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We can't wait to meet you!

Welcome to your new home!

Learn more about becoming an Anteater and preparing for your first day.

As a UCI student, you will be an integral part of one of the preeminent universities in the U.S. Once you officially become an Anteater, you will discover that there are many remarkable educational, social, and experiential opportunities to take advantage of as an undergraduate student.

Use the guide below, along with the checklist in your Admitted Student Portal, to learn more about your next steps to becoming a UCI Anteater.

  • Welcome to UCI

    In October 1965, when the University of California, Irvine, opened its doors and held its first classes, our founders had the ambitious goal that one day this would be a world-class university. Today, that vision is realized in myriad faculty, student, and alumni achievements that are illuminating new possibilities in our state and around the globe.

    UCI is consistently among the world’s best universities, with national rankings and achievements in the sciences, arts, humanities, medicine, and management. Three UCI professors have won Nobel Prizes for their contributions to the advancement of human knowledge. Our alumni have won Pulitzer Prizes and Olympic medals, and are leaders in business, the arts, science, and education. In all walks of life, graduates from UCI make a difference.

    Our campus has all the advantages of a large, dynamic research university, with many opportunities for students to be involved in undergraduate research. By the time they are seniors the majority of UCI students have participated in research. And with the circular layout of our campus surrounding beautiful Aldrich Park, our tight-knit community thrives with the friendly feel of a small college. Our academics and community combine to create an exceptional undergraduate experience.

    UCI draws students looking for world-class faculty, cutting-edge academic programs, award-winning housing and facilities, a vibrant campus life, and the opportunity to live and study among the best and brightest minds in academia.  This is the ideal place to study the past, enjoy the present, and shape our future. I invite you to explore all we have to offer and to challenge yourself to shine brighter.


    Fiat Lux,

    Chancellor Howard Gillman
    Howard Gillman
    Chancellor

  • The following information will guide you through the process of accepting your offer of admission to UCI. Log into your Admitted Student Portal for specific details and be sure to regularly check the Message Center.

    *International students are to complete steps 1-7 as well as the steps specifically for international students that follow.

    1. Read your contract and submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

    Your SIR and nonrefundable $250 Statement of Intent to Register deposit (if requested) is the key to reserving your space at UCI.

    The SIR deadline for first-year students is May 1 or the date specified in your Applicant Portal. The transfer SIR deadline is June 1 or the date specified in your Applicant Portal.

    Submit your SIR online via your Applicant Portal.

    2. Submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR).

    The information you provide on your SLR is used to determine your residence classification for tuition fee purposes. The SLR deadline for first-year students is May 1. The transfer SLR deadline is June 1. Submit your SLR online via your Applicant Portal.

    3. Submit your Housing Application if you plan to live on campus.

    In order to submit a housing application you must have submitted a positive SIR.  The first-year student deadline to submit a housing application is May 1. The transfer deadline to submit a housing application is June 1.

    Housing applications submitted past the deadline will still be considered. Please see UCI Housing's policies and availability due to COVID-19.

    4. Submit your official transcripts and test scores.

    Official final high school and/or college transcripts, as well as all official final test scores such as SAT with Essay, ACT with Writing, SAT Subject, AP, IB must be sent to the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions. All transcripts must be received by July 1, 2021; all AP/IB test scores must be received by July 15, 2021. Your final official transcript must have a date of graduation. If you are attending summer session, an official transcript is still required by July 1 showing all coursework through spring 2021. Official college transcripts for any courses taken during summer 2021 must be sent to the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions and received by September 15, 2021. 

    International students are encouraged to request official transcripts early because it may take some time for schools outside of the U.S. to send your official transcripts to UCI. Failure to submit official documents may result in the cancellation of your offer of admission.

    (Note: students who did not attend four years at a high school in which the language of instruction is English must submit official test scores for an exam that clears the English Language Proficiency requirement by July 15, 2021. Click here for means to clear this requirement.)

    5. Take placement test(s).

    Many important courses require placement test results in order for freshmen, and in some cases transfer students, to register. In particular, writing courses often require a test result for registration. Visit the Academic Testing Center website to obtain information about tests, testing dates, and a guide to which placement tests you may need. Please check the Academic Testing Center website for updates.

    6. Transfer Students - Meet with your Academic Advisor.

    Meeting with your academic advisor is required to enroll in courses. Visit admissions.uci.edu/counseling to schedule an advising appointment.

    7. Pay fees.

    Your ZOT account online is the portal for fees and credits assessed to your school account. Check your account to see your registration fees and other charges, as well as any financial aid, waivers, or payments credited to your account.

    Payments can be made:

    • Electronically via e-check or Credit Card (non-refundable fee will apply when using a credit card), *Payments made online through CashNet, credit to your ZOT account immediately*, or
    • By check, money order/cashier’s check, or
    • In cash

    Important note: Be sure to pay the amount due by 5 p.m. PST on the fee deadline date to avoid late charges and dropped courses.

    Please visit the UCI Financial Services website for more payment information.

    *International Students Requesting a Visa Document Must:

    8. Upload your Confidential Financial Statement (CFS) with signatures and dates, and financial documents.

    The CFS form will be submitted through your Admitted Student Portal. If you do not need to apply for a visa document, proceed to step 10.

    You will need an F-1/J-1 student visa to study in the U.S., if you do not have a visa status that allows you to attend school in the U.S. A visa document will allow you to apply for an F-1/J-1 student visa. If you are already in the U.S. with a student visa status, you must request a visa document from UCI.

    Go to your Admitted Student Portal account to access the CFS. Follow the instructions to complete the CFS form as soon as possible. Obtain required signatures with dates, and upload the signed financial documents, including current bank letter/proof of funding at http://admissions.uci.edu/portal.

    9a. If you live outside of the U.S. and need to obtain an F-1 or J-1 student visa you must also:

    1. Know that once your CFS, financial documents, and passport biographical page have been received and verified as complete, the International Center will process and mail you your F-1/J-1 visa document.

    2. Apply for the F-1 student visa. Students without an F-1 visa need to apply for one. After you receive your I-20 visa document, you may apply for an F-1 visa. Visit the U.S. Department of State website.

    9b. If you are currently in the U.S. and have an F-1 or J-1 visa you must also:

    1. Request an electronic release of your SEVIS record from your current school to UCI. Follow the instructions on the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Record Transfer to UCI form.  The form is available on your Applicant Portal and on the International Center website. Note: Failure to follow the instructions will delay the processing and mailing of your visa document.

    2. Once your CFS, financial documents, and passport biographical page have been received and verified as complete and your SEVIS record has been released to UCI from your current school, the International Center will process and mail you your F-1/J-1 visa document.

    9c. If you live in the U.S. and plan to change to F-1/J-1 visa status you must also:

    Plan to travel outside of the U.S. for an F-1/J-1 visa, or, you must file a change of status application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

    10. Complete iNavigateUCI.

    As a new F-1/J-1 international student, you must complete the International Center Visa Check-In process at the start of fall quarter. iNavigateUCI is the International Center’s electronic visa check-in process and it is required for all new international students; it is used to report your arrival to the Department of Homeland Security and to “activate” your SEVIS record. For more information, click here.

    Learn more about the International Center and the programs it offers at the International Center website.

  • Freshman Edge

    July 31 - September 9

    Freshman Edge gives you the opportunity to start college in the summer with a small cohort of highly-motivated students. Participants enrolled in Freshman Edge:

    • Earn UCI units toward their degree
    • Gain confidence through meeting and speaking with faculty
    • Meet other incoming freshmen and peer mentors in a supportive and collaborative environment

    Learn more

    Bridge Scholarship & Financial Aid

    You may be eligible to apply for a Summer Bridge Scholarship, as part of the Freshman Edge program, in partnership with Student Success Initiatives.  Other summer financial aid options may be available through the UCI Office of Financial Aid.

    Learn more

    International Freshmen

    Freshman Edge has a pathway tailored for international students called Freshman Edge International which will help you transition to the university and American life. As a Freshman Edge International participant you have an opportunity to:

    • Gain further confidence and fluency in using English in the UCI setting
    • Earn UCI academic units that will count toward your undergraduate degree
    • Become familiar with UCI’s academic rigor
    • Participate in programming designed to prepare you to succeed in your UCI studies
    • Make lasting friendships with other incoming international and American freshmen

    Learn more

    Transfer Boost & Transfer Edge

    Transfer Boost Session I: June 21 - July 28

    Transfer Boost provides incoming transfer students enrolled in Summer Session I with a series of helpful workshops that introduces UCI resources and strategies for success.

    Transfer Edge Session II: August 1 - September 9

    This program is tailored to your unique experience as a transfer student and embraces your previous college experience while preparing your for a smooth transition to UCI and the quarter system. Transfer Edge participants:

    • Earn UCI units toward their degree
    • Learn how to utilize UCI's key resources
    • Are informed of programs and opportunities before the fall quarter begins
    • Meet other incoming transfer students in a supportive and collaborative environment
    • Gain flexibility for opportunities in the academic year through summer courses

    Financial Aid is also available to assist UCI students in meeting the costs of attending this program.

    Learn more

    Summer Session

    Summer is a great time to learn! UCI Summer Session makes it possible for students to make progress toward their degree year round. Choose from over 800 courses across 70 academic disciplines, including an extensive selection of online classes, general education requirement classes, and coursework for your major or minor.

    Summer Session I: June 21 - July 28

    10 Week Session: June 21 - August 27

    Summer Session II: August 2 - September 8

    If you are interested in attending, visit the Summer Session website.

    Pay for Only 8 Incentive Program

    For Summer Session 2021, all UC students who enroll in 8 or more units will pay for only 8 units in per unit course fees.

  • Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs

    The Office of Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs enriches the involvement of students through outreach, education, and support. As an incoming student, we encourage you to get involved with a campus organization. With more than 600 registered campus organizations, you can find a group that shares your interests, whether they are academic, environmental, multicultural, political, recreational, sports, religious, service, social, athletic, or in fraternities or sororities. You can also start your own campus organization!

    Community service initiatives also provide an opportunity to gain experience beyond the classroom.  Participate in programs like Alternative Break, MLK Jr. Day of Service, and the Community Service & Leadership Fair.

    In addition, you can get involved with a leadership opportunity serving as a Campus Organization & Volunteer Programs Peer Advisor or intern.

    Click here to learn more about the campus organizations or community service involvement opportunities.

    International Center

    The International Center provides student-visa advice and support for international students. The center offers programs and activities that support your transition to UCI, build upon your leadership skills, and encourage you to become an engaged member of the UCI community. Some of these programs include:

    I-STEPS (International Students Transitioning to Educational and Personal Success)
    I-STEPS is a course assisting first-year international students with transitioning to life at UCI and in the United States. Each week, students learn about a different campus resource and engage in discussions on how to succeed academically and socially at UCI.

    English Conversation Program (ECP)
    ECP is a program that provides international students the opportunity to practice and improve their conversational English, with the assistance of English conversation partners.

    Additionally, there are a variety of activities, trips, workshops and events planned throughout the year. Visit the International Center website for more information on these programs.

    International Student Excellence Programs (ISEP)
    International Student Excellence Programs promotes excellence among our international student population through a robust peer mentorship program, individual success coaching, access to resources and opportunities to engage with faculty and alumni with the aim of developing global scholars and leaders. All programs are free for all UCI students! Visit the ISEP website to learn more.

    Welcome Week

    Welcome Week is filled with events that showcase campus resources, student organizations and student talent.

    Center for Student Leadership

    The Center for Student Leadership offers many ways to get involved, develop leadership skills, and get connected to practical leadership experiences. Activate your AntLeader Portfolio and start searching for the perfect leadership and involvement opportunities for you on the AntLeader Search Engine (ASE).

    New Student Convocation

    The official opening ceremony of the academic year, New Student Convocation, is held on the Monday of Welcome Week. New Student Convocation is mandatory for all new incoming freshman and transfer students. The Chancellor, ASUCI President, and UCI Alumni President will share words of wisdom and kick-off the new school year. After Convocation, peer academic adivsors will lead groups by school to their Dean's Welcome event.

    Community Roots Festival

    Enjoy UCI’s enriching campuswide celebration of cultural and ethnic diversity.

    Anteater Involvement Fair

    The Anteater Involvement Fair is the perfect opportunity to learn more about ways to get involved on campus and meet other students. Visit student organization booths to learn more about the variety of clubs available.

  • Moving to a new place is an exciting adventure and UCI’s location is one of the campus’s great advantages. UCI is a vibrant global village located in a city consistently ranked as one of the safest in the nation. The campus is in the heart of California’s most diverse region and it embraces active involvement with local communities representing countries and cultures worldwide.

    There are many restaurants, shopping centers, and entertainment venues to explore in the surrounding area. Bus, train and airport services are also close to campus.

    Restaurants

    Walking Distance

    • Breakfast Republic
    • California Gogi Korean Grill
    • Chick-fil-A
    • Chipotle Mexican Grill
    • Eureka!
    • In-N-Out Burger
    • Jack in the Box
    • Le Diplomate Bakery Cafe
    • Mendocino Farms
    • Peet’s Coffee & Tea
    • Taco Bell
    • Target
    • Trader Joe's
    • Yogurtland
    • and more!

    Shopping and Entertainment

    Transportation

    Airports

  • Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    Phone: 949-824-6703
    admissions.uci.edu

    Athletics
    Phone: 949-824-6931
    ucirvinesports.com

    Campus Organizations
    Phone: 949-824-5181
    campusorgs.uci.edu

    Campus Tours
    Phone: 949-824-6703
    admissions.uci.edu/campustours

    Disability Services
    Phone: 949-824-7494
    disability.uci.edu

    Division of Undergraduate Education
    Phone: 949-824-3291
    due.uci.edu

    Fee Payment
    Email: cashiers@uci.edu
    zotaccount.uci.edu

    Freshman Edge
    Phone: 949-824-7649
    summer.uci.edu/freshman

    Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
    Phone: 949-824-8262
    www.ofas.uci.edu

    General Catalogue
    catalogue.uci.edu

    Housing
    Phone: 949-824-6811
    housing.uci.edu

    International Center
    Phone: 949-824-7249
    ic.uci.edu

    International Student Excellence Programs
    Phone: 949-824-2442
    isep.due.uci.edu

    Orientation Programs
    Phone: 949-824-5182
    orientation.uci.edu

    Placement Tests
    Phone: 949-824-6207
    testingcenter.uci.edu

    Summer Session
    Phone: 949-824-5493
    summer.uci.edu

    Transfer Edge
    Phone: 949-824-7649
    summer.uci.edu/transfer

    Transfer Student Center
    Phone: 949-824-1142
    transfercenter.uci.edu

    Student Success Initiatives
    Phone: 949-824-1142
    sss.uci.edu

    Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
    Phone: 949-824-4189
    urop.uci.edu

    Division of Continuing Education - International Programs
    Phone: 949-824-5991
    ip.ce.uci.edu

  • Freshmen

    By May 1

    • Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR); meet the requirements of your freshman Conditions; and review the UCI Immunization Requirements
    • Submit your Housing Application if you plan to live on campus
    • Submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)
    • International Students: Access the online Confidential Financial Statement (CFS) form in your Admitted Student Portal if you need a visa document (I-20/DS-2019) to apply for a student visa or to transfer your current F-1 student visa to UCI.  Obtain required signatures with dates, and upload the signed financial documents, including current bank letter/proof of funding at http://admissions.uci.edu/portal by May 1. Click here to complete your visa document (I-20/DS-2019) request.

    By July 1

    • Official final transcripts are due in the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    By July 15

    • Official AP/IB test scores are due in the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    By September 15

    • Official transcripts for any summer 2021 college courses are due in the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    • Pay Fees

    Summer – Fall 2021

    • Take Placement Test(s)
    • Attend Online Student-Parent Orientation Program (SPOP)
    • International Students: Complete iNavigateUCI, the mandatory International Center electronic visa check-in

    Transfer Students

    By June 1

    • Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR); meet the requirements for your Transfer Conditions; and review the UCI Immunization Requirements
    • Submit your Housing Application if you plan to live on campus
    • Submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)
    • International Students: Access the online Confidential Financial Statement (CFS) form at your Admitted Student Portal if you need a visa document (I-20/DS-2019) to apply for a student visa or to transfer your current F-1 student visa to UCI. Obtain required signatures with dates, and upload the signed financial documents, including current bank letter/proof of funding at http://admissions.uci.edu/portal by June 1. Click here to complete your visa document (I-20/DS-2019) request.

    By July 1

    • Official transcripts are due in the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    • Pay Fees

    By September 15

    • Official transcripts for any summer 2021 college courses are due in the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    Summer – Fall 2021

    • Take Placement Test(s)
    • Meet Academic Advisor
    • International Students: Complete iNavigateUCI, the mandatory International Center electronic visa check-in