UCI will try out lower tuition and smaller classes in a pilot academy for mid-income freshmen

UC Irvine is offering a new academic program with reduced tuition and smaller class sizes for incoming freshmen from mid-income families for the next school year.

The Anteater Leadership Academy offers general education courses, including leadership training classes, and smaller class sizes for $2,105 per quarter, which is half the cost of a standard tuition. Students can enroll in the program until June 30.

The pilot academy, which is modeled after a similar program at UC Berkeley, is based on growing evidence of student success in cohorts, said Michael Dennin, dean of division of undergraduate education and vice provost for teaching and learning.

He said the trade-off for the selected group will be the benefits of a “cohort experience” of going through similar experiences, taking the same classes and learning the same curriculum. In addition, students will hone leadership skills that employers demand, he added.