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.