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University of California, Irvine: Narrative Description


Irvine, CA 92697
Tel: (949)824-5011
Admissions: (949)824-6703
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of California System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 1,477-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $144 million. Research spending 2003-04: $175.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $16,862 per student. Total enrollment: 24,307. Faculty: 1,290 (992 full-time, 298 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 33,681 applied, 53% were admitted. 96% from top 10% of their high school class, 100% from top quarter, 100% from top half. Full-time: 19,333 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 529 students, 43% women, 57% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 36 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 2% black, 49% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 5% 25 or older, 26% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; psychology. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other campuses of University of California System. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: continuous until 3/31.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $18,277 full-time. Mandatory fees: $6313 full-time. College room and board: $9176. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 275 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 8% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: ASUCI, Kababayan. Major annual event: Celebrate UCI (open house). Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Langson Library plus 1 other with 2.6 million books, 2.9 million microform titles, 25,464 serials, 92,117 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $20.5 million. 1,732 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

UCI's location combines the cultural and economic resources of an urban area along with access to the scenic, recreational areas of Southern California. Located 50 miles south of Los Angeles, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, and nestled in 1,477 acres of coastal foothills near Newport Beach, UCI lies amid rapidly growing residential communities and a dynamic international business environment of Orange County and the surrounding region. The sailing and surfing beaches of Newport, Laguna, and Huntington are a 10-minute bike ride from campus, while hiking trails, desert camping, or mountain resorts for snow boarding and skiing are within two-hour's travel distance from Irvine. The campus itself is a natural arboretum of native species, as well as trees and shrubs from all over the world. Adjacent to the campus, the San Joaquin Freshwater Marsh serves as a natural classroom or peaceful refuge, with trails for viewing the rich diversity of wildlife. Within walking distance of the University are shops and restaurants, bookstores, markets, a post office, and a theatre. Complementing UCI cultural events throughout the academic year is the Orange County arts and entertainment environment. It offers everything from small venues for bands and performers to galleries, museums, the Irvine Barclay Theater, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and the Pacific Symphony. Within a one to two-hour drive are the metropolitan attractions of Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as desert and mountain recreational opportunities.

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