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College Review: Univ. of California, Irvine

May 3 2006, 10:55 PM (Post #1)
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College Name: University of California, Irvine
Nicknames: UCI, UC Irvine
Type of College: Four year public university
Mascot: Anteaters
Founded: 1965
Location: Irvine, California
Religious Affliation: None
Strongest Programs: Economics, Engineering, Chemistry

Ranks: 10th Best Public in the U.S.
Athletics: Division 1-A
SAT Score Range: 1100-1200
GPA: Recommended 3.0 or higher [requirements are higher for out of state students]

Tuition $15,000 (roughly)
Room/board: $10,000 (roughly)
Out of State: Add another $15,000 to the end of the the sum of those two.

Notable Alumni
Coco Lee, Chinese pop star
Brady Anderson, MLB Star

Initial Impression/Overview
UC Irvine is one of the top campuses in the University of California system. Rising behind UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and UCLA, UC Irvine is becoming one of the premier universities in the nation, coming in at number 10 on the US News and World Report list. Located in Irvine, it is the only UC in the OC.

Location-wise, UCI is in a pretty good setting. In the middle is Aldrich Park and off to the nearby are the San Gabriel Mountains. Unlike UCLA, where you will encounter pollution, UC Irvine is miraculously clean. It is located right next to the ocean, a mere 10 minute or so drive. If you're interested in going around the area, Disneyland is a half hour drive away, Los Angeles an hour and a half, and San Diego an hour.

Like any of the UC (University of California) campuses I will review, UCI is a research university. You're not going to find as much hands-on work here as if you were to go to a state university. Rather, you're going to meet top faculty (nobel prize winners included) who will be interested in working in your field. Even better, you get the advantage of smaller classes so you can even do research with your professor your freshman year. You can't achieve this kind of personal attention at any other UC.

The downside to UCI is the diversity. UCI is located in an area where many Asians reside and as a result, UC Irvine itself is 60% Asian. However, upon second glance on campus, it didn't seem like it. Judge for yourself.

Why consider UCI?
Consider UC Irvine because of the notoriety it gives you. UC degrees are recognized around the world and people know the name when you mention it. Furthermore, if you don't want the huge classes and the lack of attention, UC Irvine is a great place to begin. Classes are smaller, professors more accessible and unless you're an engineer, you have more time to hang around. If you're an Asian and want to blend in, UC Irvine helps too, as there are many others around.

UC Irvine also gave the impression of a private university in a public school setting. Sure, you'll shell out $25,000 as an in state student but out of state or in a private university, you'll shell out much, much more. If you want clubs, UCI has clubs too: Over 350 and growing. And if you're into volleyball, UCI is ranked no. 1 in the nation.

Why you shouldn't consider UCI.
Diversity is one of the main issues when it comes to picking a college. When it comes to diversity, UC Irvine fails in this category. There are just too many Asians and when it comes to the college experience, it's all about meeting different people.

For out of state
: You'll be paying a lot more.

Zot zot! (sound that anteaters make)

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May 4 2006, 03:49 AM (Post #2)
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