University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA

University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA

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Located in the heart of exciting Southern California, the University of California, Riverside is just a short drive from Hollywood, Disneyland, snow-capped mountains, scenic deserts, and legendary beaches. 

With easy access to Ontario and Los Angeles International Airports, destinations such as San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are within easy reach.

more complete and relevant undergraduate education
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 by offering significant undergraduate research opportunities. Ranked among the nation’s finest universities by U.S. News & World Report and among the world’s top universities by the 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. 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. 

Living on campus
A variety of housing options and commuter programs provide opportunites to connect to campus. Take advantage of campus resources, live amongst peers, and discover hundreds of programs happening each quarter. 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 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 the UCR ARTSblock, a cultural complex composed of three art institutions.

UC Riverside’s transfer students can join transfer student organizations such as the Tau Sigma National Honor Society, Transfer Student Association, and the Puente Connections Club (once enrolled). On-campus concerts have brought headliners such as Nelly, Kendrick Lamar, Awolnation, and Nas to campus. With more than 400 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 options offer a wide variety of healthy and delicious food.

Academics and research
UC Riverside’s world-class faculty include over 1,000 prominent scholars and researchers, and over 98% have earned a PhD or equivalent degree. Honors and awards include 48 Fulbright Fellows, over 20 Guggenheim Fellowships, seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, and over 200 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Distinguished UC Riverside alumni include a Nobel Prize winner, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and current US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

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, solar-power farms, and a student organization called Sustainable UCR. The first floor of Winston Chung Hall in UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering is powered by one of the largest storage battery installations at a university in the world, donated by Winston Chung. Faculty perform research at Winston Global Energy Center at the 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. Launched in fall 2015, the UC Riverside School of Public Policy (SPP) is the latest addition to the academic enterprise.

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

At A Glance

Type of School: Public research university

Size of Campus: 1,200 acres

Number of Students: 19,799 undergraduates, 3,122 graduate students, 22,921 total students enrolled

Number of Faculty: 713 ladder rank

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: 101 bachelor’s degree programs, 52 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 65 countries

Student Budget: $36,211 (non-resident add $26,682 in non-resident supplemental tuition)

Financial Aid: Available to those who qualify

Application Deadlines and Fees: Submit winter applications July 1–31.  Submit applications for fall November 1–30.

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