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 #12 out of 744 “Best Colleges for Your Money” 2019 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 #2 in the nation for performance of students receiving Pell Grants (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, featuring iconic acts; the historic Mission Inn, visited by 10 US presidents; and the UCR ARTS, 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 450 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 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 includes 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 Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering is powered by one of the largest storage battery installations at a university in the world. The donation was made possible by Winston Chung. Faculty at Winston Global Energy Center perform renewable technology research at the Bourns College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research & 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. 



#12 out of 744 “Best Colleges for Your Money” 2019 | Money Magazine


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


#2 in the nation for performance of students receiving Pell Grants | Washington Monthly


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

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