UC Irvine is welcoming new studentsÂ with a weekâs worth of fun events and activities, including a midnight âback toÂ schoolâ shopping trip to Target, a chance to break the dodgeball world record, an
evening concert in Aldrich Park and a rally in support of the menâs soccerÂ team. The festivities will give students a chance to make friends and exploreÂ the campus before the rigors of the academic quarter kick in.
Itâs an impressive cohort ofÂ newcomers: There were a record 70,000-plus applicants to UCI for fall 2012. From this group, 5,175 freshmen and 1,810 transfer students were admitted. They come from all 50 states and 83 countries. Here,Â courtesy of the Office of Admissions & Relations with Schools, are a fewÂ facts and figures about them:
- 86 percent of freshmen are California residents.
- 14 percent are from out of state and around theÂ globe, demonstrating a growing international interest in UCI as a campus ofÂ first choice. Times Higher EducationâsÂ recent ranking of UCI as fourth worldwide among universities less than 50 yearsÂ old is further evidence of our global appeal.
- 91 percent of incoming transfer students areÂ California residents.
- The average freshman GPA is 3.89, compared withÂ 3.87 last year.
- Freshmen show strong interest in newer academicÂ programs, including business administration, computer game science, publicÂ health and biology/education.
- 32 percent of in-state freshmen are fromÂ underrepresented minority groups: 3.6 percent are African American, compared withÂ 2.9 percent last year; and 22.8 percent are Chicano, compared with 20.4 percentÂ last year.
- 41 percent of freshmen are from low-incomeÂ backgrounds, a testament to the University of Californiaâs commitment to accessibilityÂ â as demonstrated by aid programs such as the Blue & Gold Opportunity Plan âÂ and the availability of federal and state aid programs.
- 53 percent of freshmen are the first in theirÂ family to pursue a four-year degree.
- The average GPA of incoming transfer students isÂ 3.43, compared with 3.40 last year.
- Transfer students show strong interest in newerÂ academic programs, including business administration, public health andÂ pharmaceutical sciences.
- 23.6 percent of transfer students are from underrepresentedÂ minority groups.
- 55 percent of transfer students are the first inÂ their family to pursue a four-year degree.