University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA

University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA

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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.”

UC Riverside prepares its students for an increasingly interconnected international community and global marketplace. Ranked among the nation’s finest universities by U.S. News & World Report and among the world’s top universities by Times Higher Education, the University of California, Riverside is constantly conducting necessary research, heightening its reputation, and increasing its number of new state-of-the-art facilities.

Enjoy hands-on experience with undergraduate research, as UCR is one of the few universities to offer faculty-led research opportunities to all undergrads! UCR is the top-ranked research university in the country for student social mobility (CollegeNET). Students get a competitive edge with first-year and transfer student success programs, full-service career counseling, internships, 100+ study abroad opportunities, and more.

UCR is the top-performing university in the country for social mobility (U.S. News & World Report). The University ranks 16th in the nation for service (Washington Monthly) and is the 28th best college for your money potential in California (PayScale).

Indications of growth are visible everywhere on campus. New buildings and research laboratories include genomics, psychology, and materials science and engineering as well as a state-of-the-art student recreation center and health and wellness events.

Living on campus
Whether you have a passion for hiking, shopping, dining, or simply taking a stroll downtown, UC Riverside has a venue for you. Located in the heart of sunny Southern California and just a short drive from Hollywood, Disneyland, snow-capped mountains, scenic deserts, and legendary beaches, Riverside thrives with artistic energy thanks to the beautiful Fox Performing Arts Center, featuring iconic acts; the historic Mission Inn, visited by 10 US presidents; and the UCR ARTS, a cultural complex composed of three art institutions.

UCR’s International Students and Scholars Office assists international students in successfully navigating University, state, and federal procedures and helps students adjust to living and learning in the United States.

On-campus concerts have brought headliners such as Tyga, Capital Cities, Kendrick Lamar, AWOLNATION, and Nas to campus. With more than 450 student organizations to join, students have plenty of opportunities to explore their interests outside the classroom.

Residence halls include computer labs, high-speed internet, on-site convenience stores, academic support, and many social activities. Year-round housing options are available as well.  On-campus restaurants and retail dining options offer a wide variety of healthy and delicious food from many different cultures.

Academics and research
UC Riverside’s world-class faculty include nearly 1,200 prominent scholars and researchers, and over 98% have earned PhDs or the equivalent. The faculty include two Nobel Prize winners—Distinguished Professor Barry Barish (Physics 2017) and Distinguished Professor Richard R. Schrock (Chemistry 2005). Other faculty honors and awards include 48 Fulbright Fellows, 19 Guggenheim Fellows, and 49 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows.

UCR is included in The Princeton Review’s 2019 listing of the “Top 50 Green Colleges,” recognizing schools that share superb sustainability practices, a strong foundation in sustainability education, and a healthy quality of life for students on campus. This distinction is 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, made possible by researchers at the Bourns College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT).

Other important ongoing research ranges from engine technology that allows cars to run on a mix of hydrogen and natural gas to a clean method of efficiently turning waste materials into a sulfur-free diesel fuel.

UC Riverside also 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.


UCR is located in Riverside, Californiaan hour’s drive from Los Angeles, Hollywood, Disneyland, mountain resorts, and famous beaches. Riverside is a multicultural hub nationally ranked for entertainment, diversity, and recreation. It’s one the 50 best cities in the United States for starting a business in 2020 (Inc. magazine). Students enjoy the liveliness of Riverside’s centralized location and UCR’s quiet park-like setting. Take a tour and see for yourself why UCR is right where you want to be! 


Type of School: Public research university

Size of Campus: 1,200 acres

Number of Students: 22,055 undergraduates, 3,493 graduate students; 25,548 total enrollment

Number of Faculty: 1,196 instructional faculty

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: 101 bachelor’s degree programs, 55 master’s degree programs, 42 doctoral programs, and 13 state teaching credentials

Geographic Diversity: Consistently ranked among the nation’s top diverse campuses, with students from more than 77 countries

International Student Services: International admission information:

International Student Budget: $66,431 (includes full-year tuition, room and board, transportation, textbooks, and personal expenses)

Financial Aid: Available for international students

Test Score Requirements: Must take SAT with Essay or ACT plus Writing by December of senior year and complete TOEFL (80 iBT or higher) or IELTS (6.5 or higher) to demonstrate English proficiency

Application Deadlines and Fees: Submit applications between November 1–30 for fall 2021; international application fee: $80

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