University of California, Irvine Online

Established in 1965, the University of California – Irvine is the fifth largest campus in the UC system. The school was originally founded to accommodate the expanding number of students coming into the state’s public university system, including a large number of World War II veterans. Today, the school serves more than 27,000 students and offers 84 undergraduate and 98 graduate and professional degree programs. Notable faculty members include winners of the National Medal of Science, the Nobel Prize, and the Templeton Prize. In 2011, UC Irvine was ranked 45th among national universities, according to US. News & World Report.

Programs Offered

With nearly 200 academic degrees offered at the undergraduate and graduate level, UC Irvine administers their programs through a number of academic units such as the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, the School of Biological Sciences, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the College of Health Sciences, the School of Humanities, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, the School of Physical Sciences, the School of Social Ecology, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Medicine, the Paul Merage School of Business, the Department of Education, and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. UC Irvine also offers online programs through their Distance Learning Center. Courses in criminal justice, business, humanities, social science, and engineering are all available online.


The University of California – Irvine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school has also received specialized accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for specific programs they offer. UC Irvine’s accreditation status allows qualifying students to receive federal financial aid.


UC Irvine is a selective university, admitting only about 45% of their applicants. Prospective incoming freshman should be prepared to submit their high school transcript, GPA, SAT or ACT scores, and a personal statement. In addition, they should submit any available score reports from SAT subject tests, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams, or TOEFL. The application is available online, including the essay prompts for the personal statement. An application fee of $70 is due at the time of submission, but may be waived for low-income students who can provide tax documents demonstrating their need for assistance.

Admissions Contact

University of California, Irvine
Admissions Office
501 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, California 92697
800-523-2048 (in California) or 925-808-2181 (outside California)

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