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  1. Academics
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  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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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 19,544 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the UC Riverside acceptance rate is 66%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Psychology, and Biology. Graduating 73% of students, UC Riverside alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,200.
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
66%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
940-1190
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$12,841/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,854/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,639/ year
  • $49-75k
    $11,685/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,190/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,882/ year
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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.231 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.229 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,544Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
53%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 144 responses
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  • Friendly
    58%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • On The Go
    15%
  • High
    3%
  • Energetic
    1%
  • Naive
    1%
  • Outgoing
    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.279 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.336 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 160 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    46%
  • Interesting
    17%
  • Awesome
    15%
  • Engaging environment
    8%
  • Redemption
    4%
  • High
    3%
  • Chill
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
68%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.163 responses
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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.
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Only an average university. Bad location, horrible counselors and staffs. This University has nothing much to offer! And to make things worst, there isn’t a football team. I cannot believe I chose this university over NAU in Flagstaff. I highly recommend you to not go here, I’m trying to transfer myself. Just because it is diverse, doesn’t mean it’s a good thing! For example, you might have a professor with a thick accent that u can’t understand, and that’s not a good thing at all.
If coming from the Bay Area, you'll be disappointed about the diversity of cuisine in the surrounding area of the campus. The residential hall food is alright and are always buffet style so there can always be something for you to eat. But once in awhile you'll get tired of it, but do not fret! There are dining dollars that you can use for on campus dining that is not in the dining halls. I have been told that the quality of food here has been better so if you are thinking about attending this school, do not expect much but do expect a growth in quality while you're here. If you do not wish to dine on campus, there is a university village that is a 15-20 minute walk away with more restaurants for you to experience. You will be given discounts at the theater there and coupons for being a student at UCR.