Riverside, CA
University of California-Riverside


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Recent Reviews

Julia B
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Great small college for a great price

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Great small college for a great price

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors were easy to access and get info from. Office hours flexible, email, phone all ways to keep in touch with them.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That they commute and have no campus spirit

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

This school, despite the location, creates a decent environment to learn in with an extremely diverse student body.

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

This school, despite the location, creates a decent environment to learn in with an extremely diverse student body.

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

College contains some of the best, if not the best, years of a students life. A student really matures and grows a significant amount in their college careers, so picking the RIGHT college is extremely important. To do this, you must visit and explore the different colleges out there. They are willing to give campus tours to those who seek it, so utilize all the college resources and visit them. I guarantee students will know which college is right for them as soon as they set foot on campus. Once in college, live it up! However, the essence of time management must be known. Join the clubs, participate in intermurals, pull the all-nighters, and just enjoy these few years before entering the real world. College is all about networking and making the grades, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with potential life-long friends. There are many experiences that await you in a college, so experience them all and learn from them, as they will make you a better person.

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

Diverse collection of every nationality as well as culturally diverse with everything from beach bums to supergeeks!

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

Diverse collection of every nationality as well as culturally diverse with everything from beach bums to supergeeks!

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

Be sure to get a good look at the surrounding area of the school. Where the campus itself is safe, it is not reccomended to head out at night without a car. There are serious drug problems, prostitution, and all sorts of illegal activity lurking the streets. The campus is in a great location for a student that loves the beach and doesn't mind a drive. There is plenty of activity nearby in LA or San Diego, but this does require access to a car. The dorms are amazing, of course, complete with bad cafeteria food and all. The school is extremely diverse so if this is a problem then don't even bother. Most people are friendly, but the fraternities and sororities monopolize the center of campus and can be very fake and obnoxious. Despite it's flaws, I have loved every second here and wouldn't trade it in for the world! Like anything in life, the school is what you make of it!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The excess amount of commuters. Everyone leaves on the weekends and this makes it difficult to arrange a study group or even check out a party with a friend from class! Not to mention you need a car to get around, the closest clubs/good bars are in L.A. which is an hour and a half drive from here (in no traffic).

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

I believe the best way to pick the right college for YOURSELF, is by visiting it beforehand. This really helped me find out ...

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

I believe the best way to pick the right college for YOURSELF, is by visiting it beforehand. This really helped me find out which colleges weren't for me, even though they might have been popular colleges or located in cities I wished to be in. As a prospective student, you must ask yourself how important location is, whether it offers your major, and whether you are more comfortable having a diverse student body versus an undiverse body. Also, once you have chosen your school, it's important to get involved and participate in campus and off-campus events. You are going to be in college for the next 4 years or more, so you should get to know the people around you. Also get involved in organizations that concern your major.

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

How cheap it is to live off-campus compared to other schools. Also, how diverse the campus is.

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

I hate how there is not much to do in Riverside. Plus, it is too far to commute to a major city like Los Angeles without wasting a lot of gas. I wish we were super close to a beach or Los Angeles. The public transportation sucks, so you need a car. Also, I wish we had a bigger University Village.

Sandy
What kind of person should not attend this school?

A closed minded person because this school is very diverse and very opininated in the class rooms. So if the student doese no...

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A closed minded person because this school is very diverse and very opininated in the class rooms. So if the student doese not wanty to accept other peoples views on things then they should not be attending this University.

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

I always live by the motto, what you put in it is what you will get out of it. Beacuse you can attend an amazing school, but if you do not apply yourself then you will not get all the opportunities that is offered at the school. For instance my finish year i was not that involved with the school because i just wanted to focus in school and that was all, i missed out on all the other opportunities that the university had to offer like Internships, sororities/fraternities, clubs, out reach programs and community services. All of those activities would keep me busy and also help me advance and grow as a person. After my first year i quickly learned that i need to used this opportunities that is offered on campus, now i have made so many connections with the staff on campus and i have really build up my resume. So dont ever sell yourself short.

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

College is probably the only place in the world where you can try so many different things like taking various classes, meet ...

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

College is probably the only place in the world where you can try so many different things like taking various classes, meet new people, join different clubs and learn from it all. It's a chance for everyone to spread their wings because usually the students are mature enough to start thinking about the future and what effect students can have on others and vice versa.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone that is looking to discover who they are, what they're capable of and opportunities in different fields.

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

University of California, Riverside may not be the most established school or aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but it is a ...

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

University of California, Riverside may not be the most established school or aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but it is a great school to meet and make wonderful memories with down to earth, life-long friends.

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

I would first suggest attending any orientation or information sessions of the college you are interested in attending. Although that would not give you a complete sense of what the school is like, you will at least get to visit the campus and see what it has to offer. Finding the right college is mainly about what you make of your college experience. There is no guarantee that you will get accepted into your dream school and if you don't, it is not the end of the world because you determine whether or not the college you go to is right for you. You need to be open minded and willing to get out of your shell and meet new people. Dorming is always a good chance to make new friends. Remember there are hundreds of other students that are in the same shoe as you and just as nervous so they are also wanting to meet new friends. Making friends is so important and helps make college life easier, but be responsible and don't neglect your studies. If it's hard to get yourself to study, make study groups with friends. That always helps.

charlie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Diversity amongst the whole campus, including students and professors. As a result tolerance and a general understanding help...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Diversity amongst the whole campus, including students and professors. As a result tolerance and a general understanding help produce worldly students who are prepared to enter their careers with a better understanding of people as a general. But aside from that, this school is in its sycophantic stages, its supposedly the largest UC campus amongst the rest but fails to utilize that space for other fields of academia other than science.

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

Do your research on the college, if you like to be in a warm enviroment, obviously don't move to an eastcoast college where the seasons are more pronounced. In order to maintain good study habits, being comfortable in your home and campus enviroment is important. Furthermore, when choosing a college, don't believe the hype in the name, remember there is a future beyond your bachelor degree, even going to a state school will suffice. As long as you maintain the grades and work ethic, going to your dream school becomes less of a dream and more a reality. And if you decide that your future may not involve more schooling, than make the most of the school you will be currently attending. Internships, jobs, and extra cirrucular activities are available resources for you to utilize to best lay the foundation for your future. Lastly, even though you may receive financial aid in attending school, maintaining proper finances should be a top priority so if living at home is your only option, its ok you will still engage in the college social life experience if you want to, being comfortable is better than being broke.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The recreation center is a joke compared to other UC campuses.

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

The University of California, Riverside is a really diverse school. It offers a wide range of resources that are very helpful...

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

The University of California, Riverside is a really diverse school. It offers a wide range of resources that are very helpful in completing assingments or getting better in certain subject areas.

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

The University of California, Riverside is a very united school that is full of school spirit. Students are vey devote in learning and studying.

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

Well just making sure that the student will be able to make a healthy transition. In addition, learning how to manage your money and being able to differentiate from necessities and junk.

Crystal
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

UCR is the most diverse school out of all the UCs. You will not feel racially out of place. Many people look down upon UCR...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

UCR is the most diverse school out of all the UCs. You will not feel racially out of place. Many people look down upon UCR as a lame school, but school will always be what you make out of it. If your attitude is positive, you will have a positive experience at UCR. I personally believe that the Media and Cultural Studies department is absolutely amazing. Don't think that because you're going to UCR, you'll have lame professors. UCR has the most intelligent and down-to-earth professors.

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

Our diversity is the most unique out of all the schools in California.

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

You don't have to know what you want to do in life right out of high school. The best thing to do is find a school that you will feel comfortable in. If Harvard might seem too stressful, don't go there! I know people who have been accepted to UCLA and Berkeley but decided to go to UCR because the people down here were nicer and a lot more laid back, whereas others at the prestigious schools are more tense and value good grades a little too much. People always seem to forget that it doesnt matter what grades you get in college. If you're socially awkward, you will live a very depressing life. Be comfortable, and try to enjoy what you study.

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