University of California-Riverside Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

22%

Very Good

45%

Average

23%

Poor

9%

Terrible

2%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

49%

Average

35%

Poor

10%

Terrible

7%

Campus Food
Excellent

16%

Very Good

33%

Average

35%

Poor

12%

Terrible

5%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

33%

Very Good

46%

Average

15%

Poor

5%

Terrible

0%

Class Size
Excellent

19%

Very Good

44%

Average

28%

Poor

8%

Terrible

2%

Activities
Excellent

32%

Very Good

34%

Average

24%

Poor

8%

Terrible

3%

Local Services
Excellent

33%

Very Good

35%

Average

21%

Poor

7%

Terrible

4%

Academics
Excellent

30%

Very Good

36%

Average

21%

Poor

7%

Terrible

5%

Overall Review for University of California-Riverside

Excellent

31%

Very Good

53%

Average

13%

Poor

3%

Terrible

2%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?

Sophia

UC Riverside is a school with plenty of opportunities. Although it is a tier 3 school, we are heavily based on research and many opportunities given to undergraduates and graduate students. The new medical school brings the school more recognition throughout the UC system. It is a great experience although known for partying. If you find the right crowd, your school life will be more enjoyable.

Bryant

UC Riverside is such a beautiful and giving place to go and study. Everyone wants you to excell in your work and work hard to get to where you need to be. It is such a great university and you are never bored! Even studying may be a lot of fun. I came under the impression that college was going to be a place to hide but because of the social environment you want to shine and improve in everything!

Cynthia

"UCR is never anyone's first choice." That is what my peer mentor told me during a one-on-one meeting with her. It might sound disheartening or rude, but it's not necessarily untrue. I know it was true for me. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to go to a UC, but as a child I would dream of UCLA or UC Berkeley. While it was not my first choice, I wasn't devastated to be attending UCR; in fact, I chose it over other schools that I had previously ranked higher in my 'List of College's I Want To Attend'. I am so glad that I decided to go to UCR because I am truly having the best college experience that I could have ever asked for. Like most freshman, I was terrified of what my professors would be like and obsessively looked them up on ratemyproffesors.com to try to ensure that I would get the best education I could. I did not find all of them, but I had nothing to worry about. All of my professors were very kind and patient and always available during office hours if anyone ever had questions on any of the materials we needed. I even had great experiences with my TA's, who could relate to my struggles a bit more due to them still being students themselves. Going to their office hours, especially my math TA, helped me understand the what was going on in class a lot better. The university is also filled with resources that can help improve anyone's college experience. Some examples include the tutoring at the ARC that really helped me in my math class, the 'Coffee Chats' with experienced individuals that really got me thinking about my future in business, and the destressing activities during finals week that made dealing with the end of the quarter more manageable. As for the more fun things, I live in the dorms, more specifically Aberdeen-Inverness, and it is honestly one of the best decisions I have made. All the dorms have their up's and down's and are all very comfortable, but I am biased towards A-I. It has it's own residential diner, which is very convenient, the gym is right across the street, it is a very social place, so it is easy to make friends, and it is the closest to the actual campus, which makes it very difficult to be late to class. The food at the residential restaurants and at the restaurants on campus are all very tasty and there is a lot of variety so it is difficult to get tired of it. However, if you do, there are plenty of delicious places to get food in the University Village, which is a very short walk from campus. Even better, there are plenty of great places to eat in the Downtown Riverside and Moreno Valley areas, all of which are short bus rides away. The bus is free for all UCR students to use, which is great for first-year dormers, as they are not allowed to have a car. All in all, I think that UCR unfairly gets a bad reputation. The education, the resources, the housing, and the social life are all great, from what I have seen, and I am so excited to spend three more years at my university.

David

I find the University of California to be a great place of higher education. I am not expecting an expensive campus (it's a state school after all) or any "big name" professors, and even with our those things UCR does impress me. The students on campus are INCREDIBLY polite, almost to the point I felt that striking up a conversation was incredibly easy. Clubs and Organizations are fun, but never feel oppressive with their commitments. Overall, find UCR highly enjoyable.

Jocelyn

I’ve been in this school for a year now and know more about this school than I did when I first came to UC Riverside during the fall. I lived in on campus and based on the experience I had, I can say with confidence that it really helps to interact with the people you live with. Not only does talking to the people in the dorms but also in your class. The people here are pretty friendly and most can be helpful. The staff and people working in the University are also very helpful and make their best effort to assist your needs. The professors are genuinely great and have enjoyed their classes. They take their time to explain things and when they have their office hours, it is the most helpful, especially if you are confused of anything. The T.A.s’ I’ve had were also very helpful and did their best to get us students to understand materials of the lectures if needed. The University in general was able to build a good atmosphere for my learning experience. The clubs are pretty helpful and entertaining. I like the little live shows that happen, usually the performances are either from the local community or students of Riverside. Yet, it is still interesting to see how the performances are still very entertaining and makes one see how many people are yet to be heard. Not only are the live shows good, but the plays and musical performances they have here are able to be performed very nicely and I’ve come to like them on a personal level. Overall, this school has made me feel more comfortable and easier for me to study here.

Sean

I really enjoy attending the University of California, Riverside. As a biochemistry major, the university does a fine job of making my school-related needs a priority. The faculty are very knowledgeable and mostly approachable, and the student body is a great melting pot of diversity. These four years as an undergraduate are flying by, and I wouldn't want to spend them anywhere else.

laurie

The academics here are great and there are plenty of opportunities for research positions and internships. There are also sports and clubs to join but in general other than shopping and the artwalk there is nothing to do in riverside.

Allana Denise

In all honesty, University of California-Riverside is a pretty good school. The facilities and the campus is clean, and I can say that we're pretty Earth-friendly. Sure, there may some cases around campus, but the campus is fairly peaceful. The students and the staff are approachable, and there is plenty of ways to get help if you're struggling in any aspect.

Melody

University of California-Riverside is very spirited specially during sport days and on weekends, there are always things to do. Whether it is a hike up a rocky mountain to reach the giant C looming in the distance or meeting at the Hub for an informational panel, there is usually an event happening somewhere on or off campus. Although during the Summer, Spring, and Fall, the weather is witheringly hot, the new recreation center has a humongous pool to cool down and relax.

Selena

It's been a whole new experience for me. I am very proud and feel very blessed to be attending the University of California, Riverside. It is a good school and I feel safe here. I have fun in my classes and really like my professors. I am enjoying my major because it helps me figure out what I want to do in life.

Shruthi

I didn't really consider it when I first was accepted. Once I visited the campus, I kind of fell in love with it. I am currently really enjoying it. It is very underrated honestly. It has garnered somewhat of a bad reputation compared to the other UCs, but don't listen to people who have no idea what they are talking about. Give UCR a chance, and you will most likely be impressed.

Alicia

The facilities, faculty, and the people are great. Overall everyone here is friendly. The only two big complaints that I have is that I wish that the nearby services and restaurants were better quality and that the psychology field would be more expansive. For example, I was sad to realize that the other UC universities had different majors/concentrations within psychology, but UCR doesn't.

Alyssa

UCR is a school where when it is time for academics we take it very seriously, but we like to have fun. The campus is very diverse and the campus embraces all these different diversities. UCR is also a great campus to get research completed. The school offers tons of support for everyone with anything that they may need throughout their time there. I enjoy the campus because its my second home where I have my second family who supports me.

Madiha

UCR is great, there are so many opportunities, staffers, and professors that help you achieve your goal and expand your ideas.

Jade

UC Riverside overall is a great college to attend if you are looking for inclusion, academics, and cultural significance. Coming from a small, but well-diversified town, I knew that when I went to college I wanted to keep with that same trend and continue to be surrounded by various cultures and ethnicities throughout my academic career and UCR was able to offer that to me. The class sizes are just like any other college, the major you choose and the classes you take ultimately decide the size of your classes. As a psychology major, which at UCR is one of the largest majors in CHASS (College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences) my first introductory psychology class was about 500 students, but now that I have entered my upper division coursework that number has been reduced to about 100-150 students per class. All of the lectures are partnered with a required discussion section that generally meets once a week and is usually between 10-25 students. There are hundreds of clubs and organizations to get involved in and it is fairly easy to find a job on campus if you want or need one. I think over UCR has a lot to offer students with regard to academics and cultural awareness. Also as with any college, it has is strengths and weaknesses. UCR's biggest strength would be in my opinion, the diversity present on campus. Its biggest weakness would be that if you are looking for a university that is surrounded by a community that is extremely invested in the university (i.e. A "college town") I wouldn't necessarily say that UCR is that college.

Marisa

I personally enjoy the people I have met at UCR. The vibe is good and it is easy to get work done there. I appreciate the amount of resources available to students (academic resource center, the Well, student escort service, etc). One thing that is a bit disappointing is that there isn't very much to do for fun in Riverside; most things are in other cities and require a bit of a drive. But there is plenty to eat, and Downtown is not too far away.

Marina

I think UCR is a growing campus. There are many resources for their students, but there is still so much more room for growth. A large sum of our faculty members have a huge accent when speaking english which makes it difficult for students to understand and full comprehend what they are saying.

Amy

I really enjoy this school. It is a beautiful campus.

Yiyeon

On Campus Housing: I've lived in Pentland for 2 years and have been living in Glen Mor for 2 years. The rooms are clean and nice, but we have thin walls here. I can literally hear people from next room or downstairs chat. Depending on the location, the loud garbage trucks will wake you up in the morning. The elevators in the older buildings are sloooow. Besides that, I'm satisfied. However, Pentland and Glen Mor are very expensive, so do look into other housing options if you can. Off Campus Housing: Off campus apartments provided by the school are relatively cheap. I've been to Oban once and it was very nice but I think they could've made the living room smaller and the bedrooms bigger. The bedrooms are still enough for one person, though. Other off campus apartments are cheaper and furnished (unlike Oban) but the buildings are old. Houses in Riverside in general are very cheap, around $400-$500/month including the utility. However, the area is not safe to be walking around alone at night. If you think you are going to have classes till late, consider living on campus. It may not save your money, but it may save your life. Campus Food: The dining hall food tastes okay for a year, but you'll get sick of it beyond that. I prefer food from food trucks (tacos from Chameleon are bomb), HUB, the Barn, or Subway. Snacks from the campus convenient stores are expensive, but we have variety of options. Students do complain about the food options on campus, but I personally think we have enough (considering the fact that I also cook things for myself). Campus Facilities:

Laura

UCR has a really nice and clean campus. Buildings are within reach of the residence halls and there are off-campus housing close by. Downtown Riverside isn't too far and there are small shops within walking distance from the campus. Class sizes range from 25-500 students. There are many clubs and extracurriculars to join. Greek life is pretty big but not every is a part of it. Food options are good if you aren't a picky eater.

Jeremy

UC Riverside is a very diverse school that offers many opportunities for those interested in networking, or simply seeking something more than just academics. From clubs to sports teams, UCR definitely does a great job of making their students feel welcomed as it caters to many different interests and career paths. With that being said, UCR can improve on things such as the commuter parking system, and classroom seat accommodation. If these two were of higher quality, I would have had no concerns enrolling in class, or arriving on time consistently.

Susan

UCR or R'side are surrounded by aesthetic mountains and is always sunny. A large yellow "C" can be seen from Orbach Library. The bell tower glows green and purple at night and at noon the clock dings to the Harry Potter theme song. What makes UCR so unique is the diversity of students on campus, the passion professors have, the copious amount of food (fresh oranges can be pulled from trees on campus), 40 acres of mountains and gardens known as the Botanic Gardens, and the active student life and events. I came to this school worried and unsure. Now as a second year, I have grown to love the heat, joined organizations on campus such as the Residential Hall Association, live in the luxurious and affordable Glen Mor apartments, and have made new experiences that allowed me to grow as a person. UCR is still expanding today with a new research building being constructed and plans for a new residential hall. When you come to UCR you find a home and a family. I am proud to be a Highlander!

Alyssa

University of California Riverside is a diverse campus that offers many multi-cultural organizations and outstanding academic opportunities. Students feel a part of a whole while on campus, rather than feeling just as an individual in a large crowd. With it's welcoming environment, UCR is a great university for any individual of any background.

Adanna

The University of California-Riverside is a great college for students that are looking to step out of their comfort zone and learn more about the diverse world around them. The people that I've come into contact with at this school have only enhanced my college experience and broadened my worldview. Not all of the professors are the greatest, but there are definitely a few professors that are the hidden gems of the school. They genuinely care about their students' wellbeing and want to make sure that you understand the material that they are teaching you. Overall, I think it's a wonderful school for those who are just beginning to make their own way in the world.

Monserrat

My overall opinion of the university is that it it feels very homely. Once i arrived on campus for the first time i was very comfortable. The staff is very supportive and classes are very studious. The culture is amazing, and the student body is very diverse. I am very happy i chose to attend UCR.

David Paul

UC Riverside shows its prestigiousness in all aspects of what an institution of higher education should be like. 5/5 stars!!!

Arturo

The University of California, Riverside is a diverse campus which provides students a quality education one can expect from a UC with the added benefit of learning more about people with different backgrounds and experiences. Students can seek guidance from their faculty, who are usually more than happy to help, give or take a couple of professors in any given department. There are various organizations in which students can become involved so that students can bolster their resumes as well as their repertoire. Overall, UCR is a school where one can thrive and enjoy their college years.

Steven

Overall, I would say University of California-Riverside is an excellent school. I felt very comfortable there and many people I met were very friendly and helpful. The school environment is great!

cindy

I have had a great experience here at UCR. It is a really great University and I think it should become more recognized. The people and staff is great and the environment is safe. There are always people there to help you when your in need and there are support groups and other types of help. The campus feels like home and despite some people not really liking the weather here, I think that attending UCR is the best choice I've made!

nikki

Not only did I get a great education with lots of access to professors but it's where I've met my life-long friends.

Soomi

UCR is a great experience if you live on campus. It is hard for a commuter to be actively involved. I have not seem much programs or clubs/activities that specifically help commuters have a good to great experience on campus. I wish there were better food option on campus because the HUB is not too diverse.

Tiffany

It is overall a really good school. There are plenty of activities that happen on campus that brings people altogether. There are many clubs and also many organizations that fit every students' interests. The campus itself is an amazing campus to be in. Not too hard to find classes but sometimes it can be hard.

Rayshuna

UC Riverside is a campus that values the success for their students. There are always something to do to make he students feel as part of a family. Although it does has its flaws as any campus does it still a place that I’m proud to be apart of and call my college and second home.

Ugochi

UC Riverside is a good school to attend. Hailed as one of the most diverse UC's, the university possesses students from different backgrounds and nationalities. Although there is still work to be done regarding diversifying the student body, the university is constantly taking steps in the right direction. UC Riverside also offers numerous extracurricular activities for different kinds of interests which is great for those who want to get involved during their undergraduate and graduate years. Classes are an okay size - we have some large classes and smaller sizes. What I would say UC Riverside is best known for is its research. It is a very research-based school and if research is something you are looking to heavily get involved in, then it is a great school for you! There are so many ways to get involved in research (in all departments) and an abundance of resources available to those who do. Overall, UC Riverside is a good school and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested.

Elizabeth

This is a very diverse and friendly university. I have met a variety of people they all tend to bring something different to the table. Everyone is there to have a good time while also making sure that there education is still intact. If you really want to meet a lot of people and get involved, I highly recommend that you join the greek life or find something else that you are very passionate about.

Marissa

I enjoy going to UCR so much. It is such a diverse places that has opened my eyes to the rest of the world and has really made me a more understanding person. The community is welcoming and everyone is so friendly. The professors are understanding and so knowledgeable.

Rogelio

The schools is over good and has a lot to provide. Things can be found anywhere it’s all a matter of looking for them. The people are really nice and really helpful especially if your new they try to help you out. The campus food is also really good.

Liliana

Our campus is very diverse. There are many opportunities and students are able to become close to professors, which can eventually lead to research opportunities​.

A.j.

WHAT MORE IS THERE TO TELL BESIDES THE FACT THAT IF YOU'RE NOT GOING UCR THEN YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG.

Mosiah

I feel that University of California-Riverside is a place where freshmens don't feel that shocking transition when entering the university for their first time. UCR is a diverse university, so many students can feel comfortable and their aren't as many criticism towards whats happening in the outside world.

Sandy

Last year, I came into UCR as a Freshmen. I was quite unhappy and unmotivated because every one else called our school the UC Rejects. However, I realized that my school was more than just a silly name that it was given. UCR is dedicated to creating a environment that is best for the students. If we wanted to voice our opinion and make changes, we were given the chance to. Not only that, but UCR provides students with many resources from financial aid to test supplies. Most of all, everyone is super friendly. I have found the comforts of a home in UCR and I do not regret my decision to attend this school.

Suset

The University of Californja Riverside is an overall great school. There are a variety of majors to choose from and the best part about it is that it is a research school. There may not be much around the school to do but the atmosphere of the campus makes up for it. It is a beautiful campus and there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Isabel

UC Riverside is a home like campus. people around campus are friendly and one feels safe walking around it. it is really a great place to be. facilities are accessible and for some one who works on campus it is an amazing place. faculty is supportive and available. I love it here.

Elvis

This school appears as a satisfactory place to learn even though some sizes of the classes might intimidate. The food is definitely an upgrade over high school and the sports are neat.

Giovanna

I think it is a great school with a relaxed vibe but the push on academics is low. There are many social events to get distracted by and there is a very large party scene. Campus is very inclusive to minorities, but if you are a domestic US student that also happens to be Caucasian, you are usually not included in much,

Easton

There are many pros and cons for going to UC Riversisde. UC Riverside is smack dab between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, and it has another campus in the resort town of Palm Desert CA, which is basically a suburb of Palm Springs. UC Riverside is part of the prestigious UC system, a system that outperforms most university systems in the country; however, the con is the neighborhood and the city. Riverside CA is not a college town, it's a big vintage city in Southern California, and it is the birthplace of the citrus industry. Riverside definitely has history, but it succumbed to the sprawling of LA, which brought Riverside from a city full of orange groves and trees to a city with zero characters. UC Riverside has a considerable amount of programs, and its faculty is fantastic! You will surround yourself with people from all over the world right here at UCR. UC Riverside also prides itself as the first university of the UC system to provide housings to LGBT students. Overall, UC Riverside is a good university, but if location matters to you, then this university might not cut it for you. To me, location really matters, so I really regretted my decision to go to UC Riverside when I was offered admission at Northern Arizona University years ago.

Charlie

I'm a 1986 Graduate of UCR. Back then it was about 68% white, 26% Asian, 6% Hispanic. In 2016 it is 40% Hispanic, 30% Asian, 5% white, 25% mixed race, black, Native American. In 30 years the whites have gone from 68% down to 5%. It is because the huge majority of students at UCR are illegal Mexicans and anchor babies. They have the biggest number of students on Pell Grants, illegal immigrant parents, and low income parents in the USA, and this is nothing to brag about. The 4-year graduation rate has plummeted the past 30 years. It was like 90% back in 1986. Now something like only 30% graduate in 4 years. The Mexicans and blacks have MUCH LOWER SAT scores and GPAs that whites and Asians. UCR has become a dumping ground for Asians who didnt' get into UCI, UCB, UCLA, or UCSD. It's also a dumping ground for illegals. If you are white, I highly advise you to go elsewhere- UCSB, SDSU. Annoying liberal snowflakes and illegals at this school.

Erick

My overall opinion of University of California- Riverside is that this campus does a good job of not only giving the students the University experience but also making them develop into well rounded individuals. The students are exposed to immense opportunities to become who they truly are but also to find the education that they crave. It shows a true reflection just how much the University has the chance to make all educational dreams come true. Also exposing the students to a diverse way of life from students al over the globe. The teachers and TA's do an excellent job in being there to go through concepts that are confusing. They are honest in order for the students to benefit.

Bijay

UC Riverside is a great university to be a part of. I am looking forward to seeing new faces. The orientation that I attended in July gave me an idea of what it's like. Definitely hot. But other than that, I was really happy. I'm looking forward to the new beginning.

Madison

University of California riverside is a beautiful, large, and open school full of intelligent and fun people. This school tends to hold a reputation that doesn't exactly fit what it really is. The teachers are willing to help and offer office hours, students are hard working butt also know how to have fun, and the campus is so green and beautiful. It's a lovely place to go to school and a place to feel motivated.

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