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Undergrad Profile

Great value! Excellent reputation!

As The Princeton Review observed, “With its beautiful campus, excellent learning environment, and caring professors, the University of California, Riverside now compares quite favorably against its more famous sisters in Berkeley and Los Angeles.”

Ranked among the nation’s top universities by U.S.News & World Report and among the world’s top universities by Times Higher Education, UC Riverside is constantly growing in size and reputation. We currently rank 10th in the world in terms of the impact of our research in natural sciences and engineering (Leiden University) and as a top “Great Values” campus (U.S.News & World Report). Our students rank #8 in diversity (U.S.News & World Report), #2 in contributing to the public good, and first in the nation in student service participation (Washington Monthly).

Living on campus
Located in the heart of exciting Southern California, UC Riverside is just a short drive from Hollywood, Disneyland, snow-capped mountains, scenic deserts, and Southern California’s legendary beaches. Downtown Riverside thrives with artistic energy thanks to the beautiful Fox Performing Arts Center, the historic Mission Inn, and the UCR ARTSblock, a cultural complex composed of three premier art institutions.

On-campus concerts have brought headliners such as Tyga, Capital Cities, Kendrick Lamar, Awolnation, and Nas to campus. With more than 400 student organizations, students have plenty of opportunities to explore their interests and passions outside the classroom.

Residence halls include computer labs, high-speed Internet, on-site convenience stores, academic support, and plenty of recreational activities. On-campus restaurants and retail dining options offer a wide variety of healthy and delicious food.

Academics and research
UC Riverside’s world-class faculty include more than 900 prominent scholars and researchers, and over 98% have earned Ph.D.s or the equivalent. Honors and awards include 38 Fulbright Scholars, more than 20 Guggenheim Fellowships, eight members of the National Academy of Science, and 180 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Distinguished UC Riverside alumni include a Nobel Prize winner, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and a United States Poet Laureate.

According to The Princeton Review, UC Riverside is listed among the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges,” due in part to our groundbreaking research into battery technology and solar-power farms and a student organization called Sustainable UCR. The first floor of Winston Chung Hall in UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering is powered by one of the largest storage battery installations at a university in the world. The installation was made possible by researchers at the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT).

UC Riverside offers the largest undergraduate business administration program in the University of California system and the first new public medical school in California in four decades. The UC Riverside School of Medicine seeks to improve the health of medically underserved populations. UC Riverside students are changing the world. Be a part of it.