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 twenty eight thousand students enrolled per year.

Many of the students that got into University of California-Irvine earned an SAT score between 1480 - 1890, or got accepted with an ACT score between 21 - 27. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the UCI average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.13 - 3.57. Approximately 40 percent of all applicant were accepted at UCI, and from those that were granted acceptance around 21 percent continued on to enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the UCI acceptance rate in 2015 is going to be around 45%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UCI Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for University of California-Irvine was reported as 42.4% in Fall 2012 with over 56,500 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 SAT Scores: 1480 - 1890
  • UCI ACT Scores: 21 - 27
  • UCI Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.57

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 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for UCI has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 48.7%
  • 2009-2010: 44.2%
  • 2010-2011: 45.2%
  • 2011-2012: 47.5%
  • 2012-2013: 42.4%
  • Projected UCI Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 44.9%

How Does UCI Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of California-Irvine is thirty-one percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
California State University-Fullerton45.8%
California State University-Long Beach30.8%
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona52.2%
California State University-Dominguez Hills57.5%
Azusa Pacific University79.9%

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 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UCI (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading460 - 600
Math530 - 670
Writing490 - 620
Total Score1480 - 1890
ACT®Score Range
English20 - 27
Math23 - 29
Composite Score21 - 27
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