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The University of California - Irvine

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionB+
Academic SuccessB- Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueB+ University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeC+
Surrounding CityB- Extra CurricularsB
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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She cares more about Academic Success than the average student.
Date: Jul 23 2004
Major: Journalism (This Major's Salary over time)
I would have to admit that UCI wasn't exactly my first choice for a college. It had come down to four schools—UCI, UCSD, and Pepperdine. Even though they're all by the beach, UCSB had an ugly campus with some buildings in or near the English department that looked like they were about to fall apart. I actually ended up choosing between Irvine and Pepperdine because UCSD isn't really known for its English program. But the other two seemed to be on the same academic level, except one's a lot less expensive and with a lot less snooty rich kids. Nevertheless, I was skeptical about coming here. It's a misconception that UCI's a bunch of rejects from the "higher" UCs, but I've met a lot of people this year who actually chose Irvine over UCLA and even Berkeley. One of the good things about it is that there's LAND here. I got to live in a dorm room bigger than the room for three people at UCLA. Even though there aren't really any pretty old brick buildings here, they're have a nice modern design to it. Coming from the Los Angeles area, it was also nice to not have to worry about breathing polluted air all the time. The beach is only five minutes away from campus, so the weather is perfect year-round. As for the nightlife—or apparent lack of it—there are people who go to college to learn something useful, and not having raging parties every night keeps you from being distracted and being put on academic probation. Seriously, it's not hard to find something to do, or a party to go to. It's lame for you to think there's nothing going on only because you rely on flyer parties for your "social life." Dude, all you gotta do is go out and meet people around campus. Be involved in organizations, or even go Greek if that's your taste, or just have enough social skills to make friends, then you won't be complaining about having nothing to do at night.

More importantly, the academics aren't as bad as people say. I can't really speak for the Sciences and Math and Engineering schools, because I haven't taken classes in that area, but the School of Humanities is excellent. They put you through a rigorous year-long Humanities Core Course, which you'll hate as you're doing the many required readings, but at the end of the year you'll be thankful because the smaller discussion sections have awesome teachers (yes, even the TAs) who are always willing to help. The Literary Journalism is a new major at UCI, and the cool thing about it is that the director of the major went to Columbia, won the Pulitzer Prize, AND actually left his editorial position at the L.A. Times to get the program going. Although the LJ department is growing, it's far from being impersonal—it's not impossible to get to know the director. Plus they have teachers who actually know what they're talking about. The Humanities school is understandably underrated, given that UCI is known for the sciences, but if you're one of those people looking only at small-liberal arts colleges, you should definitely consider UCI because the Humanities program is ranked as one of the best in the nation.

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