UC Irvine Freshman Class of 2026 Discussion

Welcome prospective Anteaters. It’s that time of year again as the UC application has now opened and submission starts November 1. I am @Gumbymom one of the two UC Forum Champions/Moderators. My Co-Forum Champion is @lkg4answers and we are knowledgeable on the increasingly complicated UC admissions process and hopefully we can help any prospective UC applicants with their questions.

UC Irvine like all the UC’s are test blind this admission cycle and will use 13 areas of criteria to review Freshman applicants. Each campus will weight the various areas of criteria differently so one size does not fit all. The UC application website has plenty of information that can help determine if UC Irvine is a good option when applying. Below is some admit information specific to the school. Best of Luck.

2021 Capped Weighted UC GPA Middle 25-75 percentile for admitted students: 3.96-4.28

Application review:

  • Very important : Academic GPA, Personal Insight questions, Extracurricular activities, Rigor of secondary school record, Talent/ability, Volunteer work, Work experience
  • Important : Character/personal qualities
  • Considered : First Generation, Geographical residence, State residency
  • Note : Demonstrated record of academic preparation, educational engagement, talent and skills important.

UCI admits into the University first and then into the major. In the case that UCI is unable to accommodate all qualified applicants in their first-choice major, those students who indicate a valid alternate major may be offered admission in that major or Undeclared.

Now that your UC applications have been submitted, here are some items on your “to do list” as you wait for your decisions.

  1. Setup your student portal: Portal information will be emailed during December. Always check your Spam folder in case you do not receive your portal email.

  2. Check your emails from all applied schools regularly for updates. Again check the Spam folder if necessary.

  3. Look into housing options since the Housing application opens March 1, 2022

  4. Remember to file your FASFA if applying for financial aid. Deadline is March 2, 2022 but get it in early.

Admission decisions for UCI:
Regents/CHP decisions last year were posted on March 5, 2021. In past years, end of February through Early March has been the timeline.

Regular Decisions are rolling batches which started last year on March 12, 2021 so expect Mid-March this year.

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Thank you for the info Gumbymom

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