UCI is scrambling to solve its crush of freshmen students – Orange County Register

IRVINE – With less than two months before UC Irvine begins a new academic year, the university is scrambling – caught off-guard by an unexpected surge of incoming freshmen.

UCI is adding more classes – and increasing the size of others. More instructors will be hired, and courses and labs might be added in the evenings and on Saturdays, faculty leaders said this week.

A university pilot program created a new tier of students, those who pay half the tuition and receive other perks their first year in return for taking classes in the Division of Continuing Education as freshmen and agreeing to live off-campus.

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