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  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
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  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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  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 19,719 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UC Riverside acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Biology. 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
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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

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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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,157/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,196/ year
  • $49-75k
    $11,921/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,131/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,100/ 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
34%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.235 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.233 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,719Undergrads
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 148 responses
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  • Friendly
    58%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • On The Go
    15%
  • High
    3%
  • Energetic
    1%
  • Diverse
    1%
  • Naive
    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.283 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.340 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 164 responses
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  • Diverse
    46%
  • Interesting
    16%
  • Awesome
    15%
  • Engaging environment
    7%
  • Redemption
    4%
  • High
    2%
  • Chill
    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 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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The University of California, Riverside is a good school for students pursuing a degree in the sciences for its many opportunities to participate in laboratory experiences. This school provides opportunities such as working with professors on research projects and has numerous centers on campus providing career guidance. Although this school, focuses largely on academic success of the students, UCR fails to address problems that would benefit the students learning environment. The school has inefficient parking for the amount of students that commute to campus, yet they refuse to put money towards parking structures and instead continue to build more residence halls and classrooms. Adding more students to the school is only further going to decrease the already limited parking spots on campus, causing students to miss classes and overall dread driving to school as the parking situation is a nightmare.
I love the diversity of UCR! Because of the diversity, there was a "welcoming" atmosphere all around campus. All the professors were very engaging and helped the students whenever they needed help!

I love how big yet concise the campus is. There is a lot of room to walk around, explore, etc. However, you are still able to get around in a small time frame!

I love the new gym as well!