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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
UC Riverside is an above-average public university located in Riverside, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 19,719 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UC Riverside acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Business, Biology, and Research and Experimental Psychology. Graduating 75% of students, UC Riverside alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,700.
About University of California - Riverside...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference
Address
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521
Website
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University of California - Riverside Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
57%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1090-1300
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$12,404/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$21,249/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
87%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
22:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.214 responses
33%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.245 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.243 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,719Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
354
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
57%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 158 responses
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  • Friendly
    56%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • On The Go
    15%
  • High
    3%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Diverse
    1%
  • Energetic
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.293 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.350 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 174 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    46%
  • Interesting
    16%
  • Awesome
    15%
  • Engaging environment
    9%
  • Redemption
    3%
  • Chill
    3%
  • High
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
68%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.163 responses
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I love how my University is growing in the sense that we are academically jumping new records of success each year with new majors, higher GPAs, affluence to communities/companies post-graduation, and discoveries. I hope to see one day that my university becomes well known for its fast-growing academic ability, and possibly a football team in the future!
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It is a very diverse school full of great opportunities. The campus is beautiful and very peaceful. They offer many services and their organizations are great. The dorms are pretty good, not too bad. The staff everywhere is very generous and humble, which I love. I feel at home and I feel like I could ask anyone for help without being scared. I simply love this school!
I am a Microbiology major going into my Sophomore year at UCR. Because I moved 8 hours from my home in San Francisco, I was faced with many fears. However, I found the UCR atmosphere to be very welcoming, diverse, and full of opportunity. Outside of campus is sketchy, so never walk alone or get some pepper spray. Besides that UCR is filled with many resources to aid in health, struggling studies, or an organization to fit in! I would definitely recommend this college to anyone, despite the stereotypes that are associated with UCR. Location wise, it’s in the middle of SoCal. A couple hours to Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Coachella, etc. I would also like to mention that there are many professors passionate about their job, along with many intelligent students who are eager to learn - don't mix this up with the partying stereotypes! I believe I live a well balanced life in Riverside - although my tuition made me second guess going to this school, it's worth my penny going here.