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Prospective Students

UCI Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences reflects new concepts of biology in both its curriculum and research programs. Faculty are dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to learn principles and facts in this ever-expanding field of biology with curriculum designed to meet present and future educational needs of majors and non-majors. As a result, the Ayala School encourages vigorous faculty and student research programs and strongly believes that excellence in research is essential for effective, enthusiastic, and up-to-date teaching. Students also have the opportunity to actively participate in faculty research, thus opening the door to being on the ground floor of some of the research that is making headlines today.

What makes Bio at UCI unique?

Excellent Reputation

UCI is ranked 12th among the nation’s best public universities and 44th among all national public and private universities, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” ranking of undergraduate programs at leading universities.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

In addition to the curriculum, a principal attraction for undergraduates to the Ayala School of Biological Sciences is the strength and breadth of our involvement of undergraduates in hands-on research in faculty laboratories.

  • According to the last Undergraduate Experience Survey, 60 percent of our majors engage in research projects under faculty supervision, the highest participation in any school at UCI (campus average = 41 percent).
  • Each quarter, more than 900 students enroll in BioSci 199, Independent Study in Biological Sciences Research, and each is required to provide quarterly reports on their progress. This program engages students who have been doing independent research, typically for at least two years, to present their results in three different formats: a research talk, a poster presentation, and a paper written in standard journal format. A record of their research can be seen at Undergraduates Research Page. Last academic year, a record 133 students participated in this program.
  • There is also the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which provides countless opportunities on and off-campus Click here to view full list of options.

Outstanding students

  • Did you know that 70 percent of UC Irvine Biological Science majors declare an intention to enroll in graduate or professional school, the highest percentage of any school on campus (campus average = 46 percent)?
  • Correspondingly, only three percent of our majors expect that their bachelors of science will be their highest degree, which is the lowest percentage reported on campus (campus average = 10 percent).
  • In 2011, UCI students did exceptionally well in acceptance to health-related professional schools, including 106 admitted to medical school, 36 to dental school, and 210 to pharmacy school. The latter group was the greatest number of students admitted to pharmacy school from any university in the country.
  • Every year, several of our majors win nationally competitive fellowships, such as Fulbrights and Goldwaters (four of each in the past six years).

Bio Haus

Bio Sci majors have the option of living in Bio Sci Haus. The Bio Sci Haus exposes residents to both the unity and diversity among students in the biological sciences.  Residents are provided with an intellectual and social environment in which they can share experiences and explore relevant biological issues.

Bio After UCI

UCI Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences provides students with an outstanding education, in and outside of the classroom, which prepares our graduates for a wide range of career opportunities.

Newly Admitted

We are thrilled that you have decided to join us at UCI, particularly in the Ayala School of Biological Sciences. The UCI community is growing and vibrant; it is with students like you that we continue to thrive!

What to do next?

  1. Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)
  2. Review and Confirm your Financial Aid
  3. Go to the New Student website here
  4. Confirm your Housing
  5. Attend Student-Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) and Register
  6. Review On-Campus Clubs/Events
  7. Review the SPOP or Transfer Student presentations – available in September.

Admissions Timeline


  • November 1 – UC priority application filing period opens for fall quarter
  • November 30 – Last day to file your UC application for fall quarter


  • December – Last opportunity for students (freshmen) entering fall quarter, to take exams (SAT Reasoning Test/ACT Assessment plus Writing, SAT Subject Tests)


  • March 1-31 – UCI begins notification of Freshmen and Transfers admission status
  • March 2 – FAFSA priority filing deadline (financial aid and Cal Grant)
  • March 31 – Freshmen notification complete


  • April 21 – Celebrate UCI (campus-wide open house)
  • April 30 – Transfer Notification Complete


  • May 1 – Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) due (Freshmen)
  • May 1 – Housing application due


  • June 1 – Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) due (Transfers)


  • July 15 – Final transcripts due (Freshmen and Transfers)



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