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 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 including the LEED platinum-certified Multidisciplinary Research Building and the Student Success Center, which will open in fall 2021.

A variety of housing options and commuter programs provide opportunities 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 UCR ARTS, a cultural complex composed of three art institutions.

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, including vegetarian, vegan, and halal options.

UC Riverside's world-class faculty include over 1,100 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 21st US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.


#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 2021

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
  • "After a year here, my favorite art of UCR is the Veterans Resource Center. They are so welcoming and provide so many resources that have contributed to my success here."

    • Travis Garrett
      class of 2021
  • “UCR has exceptional programs, great people and great support programs on campus. If feels like they don't want you to fail.”

    • Christopher Houston
      class of 2019