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University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 450 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 6 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

51% Women
49% Men


NCAA Division I-AAA

Big West Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $95,402)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $67,568)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 36 - - -
Basketball 16 16 - Yes
Golf 9 7 - -
Soccer 30 30 Yes Yes
Tennis 11 10 Yes Yes
Track and Field, Indoor - 35 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor 26 52 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 14 25 - -
Volleyball 23 20 Yes Yes
Water Polo 22 19 Yes Yes
All Track Combined - - Yes Yes
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Bowling - - - Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - Yes Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Softball - - - Yes
Swimming and Diving - - - Yes
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -
Wrestling - - Yes Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 46.5%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.1%
Hispanic 12.4%
Non-resident alien 5.6%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 7.8%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 25.1%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • Hospital on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 15 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 2
Drug Law Violation 46
Liquor Law Violation 24
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 42

Notable Alumni

  • Alice Sebold (Class of '98), Author of Lucky and The Lovely Bones
  • Allison Liddi-Brown (Class of '96), Director of ED TV
  • David Benioff (Class of '96), Noted screenplay writer of 25th Hour and Troy
  • Jon Lovitz (Class of '79), Former SNL comedian, actor in a supporting comedic role in several Hollywood movies
  • Kelly Perrine (Class of '94), Star of UPN's One on One
  • Michael Chabon (Class of '87), 2001 Pultizer Prize winning author of Kavalier and Clay, Wonder Boys, and Summerland
  • Roy Fielding (Class of '76), Chairman of Apache Software Foundation and Founder of Apache HTTP Server Project
  • Whitney Otto (Class of '90), Writer of How to Make an American Quilt
  • Yusef Komunyakaa (Class of '80),1994 Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet for Neon Vernacular
  • Aimee Bender (Class of '97), Acclaimed writer of Girl in the Flammable Skirt
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Anonymous
  • 5
  • 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…

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  • Danielle
  • 4
  • 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…

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  • ariana from irvine, ca
  • 3
  • dorm life highly depends on where you dorm. there are two different dorms to choose from, which are middle earth and mesa court. i personally lived in middle earth because…

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  • Bi0N3rd
  • 4
  • 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…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Anonymous from San Bruno, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Food on campus is alright. There is food court food all around campus which makes it really accessible. But for the dining halls, sometimes they would have really good food, and sometimes not so much. It is kind of a toss up. I love how they have a variety of things everyday, so even if a specific dish setup is not something you like, you can always mix and match parts of different dishes that they have. I also love the occasional theme nights where they would decorate and serve food that is representative of the theme, and this isn't a systematic, it is like a sporadic 6th week Tuesday, which makes it surprising and fun.

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  • 4
  • Matthew from Elk Grove, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Ok Iâ??ll be honest with the food. In Mesa Court, we have the â??anteateryâ??. The food is alright but some days it is awesome. The cafeteria will always have pizza and hamburgers which are always great no matter what for lunch and dinner. Other than that, we have different stations that serve different food depending on the day. The â??homeâ?? station has some traditional homecooked meals such as fried chicken, beef, etc. The â??Fire and Iceâ?? station changes depending on the week, so they have â??taco tuesdaysâ?? and â??sushi bowl saturdaysâ?? etc. If you are vegan, vegetarian, or you just like vegetables there is a dedicated vegan station and salad bar station. Everything is all you can eat. There is something pretty awesome that happens every so often. please see the unusual traditions portion of this review!

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  • 3
  • Anonymous from Los Angeles, CA
  • I am a past student here

    Only the first week you will enjoy college food. After the first week all food in dining hall will turn out to be not bad. Students rate each dining halls and also check menus and decide to go to which dining hall. Once in a while they will serve the best meal.

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  • 4
  • Debbie from Sunnyvale, CA
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Middle Earth food is great, but UCI is very close to a lot of dining. You could go a couple miles off campus and find a ton of places to hang out and eat.

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  • 3
  • verooo
  • I am a current student here

    Food is okay at UCI. I would definitely recommend going out into the community and trying different kinds of foods if you can. I come from a small town so I was shocked that so many unique shops even existed!

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  • 5
  • athlete
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    great food for all types of diets.

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  • 3
  • ariana from irvine, ca
  • I am a current student here

    some days were better than others. there were three dining commons when i was a freshman, which were brandywine, pippins, and the one in mesa court. brandywine: 3/5= i liked going to brandywine and i often found myself going here because the food tasted better. was it any healthier? no. but i liked the food, it is a bit smaller than pippins, and they used to always have late night around 9:00 pm! the grilled cheese was great, and there was a sandwich and salad bar as well. there were a lot of food choices, and some days it would be packed because it offered really tasty foods once in a while. pippins: 2/5= i only went here for breakfast. other than that, it was not good. the food was not good. not only was it not healthy, but it often tasted terrible. i never saw pippins as crowded as brandywine- only for breakfast. mesa commons 3/5= i think the food here was okay. great breakfast, but pretty bad lunch and dinner. i think now there is some sort of trailer that the kids in mesa eat in because the other commons was undergoing construction, or something like that. i never went here to eat, but from what i heard the lunch and dinner were not the best choices.

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  • 3
  • cola
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    it has the basic far, better than some colleges but not anything to rave about.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Matthew from Elk Grove, CA
  • I am a current student here

    There are many greek life organizations to get involved in at UCI. Although I am not personally part of a greek life club, I know many friends who have connected so well with other members in these organizations. Greek Life is not necessary to get the full college experience, but it is there for people who are interested in it.

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  • 0
  • verooo
  • I am a current student here

    There is greek life at UCI. Not as popular among those students who stick to school only which is like half the students but it is moving itself up.

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  • 0
  • ariana from irvine, ca
  • I am a current student here

    greek life was very fun! i did not join greek life until my second year of college. however, it was very easy and fun going out whatever day of the week i wanted to because i became friends with people in greek life early on in the academic year during my first year. people in greek life are very fun and they are all different from each other which is great because you can find the one fraternity or sorority that you fit in with. it is also important to know that there are extremely smart and studious people in greek life that are serious about their academics, which is great if you want to have a balance in your life at campus. the greek community have a lot of parties, philanthropies, formals, and fundraisers. it is a great way to meet new people and to go out more if you are having trouble doing that during your first quarter of your first year. recruitment happens in the fall, but sororities and fraternities do recruitment in the winter and spring quarters as well depending on if they are meeting quota or not on membership. i haven't really heard of anything bad going on within the greek community. everyone is very supportive of each other and there aren't any intense rivalries as you would expect. the only downside is that there isn't a greek row, and the houses are not as nearly as nice as other campuses. however, it is a very fun thing to do and i highly encourage it!

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  • 0
  • Winnie
  • I am a current student here

    I'm not so sure about greek life since I did not join a sorority

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  • 0
  • Shannon
  • I am a past student here

    so many different frats and sororities...take your pick!

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  • 0
  • Yahir from Baldwin Park, CA
  • I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Keshia from Murrieta, CA
  • I am a current student here

    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.

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