Riverside, CA
University of California-Riverside


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Recent Reviews

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.

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

UCR is very dedicated to research and to improving our local community.

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

UCR is very dedicated to research and to improving our local community.

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

The advice I would give students would be to research their schools of choice a little bit more. An important part of finding the right college is to have a goal in mind of what you want to accomplish in the next four years. If the student knows exactly what he/she wants to accomplish then a university/college would be the best choice. However, if the student is indecisive about his/her future goals, then a community college would be best. It is important for parents and students to know that the reputation of a school should not determine where the student ends up. It is important that the student step out of the box and put the extra effort into finding the right college. For the student, it is crucial that he/she become familiar with the academic programs the school has to offer, the type of financial aid that is available to students, student life, housing, and any other resources that may improve the student's academic and career goals. Once the prospective student has decided on his/her school of choice, making the most out of the college experience will come naturally.

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

The worse thing about UCR would be the surrounding area. The surrounding area is not very pleasant. There are too many drug dealers, prostitutes, and several cases of robberies.

Maria
Describe the students at your school.

Diverse, itellectual beings that aren't afraid to let the world know what they think.

Describe the students at your school.

Diverse, itellectual beings that aren't afraid to let the world know what they think.

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

One of the reasons that I decided to come to this school was because it was not in a city. This University is very melow which allows you to focus more on your studies and other things instead of partying and shopping all the time. Diversity of this school also made me want to come here. University of California Riverside is one of the most diverse schools in the nation. The boding that I have experience with people makes me feel as if I have known them all my life. This is what is unique about my school.

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

One of the major reasons that I decided to come to this school was because of its seclusion from everything. I wanted to be far away from my parents but close enought where I could drive back home in case I missed them. I wanted to stay away from the party scene and be somewhere were there was limited entertainment. Having this type of atmostphere where I could be on my own, I could really focus on myself, my thoughts and this would also help me concentrate and focus more on my studies without having any family or social distractions. I really chose the best place to go to school. The diversity, faculty, teachers assistants, community is what has helped me get though this challenge of obtaining my education and in trying to earn my degree. Distance could be a good thing for the parents and for the child because it allows a person to grow as an indivdual. This is why I chose the University of California Riverside.

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

This school is more racially and socioeconomically diverse than other schools that I considered.

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

This school is more racially and socioeconomically diverse than other schools that I considered.

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

I wish I had known how hot and dry the weather is, and how bad the air quality is.

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

Parents and students need to consider that the student's needs and desires will change. Choosing a school that is flexible will make the college experience an enjoyable one. Make sure that the school has a wide range of majors, so that the student has choices if he or she becomes dissatisfied with his or her major. Investigate the opportunities on campus, as well as the accessibility of the opportunities. For example, do study abroad programs have stringent requirements, or are they open to most enrolled students? During campus visits, speak to current students and professors to discover if the students are happy and to gauge the helpfulness of professors. Are students giving back to the community or self absorbed? Choose the school where you feel you will fit in with your peers. As for professors, it is vital to the college experience to have supportive, caring professors who are not afraid to change and admit it when they are wrong. An understanding professor can make the world of difference during a tough semester or quarter.

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