About University of California-Riverside

Founded in 1954, University of California-Riverside. is a Public college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 19,799 full time undergraduate students, and 2,916 full time graduate students.

The University of California-Riverside Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 22:1. There are 860 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of California-Riverside include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate66%
Application Deadline
Application Fee70
SAT Range940-1190
ACT Range21-27

Admissions at UCR are considered Selective, with ,110% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 13 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 100% were in the top quarter, and 94% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of California-Riverside.

University of California-Riverside REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    302 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    239 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    343 Students rated campus food 3.4 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    348 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    349 Students rated class size 3.7 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    347 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    350 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    349 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of California-Riverside?

150 Students rated University of California-Riverside

Jillian - 02/05/2022

My opinion about University of California-Riverside is that it is enjoyable. I have been very involved in my schoolwork as a Creative Writing major. The classes are good sizes, and the lessons and professors are very engaging. I have been enjoying my classes.

Jaelyn - 06/04/2021

I haven't had a full experience on campus due to COVID. However, so far classes have been amazing, and when I visited the campus once the environment was very nice and it felt safe. There were a lot of open spaces to contact anyone if you needed help. Also, the campus is beautiful and I can't wait to live on campus.

Tami - 12/10/2020

I think that UC Riverside has an amazing campus. I also think the faculty and students are all very supportive in your personal and academic goals. I have found that UC Riverside is very helpful during the journey of every college student, and they offer many different opportunities to continue your goals but also broaden your horizons.

Joycelyn - 09/14/2020

The University of California, Riverside was not my first choice. I applied as my safety and had big dreams of being accepted into big name colleges such as UCLA and USC. I arrogantly thought that I was so much more worthy than UCR. Months pass and my college decisions come in and to my dismay, I was rejected from UCLA and USC. Although I was originally sad and felt a multitude of emotions from regret of what I could have done to have a better application and just being so upset at my lack of success, once I took my first tour of UCR, it almost terrified me that I knew secretly it was the one for me. Backforward to months before all of my college decisions came out, I had already received my acceptance from UCR and decided to visit with my father, because why not? I was in for a surprise. Compared to my prior experience in other campus tours, UCR, by far, was the most friendly, organized, and genuine campus of them all. From the very start of check in, the receptionist told me UCR had a gift for me. Behind her desk, the receptionist brought out a blue lanyard with UC Riverside written on it in yellow. She responded sweetly, “It says here on our screen that you were accepted.” Along with the lanyard, she gave me a UCR bag filled with flyers and brochures. Not only that, but they related to the major and college I would be attending. Right from the get go, I felt so comfortable. I did not feel like a number like many other campuses I visited. I am not going to list names, but for example, other campuses I visited had brochure shelves where they made students pick out their own and get this, even pay for their own parking permit. When I registered for UCR’s tour, they had me print out a free parking permit. As it was expected to rain the day of my tour, many people did not come; therefore, they offered my dad and I a private tour. Throughout this tour, I felt a sense of comfort and belonging as the students and people I met were all so personal, a trait I really admire. Instead of treating me like any other prospective student, they were kind and sincere with their actions. To put it simply, UCR genuinely cared. They were incredibly patient and honest and the more I got to know UCR, I felt it was right for me. Comes fall 2019, my first quarter attending UCR, and UCR exceeded my expectations. I had some amazing professors who were some of the kindest human beings I have ever met. They gave me freedom to grow as a writer and learner and genuinely cared about their students’ wellbeing by being understanding of our other priorities and giving us life advice. After all, college is a time of growth. Ultimately, do not judge a school by its stereotypes. Life is full of surprises and UCR could very well be one of them. Pick the school you feel you belong in and will help you succeed both personally and academically. Don’t let the big names and ranks sway your judgment. That’s only half the battle. Go Highlanders!

University of California-Riverside FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of California-Riverside?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of California-Riverside is 66%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    As your graduation day approaches, you will be told repeatedly about your potential to succeed. College will offer you an unmatched opportunity to build your own curriculum, shape your own future, and grow into the person that will face the professional and social world on their own. No one, however, will tell you that you may fail. Your accomplishments and your failures will be a consequence of your work. It is important to realize that as you begin your college career, you will be treated as an adult, and you will be expected to act as an adult. You will no longer be under the careful guidance of your parents and teachers. The freedom that this affords will be one of the best and most terrifying components of college life. As you move from adolescence to adulthood, there will be a plethora of available resources that can help to ease the transition. It will be your job to seek out and utilize this aid. You are responsible for making sound decisions, and seeking out help when necessary. Relish in your new found autonomy and remember, your potential is useless without action.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Classmates are upbeat, motivated, ready to help and excited about college.

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  4. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    University of California, Riverside is distinctively unique from the other schools I considered because UCR offered the entire college experience package. UCR is a humongous campus that offers dormatories, extra-curricular activities, diversity, and great education. I believe UCR puts great emphasis on diversity. The diversity among students is amazing. There is not one ethnicity that dominates the others. The ethnicity is spread apart within the students and the professors. I believe this is important because it allows future prospects to feel welcome and comfortable when making the decision to attend the University of California, Riverside.

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  5. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Absolutely awesome!

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    The University of California, Riverside is committed to insuring the quality education, while making sure students do not deem their dreams unattainable.

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  7. What are the academics like at your school?

    The professors at UCR are for the most part strong. The engineering professors are very open to undergraduate research opportunities, and are willing to serve as mentors to their student. The Academics in general at UCR are poor. The student body for the most part is very lazy, and cheating on homework is commonplace. The student body has a dual hump shaped distribution with students either being very intelligent and hard working, or very lazy and sometimes unintelligent. Some science classes attract more of the first type of student, and are very competitive, other humanities coursework may not be as competitive.

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  8. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    My school is known for being a diverse flock of degenerates but you'll actually find a very chill and welcoming atmosphere.

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  9. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I feel that frats are sororities are pretty popular. So are the sports teams. ASPB is also pretty big.

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  10. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst part about college is the divion of lecture and discussion, discussions are taught by teaching assistants that are sometimes not as knowlegable as professors.

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  11. What's unique about your campus?

    My school is known for its diversity. Due to its diversity, there are so many cultures and backgrounds. It is so easy to learn new things by simply talking to the students . Its also nice to know that you can relate to someone who at first seemed so different.

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known that housing would be so difficult to deal with and uncommunicative to boot.

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  13. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    The kind that want to have a higher chance of going to a good graduate school after their undergraduate. The kind of people that want to work hard and success and ambitious about their career life.

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  14. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The key element of education of the University of California Riverside is a variety of opportunities provided to its students. I am stunned by the amount of opportunities available, from student organizations to volunteering, from researches to work-studies. If a person is willing to work hard and take advantage of these opportunities it is possible to stand out on his or her field of interest. I think this campus perfectly fits students that are committed to their studies and are willing to dedicate some of their time to those extra-curricular activities that will enrich them with unique experiences.

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  15. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    UCR is best known for their incoming medical school. The medical school has raised its prestige over the past several years and now students from everywhere wish to attend UCR rather than avoiding it as people have done in the past.

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  16. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Everything at UC Riverside is uphill--or, at least, it feels that way. It's a beautiful campus, right up against the Box Springs Mountains, with citrus trees planted all over and around the property, but no matter where you need to go on campus, it's always uphill from where you are. I have mobility problems, and I put in quite a bit of effort into getting around this university. Still, I'm in better shape than ever with the amount of walking I do here! And the hills are worth it for the sunsets and warm weather.

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  17. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The teachers are very into what they are doing, and they are very understanding. There is also a student lounge that is awesome because it has t.v. with cable, and games, as well as study areas all over the campus.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    For the most part yes. The student body is made up of at least 60 percent people who match that exact description. The majority of students who come from the "Bay Area" who were unable to get into Davis fit that description well, but there are a lot of local students who are very intelligent and hard working who attend this school due to geographic convenience, as well as scholarship assistance.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    That there is nothing to do and it is in the middle of no where

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  20. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    It's close to home, and financial aid is pretty good.

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  21. Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

    I will never forget the day that the entire campus held a walkout in order to protest budget cuts and what seemed like an endless flow of people went by in an adamant protest raising costs overall for students. I've never seen students gather in those numbers a second time and the first time was definitely a great display of protest on the student's behalf.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

85% of students attending University of California-Riverside receive some sort of financial aid. 53% were awarded federal grants. While 52% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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