Riverside, CA
University of California-Riverside


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Recent Reviews

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

My school is very diverse and concerned with the students' well-being.

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

My school is very diverse and concerned with the students' well-being.

Describe the students at your school.

Most classmates are friendly and helpful, but some are quiet and keep to themselves.

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

When looking for the right college, it is very important to do a large amount of research. If the student knows what career path or major they want to choose, look into schools that have excellent programs in their specific area of study. Finding a good college is important, but also be sure to check the availability of financial aid for the student at the different colleges, especially with the rising costs of tuition. To make the most of the college experience the student is going to want to be able to focus more on their academics and being involved with their school instead of worrying about how they are going to pay for it. To have an exciting and fun college experience you must be active and immerse yourself into campus activities, and living on campus is a definite advantage for this. If possible, move into the dorms for the first year. This is a great way to get to know a multitude of people who are in the same position and new to the school like you are. College is an adventure, so be sure to take advantage of all of the opportunities offered to you!

Tammy
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very intelligent, opinionated, and keep me on my toes academically and socially.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very intelligent, opinionated, and keep me on my toes academically and socially.

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

Don't pick a college based on its reputation or prestige in the eyes of others. Choose based on the academic program that best serves your interests . Don't worry about the amount an education will cost. A college degree is the best investment you will ever make. The money will take care of itself. When you get to college, try to surround yourself with peers who will motivate you to succeed instead of those who will encourage you in pursuits that are not good for you; they will not pick you up when you fall. Being depressed is an inevitability at some point in your college career so make it your mission to become as involved as you can in campus activities. It will keep away the worst of your depression by giving you something else on which to focus and will expose you to a wide variety of people, many of whom will be proud to call you "friend". I wish you all the best.

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

The worst thing is the distance between the students and the professors. It is not easy to build rapport and one gets the sense that they are more concerned with collecting a paycheck and politicking at the administrative level.

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

My school is big and usually busy on weekdays, but it is dead on the weekends.

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

My school is big and usually busy on weekdays, but it is dead on the weekends.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates usually keep to themselves, but they are not afraid to ask questions.

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

My advice would be for students to pick the college that has their major. Once they get into that college of their choice, they should stay focused on their studies and never lose sight of their goal. Going out once in a while is fine, but it should not be the main priority. Many people say that college is the time of your life, when you experience many firsts, like living on your own, paying your own bills, etc. College is also the time to begin to be responsible. It is the time when you begin to transition into the real world. Take that into your advantage.

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

People who never attended the school say that UCR sucks, but it is actually not that bad because this college provides a dive...

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

People who never attended the school say that UCR sucks, but it is actually not that bad because this college provides a diverse and friendly environment that fit each and every student's needs for a better future.

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

I will have to tell the parents and/or the student to take a short trip to the college of their choice and ask for a tour while classes are in full session during the school year. If the student enjoys and feels like he or she fits in, then that school is more likely the right choice. However, they will have to really think about the finances to pay off tuition costs and get the transportation they needed for the student as well. In order to get the most of the college experience, I will have to recommend the student going to class on daily basis, interacting with professors during office hours, communicating with other students to build friendships or a social network, and joining an organization that pertains to the student's major/interest or a sevice club that helps out the community.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about my school is dealing with housing and all the miscellaneous documents requested by the financial aid office every year. In addition, I have been noticing that I get lesser and lesser financial aid as the year progresses at my school to the point my parents or I cannot afford to pay off the tuition anymore.

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

In case they belong to an economically stable home, they should only worry about getting and maintaining good grades. But i...

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

In case they belong to an economically stable home, they should only worry about getting and maintaining good grades. But if they are like me, then they should always visit more than 5 different campuses at least. Then, they should see which one meets their needs the most and try to adjust it to their income limitations. They should also find out how much financial aid is available for poor students and try to work around that. GOOD LUCK!!!

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

I wish I had known that I would be in debt so soon in order to stay in school.... :-(

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

My school is a nice place to be because it is very easy to make friends, especially if you live at the dorms or nearby. It is close to my parents' house and it is convenient in many ways. For example, there are stores around, fast food places, movie theatre, bank, and the downtown is not that far away from the university. That city is culturally rich in general and there is always something going on there. Even the bus service and the vanpool are quite effective.

Dylan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The one thing I want to warn people about Riverside if you are coming from out of state is that it is NOT near the beach. Un...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The one thing I want to warn people about Riverside if you are coming from out of state is that it is NOT near the beach. Unfortunately for many of my friends I had met there that came to Riverside from another state had the misconception that they were close to the beach. This is untrue. It will take you a good 1 1/2 or more on a good day of traffic to reach any beach. Second, this is not a college town. There is little to do in Riverside. Not very much around the school and it can be quite boring. The good thing is that if you don't mind driving a bit Los Angeles is about an hour or so away. All in all this is not a horrible school. I was in the history department and the faculty and staff were always nice and helpful. But, if you are looking for an interesting college experience I cannot say you will get one at Riverside.

Describe the students at your school.

The thing I enjoyed the most at UCR were the people I met while going to school there. Some of whom I am still good friends with.

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

If you are a person with an active social life and like to do lots of things in the town of your school, this is not the place for you. It is frankly in the middle of nowhere even for California. I was happy I had lived in California most of my life and had friends and family that lived outside of Riverside that I could go visit on a regular basis.

What are the academics like at your school?

I enjoyed my classes at Riverside. I was a Grad student and took mainly Colonial American History and Public History Classes. The problem was that many times teachers would go on sabbatical and you would be left with nobody to teach the classes for your major and/or the classes would get canceled. It is important before you chose any school, especially research/publish or perish schools that you find out if professors are going to be around throughout your time there and if people leave what can you do. I had been disappointed only once when I needed a class and the person teaching it was not a person who should have taught it because the person who was going to teach it left on sabbatical after only working there a year.

Mel
Describe the students at your school.

Student body does its job well. Although they could plan better event but overall they do a good job.

Describe the students at your school.

Student body does its job well. Although they could plan better event but overall they do a good job.

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

RIVERSIDE SUCKS! Even though I had tons of fun, academically it is very poor. You must learn everything on your own. Do not go to riverside if you would like to learn and succeed in your jobs.

What are the academics like at your school?

The Business school of UCR is complete nonsense. You do not learn anything when you have teachers who cannot speak english. This is a school that is supposed to compete with other UC's but the hiring staff has no competency of what a good teacher is. It seems they only care about research. Do not go to this school if you are looking for good education.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Social life - if you a group of friends to chill with, it will be fun. There isn't much to do around riverside but you could always climb the big C and find some had sex up ther.

Cathy
What is your overall opinion of this school?

UCR was the right size campus, not too big and not too small. It was just the right distance from home for me, but far enoug...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UCR was the right size campus, not too big and not too small. It was just the right distance from home for me, but far enough where I had to move out from home. There is a good variety of clubs and organizations available, and I reccommend that you join extracurriculars, they are a great way to meet people and de-stress from coursework.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body was pretty well rounded. It will be easy to find people you identify with.

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

Overall, UCR is a great school. The heat takes some time to get used to, but it's not unbearable.

What are the academics like at your school?

When I attended UCR the classes weren't too big, so if you made an effort and attended your professors office hours you could really get to know them and them you.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I was part of Latinos in Science my Freshman and Sophmore years. It fun and interesting to be a part of this club because you were able to do some volunteer work and hang out with other club memebers. The club also attended the Latino Medical Student Association Conference at the time, which is very inforamative for pre-med students. I was also involved with Ballety Folklorico de UCR which help me continue to dance Folklroico though I was away from home. Its a great dance group to continue if you already know the basics and also a great way to get started. ASUCR also plan great concerts and activities.

Marshall
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school's size is just about perfect. The social opportunities are slim but are there. You must seek them out. Riversid...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school's size is just about perfect. The social opportunities are slim but are there. You must seek them out. Riverside (the city) is pretty much a dump, think "Reno 911!". Classes are pretty easy and standard.

Describe the students at your school.

Extremely liberal student body in general. Tons of Asians, really the school is primarily Asian regardless of whatever some statistics might say. The administration is VERY apathetic about the students and for the most part the students return the favor. There were rarely rallys, protests or "movements", and the ones that popped up were usually just the angry Mexicans from Mecha and they don't number too many.

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

If you are a dedicated science student, you can receive a tremendous education here with TONS of resources. If you are a graduation senior who squeaked in to this one UC, and you think that a business major might be the best option (its the easiest major), this may also be a good school for you as long as you can develop some self motivation (which is another uphill battle in Riverside). The smog and pollution in Riverside is horrendous and borders on Mexico City bad. The summers are truly painfully hot, expect 95ish degrees that feels like 195 because of the buttery rich smog you get to walk through. Find a place with great air conditioning. Rarely will you find a group of less attractive people (except maybe UCSD). UCR is the most racially diverse of the UC campuses and physical fitness is not a priority for most of those races. Students who would be encouraged to look, act and eat healthy at a place like USC generally succumb to appearance malaise.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes. Also, LOTS of students who could get in to NOWHERE except UCR.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics at UCR is really really really what you make of it, despite that being a ridiculous cliche. I will explain. At some private schools if you get behind or miss classes they will seek you out to help. At UCR a tremendous number of freshman are gone before the end of their first year, due to the apathy of the administration and the generally low admission standards (letting in students who don't really care about higher education). There are however a BILLION different great opportunities for dedicated students.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

UCR is a commuter campus, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The campus and surrounding communities are deserted and devoid of socializing on the weekends. Parties mainly happen on Wednesday or Thursday nights. If you don't join the Fraternity/Sorority system you will have a four year uphill battle trying to meet new cool people.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Lots of Asians. Reasonably good eduction but clearly a second choice for those who couldn't get in to UCLA.

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