University of California-Riverside Top Questions

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

samantha

I feel the stereotype is that this school is for the rejects of the other UC's but I feel this isn't true. Many students got accepted elsewhere but chose this school for some reason. The classes are not easier than other UC's, its all the same.

Tiara

A lot of people think that UCR is the reject campus for the UCs, even I used to think that before I started here! But It's really not, for the most part the Professors and the TA's are great and so are the students on campus. While Riverside isn't a huge metropolitan like San Diego and LA theres a ton of stuff to do if you actually look and its also pretty central to a bunch of other "fun" cities. There is a lot of Asians here on campus but diversity wise we have a pretty good mix, you just have to know where to go.

Dalayna

People say every UC is just all Asians. But University of California, Riverside is one of the most diverse Universities in the nation. We have every race you can think of socializing in one melting pot. This is a school where white people are actually the minority. Unbelievable right? Best of all, there are support groups; clubs and organizations for them to celebrate their culture and unite. For instance, African Student Programs, Chicano Student Programs, LGBT Resource Center, Asian Pacific Student Programs, and much more. These support groups provide locations on campus for students to hang out and bond with people like them as a safe house. In addition, their are cultural dorm rooms for heritages to bond and create a family. For example the dorm rooms provide a living community for African Americans known as the PAN African Theme Hall, for Hispanic students known as Mundo Hall, and Stonewall Hall for students of the LGBT community.

Dalayna

People say every UC is just all Asians. But U University of California, Riverside is one of the most diverse Universities in the nation. We have every race you can think of socializing in one melting pot. This is a school where white people are actually the minority. Unbelievable right? Best of all, there are support groups; clubs and organizations for them to celebrate their culture and unite. For instance, African Student Programs, Chicano Student Programs, LGBT Resource Center, Asian Pacific Student Programs, and much more. These support groups provide locations on campus for students to hang out and bond with people like them as a safe house. In addition, their are cultural dorm rooms for heritages to bond and create a family. For example the dorm rooms provide a living community for African Americans known as the PAN African Theme Hall, for Hispanic students known as Mundo Hall, and Stonewall Hall for students of the LGBT community.

Rebecca

UCR stereotypes: the campus/city is boring; the students are only here because they were rejected from other UCs; it's easy to be admitted. The truth: UCR and the surrounding city are far from boring if you enjoy the arts, nature, music, and becoming a more well-rounded individual. The campus offers tons of events, concerts, and guest lectures throughout the year. We're also centrally located to tons of hiking destinations, including the Box Springs Mountains, Mt. Rubidoux, and the C trail behind campus. There are also tons of student organizations and sports clubs, which means that if you have an interest or hobby, you'll find like-minded students who want to meet you and have fun together. Honestly, people who say that UCR/Riverside is boring must expect events to fall into their lap. We're a bit more real here - you have to go out and find what makes you happy. As for the rejected students/easy admissions stereotype, that's old news. Before 2010, students were offered admission to UCR if they were rejected from other UC campuses. That way, students were still given the opportunity to receive a UC education. Now, UCR admits just 61% of applicants, and admissions criteria are becoming more competitive each year. So no, it's not easy to get into UCR. Lots of students want to come here because financial aid is generous, our location is central to many cities in the Inland Empire, and our academic programs are top-notch. Tour the campus during the school year and see for yourself if the stereotypes hold true. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

Rebecca

UCR stereotypes: the campus/city is boring; the students are only here because they were rejected from other UCs; it's easy to be admitted. The truth: UCR and the surrounding city is far from boring if you enjoy the arts, nature, music, and becoming a more well-rounded individual. The campus offers tons of events, concerts, and guest lectures throughout the year. We're also centrally located to tons of hiking destinations, including the Box Springs Mountains, Mt. Rubidoux, and the C trail behind campus. There are also tons of student organizations and sports clubs, which means that if you have an interest or hobby, you'll find like-minded students who want to meet you and have fun together. Honestly, people who say that UCR/Riverside is boring must expect events to fall into their lap. We're a bit more real here - you have to go out and find what makes you happy. As for the rejected students/easy admissions stereotype, that's old news. Before 2010, students were offered admission to UCR if they were rejected from other UC campuses. That way, students were still given the opportunity to receive a UC education. Now, UCR admits just 61% of applicants, and admissions criteria are becoming more competitive each year. So no, it's not easy to get into UCR. Lots of students want to come here because financial aid is generous, our location is central to many cities in the Inland Empire, and our academic programs are top-notch. Tour the campus during the school year and see for yourself if the stereotypes hold true. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

Marsha

The stereotype of students at my school is that at first glance, the asians and indians are the "smart kids" and the rest are not as studious.

Faduma

Well since we have a large asian population, there are a lot of asian type sterotypes. We are considered one of the most diverse school in the country but a lot of students feel that is inaccurate because of the large amount of asian students. Of course they are not right because asian is a too narrow view of the different cultures and ethinicties that are within the asian community.

Carla

I've heard most people say that students at UCR are a group of lazy rejects that aren't very smart. I don't believe this stereotype to be accurate because I have plenty of friends who study hard here. Some people here were accepted to higher ranking schools, but decided to come to UC Riverside because of its programs and what it has to offer.

Kaitlyn

One stereotype I have heard is that there are mostly Asians at my school, since it's located in Riverside, and many people seem to think that Riverside is dominated by Asians. While there is a large number of students who identify as Asian attending UCR, this stereotype hardly begins to cover the diversity of students attending my school. After all, UCR was rated the fifth most diverse college in the nation. UCR prides itself on being an open and equal-opportunity college, and they achieve this goal completely. UCR is known as being racially diverse and economically diverse, and there are clubs and programs all throughout campus to help students feel welcome and at home. Every student can find a place at UCR.

Rebecca

Rejects from other UCs.

Dario

There are the jocks who are always in the gym and hitting the weights. There are the science geeks who are always in the library studying worrying about the curve. There are the Frat Kids who are usually rich or very well off and worry only about their appearance and company. There are the stoners who are very lackadaisical and who seem to not be concerned about anything. There are also the party people who are just looking for an excuse not to be sober. There are the typical commuters who just come to class and automatically leave.

Analise

That everyone who goes here was rejected from all of the other UC campuses and was then handed admission to UCR as a last resort. This creates another stereotype that everyone who goes here is stupid and couldn't get in anywhere "better". This however is NOT true, and it is a stereotype that frankly should stop being perpetuated.

Ashlyn

My school is known for being a diverse flock of degenerates but you'll actually find a very chill and welcoming atmosphere.

Brian

There are many stereotypes that are attached to the name of UC Riverside. The most popular one you'll hear is the one referring to the incredible heat. People always ask me, "Isn't it super hot over there?" That stereotype is half true and half false. Yes, during the spring and summer quarter, the heat can become quite overbearing reaching anywhere from mid 90s to low 100s. However, during the fall and winter quarter we actually experience some really nice weather ranging anywhere from high 60s to mid 70s. Contrary to popular belief, it actually does get quite cold around here. Another stereotype we are infamous for, is that we are one of the lower ranked schools among the UC system. You will find that most high school seniors apply here as a "back up" school, a school that they can use as a safety net in case they dont get accepted into anywhere else; hence the name UCR standing as an abbreviation for the University of College Rejects. However, this is not true in the slightest. You must understand that this is a school of the UC system, we are taught basically the same curriculum and we are all part of the same system. Also, the business school here is one of the best in the country. With the recent acquisition of Dr. David W. Stewart from the Marshall School of Business at USC, our business program at UCR is quickly growing to be one of the best in the nation. Also, UCR has recently been crowned as the 5th best school in America by Forbes, a highly regarded name in the business industry. With accolades such as that, can we really be stereotyped as a dummy school?

Brian

There are many stereotypes that are attached to the name of UC Riverside. The most popular one you'll hear is the one referring to the incredible heat. People always ask me, "Isn't it super hot over there?" That stereotype is half true and half false. Yes, during the spring and summer quarter, the heat can become quite overbearing reaching anywhere from mid 90s to low 100s. However, during the fall and winter quarter we actually experience some really nice weather ranging anywhere from high 60s to mid 70s. Contrary to popular belief, it actually does get quite cold around here. Another stereotype we are infamous for, is that we are one of the lower ranked schools among the UC system. You will find that most high school seniors apply here as a "back up" school, a school that they can use as a safety net in case they dont get accepted into anywhere else; hence the name UCR standing as as abbreviation for the University of College Rejects. However, this is not true in the slightest. You must understand that this is a school of the UC system, we are taught basically the same curriculum and we are all part of the same system. Also, the business school here is one of the best in the country. With the recent acquisition of Dr. David W. Stewart from the Marshall School of Business at USC, our business program at UCR is quickly growing to be one of the best in the nation. Also, UCR has recently been crowned as the 5th best school in America by Forbes, a highly regarded name in the business industry. With accolades such as that, can we really be stereotyped as a dummy school?

Ana

There is a common theme that runs throughout High School's in California that those who could not get into any other colleges attend UC Riverside. However, this is completely untrue. The Riverside community is a very welcoming environment. I have been very fortunate to attend a school that provides students with undergraduate and graduate research, creates a fun environment to learn and live in, and support to its students. Many of us had UCR as our first choice. I don't regret attending here at all. I am a transfer student and the resources available to me are not more or less than what any other student receives. I am very happy with the support system and the curriculum of the school.

Johnathan

As our student population is so diverse, we really don't have a "stereotype". I suppose one stereotype would be that UCR students are lazy or non-studious, because they didn't go to a more "prestigious UC". This stereotype is false. A lot of UCR students come from disadvantaged backgrounds. It is hard to get good grades and good SAT scores if you come from a less privileged area. Once they come in, many UCR students generally have to play "catch up" to the students who were fortunate enough to attend a school that offered college preparation programs and classes.

Sneha

Unfortunately the prevailing stereotype for UCR students is that they attend UCR because no other college would accept them and that these students aren't too intelligent or interested in school. Fortunately this stereotype is false and doesn't apply to many of the students. Many students at UCR chose the school for various reasons from the financial aid they may have recieved to the academic resources UCR offers.

Sarah

In 2007, UCR was named the 5th most diverse campus in the nation, and we have many campus clubs and organizations that cater to embracing student differences. High school is known for its clicks, and groups that determine social status and college is somewhat similar, however my experience at UCR has been one of almost complete acceptance. Of course you still have your "asian nerds" or sorority/fraternity drinkers, the gamers, and athletes, but the difference in college is that everyone has their own major. We all don't take courses together like you do in high school, and so one becomes friends and comes into contact with a variety of individuals depending on what courses they take. Every college campus is different, however in my opinion, mostly every student recognizes the investment they are making in their education, and values that respect in other students as well.

James

At UC Riverside, the most common stereotype is that the students are boring. Many factors lead to this frequent generality. For one, Riverside is not a very exciting city and tends to be about an hour away from anything desirable. Los Angeles, the beach, and the mountains are all located an hour away from campus. Another stereotype is that the students are basically losers. UCR is commonly referred to as the University of California Rejects since many students only attend UCR because they could not make it into another UC.

Vicky

The most common stereotype of students at UC Riverside is that we are all party animals that can care less about school, but it is not accurate. This assumption might have originated from our active Greek life and club activities. While UCR students as a whole do enjoy having some fun once in a while (for example at our annual UCR Heat concert and Block Party), from what I have observed, students do take academics very seriously. I am currently a member of a Greek sorority on campus, and I can say 100% that that stereotype is completely false. Every sorority and fraternity has a minimum GPA, and encourages its members to get better grades through study hours and weekly scholarship forms. Same goes for many organizations on campus. Outside of Greek life, students all work hard for their grades. We often form study groups and help each other out. During midterm and finals weeks, the libraries are generally fully packed. And upper division classes tend to be competitive.

Vicky

The most common stereotype of students at UC Riverside is that we are all party animals that can care less about school, but it is not accurate. This assumption might have originated from our active Greek life and club activities. While UCR students as a whole do enjoy having some fun once in a while (for example at our annual UCR Heat concert and Block Party), from what I have observed, students do take academics very seriously. I am currently a member of a Greek sorority on campus, and I can say 100% that that stereotype is completely false. Every sorority and fraternity has a minimum GPA, and encourages its members to get better grades through study hours and weekly scholarship forms. Same goes for many organizations on campus. Outside of Greek life, students all work hard for their grades. We often form study groups and help each other out. During midterm and finals weeks, the libraries are generally fully packed. And upper division classes tend to be competitive.

Tina

Here at the University of California, Riverside, students are stereotyped as the "rejects" of the UC system. Because the acceptance rate is so high, other UC students tend to feel superior when engaging in conversation with a student from UC Riverside. Now of course, this stereotype is completely inaccurate. At any university, students range from exceptionally intelligent to exceptionally lazy. Students at UCR are diverse, intelligent, creative, kind, and ambitious. Does that sound like a "reject" to you?

Joshua

The stereotype of students at the University of California, Riverside is quite an intriguing one. Being that UCR is considered to be one of the lower schools in the UC system (which is a stereotype within itself), students at the university are considered to be less intelligent, even lazier than some of the other UCs. This stereotype is far from accurate and UCR is currently making a name for themselves within the UC system and the United States by adding a medical school and law school. The recreation center is being redone and the entire campus is in the process of a makeover. It is difficult to stereotype a campus or the occupants of a campus. Nevertheless, UCR can be considered that underdog that will soon win the championship.

Reissa

There was a special term for University of California, Riverside at my high school. UCRejects. They used to say that UCR was the place you attend after being turned down from every other UC. "Only stupid people go to UCR." This definitely isn't the case. I've meet all types of people at UCR - some students will have a passion for writing, some for mathematics, and others will be dedicated to philanthropy. Some students at UCR go on to medical school and law school, some become writers and researchers, and each experience is different. There are all sorts of 'types' at UCR, and labeling it as a University for "rejects" is like stating that every college student outside of UCR has never been rejected. Here's the reality: everyone has failed at some point. When you think about UCR, think about the majors it offers, the type of campus life that exists there, the professors who are engaged in research you might be interested in, whether you like the food or hate it - don't think about it like it's a "reject" school. Yes, there are fools at UCR who think they can get by without trying - just like any other college. But those fools aren't all there is to UCR.

Michelle

The stereotype of the students at UCR tends to be the idea that all UCR students are the rejects from other UCs. As a third year now, I realize this statement is only about half true. When you ask someone why they chose UCR the truth of the matter is, most of the time, they will respond with, "I didn't get in anywhere else." I am also included in this majority of people. When the time came for me to attend college my only choices were San Francisco State and UC Riverside (having already been rejected by UCD, UCLA, and Cal). I chose UCR because I visited SFSU and simply couldn't see myself there, thus UCR was my only option. I was a UC reject. But, in all honesty, UCR has a way of winning over everyone's hearts in this strange and truly surprising way-myself included. I planned to attend UCR in the fall of 2009 with every intention of attempting to transfer out. A month into my first quarter I knew that was never going to happen. I became submerged into a community of people from so many different backgrounds and different places. I attended classes on a beautiful campus, that was big enough but not too big that I felt forgotten. I fell in love with the dorms, the weird dining hall food, the events, the professors, the classes, the people, even that strange scottish bear. This strange love for UCR- the school you hate to love, is the consensus among the majority of everyone there. Yes UCR may not have been our first choice college, but does this make us love it any less? Of course not. Would we trade our college experience for another? OF COURSE NOT.

Armando

Typically, the stereotype around UCR is that it is heavily over populated by a majority of commuter students. UCR is not at all a party school and often overlooked as a dead campus with students who fell as last resort college picks. The truth is UCR is actually a sort of a hidden gem for those who become well aware of what the school has to offer along with its students. As a recent graduate, I have been through all the ins and outs of the college life as a dormng student. Make friends, explore, college, and see for yourself what UCR is all about!

Joshua

University of California Riverside has one stereotype: that it's students are less intelligent, less hard working, and less capable than the students who go to other universities in the UC system. This stereotype comes from the fact that UCR is still a relatively new campus and doesn't have as much of a reputation as other UCs, as well as having a more lax admission policy - allowing many students who may have screwed up in high school a second chance to succeed. UC Riverside is the most diverse campus in the UC system--filled with students of every ethnicity and ideology. We do have our "stoners" "geeks" and "frat kids" but they are all small cliques and none represents the school as a whole. Because of this diversity, it is impossible to pin the students at UCR with any particular stereotype. As such UCR is analogous to the United States of America as a whole, a melting pot full of rich opportunities and experiences.

Michelle

The stereotype of the students at UCR tends to be the idea that all UCR students are the rejects from other UCs. As a third year now, I realize this statement is only about half true. When you ask someone why they chose UCR the truth of the matter is, most of the time, they will respond with, "I didn't get in anywhere else." I am also included in this majority of people. When the time came for me to attend college my only choices were San Francisco State and UC Riverside (having already been rejected by UCD, UCLA, and Cal). I chose UCR because I visited SFSU and simply couldn't see myself there, thus UCR was my only option. I was a UC reject. But, in all honesty, UCR has a way of winning over everyone's hearts in this strange and truly surprising way-myself included. I planned to attend UCR in the fall of 2009 with every intention of attempting to transfer out. A month into my first quarter I knew that was never going to happen. I became submerged into a community of people from so many different backgrounds and different places. I attended classes on a beautiful campus, that was big enough but not too big that I felt forgotten. I fell in love with the dorms, the weird dining hall food, the events, the professors, the classes, the people, even that strange scottish bear. This strange love for UCR- the school you hate to love, is the consensus among the majority of everyone there. Yes UCR may not have been our first choice college, but does this make us love it any less? Of course not. Would we trade our college experience for another? OF COURSE NOT.

Dana

One of the stereotypes about students at UCR is that we are underachievers; that most of the students who decide to come here did so because it was their "safety school". I can tell you that it's really only an unfortunate stereotype and nothing more. Yes, some people did not choose UCR as their first choice, but that doesn't mean the students here are lazy and boring. There's hundreds of student organizations, tons of free social events put on by student government, and a thriving academic landscape. All you have to do is take advantage of it.

Anneah

Many would say that the University of California Riverside contains students that are not as intelligent as those who attend other UC's such as UCLA or Berkeley. Fortunately this isn't the case and in fact UCR has nothing but intelligent students who strive to learn more.

Kara

UC Riverside students are stereotyped as being UC rejects, the kids who didn't get in to any other UC school. To some extent this is true, UCR has had a rather high acceptance rate being a newer school, and many of the students who get in don't actually deserve to. But at the same time, this creates a more diverse environment and there are still a great deal of intellectual students and esteemed professors within the school, which is why UCR is considered "up and coming." I remember one tour guide rather frankly said how the school actually doesn’t suck and many students miss out trying to get into more prestigious schools.

Kara

UC Riverside students are stereotyped as being UC rejects, the kids who didn't get in to any other UC school. To some extent this is true, UCR has had a rather high acceptance rate being a newer school, and many of the students who get in don't actually deserve to. But this creates a more diverse atmosphere there are still a great deal of intellectual students and esteemed professors within the school, which is why UCR is considered "up and coming." I remember one tour guide rather frankly said how the school actually doesn’t suck and many students miss out trying to get into more prestigious schools. You may not as often get that "Ooooh" from people telling them you're from UCR than another UC, but there is still a lot of opportunities and support the school offers that you don't get elsewhere.

Kara

UC Riverside students are stereotyped as being UC rejects, the kids who didn't get in to any other UC school. To some extent this is true, UCR has had a rather high acceptance rate being a newer school, and many of the students who get in don't actually deserve to. But this creates a more diverse atmosphere there are still a great deal of intellectual students and esteemed professors within the school, which is why UCR is considered "up and coming." I remember one tour guide rather frankly said how the school actually doesn’t suck and many students miss out trying to get into more prestigious schools. You may not as often get that "Ooooh" from people telling them you're from UCR than another UC, but there is still a lot of opportunities and support the school offers that you don't get elsewhere.

Kayla

The stereotype of students at UC Riverside is that they are students that were rejected from the other UC’s. I have even heard people say UCR stands for University of California Rejects. Sadly, there is some truth to this stereotype. Even I have to admit that out of all the UC’s I applied to, Riverside was the only one to accept me. During orientation, I was curious to see if other students were in the same situation. I asked roughly twenty students and fifteen of them told me they chose to go to UCR because it was the only university that accepted them. They explained they would much rather attend a university than a community college. The summer before college started, I was not very enthusiastic about going to UCR because I came from a competitive high school in Irvine. If you didn’t get into a “good” college, then you might as well keep your mouth shut and not tell anyone where you’re going. I even had a friend who lied to people that she was attending UCI when in fact she was actually rejected. This shows how much pressure our peers, teachers, and parents put on us to be accepted into a “good” college. There is a strong desire to be number one and with that mind set, it has lowered the esteem of students who got rejected from their dream schools. First of all, what is considered a “good” college? Why is UCLA considered better than UCR? Are there better and smarter students that go to UCLA? Are they going to be more successful? In my eyes a good college is what is best for that particular individual. Going to a college is like committing to a relationship. Sometimes you ask someone out and they reject you. Maybe it was because it was just bad timing on your part or you’re just not what that person is looking for, or you don’t meet their standards. If you really want to be in a relationship that works for you and makes you happy, then you personally need to know yourself very well. Why spend a lot of money on a college that doesn’t even have what you’re looking for? You just want to go there for the prestige or because it looks good but not because you truly believe you will be happy there. Attending college is a four or more year long relationship with that school. Some people decide to break up with it by dropping out. Others do not put enough effort and time into the relationship and the college dismisses them. But if a student does his research, spends some time with the school, gets to know it from the inside out, then he will get the feeling that this is a good fit for him. Yes, UCR students may fit the stereotype of “UC Rejects” but if we continue to have this attitude that we are not as intelligent, as hard working, and as successful as other UC students, then that attitude will spread to others. Stereotypes are not just randomly formed but are created as a result of what is commonly seen. UCR has many great opportunities for students and if they can break away from believing in this stereotype and be proud to attend this university, it will change that negative perspective.

Kayla

The stereotype of students at UC Riverside is that they are students that were rejected from the other UC’s. I have even heard people say UCR stands for University of California Rejects. Sadly, there is some truth to this stereotype. Even I have to admit that out of all the UC’s I applied to, Riverside was the only one to accept me. During orientation, I was curious to see if other students were in the same situation. I asked roughly twenty students and fifteen of them told me they chose to go to UCR because it was the only university that accepted them. They explained they would much rather attend a university than a community college. The summer before college started, I was not very enthusiastic about going to UCR because I came from a competitive high school in Irvine. If you didn’t get into a “good” college, then you might as well keep your mouth shut and not tell anyone where you’re going. I even had a friend who lied to people that she was attending UCI when in fact she was actually rejected. This shows how much pressure our peers, teachers, and parents put on us to be accepted into a “good” college. There is a strong desire to be number one and with that mind set, it has lowered the esteem of students who got rejected from their dream schools. First of all, what is considered a “good” college? Why is UCLA considered better than UCR? Are there better and smarter students that go to UCLA? Are they going to be more successful? In my eyes a good college is what is best for that particular individual. Going to a college is like committing to a relationship. Sometimes you ask someone out and they reject you. Maybe it was because it was just bad timing on your part or you’re just not what that person is looking for, or you don’t meet their standards. If you really want to be in a relationship that works for you and makes you happy, then you personally need to know yourself very well. Why spend a lot of money on a college that doesn’t even have what you’re looking for? You just want to go there for the prestige or because it looks good but not because you truly believe you will be happy there. Attending college is a four or more year long relationship with that school. Some people decide to break up with it by dropping out. Others do not put enough effort and time into the relationship and the college dismisses them. But if a student does his research, spends some time with the school, gets to know it from the inside out, then he will get the feeling that this is a good fit for him. Yes, UCR students may fit the stereotype of “UC Rejects” but if we continue to have this attitude that we are not as intelligent, as hard working, and as successful as other UC students, then that attitude will spread to others. Stereotypes are not just randomly formed but are created as a result of what is commonly seen. UCR has many great opportunities for students and if they can break away from believing in this stereotype and be proud to attend this university, it will change that negative perspective.

Dee

All it took was a single Facebook status. One cheery update telling my friends I'd decided to become a UC Riverside Highlander, and the stereotypes started flowing. "UCR? I thought you got good grades.." "Isn't that, like, in the middle of nowhere?" "Good luck dude, I heard some kids there can't even read." I began second-guessing my decision, and my dreams were a montage of me sitting alone by the bell tower, completing a second-grade writing assignment and crying over my high school honors diploma. Move-in day finally arrived on September 25th, almost a full month after most of my friends had packed up their lives and shipped off to college. As part of the welcoming activities, all the awkward freshmen and I broke into groups and talked about our high school activities. My jaw dropped as those around me explained that they were valedictorian, or had won a state math competition, or were the first in their family to attend college. THESE were the "lowlifes" my peers had warned me about? It seemed like out of everyone, I was the lowlife for judging a school based on elitist opinions instead of fact. It turns out UCR is just like any other UC: chock full of super smart kids. The difference lies in the diversity, and though that sounds cliche I love being surrounded by such a unique blend of people. I would encourage anyone who judges UCR to take a campus tour and ask about all the exciting plans for the future, like our med school and the new on-campus apartments. It;s such an exciting place to go to school, so don't let Facebook comments scare you off!

JAMES

There have been many common misconceptions about UC schools such as UCLA with "U Clowns Lose Again" or in my case, UCR with "University of Chinese Rejects". However this is one of the most misguided stereotypes of UCR. UCR has many types of races and is considered to be one of the most diverse universities and one of the top business schools in California.

Tonia

Generally UCR is notoriously known as the ugly step-child of the other, more prestigious UC's. Students here are not really taken seriously, they don't take themselves seriously, and neither do the teachers. In many ways, this stereotype is undeniably true; a self-fulfilling prophecy presents itself here by infecting the mindsets of many insecure, confused and discouraged students. Also, because UCR is a big "party" school, complete with a busy partying scene, easy access to alcohol and other substances, and a thriving Greek fraternity/sorority system, it is even easier to look down on the students here. In addition to this, another group that is largely prevalent in UCR's campus is the Asians. Lots of them. Statistically, UCR is one of the most diverse campuses in the U.S. and is home to many races and cultures. However, some sort of fetish and stereotype of the erotic Asian girls and the hipster Asian guys have been established. Especially because there are so many Asian sororities and fraternities, which require many of their members to consistently look and present themselves at their best, UCR is also known as the "hot Asian school".

Erin

I believe a huge stereotype at our school is the stereotype that everyone here is for Science. Although the Agriculture department is huge on campus due to the abundance of citrus groves near campus, we have huge programs in English and the Arts, not to mention a prestigious pre-business program and pre-law program. We have numerous majors to choose from and although our College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is huge, it is not the only thing that is offered or looked highly upon at UC Riverside.

F

I can't recall ever hearing any kind of generalized stereotypes with regards to the students at UCR. However, I did have presumptions about the citizens of Riverside based on personal experiences; assuming that a great deal of UCR students were Riverside residents, I expected there to be a heavy amount of ecstasy consumption along with raving. To my surprise, there isn't. Of course, like any other university, there is a presence of drugs, however nothing in excess.

Portia

Surprisingly, I haven't heard any stereotypes about the students that attend UCR. Students and staff are very welcoming and accepting of all cultures and ethnicities. There is a little bit of every kind of student attending this school. For example, we've got the students who love partying, the students who love studying, the athletic students, the nonathletic students, the wealthy students, the unwealthy students, and we even have international students. There honestly isn't any room for stereotypes because UCR is the most diverse UC in California.

Joanella

If there was to be a common stereotype of the students at UC-Riverside, it would not be the usual stereotype that you came across in high school such as the jocks, frats, stoners, geeks, etc. At UCR, those stereotypes fail to reign supreme on campus because there seems to be a pretty even number of people in each of these stereotypes so one stereotype is not more noticeable than the other. However, if UCR had to have a main stereotype, that stereotype would be the strong Asian/Asian-American presence on campus. With 40% of the UCR campus being of Asian/Asian-American race (Source: diversity.ucr.edu), UCR being a strong Asian-populated campus is not unheard of. However, with UC Riverside being one of the most racially diverse universities in the nation, this demographic is no surprise! The students of UCR take pride in our racially diverse and accepting campus.

Gabriel

A lot of people believe that the University of California Riverside is a sort of consolation prize of a school for those who applied to the more prestigious universities in California like UCLA. However the stereotype that the students at UCR are simply not as good, smart or talented and that we spend our time partying instead of studying because of this is ridiculous. Professors at UCR are still working in the field and students are always given the most up to date knowledge in their field. The students at UCR study just as hard, work as hard, and can get any job done as well as any student from a more prestigious institution.

Jessica

We may not be the main players on the stage, but we have built the stage on which you play on. Under-rated: the ones who were accepted after all the top schools said no, but we are proud of that. There is strength in the pursuit to prove to those "top schools" that we can still achieve more than them. And we have. Multi-cultural: a mush-pot of a little bit of every culture you can think of. We are definitely not one color.

Leticia

There isn't much of a stereotype about my school that comes to mind. What I do hear about my school involves the students as a whole, which is that Riverside is a reject school that everybody can get into, but from my understanding people this year were rejected. Other then this, everyone is very accepting and there is no judgement

Jackie

As a university with an unusually high rate of commuters, as well as a location in a not-super-fancy-city, UC Riverside is often deemed a "ghetto" school. They say that it takes three UCR students to screw in a lightbulb: one to steal the lightbulb, one to screw it in, and one to drive the getaway car... But personally, we like to consider ourselves "ghetto fabulous." We take pride in the fact that we're from varying socio-economic backgrounds, and it's these experiences that make each & every student unique. We've got our hood rats, our sorority girls, our Honors brainiacs, and everything else in between. UC Riverside is an exceptional university because of its melting pot of people, all mixing together to create an outstanding education.

Jackie

As a university with an unusually high rate of commuters, as well as a location in a not-super-fancy-city, UC Riverside is often deemed a "ghetto" school. They say that it takes three UCR students to screw in a lightbulb: one to steal the lightbulb, one to screw it in, and one to drive the getaway car... But personally, we like to consider ourselves "ghetto fabulous." We take pride in the fact that we're from varying socio-economic backgrounds, and it's these experiences that make each & every student unique. We've got our hood rats, our sorority girls, our Honors brainiacs, and everything else in between. UC Riverside is an exceptional university because of its melting pot of people, all mixing together to create an outstanding education.

Jackie

As a university with an unusually high rate of commuters, as well as a location in a not-super-fancy-city, UC Riverside is often deemed a "ghetto" school. They say that it takes three UCR students to screw in a lightbulb: one to steal the lightbulb, one to screw it in, and one to drive the getaway car... But personally, we like to consider ourselves "ghetto fabulous." We take pride in the fact that we're from varying socio-economic backgrounds, and it's these experiences that make each & every student unique. We've got our hood rats, our sorority girls, our Honors brainiacs, and everything else in between. UC Riverside is an exceptional university because of its melting pot of people, all mixing together to create an outstanding education.

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