Welcome Week 2011

500+ new students join Bren School community

The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences this fall welcomes more than 500 new students, including its largest freshman class since 2003.

On Sept. 19, the first day of of UCI’s Welcome Week, Dean Hal Stern and Associate Dean for Student Affairs Tony Givargis spoke to packed lecture halls that held approximately 260 freshmen, 100 transfers and 150 graduate students.

This year’s group of entering grad students was selected from a pool of 1,800 applicants; they join more than 450 current master’s and Ph.D. students. New undergrads continue to boast some of the highest GPAs and SAT scores on campus, with freshmen recording a mean GPA of 3.9 and a mean SAT score of 1830.

About half of the freshmen and transfer students this summer participated in a survey designed to learn more about the school’s new undergraduates. Results — revealed during Givargis’ welcome remarks — include the following:

  • Top reasons for choosing the Bren School:
    • Choice of majors and curriculum offerings
    • Status as an independent computing-focused school
  • What they hope to accomplish:
    • Secure an internship
    • Join a student club/organization
    • Build leadership and teamwork skills
  • How they rated their cool factor:
    • 10% said they were “nerdy to the core”
    • 20% consider themselves “chic geek”
  • Their best attributes:
    • Personality
    • Trustworthiness
    • Friendliness
  • Where they come from:
    • 71% - Southern California
    • 21% - Northern California
    • 5% - another country
    • 3% - another state