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Most incoming students apply with the first-year application. Find out how.

First-Year Admission


Having good grades matters. But it's not the only thing we take into consideration when reviewing your application.

Students admitted to UCI excel in their college preparatory courses and will graduate in the upper tenth of their high school senior class. These scholarly achievements are hallmark traits of most Anteaters.

But remember, there’s more to a UCI student than a great academic record. We also value individuality. Tell us why your accomplishments make you great Anteater material.

UCI’s selection criteria for first-year admission


We put everything you need to know to be considered for admission to UCI, all in one place. UCI uses a comprehensive review process. First-year applications are reviewed for completion of required college-preparatory coursework ("a-g"), demonstrated academic achievements, activities, talents, and skills — all in the context of your circumstances and experiences. We consider all information provided in your application, including your answers to the personal insight questions.

First-Year Admission FAQs


Most incoming students apply with the first-year application. Find out how.