentorship programs

    Great for these types of students

    students who commute and students who love shopping, eating and dancing.

    Bang for the buck

    UCI is located next to newport beach, so many can drive there in about 15 minutes.

    What to do for fun

    Several beaches nearby. Lots of shopping and restaurants nearby as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are several restaurants and even a pub located on campus. The dorm food is proficient.

    Dorm Life

    There are two dorms: Mesa court and middle earth. Both are different and unique in their own way. Each provides several opportunities to become involved.

    Academic Rigor

    Competitive

    Tips for prospective students

    Research and find out what you want to study as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a great school with a great campus. It is located in a busy location with a lot of restaurants and shopping centers. You will find many great people and friends here.

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It honestly depends on what you like to do. If you like to work out there is a gym or if you want to chill there is a UTC rite in front of the campus.

    Food and Dining

    One of the bad things here at UCI, but once you know the campus pretty well, then you know what to have for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    Dorm Life

    It honestly depends on how you make your dorm life. My dorm life is pretty awesome because I communicate with my hall-mates and my RA.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics is difficult at any college, but UCI pushes you to the limit. It requires a lot of hours of studying and doing homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just remember to stay on top of your grades because we come to college for the grades. Be open and try to reach out to clubs and organizations.

    In three sentences

    I honestly feel that it is a really safe campus for anyone concern for safety. It is also a beautiful campus that it has its own park in the middle of the university. Lastly, the gym at the University is really huge and amazing for a great workout.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on grades, extracurriculars, and that personal statement.

    In three sentences

    A great place to continue higher education. Great biology homework on a even greater campus. Definitely recommended.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCI is the center of Irvine which is the top ten safety city in America.

    What to do for fun

    Every week the school will offer many different activities for students. Really cheap and some even are free.

    Food and Dining

    There are a great number of restaurants for you to choose. You will never feel bored here.

    Dorm Life

    Condition in Dorm is really good for students to study and live.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCI is really a good university for you to study. Apply it and you will learn more than what you think.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a beautiful and safe university. All equipment and study materials are really helpful to students. It is a fantasy trip for studying here.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can go to the University Town Center (UTC) where you can go eat out with friends at places like Blazes Pizza, Lee's Sandwiches, Yogurtland...etc. there are also UCI games that are energetic and full of pride from many UCI students. There are other events like Reggea Fest where you can go out and have some fun listening to Reggea music, eat food, win prizes...etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your looking somewhere to really focus on school and to have some fun then UCI is the place to be because people take their academic progress seriously but make time to have fun as well.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a great school, full of energy and nice people who are determined to make something of themselves. The school is open and fair to everyone and offers many programs as well as clubs for people to join. The only sad thing is that there is not a major pertaining to animal biology although it has a good science program.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I watch the NBA for fun, and sometimes explore places around Irvine with friends

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a very nice and peaceful school. There are many students who work together to accomplish things. Whatever the case, just be yourself in UCI.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is the second safest city in the country after all.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of place on campus where you can buy food whether it is from a club selling or a fast food place like panda express. As for the dorming life, I guess the food depends on the day and where you go to eat out of the 3 dining halls on campus. I'd rank Brandywine, Pippins and then commons.

    Dorm Life

    I loved the dorm life, my hall was very connected with one another and our RA gave us many chances to bond. Me and my roommate were so great together considering we were randoms, people always asked if we knew each other before moving it, though we did run into some conflicts we worked it out. It's really what you make of it though so don't be afraid to meet those that live in your hall other than your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are better than other but it's mostly on you as a student to adapt and find what works best for you. Teachers try to help you as much as they can but there is a limit. Also the school provides lots of resources for academic help though some charge some fee.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always due assigned readings, I know it's reading and the professor won't know if you did it unless tested but it's really important to do it early and not cram before a test. Join clubs, it's a great way of meeting people. Talk to your professors and TA's they are there to help you.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a beautiful campus as it is built around a park, home of more than 1,000 trees and ducks and bunnies roaming. Campus is very lively during major school hours, around 7 it does start to die down as it is a commuter school. Though I will say it is difficult being around so many Asians as sometimes I feel left out on certain aspects.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police is always on campus so I always feel safe and everyone seems to look out for each other so I feel very safe there. Also Irvine in general is a very safe city.

    Greek Life

    Many Fraternities, Sororities and Co-ed Fraternities to be involved in.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from or you can even create your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who enjoy a green campus because of the park it has and all its trees.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is so many interesting places on campus that one can visit.

    Bang for the buck

    All schools are expensive as is this one but in the end it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    UCI has lots of clubs to join which have great activities. There is also many events like concerts, games and just hanging out with the people you meet around campus or places near campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is lots of food all over the campus so when you are tired of one thing you have tons more to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really fun! You meet such great people who are in the same position as you and you make so many friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Like all schools it is difficult but it is a nice challenge and when you finish a course there is a sense of accomplishment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy what it has to offer.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a very diverse campus that offers all kinds of majors to look into. I have learned so much from going here and hope to continue learning much more from such a great school. Whether you know what you want to do in the future or not this school can help you find it

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Expect to see cops around. Still, be smart about your own safety, just like anywhere else.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty lively around here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and activities, surely there'll be one to suit your needs! If not, it isn't too difficult to start one if you really want to.

    Great for these types of students

    More so on the serious side of studiousness. If you like to be around Asians, and if you want a safe great all year round weather college. Not great for people who primarily wanna party.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cave. The rock. The ghost. Swag ___. :)

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of diversity and beautiful people and sights around. The food is awesome. Just be prepared for some more pricey groceries if you don't have a car.

    What to do for fun

    Beach, cycling, basketball, soccer, gym, video games, food, movies. If you like to go to places, and don't really like to exercise, then make sure to have a car to check out the many areas around Irvine!

    Food and Dining

    I've tasted different UC's cooking, and I have to say I like UCI's the best, especially Pippin's.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is wonderful! Not only are the dorms near everything, but there are so many fun people and events you can meet through living with other people!

    Academic Rigor

    UCI's academics are just as rigorous as all the other UC's. The difference is the people who are in your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to see lots of people, and make sure not to walk in the bike lane! Ask UCI students about the secret places and famous people around campus for some interesting conversations!

    In three sentences

    One of the newer UC's, UCI is not only well tidied and aesthetic, but also it's growing in popularity, and offers a wide range of majors and classes alongside many clubs and events in which you can meet/bond with amazing people. Moreover, it's situated in the city of Irvine, with lots of beautiful and diverse places (like nearby beaches) and people, and the city is known to have one of the lowest crime rates in California. However, be aware that it is one of the more studious schools with people commuting home over the weekends, so if you are seeking more to party, this school is probably not right for you.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs, greek life

    Dorm Life

    Haven't lived here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like Science come here.

    In three sentences

    I think UCI is a good school. It is in a great city, has a beautiful campus, and great science program. The only issue is the majority of Asians here.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine police on duty 24/7!

    Greek Life

    Never really looked into Greek life but I heard it was good.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are MANY clubs that students can join. From Red Cross to Navigators.

    Great for these types of students

    Sciences majors, mainly because there are alot of research opportunities available either on campus or near campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A loud scream on finals week

    Bang for the buck

    Huh? that is bang for the buck?

    What to do for fun

    There are MILLIONS of club organizations th at students can join and meet new people. It is a great way to get rid of your boredom.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good on SOME days. Most of the days are just edible...

    Dorm Life

    There are many loud hallmates, but besides that, dorm life is pretty fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The science classes are rigorous and competitive. Many of the students there know what they are getting into and are fierce when it comes to studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't flunk freshman year. Its going to impact your GPA ALOT.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a great place to meet new friends with similar intellectual capabilities. The classes are interesting yet very intense. One has to work hard to get an A in their classes.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't very big on campus (only 10% of students) however it is a great way to get to know more people and get more involved. Fraternities as well as sororities differ on what each offers, however this is a Greek organization for every person.

    Bang for the buck

    Many things on campus are fairly cheap and there is usually a vendor fair that offers products that are well priced.

    What to do for fun

    The school plans many activities for students to partake in addition to the ones planned by the many dorms. Also, joining an organization helps because many organizations have different kinds of events during the week.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus isn't very good but there are plenty of fast food restaurants very close to campus as well as grocery stores.

    Dorm Life

    The university does a great job in ensuring a seamless transition from living at home to living on your own. Dorm life is usually very welcoming and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    The majority of the courses are designed to teach you the material then have you apply it so that you better understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get involved on campus whether it is joining a club or Greek organization or running for some position in the administration. Getting involved is a must in order to meet people and get the best experience.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a very amazing institution that any student can benefit from. Most of the faculty is very knowledgeable and all of them have to do some type of research. In addition to learning in the classroom, the research helps gain a better understanding of subject matters, and students can apply what they learn.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Super safe campus! Not afraid to walk back at 1am.

    Clubs and Activities

    I joined various clubs and found that the club CAUCI was really meant for me because it was a cultural club where we go to socialize and have after events at various places. You get your own family and then develop strong bonds with them.

    Bang for the buck

    The teachers teach for your money's worth!

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the various beaches here, Disneyland, parks, FOOD FOOD FOOD, lots of malls, and even walking around the school is pretty neat!

    Food and Dining

    It's buffet style and there are 3 places to eat, as well as some food courts that allow you to buy other foods as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great, you get to bond with a tight knit group of people in your hall and the rooms are spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough but as long as you put the effort and work into it nothing is unachievable!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get lots of academic credits before attending so you don't have to take intro classes here and be afraid of not being able to get certain classes.

    In three sentences

    UCI is very diverse and offers many opportunities from all cultures. You feel very welcomed here and everything you join makes you feel like you are part of a small family. The people are great and the teachers are easy to approach.

  • 06/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VERY SAFE CAMPUS

    What to do for fun

    Newport Beach, Irvine Spectrum, and LA is only 45 minutes away!

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is rough but there are chain food places on campus as well as other restaurants close by.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded and ready to take advantage of all UCI has to offer.

    In three sentences

    A campus on the rise. It has not been around that long but is already been rated as one of the best schools in the country. Great school if someone is looking to do research.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is the safest city in California, and among the top in the nation! UCI is very safe and rarely do you hear of violence occurring. This is a big plus to campus along with being a beautiful one!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big at UCI. With events weekly there is always fun to be had!

    Clubs and Activities

    The campus encourages involvement in the university. Clubs and Programs are BIG on our campus and there is a club for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Quarterly Undie run the weekend before finals. Shocktoberfest is a HUGE concert where we've had artists such as TYGA, Kendrick Llamar, etc.. Raggaefest is at the end of Spring Quarter where artist like The Expendables, Iration, Rebelution, and other top Reggae artists.

    Bang for the buck

    If you look to have fun in Irvine you will. Some claim there is nothing to do but those people just aren't exposed to what they could do. Campus is very clean and modern. New renovations every year furthering the beauty of the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out in Aldrich park. Workout at the state of the art ARC which is our own version of LA Fitness that has pools 2 weight rooms, programs such as yoga and Zumba, rock climbing, basketball etc... Go to the beach right down the street! Hang at University Town Center with some of the best food in Irvine.

    Food and Dining

    You have a choice of eating at 3 different cafeterias with a variety of foods at each, while each bring their own specialty.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are modern and clean. There are staff that cleans the dorms for you weekly.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are anywhere from 30 people to 450. The classes become very competitive since most of the classes are based on a curve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to UCI if it has your major you'd like.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a place where education is priority on a very clean, tree-filled campus. Being 5 miles from Newport Beach, the weather makes getting through the day easy. If you're looking for a big social life you will find it in our fraternity/sorority system.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's irvine, one of the safest cities in the nation. There is generally never any worry walking around the campus or even the city itself, but like anywhere else, just use common sense. Really though, if safety is an extremely important aspect, definitely consider Irvine, as there are very few places as safe and close to the beach as this UC.

    Greek Life

    I am currently in the Greek Life at UCI and love it. Greek life is present here, but understand it is really a minority when it comes to overall student body. We compromise only 10% of the students at UCI. However, when in the Greek Life itself, it plays a crucial role in your college career. There are very large chapters and do not underestimate the amount of connections you will be able to make.

    What to do for fun

    Irvine is a pretty quiet city so if you're looking for fun, definetely look for the right people. Newport is very close, less than 15 minutes away, and is a great place to spend time at during the weekend, especially if you know someone with a house down there. Disneyland is also a popular place to go, as it is very close by as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. It depends on where you end up living. If you rside in Middle Earth, the food is considered to be much better than that served at commons. It really is essentially the same type of food, just cooked better. You can look forward to chicken, hamburgers, and other different variety of foods. It's not bad, but you will get tired of it.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my first year dorm experience. There is a huge variety in the dorm styles within Mesa and Middle Earth. Some only have 40 residents, while others have 80 or more. I was in a smaller dorm and became very close with my dorm mates. Some people do go home often over the weekend, which is kind of a negative.

    Academic Rigor

    Make no mistake, this is a tough school. There are many students who are focused purely on schoolwork here at UCI, making it a very competitive school. This is a positive, however, as it makes the school more prestigious to attend. The classes range from easy to insanely difficult, so just know what you need to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you are looking for before getting here. Make your friends based off of what type of lifestyle you want at UCI, whether it be social, academic based, or a balance of both. Try knowing your hall as best as you can, because you will encounter many of those individuals within the next 4 years of being here. Be friendly and open-minded, and have a balance with everything.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. It provides an excellent academic environment. For those looking for a social scene, it's a bit tougher to find but definitely still present.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Irvine is known for being the safest city in America! My roommates and I really took advantage of that because we came home at 2am more often than not. There were late-night trips to UTC for Yogurtland and Cha for Tea. But Irvine is also near Diamond Jamboree, Irvine Spectrum, Fashion Island, and Newport Beach. Boba, fancy dining, shaved ice, shopping, you name it! There's ice skating at Irvine Spectrum during winter and there's always a huge ferris wheel and carousel. Go kayaking or paddleboarding in Newport one day!

    Food and Dining

    I heard Mesa Commons was terrible. I've been there three times, and personally, I really like their breakfasts. Their dinners aren't bad either, but I guess people grow tired of it. I heard there was a lot of junk food too. (won't help your diet!) People rave about Brandywine, but it was just average for me.

    Dorm Life

    I never dormed, but the majority of people seemed to like it. It really depends on your hall and your personality. Mesa is more easygoing while Middle Earth is more community-oriented.

    Academic Rigor

    It was harder than I expected going in. First quarter was a breeze because I was taking so little units. Winter and Spring quarter really made me change my perspective on things. I'm a bio major and most of our classes are on a curve, so as more people are weeded out, you're in with the best of the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    The buildings are arranged in a circle, so you won't get lost. The campus is very environmental-friendly, with recycling bins next to every trash can and a lot of trees. There's a park in the inner circle! Everyone is very friendly, outgoing, and kind so there's nothing to worry about. There's also a Facebook page for everything, and I've seen people return iphones, keys, and ID cards on the pages.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is probably one of my best decisions ever. The campus is beautiful and the people are extremely kind and friendly. Although it has a reputation of being a dead campus after 4pm, the experience is what you make of it; there are parties and club meetings every week.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a University Town Center across the street from UCI and there are many beaches about 20 minutes away from campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have been at UCI for a year now and it is the perfect school for me. Although academics are rigorous here, the professors and the teaching assistants are more than willing to help.

    In three sentences

    UCI has many great majors or minors to choose from here, classes are interesting, and people are very friendly here. The campus is located in the heart of Irvine and there are many things to do within a 10 mile radius.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    UC's are getting really pricey, and to be honest, it's tough to gauge the value of the education you're receiving. I'd have to say it's mostly the prestige of attending a UC that you are paying for, but UC Irvine is a great place to be.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved on campus! Join some orgs, apply for ASUCI, attend school events. Off campus, you can go down to the beach and just relax with some friends.

    Food and Dining

    Brandywine is my favorite, but Mesa is decent. Nothing special, really. There are okay choices on campus as well, such as Subway, Panda Express, Greens to Go, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I very much enjoyed living in Mesa Court my first year. Personally, I prefer the phase one halls because they are smaller and you really get close to your hall. Take advantage of the programs your RA plans for you and your hall--they can be really helpful!

    Academic Rigor

    As a Bio major myself, it is pretty tough. Take advantage of the resources around you, such as peer tutors, LARC, and office hours. The first two years of Bio are a pain, as they try to weed people out, but stay on top of your work, and don't lose hope!

    Tips for prospective students

    As with any other UC except Merced and Berkeley, the quarter system was something I found difficult to adjust to. Always be on your toes and really stay on top of your work so that it doesn't pile up and you don't get overwhelmed.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a quality university in more ways than one. The campus is beautiful, with Aldrich Park right smack in the center when you need to take a breather. The professors have incredible credentials and they really do care about the students' well-being--just ask! The environment is very welcoming, and the city of Irvine is a great place to be, with several establishments closeby, as well as Newport Beach.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I think UC Irvine is a beautiful campus and has state of the art facilities for students to engage academically and socially. From my campus and housing tour, many of the students I passed by seemed to be happy that they attend UCI.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Their school mascot comes from an old cartoon. Peter the Anteater.

    Bang for the buck

    Although UCI seems like one of the best educations I can possibly ask for, I am strongly against charging students so much for their education. Then again, that issue has to do with economics as a whole.

    What to do for fun

    I have not yet been there. Nevertheless, there are many places around Irvine (such as Disneyland) that students can easily go to to enjoy themselves.

    Food and Dining

    My bias is greatly swayed towards this review. Since I like to eat a lot and I am getting an 'all-meal plan,' I don't think I can really complain about the food. So I am very pleased to be dining at UCI this upcoming school year.

    Dorm Life

    Once again, I am rating on what I know. Since I have been networking through facebook and asking many questions to students who are currently enrolled at UC Irvine, I rate Dorm Life as a five. I have also visited Middle Earth and from what I understand, the atmosphere is very academic friendly and a perfect place to build relationships.

    Academic Rigor

    I rate this school based off of what I know as a prospective student. I have not yet taken a course at UCI, however, since the average GPA and SAT scores are at the top of their scoring grid, I rate UCI academic rigor as a four.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend looking into the research currently being done at the university to see if it overlaps with any of the student's interests. If they are not interested in the sciences, then the students can still look up the professors and other staff members at UC Irvine to ask them questions on what they can do for internships.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious schools in the west coast. With its endless resources in research, students are certain to make a difference in the academic world. Furthermore, this university is a great way for students such as myself to find what they want to do in their careers.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    who really care about education and the campus environment

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ayala library 6th floor is the best place to study

    What to do for fun

    eat around. and there's lots of beaches, huntington, newport, corona del mar

    Tips for prospective students

    UCI is a really great school. The environment is very nice and there are many research opportunities out there.

    In three sentences

    Very nice environment. Good study opportunities. Great places to eat around.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Located in the heart of Orange County, students at UC Irvine have countless options for fun such as Disney Land and some of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California. For those looking for things to do on campus, the surrounding area boasts many exciting food options, a movie theater, and an amazing fitness center. Many clubs and organizations hold events during the weekends to give additional options for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Each dorm community offers their own respective dining halls (while Middle Earth boasts one additional, smaller dining hall). Each of these dining halls serve food from a large menu that provide diners with a wide array of options such as American staples and many ethnic options as well. While the quality of these dining halls is far from gourmet, they allow students to eat as much as they care so they will never find themselves going hungry. Students that find themselves bored of the dining commons will find themselves satisfied by the large amount of on-campus food court options such as Panda Express and Subway,

    Dorm Life

    Students at UC Irvine are provided with two different dorm communities, Middle Earth and Mesa Court, that offer a dorming experience atypical from other universities. Instead of bleak, towering buildings, new students get to live in a more spacious and spread out community with amenities ranging from recreation centers to basketball courts. Each dorm community groups students by different interests to ensure that students will form lasting relationships. Different activities are held throughout the week and even weekends to make sure that residents are never left bored in their rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Students with a high amount of drive and vigor will find themselves sailing through many of the classes at UC Irvine. While the the school offers classes whose content is comparable to higher-tier universities, the workload is comparatively smaller. This varies in different departments, while some classes in the sciences are much more rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    UC Irvine is notorious for being a commuter school, and the campus often remains dead during the weekends. Clubs and organizations often hold activities during the weekends to keep the students occupied, but finding these activities requires an open mind. Don't be afraid to explore the many options available to new students and try as many clubs as possible. Irvine is not a traditional college town, and while the surrounding campus area offers a few options for fun, a car would be a wise investment for students seeking additional options.

    In three sentences

    By offering a safe and quiet community, UC Irvine is the ideal campus for those who want to focus strictly on academics. This university offers a wide array of programs in the sciences and engineering, and those considering degrees in these areas will be pleased by the amount of career and internship options in the surrounding area. While it is quiet at times, students will never find themselves bored due to the school's location in the heart of Orange County and the large array of clubs available for students.

  • 07/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Lots of food options on campus - like the usual Subway, Panda Express, Wahoo's, Starbucks, Jamba Juice. There's also other options like Bene Pasta and Wendy's and the campus is right across from a shopping center that has many more food options like the popular: In-n-Out, Taco Bell, Yogurtland, Wetzels' Pretzels, and so many more. Even more, the campus is a 20 minute drive from other cities like Costa Mesa and Tustin which have a lot of food options and the city itself has a lot of restaurants and a lot of them are affordable and/or cheap. The dining halls on campus also have good food to eat as a freshman dorming and they even have togo services.

    Dorm Life

    Super fun! The dorms in both communities - Mesa Court and Middle Earth - are both engaging. You have a lot of resources available to you - like a Rec center, place to print for a discounted price, quiet place to study etc. The RA's are super helpful and friendly and the dorms are comfortable to live in. All of the halls are at the most, 3 floors too so obviously, this allows for the creation of a close knit hall and plus, you won't have to go far to meet up with your hallmates. The dorms also have nice scenery and one is on campus while the other is a 7 minute walk to campus. Really convenient and fun!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are challenging but also mentally stimulating and eye-opening! You'll definitely learn a lot in your classes if you pay attention and put in the effort to study and complete your work. The professors I've had are all really knowledgeable and helpful and they love it when you go to office hours. They definitely put in the effort and time to really explain and elaborate and answer any and all questions you have.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Its in the safest city in America and every 50 feet or so there's a Panic Button that you can press and have Police escort you around or help you in case of emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have everything. Literally, over 800 clubs. Pick something weird I can assure you there's a club for it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the world record for the largest game of Dodgeball. Someone took that title last year so we held another event and had hundreds of people participate :)

    What to do for fun

    Best men's volleyball team in the nation!

    Food and Dining

    We've got two Subways for some reason and a Panda Express on campus with an in-n-Out across the street. You'll be set in terms of likable fast-food. As for the dining commons, Pippin is better than Brandywine but they're both pretty nice. The tostadas and egg rolls are absolutely delicious but like all dining commons they have their meh days.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on where you live! The ACC off-campus apartments are out of this world, while the oncampus dorms vary per house. For the most part they're quite nice, plenty of space, and friendly RAs.

    Academic Rigor

    I've only completed Freshman year so far, so my classes have been fairly easy to manage. Some courses are easy while others are monstrous, but just about every class has a curve.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is big on involvement! Try and get involved in a club or office. There are hundreds to choose from; we've got everything from archery to Kung-Fu

    In three sentences

    UCI is a relaxed, research oriented public university within the acclaimed University of California family. With a lovely campus built around a serene park and newly renovated buildings, UCI is perfect for the modern student. This school is great for those who can balance studying at the great libraries and cheering at the exciting sports games.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCI is conveniently located in the safest city in the United States of America. It is one of those schools where you can walk from one edge of campus to the other side without feeling any danger at all. This campus is literally one of the safest places you can be in the entire world.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCI offers a lot of clubs and opportunities to branch out and meet people with similar interests. Every year there is a large gathering where all the clubs meet and advertise to the students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year UCI takes pride in breaking the world record of the world's largest dodgeball game. This is a fun tradition that unites the whole school towards one common goal; to beat and set the world record annually.

    Bang for the buck

    The college experience I have had at UCI so far has been unforgettable and worth it. The university is very expensive when tuition, housing, and other fees are added up. They even charge $5200 for four years of insurance unless you opt out of it every year. But overall, if some of the more expensive fees can be reduced or avoided, UCI has a pretty decent bang for its buck.

    What to do for fun

    Irvine is very close to the beach, which is a great getaway for many of the students that go here. A lot of students including me have a Disneyland Pass because the theme park is very close by as well. Newport Beach is right next to the city of Irvine and has a lot of clubs, restaurants and night life.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is average and nothing special. It is very tiring after eating it for a whole year. However they are very good at waste management and are taking the green initiative. The dorm cafeterias also provide many options for vegetarians and vegans.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the friends I have made in my college experience so far have been through the dorm life. It is basically like living with 60 to 80 of your friends for a whole year. The dorms usually group the students through their majors or common interests so meeting a close friend with similar likes as you is almost certain. Living in the dorms was an unforgettable year for me and everyone I know that did it as well.

    Academic Rigor

    If Ivy league universities are the standard for extremely difficult courses, UC Irvine would come in at about a 4. UCI is a top tier state university and I would personally consider it to rival Universities such as Cornell in academic rigor. Though demanding, the degree rewarded at the end is very prestigious.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for perfect weather, a great location and a lot of work. UCI is one of the top universities under 50 years old for a reason. It holds the students to a high standard so it is competitive. Like any college, UCI will test the work ethics of its students. The people on campus are very social so do not be afraid to branch out, join clubs and get involved. You will meet a lot of friends at this friendly school.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a competitive school where students will have to truly earn their degrees. The campus is also located in perfect weather Southern California which is conveniently 10 miles from the beach. The atmosphere and people is very laid back but social, and the overall four years being spent here will be an awesome experience.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCI was ranked #1 in the country for being the safest school. It is a safe campus and if you are out at night the student can always call security and they will gladly walk you to your car or dorm.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things that the student can do for fun and dining places to try with friends near campus or in campus. There are various clubs for the students to join and activities that the students are more than welcomed to get involved with through out the year.

    Food and Dining

    There are 3 dining halls at UCI and they are buffet format. There is always something different so the students will not get bored of it and their is always a vegetarian dish. Their is also special nights where they decorate and they have a specific theme and the food is always good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very fun and it is a once in a life time experience. It is where you will possibly find your best friends and get to improve in social life skills that are important for any job in the future. Dorm life is a great thing the student gets to be part of community that become family.Both Middle Earth and Mesa are beautiful dorms in campus.

    Academic Rigor

    In the University of California Irvine like in any other UC their is a high standard of academic rigor because it is what gets the student ready for a career and keeps them motivated. If a student is having trouble there is always people willing to help the student get right on track.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for student would be to learn time management it is possible to have a social life and be in great academic standing. If fallen behind there are great programs in campus that will tutor in the subject needed. Another tip would be to go to the study abroad center and learn about it.

    In three sentences

    In a scale of 1 to 10 I rate the University of California Irvine a 10 because it is the safest school in the country. It is a research school where the students are eager to learn and more than welcome to jump on board for a research project. UCI is a great environment to spend the best 4 years of your life.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a frequent number of call boxes scattered around the campus and dorms. The campus police has a reputation of being strict. Campus security frequently patrols the main rotunda daily. Of course, you need to have common sense, but the main rotunda is a relatively safe place at night.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to study in peace, this is a nice quiet institution. The college enjoys a moderate climate; the city has its share of rain and sun. This college does not exude a 'party' atmosphere at all.

    Food and Dining

    Several shops are within walking distance of the campus. There is a bridge that links the campus to a small shopping gallery that hosts a few small restaurants and an Albertsons. If you do not wish to walk that far, there are cafeterias around the campus. Starting from the student center cafeteria, the local clubs set up small stands from where they sell a variety of food. They may sell Korean BBQ, funnel cakes, popcorn, and the like. It's a nice to stop by the stands to get a quick snack between classes. If you get a dorm with the meal plan, you can have up to 120 meals for the semester in either Mesa Court or Middle Earth's commissary. Though the meal plan is a bit pricy, it is all you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    There are two dorms for the Freshman, Mesa Court and Middle Earth. Middle Earth is a bit smaller than Mesa Court, but the community is more closely knit. In Mesa court, the rooms are spacious for a dorm room. There is enough space to accommodate a bunk bed, a closet, and a medium sized desk with a chair. There is enough floorspace in a room to accommodate one or two guests relatively comfortably. The dorm mates are not the partying type, so you do not have to worry about excessive noise.

    Academic Rigor

    Though admittedly some courses are easier than others, you will be challenged either way. I cannot emphasize the need to read ahead. Most professors assume you have read the material. The professors lecture only to supplement what you know. It goes without saying if you don't read ahead, what the professors will say will go past your head. However, if you are struggling with a concept or idea, you can contact either the TA or the professor for help. They respond quickly and are very helpful.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safest city for about 8-9 years in a row!

    What to do for fun

    Fun in the sun! The beach is about 10-15min away! :)

    Food and Dining

    The meals get a bit boring after a while but there are many great off campus places to eat! And they are really close by, across the street!

    Dorm Life

    Best experience! Don't regret anything

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and what you are good at it maybe harder or easier than you think

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Don't be afraid to Approach the professors they are more than happy to help.

    In three sentences

    There are many Great opportunities. The professors really care and try to help the students. The atmosphere is like no other, simply great.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    This university was build around a large circular park which is where many students lay and tan or study or play games with there friends. Also right across the street is is the University Town Center where many UCI students gather once class is finished and eat because there are many restaurants there. Lastly UCI is near 2 large mall and the Newport beach so there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    UC Irvine has so many food choices it is ridiculous; starting from Subways all the way to Panda Express not to mention the 3 food courts they have for people who live in the dorms. The food provided at UC Irvine is not only very tasty but also healthy. UCI strives to provide its students with healthy options to better the quality of there students lives.

    Dorm Life

    Although I never participated in the dorm life, many of the people who I have spoken with and has lived in the dorms have many good things to say about it. This is usually where most people find there closest from from college.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Irvine is no joke when it comes to its academia. Students must be prepared to work hard to receive good grade, but don't less this unmotivated you because this university is equipped with Professors who are available to help you with anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip is to be prepared for change, because college is a completely different ball game. Also do not slack off your freshman year because this will make it very hard to fix your G.P.A later on.

    In three sentences

    This college is an amazing institute, which provides a lot of what a college student needs to do well. The faculty is great with the students and the campus is so beautiful since it is build around a park. I would absolutely recommend this college to incoming freshman.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety on campus is great. I felt quite safe.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very predictable. It gets you sick pretty quick. I really disliked the food at the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty chaotic. I enjoyed me stanza in my hall thanks to my RA and my roommates. However, the space is very crowded and one must be very considerate to those whom one lives with.

    Academic Rigor

    Its competitive! That is all I have to say about that.

    Tips for prospective students

    I really encourage anyone no matter how well you are doing in class to reach out for tutors. Tutors or friends are sometimes the difference from that A- or A.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a beautiful campus full of outstanding staff members and students. The staff is extremely helpful and polite. I would definitely recommend anyone who is in need of help to reach out to each staff member.

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's a very safe campus. There are plenty of UCIPD on or around campus. Irvine is also an incredibly safe city.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs on campus to suit your interests. If you happen to not find a club you're interested in then create your own!

    Great for these types of students

    -who enjoy a challenge -who are open-minded -who are willing to put in the work

    What to do for fun

    lets see: go watch a movie at the theater across the street ,South Coast Plaza (for all you shoppers) ,grab some froyo ,hang out in Aldrich park ,visit the beach ,Join clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Some are more affordable than others, but there are plenty of options. subway ,in-n-out ,Panda Express ,a great indian place (chakra) ,brewery and many more

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes will be harder than others, but don't underestimate them! To keep you on topic and fully understanding and taking advantage of your resources go to your professor's office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and bring your own food! If you are a commuter like I was I would strongly suggest this. You not only save money, but it will also help you avoid the freshman 15 which is not just a myth! Do your work on time! Please don't wait or else you'll just feel overwhelmed and stressed. Figure out how you study because not studying in college is a no-go. This will keep you from wasting time during finals week.

    In three sentences

    This school holds great opportunities for all fields! They have clubs about anything and everything, intramural sports, and a very active Greek Life!

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to expand their college experience and accomplish high goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    They have great tips but they require searching. Easy to access if you know where to look. Some are given once accepted.

    In three sentences

    It looks really inviting. Has several programs to expand my experiences.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ranked as one of the safest cities nationally.

    Greek Life

    I have yet to experience this.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to join that will spark your interests especially at the ARC. At the ARC, there are plenty of sport activities and clubs for you to join.

    Great for these types of students

    UCI can be great for any type of students. It's a relatively peaceful environment, so I suppose it's great for peaceful students especially?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't explored UCI enough to know these things yet.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say that UCI is a good investment. The area is VERY safe. It's actually ranked one of the safest cities. The professors are very knowledgeable and extremely helpful if you seek their assistance. You will have a great time here if you really put yourself out there.

    What to do for fun

    You'll really need a car if you want to have fun. If you don't have one, make a friend that has a car (just kidding, don't do that. That's not right). If you are able to find a car, there are many food places that you can visit. If not, try joining clubs or give the ARC a visit.

    Food and Dining

    At first the food seemed amazing to me, but I think that impression partially had to do with the idea that it was always ready and I didn't have to cook at all. But as the year progressed, the dining food became tiring. They try to imitate certain ethnic cooking but they are rarely successful. Don't get me wrong, the food is not inedible, but the taste is not there.

    Dorm Life

    Be open and be yourself. Find friends that are compatible with you and who you are. Don't try to force yourself to be someone you aren't. College is big, you will definitely find someone you wouldn't hesitate to be friends with.

    Academic Rigor

    Frankly, the material is not impossible to learn. Whatever it is, if you put in the time and effort (and I mean sufficient time and your utmost effort) the material will not appear to be as difficult as you believe it is. Anything can be learned as long as you put in the time and effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study everyday. Do not try to cram for exams. Spend a little time each day to review over what you have learned and brief over material that will be taught the next day so that you are not completely clueless during lecture.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a amazing school with superb professors. Many professors of this school make learning fun. The campus is beautiful.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The city of Irvine is known to be one of the most safe cities in the United States. UCI is no exception to this rule. I remember friends telling me how they were surprised as to how they could comfortably walk to and from a friend's house past 2 AM in the morning. I often took it for granted how I could safely bike to and from home in the dark on campus. Overall, the university is exceptionally safe.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like boba (milk tea) drinks, then the clubs at UCI will definitely be draining a bit of your funds. At any given day, clubs on campus will always be selling $2 boba drinks, which is a better deal than any place around campus. If you enjoy driving or having a car, then finding places to go will be easy, since many of the popular places to go (such as Disneyland) are at the threshold of being close by car, but far by feet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is possible to see Disneyland's fireworks from the top of high buildings, and is one of the few must-do's for any student at UCI. The university also holds an annual dodgeball competition, as UCI is generally known for holding the record of most dodgeball players.

    Bang for the buck

    All students at UCI gain membership to the Anteater Recreational Center, which is the university's personal gym. There are many machines and weights, an indoor track, basketball courts, soccer field, wrestling room, and many more for anyone that enjoys exercising or even playing games with friends occasionally.

    Food and Dining

    I lived in Middle Earth for my freshman year, and I have to say, the food there was pretty good at best. On average, the food was not even average. I often rated the food based on how close to bad it tasted. Pippins and Mesa Court dining commons had a variety of food, so there was usually something edible to choose from. Brandywine's lack of variety usually included something better to eat, but the food was repetitive. Quality food around Irvine is also scarce. It's hard to find very good food without a car. In the University Town Center (UTC), there are a few places that are pretty good, but many things are overpriced in my eyes.

    Dorm Life

    I have to say, my dorm life was absolutely amazing. I was able to connect with people in my dorm that both did and did not share my interests. My residential adviser was the best person I could ask for as a counselor for both in and out of school. However, I have also heard stories that may not have been so great, such as an anti-social dorm and an absent residential adviser.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally, I believe UC Irvine has its fair share of easy and ridiculously hard classes. However, the challenging classes are not impossible to do well. As long as you put in the time to do well, your grade often reflects your efforts. Sometimes there are those talented students that do not need to try, but those anomalies exist everywhere. If a class is too challenging for most students, the professor often curves the grades such that most students will pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Classes are designed to challenge individuals as opposed to having students compete amongst each other. Greek life may not be as prominent as popular colleges, but it exists as a form of expanding a person's social circle. Aside from Greek life, there are a multitude of clubs on campus, and it's possible to find a fit for any individual.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a nice public university with an environment equally as friendly as the campus is beautiful. Students often commute, so it may be difficult to find friends to go out with over the weekends or days off. Teachers emphasize learning material through course lectures and hands-on practice if applicable.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There's always police around. Don't park where you're not supposed to or you will get towed.

    Greek Life

    There are lots of Greek life and they are even giving out scholarships to incoming freshmen as well as hosting talent show nights and other popular events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are seemingly an infinitive number of different and diverse clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're hard-working, diligent, responsible, have a nice personality, and is looking to make new friends, then this is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SPOP, which stands for Student Parent Orientation Program, is a great way to be introduced to the campus. Though mandatory, once you attend, you'll wish it was longer. Not only that there are many activities that are traditional but I don't want to spoil the fun. All upcoming freshmen will have to attend this orientation eventually and it's also a great way to make new friends.

    Bang for the buck

    So far I love it.

    What to do for fun

    There's a park right in the middle of school. The school is also close to Fashion Island, a shopping center. There's also another popular shopping center, Irvine Spectrum, with a movie theater. It's also close to the beach and many eating areas. There are many opportunities for fun in Irvine.

    Food and Dining

    The food here tasted great and there are many food areas around the university.

    Dorm Life

    I heard from those who live in dorms and they all love it.

    Academic Rigor

    This mostly depends on how much units you decide to take per quarter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't stress about schedules. AP classes in high school do count for credits. Don't stop trying even if it's your senior year in high school because it does affect college.

    In three sentences

    The social atmosphere here is great; everyone seems friendly. There are lots of interesting activities that appeal to a wide diversity of interests. The academic counseling is also very helpful.

  • 08/14/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a network that informs students of any criminal activity on or near campus. It provides information about the crimes committed and potential suspects so you can do your part to fight crime, too.

    What to do for fun

    I am still figuring out what to do for fun. As I mentioned earlier, the campus is vast and quite bikeable and there are plenty of student groups to join on campus. Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach are all nearby options for shopping, dining and entertainment. Head to Newport or HB for a relaxing day at the beach, go shopping at South Costa Plaza in Costa Mesa or enjoy a quality meal in Newport Beach. The greater OC area offers a ton of additional things to do (Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, more shopping, more beaches, etc.)

    Food and Dining

    Albeit the shopping centers that are located close to my apartment, I have not really experience on-campus dining. The two shopping centers I have visited are within close walking distance and include a plethora of food options ranging from yogurt and salad to a brewery and the neighborhood In-N-Out. There are tons of places I'd like to try at the shopping center, which includes a good mix of ethnic food as well (Indian, Japanese, Italian, American and more).

    Dorm Life

    There are tons of dorm and on-campus/off-campus housing options at UC Irvine. I live in Verano Place, which is a very large and open option for graduate students. The mood here is very mellow, especially since school doesn't officially start for another month. Regardless, I've found the office and housing staff extremely helpful since I've been here. There is also plenty of parking, although it can be a walk to your room. Verano Place has good storage options and a great-sized balcony included in every apartment as well.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not yet started the program but I did a lot of research before choosing UCI. Ultimately, I decided on UCI because of the academic quality at the Merage School of Business (my school of focus). There are several Centers for Excellence available for students to take advantage of and some outstanding, award-winning professors as well. Class and specialization options are also aplenty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus - there are always tons of things going on. The campus is also pretty bike friendly - bike (or walk) instead of using your car, if you can. Ride the Anteater Express. If you live on campus, do not buy a heavy laundry hamper that you'll have to lug up and down!

    In three sentences

    The campus is large and always has things going on! There are many opportunities to join clubs and activities. Every student and staff member I've come across has been extremely helpful.

  • 08/15/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is known for being safe.

    Bang for the buck

    This college is expense, but I believe that it will be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, join a club. There are many to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    First hand experience.

    Dorm Life

    This is based on what I heard.

    Academic Rigor

    This is based on what I heard.

    In three sentences

    This place is great because it offers a lot of courses and majors. It also gives a sense of community. It is a new school, but already it has become a well-known school.

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The students in UCI are very friendly and polite. Even though Irvine is one of the safest city in the United States, crimes also happen occasionally. UCI is responsible and vigilant, they would inform all the students immediately through texting and emails once they detect any threat to the students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all kinds of clubs. The members and officers are always friendly and welcoming to new comers.

    What to do for fun

    There is a University Town Center next to the campus, they have many good restaurants, stores, and fast food places. It is a perfect place for students to hang out. Inside the campus, the bookstore and starbucks are good places to hang out as well. Furthermore, there is a gym called the arc, it is grand and well known for its vastness and well equipped, and many famous athletes been there to practice.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan is quite expensive and it is mandatory for freshmen who are living in dorms. There are three dining commons in total and they have various food. The Mesa commons provides more choices for students and the food are decent. Pippin sometimes smell stinky and their food are sometimes bad. Brandywine always has the best food but it is very small.

    Dorm Life

    The suites are very nice and clean, and there are plenty of hall activities to help the students get involved such as hall dinner, hiking, and banquet. However, the price of housing is relatively expensive compare to other UC's. There are also resources that restricted for dorm students only, like academic center, community center, and recreation center that are for group studying or entertainment.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic rigor is slightly harsh. For English courses, you need to have good grammar in order to enroll to a low division writing class. Also, attendance is mandatory for many class such as Chemistry lab, writing, and discussions.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to manage your time efficiently because midterms and finals come up very fast. Also, leadership is one important attribute the school is looking for. You can improve your leadership by joining school clubs.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is especially well-known for its science research achievements. As a Biological Science Major student, I found it is beneficial to study at UCI because they provide a lot of research opportunities. Besides that, the advance technology and laboratory provide the best environment for students to explore and do experiments.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCI is an extremely safe campus. We have a blue light system which allows us to communicate with campus security at any time, which makes me feel like the campus is completely monitored, without the whole big-brother-is-watching-you.

    Great for these types of students

    UCI has the nation's best Social Ecology department. Not only is it the best, but UCI is the only campus to offer this major, which ranges from Psychology and Social Behavior to Criminology and Law and Justice. If you have considered joining the Social Sciences, but are not all that sure about the Sciency part of it, Social Ecology is the perfect place to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCI is probably the only campus to have an anteater as our mascot. Our beloved anteater is the epitome of UCI, and his legendary battle cry ZOT! ZOT! ZOT! the coolest and most unique school chant I've heard.

    What to do for fun

    UCI has no many clubs available, and it doesn't take that much to start a club of your own. Campus has about 600 clubs to choose from; if for some reason, one doesn't apply to you, all it takes to start a club of your own is a constitution, $50 and three members. Aside from clubs, campus government is always doing fun things, like breaking the world record for the largest dodge ball game, or participating in this spring's attempt to host the world's largest water gun war.

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining at UCI is great. Mesa commons are the epitome of campus dining, it's like an all-you-can-eat buffet with great food. And because, dining plans are packaged with housing plans, it's not difficult to choose plan that will accommodate to your needs.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great way to get involved. Make sure to interact with other students in your hall, as this will help you learn about other on campus activities, as well as opportunities to study abroad and participate in undergraduate research.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at UCI are large, like over 400 students in most general education classes, so professors will not have time to hold your hand. This means that th4 transition from high school to college may be somewhat challenging for students who come from a small classroom setting. Notes are everything, the more notes you take, the more content is grasped and the higher probability you have of passing the final.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am about to start school in the fall but from what I have heard, getting involved around campus is the only way to make the most of your four years. It important to get involves, with clubs and sports and even your professors. You may never know when you need a good letter or recommendation from a professor or good references from on campus organizations, it all looks great on resumes.

    In three sentences

    Even though I have not begun my classes, I attended summer orientation and it has told me so much about the campus. The students body is very much diverse, with students from different racial ethnicities taking all types of different majors. The diversity of the campus is part of what makes you feel so welcome while on campus.

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything. There's a beach, shopping mall, and a bunch of restaurants on the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are pretty small, but it's not too small either. You get everything.

    Academic Rigor

    First quarter is easier, but it gets harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Best UC campus.

    In three sentences

    The learning environment is amazing. The location, weather, and people are caring and I had a fun time there. I think I made the best choice in choosing UC Irvine.

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can go to Newport beach which has a lot of things to do. The school also has transportation called the anteater express which takes students to many different places around UC Irvine. One place has a movie theater, target, Costco, restaurants, and many other establishments. There are also many biking trails that have beautiful views. Disneyland, Knotts berry farm and many other parks or less than an hour away.

    Food and Dining

    The food at pippins is okay, it is not great food but if you are hungry it isn't bad. The food differs each day; sometimes the meal is great for lunch but for dinner it isn't. It really just depends on the day. But what is great is UC Irvine has two dining places in Middle Earth, one pippins which I just mentioned and also brandywine which has better food. It is smaller but they have good food daily and what is really awesome and what you will appreciate when you are hungry at 11 o clock at night is they stay open until midnight every night. They also have themed late night meals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a lot of fun, you are living with around 50-90 people depending on where you are living and it makes your first year. I had so much from day one. The residential advisors are so much fun and are really there to help you transition from living at home to on your own. Also if you are ever feeling alone or sad you will always have someone there for you. It really helps you adjust quickly, making sure that your first year is a great year.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a biological sciences major and it can be pretty difficult if you do not put the time in to study. You have to make sure you keep up with all the readings and online assignments because your grades mainly reflect your exams, so make sure you study. I generally take around 16 units with writing, chemistry, lab, and biology and it takes up my life but I do have time to have fun you just have to make time. But if you major in something you like or love it will be worth it in the end, making all of the studying less forced.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip that I can give a new student is, do not think you can procrastinate. UC Irvine uses a quarter system with means three sets of midterms and finals which come sooner than you think. Another tip would be to join clubs and enjoy your life, it shouldn't only be about studying, you need to balance your life or you will go crazy. Lastly, be open to new adventures, opportunities, and people. The people you meet here will be with you for the rest of your life, you become close to people quickly here and you spend so much time with them whether it be tanning at the beach or studying in the library.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is definitely a stimulating and challenging school. It isn't a party school but that does not mean there is nothing to do; there are many clubs on campus that allow you to enjoy your life at UC Irvine. I will be a sophomore in less than a month and I can't wait to get back to the beautiful campus.

  • 08/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is notably one of the safest cities. Everyone is willing to help out when necessary. UCI Police is very helpful.

    Greek Life

    I haven't heard too much of this as I am not in the Greek life but I have heard that it's a great experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    The faculty support and endorse students to partake in the activities on campus. There are a diverse amount of clubs to join on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    UCI is great for students that want to take an active role to change both their local and global community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an initiation on orientation night. UCI holds a world record 2 years in a row.

    Bang for the buck

    Although school tuition is a bit pricey, the school is a great way to network and build lasting relationships.

    What to do for fun

    The city has many places to eat. Disneyland is about 20 minutes from campus. LA is not to far either. The campus also has activities for the students.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't bad but you can get tired of it easily.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! It is a great way to connect with people and have long-lasting relationships.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and you learn a great deal from the professors because they are actively doing research.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the opportunities. Go out on a limb and meet new people. Don't be afraid to ask the faculty for help.

    In three sentences

    UCI has the most amazing appeal to it's overall beauty of the park, students, faculty, and academics. There are many opportunities to flourish on this campus. Meeting new people isn't hard all you have to do is join a club/organization.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Its pretty safe and homey over here.

    Greek Life

    I haven't gotten into any yet, but they do seem cool.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 600+ student organizations. What more can I say. You'll find something that interests you, and if not, start a new organization just for your interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Clever and diligent students who are also open to having a good amount of fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Breaking the world record for most people playing dodgeball or the world record for most people having a water gun fight. Oh yeah.

    Bang for the buck

    Im currently paying out of state tuition so its a bit harsh. But the prospects for the future look bright and Im confident I'll pay off any loan no problem after I get out.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs of your interest, or just chill out in the game room or be part of record breaking events.

    Food and Dining

    Its alright. Not fine dining, but its tasty dining in its own right. Though, freshmen 15 might look more like freshmen 30 if your not careful about what you eat on the unlimited meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    If you are open to making friends here, it is the best.

    Academic Rigor

    For the student who can handle himself, its a good mix of a challenge, while providing many exciting opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to making new friends and getting out there.

    In three sentences

    On first impression, UCI is a bright and energetic campus. While it may not be known as a party college, it still provides opportunities for lots of fun, if you actually looked. And the top tier education is not bad either!

  • 09/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    My friend goes here and loves it!

  • 09/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In this large city everything is safe, on or off campus. However, always be in the safe side and be cautious!

    Greek Life

    Over 10% of the UCI student body is affiliated with some sort of Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    MANY to choose from!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the undie run like most universities and also many insiders like the SWAG man. However you will get updated on those if you decide to attend UCI.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is filled with Greek life and other affiliated clubs. At UCI, all you need to create a new club is: at least 3 members and $25.00... That being said, you can imagine how many fun and creative clubs there are on campus. Also, the party scene is existent if you're into activities as such.

    Food and Dining

    Various meal plans are offered. Prices vary every year, depending on how many meals you plan to eat on campus every day. As every other school, the food isn't terrible, but it does get boring.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are only offered to Freshmans. You have a choice of two areas: Mesa and Middle Earth. Hands down, Mesa Is where all the cool kids prefer to dorm. However for upper class men/ transfer students, on campus housing is offered. Al facilities are clean and nice!

    Academic Rigor

    Although the university is not as highly recognized as the Ivy Leagues, it is one of the most prestigious universities that are younger than 50 years old.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, start on the application early! Also, arrive on campus with an open mind and heart. UCI students are very friendly and with over 500 clubs on campus, there are many interesting individuals. You are bound to find friends who you're comfortable with but don't be scared to step outside the boundaries.

    In three sentences

    It's a large public university located in the middle if a suburban city. The University is quite diversified, however the population largely consists of Asians. For any applicants applying as a medical or science major, UCI is a great option!

  • 09/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    I have not actually had the opportunity to spend a lot of time shopping in Irvine for food or trinkets or clothes, so I am not entirely sure of the prices. However, when I did go there, they had some decent prices from what I could tell, and it seemed you were getting the quality you deserve when you made a purchase.

    What to do for fun

    Irvine is a great place to study, and an awesome place to learn, but it is also an amazing place to have fun. With over 600 clubs, groups, and organizations at Irvine, there is bound to be a chance to do basically whatever activity you enjoy doing. Whether is be body boarding to hiking to live action role playing to dodge-ball, there are a plethora of fun activities to do at University of California, Irvine.

    Food and Dining

    I love food and the food at Irvine is by far superior to all rumors of college food that may be floating around out there. The food is delicious and well made; there are many choices to choose from, allowing your mind to really determine what it feels like having each time you go to eat; and the dining halls are beautiful. The food and dining were some very delicious times in SPOP.

    Dorm Life

    Without having even seen my dorms, I have received warm welcoming via emails from my dorm advisers welcoming me to my dorms and encouraging me to have a great time. I have been able to talk with my roommate already, and have been able to break the ice with him. I have seen the dorms in Mesa Courts, but not in Middle Earth, but from what I have seen, the dorms are very clean, and well acquitted for the moving in freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    University of California, Irvine is a research facility, which means that the professors that are teaching you classes are actually trying to develop their own research thesis, which allows you to find a professor whose works really interests you, and get to help them with their research, which also helps you better understand your field in a mutual learning environment. The classes range all over the spectrum of fields, so you can be majoring in English, and still enjoy classes in Sociology and Ecology. Note that college is a lot different from high school, where most of the student are used to being at the tops of your classes, so you will have to study twice as hard to maintain the same average, because you can not count on the others students to fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you have a good amount of volunteer service hours, as they will greatly help your application shine. For those student that have already been accepted and are coming to UC Irvine, make sure you try to get to the earliest SPOP session you can, as it will have the most open classes available for you to enroll in. Once you get your housing assignment and find out who your roommate is, start talking to him/her because it is important to both break the ice early, and to find out who will bring what necessities so that you don't have duplicates floating around in your dorm taking up space.

    In three sentences

    University of California, Irvine is amongst the most beautiful campuses I have had the pleasure of exploring, and now get to have the extreme pleasure of calling my campus. Amongst the top schools under fifty years old, Irvine is definitely a school to watch and see how it will blossom even further with its age. The people in Irvine help to create a genuinely nice environment to be around, and it is definitely a school to double check for all students searching for an amazing college.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I just want to be done with high school and just go to college. This school is one of the UCs that I want to go to. I haven't been to the campus, but I feel like it is beautiful from the pictures and will hopefully go during the summer. What is it like on campus?

  • 09/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is a super safe city, and the university is even more so. I've never felt unsafe here.

    Greek Life

    Lots of sororities and fraternities on campus. The sisters and brothers are really friendly and nice here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very big variety and there's a lot to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    Well rounded students who want to socialize and have fun at university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ZOT ZOT ZOT! We also break a world record at least once a year! Like biggest dodgeball game or water gun fight!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little expensive if you live on campus, but for the most part, the experience being here is priceless.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and sports to join at UCI. The greek life is also pretty strong. There's a surprising amount of stuff to do at UCI.

    Food and Dining

    There is a mandatory meal plan if you live on campus, and the food is what you expect to get at an average cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and the RAs are awesome, but the rooms can be a bit small.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to study well to do well at UCI. You get what you give.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your high school GPA high, take AP tests, and get involved!

    In three sentences

    UCI is a really open, friendly school with strong academics and a nice social scene. The focus here is mainly on academics, but there is a great choice of extracurriculars and clubs to choose from. UCI is a solid school with a really pleasant atmosphere and campus.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This school is incredibly safe.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at UC Irvine is amazing. As a member of a sorority here on campus I have to say I have made friends to last me a lifetime and everybody is so kind and friendly and you'll always remember the people you met.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are these underground tunnels that are so cool and decorated with amazing art; its definitely a must-see at UC Irvine.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I like to take a early morning jog around ring road at UC Irvine or swim at the ARC's amazing swimming pool.

    Food and Dining

    The food here at UC Irvine is amazing. Not only is the food on campus delicious, but there are so many options to choose from. Whether you want something on the go or something for a sit down dinner, UC Irvine guarantees that each time you visit a restaurant on campus you won't be disappointed.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here at UC Irvine is amazing. For a year you get to live with a diverse, friendly, and very interesting group of people and for the first time you have the chance to live on your own and branch out to a new level of friendship with your fellow peers. There is always laughing and study groups and large groups of people hanging out together, and dorm life in general is just an overall great experience that gives you a chance to open up.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at this school is very difficult. The courses and professors challenge you to ask questions and go beyond the common way of looking at something. You are surrounded by very intellectual people every day and there is always something new to learn at UC Irvine. The academic atmosphere isn't so tough that it's too difficult, but it is hard enough to keep you on your toes at all times.

    In three sentences

    The University of California, Irvine is an amazing place to learn not only about math and science but also about who you are as a person and who you want to become. UC Irvine is the perfect place to explore the many opportunities that are offered to you there and gives you a chance to achieve your goals. UC Irvine is a great school that gives students the ability to become successful.

  • 09/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Studious, outgoing students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are occasional sightings of Swagman, a mysterious character who walks in a peculiar manner throughout campus. Swagman is a tall, lean guy who wears sunglasses and the Bulls basketball jersey and shorts while walking with a particular style, with his arms flailing limply by his sides as she stares blankly ahead. He speed-walks daily across random campus locations as students chuckle and take pictures of this odd character.

    Bang for the buck

    The relaxed atmosphere makes one feel welcome at UCI. The interactions between students and professors make the learning experience worthwhile because there are many opportunities for one to participate in research and other endeavors, such as internships.

    What to do for fun

    One can arrange plans with friends to go to Newport Beach, which is less than 10 minute away from campus by car. A fun alternative is biking from campus to the beach, which takes approximately half an hour. One can spend a relaxing afternoon at the beach and return to campus due to its location. One can also opt to participate in active clubs that involve activities such as volunteering, sports, or movie-watching.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans are a bit pricey, and there aren't many variations. However, when there are special events in the dining halls, such as a major football game or holiday, the food can be extremely scrumptious. Outside of campus, there is a very limited assortment of food. There are fast food places such as In-In-Out and Chipotle, and the remaining restaurants revolve heavily on Asian Cuisine. There's nothing wrong with Asian Cuisine, but the limited, pricey options make it a bit frustrating to eat out near UCI.

    Dorm Life

    Although the initial encounters may be awkward, the daily interactions with roommates and residents made every small moment worthwhile. The friendships that were formed made the challenges of academics more fun to handle through study groups. Escaping your comfort zone is always difficult, but once you manage to do so, it feels amazing to be outside with newly made friends. The scenery of Mesa Court, one of the Freshman Housing Areas, is serene; the resident halls are surrounded by lush lawns and trees that give the area a peaceful atmosphere. Outside of studying, there are plenty of activities to pursue while living on-campus, including basketball, volleyball, and ping pong.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are highly demanding at UCI. However, there is a myriad of resources, such as professors, tutors, and study centers that can greatly assist you if you are struggling. It's perfectly normal if you don't understand everything the first time around, because the material is complex. Nearly everyone is studying intensely in order to master the material, yet, this doesn't mean that the material is boring. College wasn't meant to be easy; although the material is challenging, the feeling that one has upon understanding the material is astoundingly empowering.

    Tips for prospective students

    One should always maintain a healthy balance between social life and academics. If you allow yourself to become overwhelmed with staying on top and ahead of others without taking a break every now and then, you'll feel extremely stressed out, and, consequently, undermine the fun opportunities there are around you, including club activities. Always study hard, but make room for some downtime. Also, don't feel afraid to reach out for help; professors have flexible office hours so they can help explain concepts that may have been unclear to you during lecture. ou shouldn't feel intimidated by asking for help; the professors know their material well and are more than willing to help you understand the material

    In three sentences

    One is constantly surrounded by faculty that is dedicated to enriching your learning experience by having accessible office hours . There is a warm atmosphere around the campus, for there aren't many cliques that make one feel out of place; rather, many people, including staff and students, are amiable with one another. There is an abundance of activities to pursue on-campus, including research, volunteering opportunities, and internships; as long as you put in an honest effort to find extracurricular activities, you will always find something to do.

  • 09/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Play sports in the school gym. There are so many clubs and activities for students to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are three cafeterias on campus. The food can meet the taste of every student.

    Dorm Life

    Students can have a good life living the campus dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The staff is very experienced.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should visit the school before you make the decision. The environment is very good.

    In three sentences

    UCI is really an excellent school with advanced facilities and experienced staff. It is filled with cultures of different countries.The students there are aggressive and ambitious.

  • 09/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of events and parties. Many recreation areas as well. Late night food runs and movie nights are fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat. The food is spectacular and you can use ZotBucks, a UCI currency, to eat at Subway, Wendy's, or Starbucks. Donuts!!!

    Dorm Life

    Nice room and the students living here are the best. You will make lots of good friends. Rooms are big.

    Academic Rigor

    You must read daily. Do not procrastinate. Also take lots and lots of notes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply for scholarships early. Study. Get your sleep.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing and beautiful campus. Everyone here is super friendly. The professors are always willing to help you out.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UC Irvine is known for being the safest campus as well as Irvine being the safest city. If you are afraid to walk back home alone or just unsure of your surroundings, there is a duty line that one can call and have someone escort you back to your dorm or any other place intended to go to.

    What to do for fun

    There are game rooms, the ARC aka the gym, and the beach. The campus provides shuttles for transportation to the gym or even the beach. Its always fun to go with friends whenever you want.

    Food and Dining

    There are food areas that are close to the dormitories that have the best and healthy foods there. There are also various food courts throughout campus as well as fast food places right outside the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Don't be shy. Everyone is very friendly and gets along very well and if there were to be some type discordance there is always some type of solution or compromise. The dorm life allows one to befriend many people and its a great way to build future friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging depending on one's level of understanding. There will be times when the professor assigns a lot of reading that may be due that same week as well as trying to keep up with other classes. There is an abundance of help being provided to students.

    Tips for prospective students

    When having a lecture class, try sitting as close to the front as possible so that way you don't get distracted by anyone else. Try to take as many notes as possible and if there is a reading that comes with the lecture make sure to have finished it on time. Also, some professors tend to post their lecture on the class website so try reviewing that beforehand.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is embody by the smartest and nicest professors. The upperclassmen are very welcoming and make one feel like home. There are various events that are held by either the school or can even be created by the students as well; moreover, there is an abundance of resources available to students.

  • 10/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to plazas like diamond jamboree, UTC, spectrum, etc.

    Food and Dining

    At first, everyone likes the dorm food, but the menu repeats itself every couple months and everyone gets tired of it.

    Dorm Life

    High speed internet, spacious room, perfect weather, what more can you ask for?

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, we are amongst the recognized schools of the nation. Academics is not easy, but is definitely durable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Two things we lack in are public transportation and food. It would make sense to bring your car to campus if you are financially capable of doing so.

    In three sentences

    UCI is the nation's safest campus. UCI is not a specialized school, for let's say film, but generally advanced all around, making it a great school for undecided undeclared majors. The school provides a perfect environment to learn and have experiences.

  • 11/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is the safest city in the world bar none. The worst events are when police write you a ticket for jay walking.

    Greek Life

    Joining the Greek Life my freshman year was a blast, but it's not for everyone. It plays into time management, because you have to devote your time to invest in it.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs on campus are large, extensive, and very welcoming. They are always up to things, so you'll have a blast joining them.

    Great for these types of students

    Time management. If you dont' have it, you will fail. If you can juggle, academics, social life, or anything else, then you will succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We are the Anteaters, so we say: ZOT ZOT ZOT! It's our battlecry as fearless anteaters.

    Bang for the buck

    If you get in, this is an amazing school to study at.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life is prevalent on campus, but if you don't like their vibes, there is ALWAYS something going on. League of Legends at UCI, Dance Clubs, Sports games, The ARC, etc. There is always something to do, and even if there isn't, the beach is 15 minutes away!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is probably the best out of every UC campus. Grab the unlimited meal plan, and dig in. The food contains a wide variety from hamburgers to pasta, to sandwiches, soups, salads and more!

    Dorm Life

    Variable experiences, some people have a blast, some people just study in their rooms all day. It's what you make it, and the opportunities are there for the most part.

    Academic Rigor

    There are no 'easy' classes at UCI. You MUST study, and you MUST work hard to succeed here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard for that ACT/SAT. Get good grades in Highschool. Extracurriculars matter.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine has a beautiful campus, set in gorgeous Southern California. UC Irvine is a very competitive school, and strives to make new bounds in research. The staff, faculty, and campus resources are invaluable.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    From dorm activities to the University Town Center, to numerous clubs and sports, there are great sources for fun to enjoy at UCI!

    Food and Dining

    The food has a large variety of style, and flavor.

    Dorm Life

    Both Middle Earth and Mesa Court housing communities are well maintained, and the people are extremely helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are quite challenging, but that yields great rewards in learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be outgoing in your ventures. One never knows who you'll meet. Everyone here at the University of California, Irvine, is very intriguing, and willing to listen. Get to know people, as not only will you make friends, but you'll form academic bonds as well.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus, with an amazing park located at the heart of the campus. The professors are truly interested in their students, and want them to succeed. The atmosphere emphasizes academic excellence and student growth.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Well, you can go to parties and games.

    Food and Dining

    I like their food. They have so many options to choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    You'll like it.

    In three sentences

    It provides great opportunities to explore yourself.

  • 11/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    i'm not a part of it so I'm not qualified to comment

    Clubs and Activities

    over 500+ clubs! from Harry Potter to Doctor Who and Anime and Acapella Groups and ethnicity based organizations (check out the Cross Cultural Center for more) and Dentistry and and and so much more!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the usual meeting spot for everyone is at the Flagpoles, in front of the steps, its very easy to find

    Bang for the buck

    There are many economical options for food on-campus and in the surrounding areas, you're bound to find something for your taste. if you need to buy books, check out the UCI facebook page, many students post their listings for a much cheaper price than the Student Bookstore

    What to do for fun

    join clubs and organizations, they host many fun events and you get to meet people with your similar interests go to the Beach, it's only about a 20 min drive, sometimes less! Bowling Alley is pretty close by Diamond Jamboree for all the delicious food and karaoke the District for your shopping needs or the Irvine Spectrum, a very beautiful outdoor mall the Woodbridge theater for $2 movies, $1 on Tuesdays, has some recently released movies as well

    Food and Dining

    I will be very honest: the dorm food quality has gone downhill. However, it has many advantages: good hours, late night hours, great variety of food, and the best part, it's all you can eat. The UCI Student Center also offer many good food places or things that are on the go as well, such as Subway or Jamba Juice. Right in front of campus is the University Town Center, a nice little shopping center that also has delicious food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is definitely what you make of it. The Residential Advisors (the RAs) host events maybe once every week or so to keep their Residents entertained and motivated. RAs are also there to help you if you need any assistance or just need someone to talk to.

    Academic Rigor

    Every major is different, yet rigorous in their own way. Always attend class to get the best results and attend your professor's office hours if you are lost. UCI offers many great study locations. Some of the popular ones are the Student Gateway, located next to the library, as it's open until 3am every day. Another great advantage is that many study areas are open 24hrs during finals week, even our on-campus Starbucks!

    Tips for prospective students

    Network, network, network. By meeting new people, you get tips on the best classes to take, how some professors grade, what to do for fun, etc. Visit the Study Abroad center and the Career Center and get started on future plans early! Visit your Academic Counselor regularly. They hold walk-in hours in case you have any questions regarding your classes and future plans.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a very diverse campus. It offers over 500 school clubs and organizations so you're bound to find something you like (such as the Harry Potter club Dumbledore's Anteaters) and also offers a wide range of majors and career opportunities. Plus, the park on campus is definitely relaxing after a midterm

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always lots of events going on within the campus if not within the dorm communities.Whether breaking world records or swing dancing at casino night, there is plenty to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Actually study no matter how smart you think you are. Have fun!

    In three sentences

    Very open minded to different ideas and beliefs. Great staff and faulty members. They care about me being part of the UC Irvine community.

  • 11/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Good Frats and Sors to join

    What to do for fun

    go out and eat or work out with friends

    Food and Dining

    Top notch food

    Dorm Life

    A ton of new friends to be made.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded.

    In three sentences

    UC IRVINE is a great place to meet diverse friends from all over the world with highly sought professors.

  • 12/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Thefts are through the roof

    Greek Life

    Some greek life, not like the big schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not many clubs/event on campus, nobody goes to anything.

    Great for these types of students

    Immigrants from Asia who want to work extremely hard and don't care about having a life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The city of Irvine is always under construction. It's a commuter school, the campus is dead after 4pm

    Bang for the buck

    Nobody actually wants to come here, they just come here because they didn't get into the school they really wanted to go too.

    What to do for fun

    Absolutely nothing. The city is super dead.

    Food and Dining

    Food is average, not particularly amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Not very great.

    Academic Rigor

    Extremely Difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to work super hard. The city of Irvine itself is pretty dead and boring and there's nothing to do. Zero school spirit, there isn't even a football team.

    In three sentences

    Asians everywhere. Extremely Competitive. Extremely Difficult. Not much to do in Irvine.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a great variety of clubs you can join.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Study hard. 2. Get enough sleep. 3. Attend all lectures and discussions.

    In three sentences

    The University of California Irvine is one of the most safety places from my point of view.

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    HANG OUT WITH FRIENDS.

    Food and Dining

    GREAT DINING HALL AND LOTS TO EAT ALL AROUND CAMPUS

    Dorm Life

    FUN COLLEGE EXPERIENCE.

    Academic Rigor

    VERY DIFFICULT CLASSES!!

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED!

    In three sentences

    VERY FRIENDLY PEOPLE, CLEAN ENVIRONMENT, SMART PROFESSORS.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is one of the safest cities out there.

    Clubs and Activities

    Go join a club! They have a ton of clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Who enjoy a little bit of fun while doing well in classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sleeping in Aldrich park, sleeping in the libraries...finding the mitosis planters. There's a bucket list for freshman!

    Bang for the buck

    Irvine is a safe city. So you can walk about really late at night and you'll be fine.

    What to do for fun

    UTC ~ hang out with friends. Go join a club!

    Food and Dining

    You'll get sick of the food after a while but they try! The asian food is meh. But the fro-yo machines are awesome.

    Dorm Life

    It can be kind of noisy. Make friends and go to the library to study!

    Academic Rigor

    Do not slack~ the work adds up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know people with cars! Almost everything to do in Irvine is not a walkable distance from campus.

    In three sentences

    Great school. Great area. Good classes.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always officers patrolling the area which makes for safety assurance. Furthermore, the whole campus is well lit and the there is little criminal activity in the area.

    Greek Life

    Though Greek life and its associated activities are made known on campus, student involvement is not a must seeing as there are plenty of other organizations offering opportunities for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Several clubs are available for students to join and if you're interested in making your own club, you can!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to have fun but understand the importance of academics before fun should keep UCI at the top of their application list.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Usually campuses don't allow alcohol to be served to students but fortunately, UCI has it's own on-campus bar!

    Bang for the buck

    Not only does UCI have an outstanding academic resume, its park (located in the center of campus) and coastal location make it ideal for those looking to study in nature and then escape to relax every once in a while.

    What to do for fun

    There is a shopping center located right across from campus with every shop and utility necessary. In addition, there is a movie theater, all kinds of restaurants, and fun things to do, down by the beach.

    Food and Dining

    So many healthy food options are available as well as those guilty pleasure type restaurants nearby. There are even dozens of places where vegetarians and vegans can pig out.

    Dorm Life

    Located right on campus, the dorm life is so convenient, especially when it comes to early hour classes. Dorm halls form their own little communities and even have activities throughout the year to ensure everyone feels at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Inside the classroom and in the libraries is where you'll find the heart of UCI. Students are challenged no matter their major. Maintaining good academic status is very important to all students at UCI and that is why so many tutoring and studying resources are made available to students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can, visit the campus for a tour, talk to students, and really try to realize yourself at UCI before committing. Be willing to make sacrifices to ensure academics remain your priority in college.

    In three sentences

    UCI is a school filled with plenty of students ready to lead and inspire others to do so as well. Though located where we can easily escape from reality when we're stressed, students prioritize academics above all else. The environment is safe and comfortable to ensure that students can focus on studying.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    UCI is a fascinating school with a vast number of opportunities present for all types of students. I couldn't have thought of a better fitting school for me where I feel comfortable and proud to be a student. It gives me a sense of confidence towards a successful future.

  • 01/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is such a safe city and UCI is not an exception. Very safe. You could sleep on a random bench and you'll probably be pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    Sororities and fraternities are visibly seen. Posters cheering on brothers and sisters during finals or midterms week are plastered along various bridges and walls. A couple of times a week there will be sororities and frats recruiting students along Ring Road.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and various activities you could get involved in. You'll meet your type of people. Don't be afraid to check out different clubs you're interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    UCI is great for people who are looking for a comfortable, home-like campus. It has a great combination of fun, safety, and rest.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a huge dodgeball tournament in the beginning of the school year. I believe it is a world record? There is a sperm cell near the biology departments.

    Bang for the buck

    I do not understand this.

    What to do for fun

    Beaches, shopping centers, and LA is all within reach. Various cafes and restaurants are sprawled everywhere. Hang out with seniors and juniors and they'll take you to fun places.

    Food and Dining

    Food was good. The desserts caused me to gain the freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was pretty decent. I liked how you saw various students. You'll have your anime nerds, sorority sisters, sports stars, and stressed-out pre-med students. It was a nice community and felt like a small apartment area.

    Academic Rigor

    It actually depends on the major but most people stress about their academics. Workload is pretty hefty. You have to stay on top of things. The quarter system goes by quickly. Brace yourselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to office hours. Eat healthily and sleep regularly. Do not slack off on your studies. As it is a quarter system, the pace of your studies will go by quickly. It is a large university so professors will not wait for you. Study in the library.

    In three sentences

    UCI is located in a clean, suburban environment. Academics are pretty decent. The people here are a bit more reserved compared to students of other campuses.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Eat, Beach, Shop

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if this is your last choice visit before you accept anywhere else. I got into UCSD which I thought was my dream school but after visiting I knew this place would be my home for the next four years.

    In three sentences

    If you are looking for a major party school don't chose here but if you're not this will be the perfect place for you. Beautiful clean campus and friendly people. It is also not to far from the beach

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Irvine is one of the safest locations in the country. That does't mean that bad things don't or won't happen, but it's less likely here than in other places! There are so many ways to ensure your safety here!

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of any sororities, but I have many friends who are and they LOVE IT!

    Clubs and Activities

    Join something! There are so many opportunities!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Swag man! If you see him, you'll have good luck for the rest of the day! ZOT ZOT!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the debt I'll eventually find myself in!

    What to do for fun

    Ride your bike to the beach even though it's quite the bike ride! Go for hikes! Play Mario Kart in the common room! Anything!

    Food and Dining

    Middle Earth food is the best you'll get from both freshmen dorms! There are also other places to eat at around campus like Subway or Panda Express.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! I live in Middle Earth (one of the two freshmen dorms) and I love the community!

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major, but overall it's not that easy!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to workshops provided on-campus! There are so many organizations to get involved in, be a part of some! Don't be afraid to just be you! Everyone here accepts anyone as they are!

    In three sentences

    A great experience! Everyone is nice and the atmosphere is very peaceful! There are many on-campus and off-campus opportunities here and there is always help available!

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Watermelon Song/Dance that all incoming freshman are required to do.

    Bang for the buck

    Fill out the FAFSA- you never know if you could be eligible for something.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study early and often, don't fall behind. Getting used to the quarter system can be made easier by staying on top of things.

    In three sentences

    UCI is located in a beautiful, clean, safe city. While it might be a culture shock for those used to diversity, there are so many clubs and organizations on campus that you can join to feel more part of the community. Truly a great school!!

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food at UCI is alright, nothing special, but the one thing I do enjoy about the school can be the pizza. The veggie pizzas at this school are good, but best at particular food courts. There is a wide variety of options in general though. There is Wahoo's, Panda Express, Wendy's, Subway, and even their own PUB!!! So if you are 21 and it's Friday, it's party time.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm at UCI, but I do see the buildings many students stay at everyday I go to school. Some have nice recreational areas such as cozy grottos and basketball courts if the urge rises. I've seen the inside of the dorms, once when I was in high school, and it was nothing particularly flashy. However you shouldn't take my word for it because my exposure has been limited, but check it out for yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    The material that the professors provide at the school can be difficult to read sometimes and at other times it can be super interesting. If you would like to enjoy learning the subject you are studying try and become engaged in the material. Like all course materials there are ups and downs, but if you get the right professor, they will explain the heart of the matter in lecture.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus!!! Develop you're own feeling about the campus, if you are bouncing between this and another college make sure your decision is an informed one. These reviews can only provide so much insight, but if you want to come to Irvine, just give it a visit.

    In three sentences

    The professors are kind and caring, while provoking thought and discussion. Since the campus is centered around a ring, getting to class won't be a problem. And at the end of the day, just zot on.

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safest campus. Would walk from on-campus study rooms to off-campus apartment at 1am.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Try and find the tunnels!

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty steep tuition, not going to lie.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, walk around the beautiful park, hang out with friends, eat Strickland's ice cream (yumm) :)

    Food and Dining

    Food was excellent. Loved Pippins and Brandywine! Avoid eating too many of the delicious 'pizzookies' to avoid the freshman 15!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are clean, RAs are nice and try to hold bonding events, but noise levels in the dorms are pretty high.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the classes you choose to take can be anywhere from straightforward to extremely rigorous. Choose wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose where you live wisely. This applies to your four years at UCI. Commuters, this doesn't apply to you. Students applying to UCI should probably know that this is a commuter school, so the weekends at UCI are pretty quiet, but students living on campus, choose your roommates wisely.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a melting pot of different cultures, ideas, and innovation through research, science, performing arts, music, and athletics. UCI ranks #1 in the universities under 50 years list, is located in one of the safest cities in California, and is academically rigorous to prepare you for the graduate school, medical school, or facing the job market head-on. As with any UC, there is competition, depending on the major you choose to pursue, but at UCI, the support of the faculty, TAs, and classmates creates a supportive learning environment.

  • 03/13/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Located near many shopping centers, amusement parks, movie theaters, and beaches.

    Food and Dining

    A large variety of food options on and off campus. Better dorm food than most colleges.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is active and engaging, with the chance to meet many peers.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are fairly difficult and competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's best to know and research what major you're interested in prior to applying.

    In three sentences

    UC Irvine is a college with a very diverse group of students. With many opportunities for learning outside of classroom education, it gives the students the chance to explore different areas. It is located in a lovely area with a great variety of social activities.

  • 03/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs/organizations. Otherwise, I hope you have a car to get around since this is a commuter school.

    Food and Dining

    Food is made by students so that is the quality you will get.

    Dorm Life

    Embrace with open arms and you will love it.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major. Some can skate by while others will have a rigorous schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Smarts don't mean much in college; the student that works harder will get much further. Open yourselves to the many opportunities and don't be afraid!

    In three sentences

    UCI is a lively campus if one chooses to involve themselves in the many activities. From experience, their CS program and environment is very positive and ambitious. As an engineering major, I wouldn't recommend UCI too highly.

  • 04/01/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There seems to be a lot of food options from what I can see. Many choices to choose from for different days.

    Dorm Life

    I heard that if you find a place close to where your classes are then you'll be in luck. Hope for the best with your roommate.

  • 04/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very, very safe, but still...don't leave your personal belongings unattended.

    Greek Life

    It's not that dramatic. I went to a frat party at a club once and it wasn't that crazy. Basically, anything you've seen about Greek life on televisions dont apply here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs to join and you'll feel more at home when joining one. The people can be very friendly and make you feel more at ease when it comes to campus living.

    Great for these types of students

    Prestigious ones who can study all day everyday. Love asian food. Is asian. Dislikes partying. Ones who enjoy living in a safe and clean environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I thought it was so cool to see a PUB on campus. You're often going to get asked if you want Boba or Korean BBQ. And don't bother trying to join any all asian sorority or fraternity, you'll only get in if you're full asian.

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely pricey here but worth it. You can a safer, cleaner, and more peaceful environment compared to other less expensive places.

    What to do for fun

    Ride your bike, study at Starbucks, go to the beach, attend a few bars around the area, and take the bus. Also, the malls near this city are pretty fun and they have a small theatre close to campus. On Tuesdays you can eat at El Torito for Taco Tuesday, it's packed! And join a club so you'll have even more experiences.

    Food and Dining

    I've stated earlier that the cafeteria's have a wide variety of food. On the normal food areas you have Subway, Wahoos, Wendy, China Express, and more. A great deal of variety. Off of campus there are many asian eateries if you're into asian food you'll love it here.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was fun! I came in as a transfer and it was still a neat experience. If you're a freshman you'll probably love it even more. The freshman cafeteria is so awesome, there's a buffet, and so much variety of food!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure this is a campus you want. It's very asian populated, so if that's not what you want you shouldn't come here. They sell boba and korean BBQ everywhere and it's surrounded by asian restaurants. So have an Asian perspective when coming here. Also, it's more designed for students who like to study a lot and keep to themselves. It's not meant for those who enjoy partying.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy UCI! It's peaceful, clean, and very prestigious campus. It's very easy to study on or off campus because everyone is like minded when it comes to working hard. It's not a party campus so you'll end up getting a lot done!

  • 04/16/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Join sports or music

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be to your 100%

    In three sentences

    Very nice school,clean the school is like a big family No gangs no fights. I'm thinking of joining it if I get Enough funds other than that great school.

  • 06/10/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most unusual thing about UCI is their mascot, Zot the Anteater. Upon arrival to the campus, most Anteaters will gladly demonstrate the UCI chant; Zot, Zot Zot! in honor of the friendly mammal.

    In three sentences

    I attended the Spring transfer event and my first impression of UCI is great. The people are very friendly, helpful and accepting. UCI offers very unique opportunities and I can't wait to attend.