University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA

University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA

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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."

UC Riverside is constantly growing in size and reputation. UCR ranked #48 out of 739 "Best Colleges for Your Money" 2020 for educational quality, affordability, and alumni success (Money magazine). It's the top-performing school in the nation on social mobility (U.S. News & World Report) and is the #14 public university for providing students the highest average salaries for their tuition dollars (CNBC Make It).

Located in the heart of exciting 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, the historic Mission Inn, and UCR ARTS, a cultural complex composed of three art institutions.

On-campus concerts have brought headliners such as Tyga, Capital Cities, Kendrick Lamar, AWOLNATION, and Nas to campus. With more than 500 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. On-campus restaurants and retail dining venues offer a wide variety of healthy and delicious food from many different cultures, including vegetarian, vegan, and halal options.

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



#48 out of 739 "Best Colleges for Your Money" 2020 | Money Magazine


The top-performing school in the nation on social mobility | U.S. News & World Report


#14 public university for providing students the highest average salaries for their tuition dollars | CNBC Make It 2020


One of the “Top 50 Green Colleges” | Princeton Review 2019

Unique. Committed. Real. Just Like You.

UC Riverside has been waiting for a Highlander just like you. You have a unique story. We want to be a part of it. You are committed to excellence. We can take you there. You are real. We want to see how real you can get. With the guidance and support of distinguished faculty, dedicated staff, and targeted resources, you'll join the ranks of UCR alumni who are breaking ground and shaping the future, from a Nobel Laureate to an Olympic athlete, award-winning writers to community activists, leading-edge entrepreneurs to innovative artists.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • "I wanted to be a part of a school that supported my academic journey. It's the best decision I made when it came to academics."

    • Savannah Richardson
      class of 2019
  • "The UCR community has constantly empowered me and pushed me to hold myself to high expectations and to pursue what I am passionate about, and I hope to apply these values in my future endeavors, whether it is in academia or the professional world."

    • Tamara Mustafa
      class of 2020
  • "UC Riverside is a welcoming and diverse environment where I believe I can flourish as someone who is passionate about social justice and advocacy."

    • Samia Alkam
      class of 2021
  • “I was looking for a university that had a more favorable class size. I enjoy having the opportunity to get to know my lecturers and teaching assistants, and being able to receive valuable guidance and assistance.”

    • Viresha Perera
      class of 2019