University of California-Irvine (UCI)

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University of California-Irvine can be found in Irvine, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. UCI has around thirty eight thousand students enrolled per year.

Many of the students that got into University of California-Irvine earned an SAT score between 1170 - 1420, or got accepted with an ACT score between 24 - 33. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the UCI average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.35 - 3.89. The acceptance rate of University of California-Irvine is considered highly competitive, with only 30 percent of those who applied applicants being accepted. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the UCI acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 29%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UCI Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of California-Irvine was reported as 26.5% in Fall 2020 with over 95,600 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UCI ACT Scores: 24 - 33
  • UCI Average GPA: 3.35 - 3.89

How Hard Is It to Get into University of California-Irvine?

Applicant Selectivity: High

University of California-Irvine has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for UCI has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 40.6%
  • 2017-2018: 36.5%
  • 2018-2019: 28.8%
  • 2019-2020: 26.5%
  • Projected UCI Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 28.7%

How Does UCI Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of California-Irvine is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
California State University-Fullerton52.7%
California State University-Long Beach39.3%
California State University-Dominguez Hills77.0%
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona54.6%
California Baptist University78.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UCI (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading570 - 670
Math600 - 750
Total Score1170 - 1420
ACT®Score Range
English22 - 32
Math22 - 31
Composite Score24 - 33
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