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Just recently got into UC Irvine and I am considering going there. Can anybody who has visited or currently goes there help me out and tell me the pros and cons of the school? Academics? Parties? Campus life?
As of right now just Santa Clara University and UC Riverside. Still waiting on UC Berkeley and UC Davis. I like the location of UC Irvine (about 15 minutes from Newport Beach, 45-60 minutes from LA). I don't like that it is a commuter school, I feel like I won't experience campus life to its full potential. And I am planning to major in business.Originally Posted by davidisgodly
Originally Posted by solelistikn1ke1ne
lol @ people saying its not a party school. i honestly feel its all what you make of it regardless of where you go(cliche but true). I have friends that go to irvine and all they do is party. Some find balance between both academics and partying. and some just straight up sit in their room and do homework.
so my point is basically, asking others what the experience will be like is pointless because it really is up to you on what you wanna make of it.
Not knocking the school, but seriously it's in Riverside. Not much of a College life. If i can offer you any advice it would be to go to an actually College town. So you get the full college atmosphere.Originally Posted by 951guero
its not that bad as everyone else says
Theres things to do, but its all on you on going out and meeting people, joining organizations, networking, etc.
Pretty on point. I'm finishing up my 4th year currently and I'll be coming back for a 5th year. The gym is a huge plus for me as I'm there playing ball 4-5 times a week. Campus is real clean, as is the city in general. Coming from LA the lack of liquor stores, 7-11's, and homeless people still trips me outOriginally Posted by alife epidemix
I'm a fourth year at UCI, going to graduate this June. As someone also from the bay, it was a surprisingly major change considering it's still California. Academics are top notch, especially if you are looking into Sciences, engineering, or computers. The cool thing I noticed from my time here at UCI is that it is literally the land of opportunity. You pretty much have no restrictions on what you want to get involved in. Greek life at this school is pretty weak compared to the larger schools, but makes it beneficial because it diversifies the greek population (not all stereotypical frat boys and sorority girls). Despite being in a very conservative region, UCI is very progressive...as a college should be. Dorming your first year would be ideal for meeting new people and the experience, but it isn't necessary (I never dormed), and it'll save you a ton of money. For creating and maintaining a social life all I can say is be open-minded and put yourself out there. I have been working with incoming freshman for the past two years, and there are so many students from Norcal specifically that have trouble adjusting to the culture here. It'll be different than what you were used to, but if you let it, it'll be an amazing experience. If you do end up coming to this school, all I can say is get involved outside of class (greek life, cultural clubs, intramural sports, anything). The whole 'UCI is a commuter school' thing is only really applicable to first years who dorm. Once you move off campus you don't really notice (why would you go to campus on the weekend anyways?)
OP, PM me if you have any specific questions though.
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