UC Irvine: Off the Record - College Prowler (College Prowler: University of California at Irvine Off the Record)

Salaver, Jillianne

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Portrayed in various motion pictures and television shows as an idyllic paradise located in a wealthy, harbor-front community where everyone and everything appears to be perfect, the infamous Orange County, or “OC,” has certainly made a name for itself. The University of California at Irvine, although not quite as embedded in popular culture, is also gaining nationwide recognition. One little-known fact that the major television shows fail to note is that UCI serves as a major economic powerhouse of the county, bringing in over three billion dollars annually. Also, UCI was ranked in a prestigious 2003 nationwide survey as one of the top 50 public universities in the nation. All stats and figures aside, UCI is blossoming into a reputable university that students actually desire to attend upon graduating high school. A good percentage of recent graduates even overlooked offers from prestigious schools—like the University of California at San Diego or the University of California at Santa Barbara—in order to become part of the OC’s best kept secret.

Despite being far from a social powerhouse, UCI still boasts a unique mix of cultural heritages, all in its own community. With nearly a 60 percent majority of Asians, and another 10 percent eclectic mix of other minorities, UCI is a tossed salad of ethnicities that inverts the usual white majority at other colleges and universities. This, perhaps, serves as a golden opportunity for prospective minority students (both in-state and out-of-state) to go somewhere where they can feel particularly comfortable. Even for those native to the OC (99 percent white), a walk around campus might still take a bit of adjusting. One benefit of the diversity is that there are some pretty good international food fairs and barbeques, including everything from Vietnamese to soul food, that occur on a regular basis. For the open-minded individual, UCI might be the perfect place to learn and to expand his or her cultural parameters.

With plans of expanding the student center and student facilities at hand, UCI remains focused on progress and growth, making it even more of a desirable option for applying undergraduate and graduate students.

Jennifer Truong
UC Irvine

About the Author: Welcome to College Prowler®

During the writing of College Prowler’s guidebooks, we felt it was critical that our content was unbiased and unaffiliated with any college or university. We think it’s important that our readers get honest information and a realistic impression of the student opinions on any campus—that’s why if any aspect of a particular school is terrible, we (unlike a campus brochure) intend to publish it. While we do keep an eye out for the occasional extremist—the cheerleader or the cynic—we take pride in letting the students tell it like it is. We strive to create a book that’s as representative as possible of each particular campus. Our books cover both the good and the bad, and whether the survey responses point to recurring trends or a variation in opinion, these sentiments are directly and proportionally expressed through our guides. College Prowler guidebooks are in the hands of students throughout the entire process of their creation. Because you can’t make student-written guides without the students, we have students at each campus who help write, randomly survey their peers, edit, layout, and perform accuracy checks on every book that we publish. From the very beginning, student writers gather the most up-to-date stats, facts, and inside information on their colleges. They fill each section with student quotes and summarize the findings in editorial reviews. In addition, each school receives a collection of letter grades (A through F) that reflect student opinion and help to represent contentment, prominence, or satisfaction for each of our 20 specific categories. Just as in grade school, the higher the mark the more content, more prominent, or more satisfied the students are with the particular category.

Once a book is written, additional students serve as editors and check for accuracy even more extensively. Our bounce-back team—a group of randomly selected students who have no involvement with the project—are asked to read over the material in order to help ensure that the book accurately expresses every aspect of the university and its students. This same process is applied to the 200-plus schools College Prowler currently covers. Each book is the result of endless student contributions, hundreds of pages of research and writing, and countless hours of hard work. All of this has led to the creation of a student information network that stretches across the nation to every school that we cover. It’s no easy accomplishment, but it’s the reason that our guides are such a great resource.

When reading our books and looking at our grades, keep in mind that every college is different and that the students who make up each school are not uniform—as a result, it is important to assess schools on a case-by-case basis. Because it’s impossible to summarize an entire school with a single number or description, each book provides a dialogue, not a decision, that’s made up of 20 different topics and hundreds of student quotes. In the end, we hope that this guide will serve as a valuable tool in your college selection process. Enjoy!

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