Riverside, CA
University of California-Riverside


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Recent Reviews

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
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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.

Kathleen
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The campus is gorgeous with beautiful scenery. There is a lot of things to do on and off campus because everything is close b...

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

The campus is gorgeous with beautiful scenery. There is a lot of things to do on and off campus because everything is close by; movie theater, starbucks, etc. UCR is close to home, but far away enough to create space between you and your family.

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

Make sure the college is close enough to make visiting simple, but far away enough to give the student space to mature. Make sure the college you choos is appropriate to your desired career and major.

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

They hire a lot of teachers that have accents and it sometimes makes the lesson hard to comprehend.

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

UCR offers outstanding opportunities for students and athletes, but the school itself often goes unrecognized or unnoticed by...

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

UCR offers outstanding opportunities for students and athletes, but the school itself often goes unrecognized or unnoticed by the community and local area.

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

Being an athlete, I think the worst thing about our school is the lack of school spirit. This in part stems from not having a football team. Usually students from schools with a football team tend to be more aware and involved with sporting events and news. Having people care about your team or your success motivates you to have more pride in your school because you have more support. With the lack of school spirit at UCR there tends to be a disconnection between students, athletes and the community.

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

Before picking the right college to attend it is critical to first decide what is important to the student. Things like being close to family, whether or not you will be playing a sport, and knowing what you want to study or what you may want to study, are all important in the decision making process of choosing what college to attend. By answering these questions you should be able to narrow your potential choices to a smaller number, in which case you can then decide based on other factors such as the quality of education you will be receiving. Another factor that has the most impact on deciding which school is best for your child is whether his or her desired college is affordable, especially if you will not be receiving any financial assistance. Choosing the right college comes down to a practical and sensible series of questions that anyone is capable of answering in order to obtain the best education and have the college experience you imagined. In order to have a great college experience, it is important to get involved in various student organizations and programs and to make lifelong friends.

An
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are helpful and friendly.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are helpful and friendly.

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

If money is not an issue, then actuoally take the time to travel around and tour around schools around the nation. If money is an issue, even though a school may seem more appealing, but is more expensive, sometimes a school that may seem less appealing but is cheaper, will actually be a better choice. After spending a few days or weeks at the cheaper school that may seem less appealing, will grow on the student and the student may actually feel that they made the right choice.

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

I wish I knew that I should study everyday for my science courses.

Nicholas
Describe the students at your school.

Most people tend to keep to themselves, but if you talk to them, they'll ussually respond friendly.

Describe the students at your school.

Most people tend to keep to themselves, but if you talk to them, they'll ussually respond friendly.

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

That the social life on this campus was dead.

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

The best advice I could give would be to visit the campus while school is in session, on your own and in a guided tour. When visiting the campus when school is in session you can really see what campus is like. By getting a guided tour you can learn what the school has to offer, but you should also do some exploration on your own because the tour guides are of course going to talk up their campus. When exploring the campus you should ask a variety of students what is their honest opinion of the school. Ask the students what is important to you. For example if you like sports ask students on campus what the game atmosphere is like, and what would they rate the school spirit. Talking with random students on campus will give a more honest feel of what the campus is actually like. You can learn all about the academia of a school online, but you can only get a real feel for what the school is like from current students.

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

A place where you can be challenged to learn, but given the support to succeed, while enjoying the adventure of living on you...

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

A place where you can be challenged to learn, but given the support to succeed, while enjoying the adventure of living on your own, making new friends, and becoming equipped to go out into the world with the tools to be productive and make a positive contribution to society.

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

Don't assume anything! Stay organized! Start a folder or file system to collect information on colleges you are interested in. Make sure that your parents and you as a future student understand exactly what is wanted in a school. Take time to try and visit some schools prior to making a choice. Sometimes, speaking with alumni will give you a good idea of what the school is like as well. The college selection process can be very emotional, so everyone involved needs to have their chance to speak their views on what they feel is the "right" school. Also, do not wait until a school is selected to start looking for financial aid. Be proactive, and be prepared to devote time and effort to this, it will pay off greatly! Even during the summer after Senior Year in High School, you will want to "kick back", but you could miss opportunities to get additional money for college. The Internet is a great source of information, but keep your parents involved in everything you find or may want to investigate online. Finally, have fun; you are making an exiting choice that will prepare you for success and independence in life.

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

I tell my friends of the support I get from faculty, staff, and my fellow students in learning and embracing the challenges of school. I let them know of the many choices we have for activities outside of school as well, which have helped me to make new friends and learn more about different cultures.

Shealene
Describe the students at your school.

Most of my classmates really seem to want to be here and are eager to learn.

Describe the students at your school.

Most of my classmates really seem to want to be here and are eager to learn.

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

My school is very disverse and there is a lot to offer here. It is one of the best research institutions and there is always someething new and exciting to learn. the faculty is awesome and there are a range of activities, so there is always something to do.

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

Make sure you get involved and major in something you truly love.

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