Location: Riverside, California, USA
Funding: Public University
Size: 19,000 undergraduate students
Percent Women: 48.2%
Tuition (one year): $12,960 (in-state) $35,838 (out-of-state)
Most Popular Majors: Business/Management/Marketing, Psychology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Sociology, Political Science and Government/General
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 62.7% accepted
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit the University of California, Riverside’s website at admissions.ucr.edu/admissions.
Why Choose UCR?
"I chose UCR for multiple reasons, I wanted to travel far from home and UCR over the years has given me enough financial aid to support myself. I visited during Highlander Day spring break of my senior year and everyone was so friendly that after that I couldn't see myself going anywhere else."
"Honestly I came here because of all the financial aid I'm getting. UCR was definitely not my first choice, but now that I'm here it's not bad at all!"
"I applied to UCR because it was my cousin's alma mater and she had a great college experience here so she convinced me to just check it out. I had never visited the campus before until my orientation but once you go to yours you will be more excited to be a Highlander.""I choose UCR because this was the only UC that accepted me. My parents never gotten the opportunity to go to college so in my case, I felt it was my duty to get higher education in order to succeed in my future.""I applied because I know I wanted to go to a UC school and I didn't want it to be too far away from my hometown. I wasn't initially intending to go there, but when I visited the campus I fell in love with the college atmosphere. It was what I imagined college should be like."
"I applied to UCR, because I wanted to apply to various UC's from my area (LA). I wanted to be far away from home enough to have to move out, (to get the full college experience), but close enough to come home whenever I wanted. Once I attended the school for an event for prospective students, I really liked the campus and I felt like I fit in and could really see myself attending."
"The best part of UCR is the hundreds of student organizations we offer. Every year it seems like I join a new org because there are always new ones forming. My favorite UCR tradition has to be climbing to the C, I do it every year, almost every quarter."
"The diversity is pretty awesome and the people here are nice. It's easy to get involved around school and there any many things you can choose to do or join."
"I love my major, I love all of the professors in my department that I have had thus far. The educational part of school definitely got better once I started taking classes for my major. It makes me not want to stop being a student. Most professors in my department have the same teaching style, which I love, because they don't necessarily lecture, because classes are more of a discussion. I also love HEAT music festival. I have never missed any, and I look forward to it every year, that and spring splash are my favorite!"
"I love the fact that UCR is relatively affordable and that I have multiple housing options. I also appreciate our diverse campus. I've met people from all over."
"I love that I can get a quality education here and that there are so many things that you can do whether it be by joining a club or all the events that ASPB organizes for students like our student concerts."
"I love that UCR has a very small and intimate campus where everyone can get to know each other pretty easily. I also love our friendly, laid back atmosphere. Some fun UCR traditions are Heat which is our winter concerts. A lot of big artists usually come and there are a lot of food trucks. Another big one is Block Party and Spring Splash which are the quarterly events."
"The worst part about UCR would have to be that we have a large commuter population. Unless you live on campus it can be difficult to find people to spend the weekend with at times."
"Sometimes it gets too hot and even if its winter, the sun is still bright and shiny outside. Sometimes I just need a cool day."
"The worst part I would say is that many people outside of UCR look down on the school because it not one of the top UC's."
"The surrounding area is not the safest. I feel like I always have to be alert especially with my night classes. Maybe I should start using my campus security resources. Regardless, I hate seeing emails about crime in the area."
"The school itself doesn't have a lot of character. It's not appealing, not really in regards to appearance but just festivities and organizational wise, it doesn't really offer much character."
"Sometimes you tend to have a professor or two who isn't always the best."
New Collegiette on Campus
"It's great. First year is really about doing anything and everything offered to you, whether that be in the dorms or activities in campus. its just fun to finally be in college."
"It is exciting. I am learning a lot about UCR and also about myself. It is a bit challenging with time management but it is doable. You learn how you study and your limits. Living in the dorms is great because it is right on campus so it is easy to get to class. Orientation is all about getting you excited about college and building up your highlander spirit. It is usually pretty easy to meet upperclassmen because you are going to be in classes in large lectures with people older than you and they may sit next you, and you guys may become great friends."
"Having to transition from high school to college has been a little tough. You have so much free time and you don't know what to do with it! Try to be as productive as possible and not procrastinate on Netflix or something hehe."
"The housing was good in my opinion. I lived in a nice room in Pentland but the rules are ridiculous. Charging us for every little thing that is not relevant to us. But we were given a lot."
"Housing was not that bad actually... They just need to improve some stuff, probably upgrade a few things, and it's fine."
All About Academics
"The most popular majors at UCR are Psychology, Business and various engineering majors. As a psychology major the workload isn't too hard, but we are required to do research during our first year. Psychology students have up to four advisers working every day, so getting walk in counseling is always easy. Most people study either in the libraries because we have a ton of study rooms available to reserve or around campus because the weather is almost always nice."
"Being a first year, I am still learning about my major and everything it entails but so far it's been manageable. Obviously we do have a heavier science and math course load than CHASS majors but it's not anything you can't handle."
"Business, psychology, and biology are really popular. Advising is kind of rough, but you should really get to know your advisers one on one."
"The most popular majors are business. But I really enjoy my major because I get to analyze a lot of films and dissect them to connect them to the real world and how it affects society."
"Definitely, the creative writing/ English department. I love how charismatic everyone is. The professors are understanding and try to be as inspiring as possible."
"You definitely have to work hard to get the grade that you want. The workload is fair I would say. The advising system is an appointment system so you would be the one to ask for help. It's actually not that difficult to fulfill requirements. There is a lot of class variety, but it's hard because classes get full fast. Some people do study a lot when it gets close to exams, but there are a lot of people who study often. I like to study outside, but it sucks because there are no plugs to charge stuff. It depends on the people and what they prefer."
"Well, I wouldn't know what the most popular major is. But as a Media and Cultural Studies major, I love it. Going to classes does not feel like work. And it is not like professors are easy, because I have had tough professors, whom I really admire and respect. The teachers in my department really care about their students, so they definitely push us to our limits, so that we can expand our thinking."
Learn from the Best
"My favorite courses have definitely been Women's Studies ones only because they opened my eyes to things I didn't even know existed. I always recommend people take a WMST course, or professors are very approachable and they are the type of courses where you will enjoy the subject."
"Dr Eichler for chemistry is pretty popular. He even got a little pepper on ratemyprofessors. Right now my favorite is Dr Nothnagel because he is so old and cute like a little grandpa! But he is also very knowledgeable about biology and always makes everything easy to understand."
"Professors are really nice. Some are very interesting but some may be a bit boring. Classes range from large lectures to just regular size classrooms. My favorite classes have been Ethnic Studies, Intro to Film, Violent Universe, and Creative Writing. People usually go to office hours right before test or before papers are due."
"My favorite class as a freshman was psychology just because I find it really interesting."
"My favorite professor would be Nosh. I had her for a few quarters and I love her!"
"My favorite professors in my department, would have to be Dr. Cabezas (women studies), Dr. Schiwy (MCS), Dr. Shigematsu, Professor Bundy, Dr. Burrill"
"I'm a Creative Writing major and one of my favorite professors I've had here at UCR was my Intro to Creative Writing professor, Goldberry Long. I recommend this class to anyone of any major because it really"
"My favorite professors have been my Maya studies professors or my cultural anthropology professors. This is because they are very passionate about what they do and they make class very interactive. My professors are often very laid back but they don't have any traditions I know of."
Interests & Involvement
"The best way to find a club is to attend the org fair held at the beginning of the school year. My clubs are where I have made the majority of my friendships, besides when I dormed, so I always recommend joining a few clubs to at least try them out."
"Yes lots of people participate in clubs. Usually on the first weeks of school, there will be tabling of different clubs around the bell tower. I have enjoyed getting to know people and being in a club that shares the same interests."
"A lot of people are apart of campus orgs, but you have to dig to find them! Most campus orgs are really under the radar. I love working with student groups because you get to meet great people from outside your major."
"People usually find out about clubs through tabling around the bell tower."
"I think attending the orientation is helpful, especially if you see orgs tabling, you can get a feel for the orgs UCR has to offer and it helps you see where you fit in. I joined a sorority, and I liked the fact that I can keep doing community service, after high school. I am a big promoter of being involved in something on campus, it keeps you connected to the school."
"There are so many clubs you can join here at UCR. I feel that because we are so diverse we can offer so many different things that appeal to people's interests and cultural values. You can even create your own club if it is not offered here already by going to Student Life."
"Every Wednesday we have tabling which is where all the clubs and fraternities set up their booths so people walking on campus can either sign up or find out about the clubs. Some of the most popular clubs are Circle K which is a volunteer organization. Other popular clubs are running club and best buddies. I like clubs because they help you get to know people with similar interests as well as networking and getting experience. It is pretty easy to start a club on campus, you just need a business plan and to turn it into the board."
"Men's basketball and soccer are our most popular teams and you can expect the biggest student turn out to those games. All UCR sporting events are free to UCR students, so if you need something to do they are a fun, free option."
"I am not a huge sport fan but I believe basketball seems to going well for UCR."
"I honestly have only attended one basketball game. I do wish the school was more sports affiliated."
"The boys soccer team and basketball team are pretty good teams. UCR does offer intramural sports at the REC center."
"I think our soccer team is our best sports team but not a lot of students tend to go to any sports games. We lack school spirit, (as you will find once you go here) but I think there is a cause towards promoting more school spirit in the works."
"We have a very good soccer and baseball team. We don't have a football team, but many students participate in volleyball and basketball on campus as well as track. There is an athlete culture but it isn't that strong on our campus."
"Girls wear different clothing depending on their interests and style. Women are pretty confident about themselves and their capabilities."
"With the Women's Resource Center, being a woman on campus doesn't feel like a disadvantage. Events are held throughout the year to teach men and women things such as self defense, so there are programs that are catered specifically for women to feel comfortable in a college environment. Psychology courses almost always have a high female number, as well as women's studies classes."
"There's a lot of women on campus, which means there's a lot of female oriented organizations."
"Being a woman on campus is just like being a man on campus."
"It's equal ratio wise. Yes there are women organizations like the women engineering club."
"I wouldn't say there is an emphasis on women empowerment here at UCR but I do believe we have a Women Studies major available."
"There are women's studies classes and clubs on campus as well as many prominent sororities. Girls dress very trendy on campus. It is often hot, so we don't have as many hipster girls. I personally don't feel that the gender ratio is unbalanced, there seems to be a fair amount of girls as there are boys."
"A woman on campus can find a lot of clubs to make them more untied with other women that attend UCR."
"A lot of girls in UCR dress really stylish. There are many women's club and resource center for Women."
"All the girls here are so fashionable! Sometimes I feel like a hobo next to them but no one really judges you if you wear sweats to class."
Food & Drink
"UCR has two dining halls, as well as the HUB which is like a food court, and various restaurants around campus. The best place to get food though is Getaway Cafe, there prices are super cheap and they make the best calzones. People don't typically eat at the dining halls unless they are dorming, but all class levels are welcome to."
"There's a great variety of restaurants for all different tastes. One day you can have sushi, a burrito the next and even pasta made to order! My friends and I even have Pasta Fridays because we love it so much! Just make sure to balance it out with healthy food to avoid the freshman 15."
"UCR has 2 dining halls, There is one in AI and Lothian. The food is pretty good. My favorite place to eat on campus is Subway. Usually just the first years go to the dining hall. It is pretty hard to access a kitchen unless you live in Pentland. People usually get excited for Pizza and delicious desserts. The food places are within short walking distance."
"Food can be expensive if you don't have a meal plan or dining dollars but we have better options to choose from this year."
"There is about 2 dining hall but there is many places to eat at UCR. I not a big dining hall fan just because I'm trying to eat healthy and not gain the whole freshman 15 all over again."
"There are 2 dinning halls for the dorms and then there's the hub. Honestly, there has never been a meal on campus that I liked. Other than the pasta place at the hub. But everything is so unhealthy, UCR has freshman 20 not freshman 15. We should really promote better eating on campus and have that accessible for students."
"There are two dining halls available at the Lothian and A-I Residence Halls. The food is really great the first month or two but after a while people tend to get sick of eating the same thing (not saying that they don't offer some delicious choices). I think the soft serve ice cream machine is the best part. Generally only first years or second years live at the dorms but there are a number of places you can go to eat outside of these on campus like the Chameleon, Coffee Bean and Tea Lead, Latitude 55, and of course the HUB which has a number of different food choices."
"UCR has two dining halls. I love dining hall food because they switch it up and it is all you can eat. I like to eat at AI dining hall. However it is only open to people dorming or if you pay. We have a restaurant on campus called the Barn. It is a quiet nice place to eat a nice more upscale meal."
"UCR has this thing called the UCR Taxi that will pick you up for free in case you cant find a sober ride. While our campus is a "dry campus," we offer free rides on nights such as when we host concerts for people who aren't sober."
"People do many things on weekends. Some go out to party while others stay in and study or hang out with friends. It is only easy to get around at night if you have a car or are close to someone who has a car."
"Go home to wash. There are always parties and other things to do. Getting around is tough at night without a car, the RTA only runs so late."
"Many people go home or go to parties!"
"I have no idea. When I stay in Riverside during the weekend I just basically sit in my own filth all weekend watching lame movies that were made before my time of birth. But when I'm home I hang out with friends and family."
"Hang out with people. Depends on what is going on and what events are happening."
"If you know the right people you will find the right parties! That's for sure! No, people are not pressured to doing something they don't want to do. But that depends on the type of people you hangout with. Obviously people drink at parties and might do other things. But everyone just does whatever they want. Regardless, if you're going to party, you have to be smart about it. Always have a DD, if that doesn't work call a cab. You won't regret it. I do think it can be a bit exclusive, because there are different types of circles, since this is a small school. I sometimes feel its like high school in regards to that."
"People tend to say there is nothing to do in Riverside but I think if you go out and just drive around or take a bus Downtown you can find some cool spots to hangout. Some people go to the mall and some people go out to parties, I think it depends on the kind of person you are."
"There isn't that much to do in Riverside so there are often a lot of parties during the weekend. It never gets too out of hand though. People who don't go to parties usually either go home or go to Round One which is like a bowling alley and karaoke fusion. I feel the social scene can be very exclusive because you need to be invited to parties in order to go.
"People climb the C or go to the Botanic Gardens."
"There are three dorming options, and if you are looking for the typical dorm life I recommend A&I. Pentland Hills has the most space but you only share a dorm hall with 7 other people, so making friends can be more difficult. Most upper classmen live off campus after freshmen year. I currently live in on campus apartments which throw events just like the dorm halls, but they are more centered towards things upper classmen would be interested n."
"You can either live in AI, Pentland or Lothian as a freshmen. You have the option of requesting to live with someone you know or to be assigned a random roommate. You may get double or triple depending how lucky you are. The dorms are really safe. Just close your windows at night and lock your doors. The dorms are on campus and not everyone is required to live in the dorm It is usually popular for upperclassmen to live off campus so they don't have to follow the rules of dorming. Residence halls do lots of fun activities that are fun and also educating."
"Dorms are great. You can really get a Hollywood college dorm experience if you're in the right dorm, or in the right hall. Although, a lot of students commute."
"All of the dorms are decent. However, you are not required to live in one your first year."
"The dorms were nice freshman year. I am glad I got the dorm experience because it is safe and it is so close to campus. I definitely made a few friends while dorming."
"Terrible. The actual living environment isn't that bad. But having to live with other people's tendencies is the worst thing imaginable."
"I had a hate love relationship with the dorms. You can pick who you want to live with, they have programs for that. The dorms are located very close to campus. Depends on your classes, your dorm will be a close walk or a longer walk. Only first years stay at the dorms. The dorms do have bonding activities, but nobody goes to those. Typically my hall got close and would usually go to dinner together."
"I had some of the best memories in my first year dorm but I wouldn't live in them again, let's just leave it at that."
"Dorms are awesome because you get to get really close with your hall mates and dorms are so close to class so you can just come back in between classes and nap or eat. They are very easy to make friends too and hang out with different people you wouldn't normally talk to. Once you become an upper classmen dorming is usually weird. Most upper classmen get apartments or houses with friends."
"I personally do like Riverside, some students don't but I feel like they haven't given it a full chance. Downtown Riverside always have some type of event happening, so there's never nothing going on. We have Arts Walk every first Thursday of the month, plus museums and shops just a short drive off campus. A lot of students do complete an internship but since UCR is such a big campus, most students opt to do one for a professor or their department."
"I've lived in Riverside my whole life so I know the town like the back of my hand. People say Riverside is so boring, but if you really look, there's always something fun to do!"
"One word; ratchet. Just kidding. It can be dangerous in certain parts so be sure to be safe and not walk alone after dark."
"There is the University Village about 10 minutes off campus and also you can travel on the Bus since UCR students get to ride around the bus for free."
"You definitely need a car to get around outside of campus and the UV. The city is not a college town, so things like the mall and entertainment spots are a little far."
"There is the University Village which is just a street down from the campus. It is where most students go to eat, hang out and watch movies. Downtown Riverside is better for night options because it has many cool bars and restaurants. People often do internships off campus."
"Riverside sucks if you don't have a car your first year. You need to make friends with people who do if you want to get around. Other than that, there are some cool spots people go to. The Tyler mall is not that far. I am not too sure what the relationship is with the school and the city, but I'm sure the regular police like to patrol the school for our safety, which I do appreciate. Typically, people get jobs off campus, and internships. I know a lot of people that work for school's in the area as students at UCR.
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