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University of California-Riverside

University of California-Riverside Rating: 3.3/5 (22 votes)

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The University of California Riverside (UCR) is part of the University of California system, which has campuses at ten different locations throughout the state. UCR is renowned as one of the leading public research universities in the country.

The University of California Riverside has three different colleges: The Bourns College of Engineering; College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. The college also has two different schools, the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School of Education. Finally, UCR has seven divisions: The Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Division of Biomedical Sciences, Division of Life Sciences, Graduate Division, Division of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and the Division of Undergraduate Education.

In 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked UCR fifth in the nation in ethnic diversity. In the same year, Forbes magazine reported that the Center for College Affordability and Productivity named UCR the 25th Best College Buy in America.

UCR has become a leader in high tech and innovation, with such institutions as the Bourns College of Engineering, SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center, Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Sloan Center for Internet Retailing, Citrus Variety Collection, University Research Park, UCR School of Medicine, UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center, and Graduate School of Education.

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UCR applicants must fulfill the school’s subject requirements and Scholarship Requirement, both of which are listed online. In addition, students should submit their ACT Assessment Plus Writing or SAT Reasoning Test results.

International students must complete the University of California a-g high school course requirements, which can be found online, as well as maintain a 3.4 grade point average in the aforementioned courses in grades 10 and 11. Moreover, students should submit ACT Assessment Plus Writing or SAT Reasoning Test results. Finally, international students must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language or International English Language Testing System if they are from a country where English is not the native language.

The college offers tours of the campus, with a UCR student serving as the guide.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school. Similarly, need based financial aid distribution is determined through Academics, Art, Music/Drama, Athletics and Leadership. If you are not a need based student, non-need distribution for financial aid is determined by Academics, Art, Music/Drama, Athletics and Leadership. Financial aid distribution is at sixty-eight percent scholarships per grants and thirty-two percent loans per jobs. Financial aid forms are FAFSA and State aid form.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5147th for the average student loan amount.
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UCR offers on-campus housing: In fact, more than two-thirds of first-year students live on campus. There are many different kinds of housing options, including co-ed housing, apartments for married students, housing for disabled students, and housing for international students. UCR is only about an hour away from Los Angeles, and many students take the time to enjoy that city’s thousands of attractions.

Not that there isn’t plenty to do on campus. One of the biggest draws is the University of California Riverside Botanical Gardens, a 40-acre paradise in the Box Springs Mountains on the campus’ east side. About 200 different species of birds have been observed in this living plant museum, including California towhees, roadrunners, red-tailed hawks, and Anna’s and Costa’s hummingbirds. Many UCR students use the Gardens as a place for study and research, while others use it simply to relax and meet with friends.

Another jewel on campus is the UCR/California Museum of Photography, which holds the largest photography collection west of the Mississippi River. The Museum is enhanced by both the UCR/CMP Study Center and the Roy McJunkin Imaging Center. UCR also features the Center for Ideas and Society, an institution that engages in discussions and holds lectures and performances on issues that advance society and the human experience.

The college radio station, KUCR, has been on the air for more than forty years. In addition to music ranging from modern rock to jazz to classical, the station also features shows discussing both local issues and world events. KUCR is run by Cal-Riverside students, faculty, and staff.

UCR has an extensive online learning program, including Blackboard/iLearn. This program allows students and instructors to communicate outside of the classroom. Moreover, students can download lectures and assignments, and particular in class discussion boards.

Notable graduates of UCR include Dr. Richard R. Schrock, 2005 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry; Billy Collins, 11th U.S. Poet Laureate; and Troy Percival, four-time All-Star pitcher for Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Student Graduation Demographics


UCR has men’s teams in basketball, soccer, track and field, baseball, golf, and tennis. The women compete in basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, softball, and tennis. Its sports teams, nicknamed the Highlanders, compete in the Big West Conference of the NCAA.

The college’s sports programs also host youth camps and clinics in baseball, basketball, soccer, and softball.

Information Summary

Ranks 25th in California and 309th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 469th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.02
Robbery 4 0.02
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 34 0.16
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 29 0.14
Arrest 8 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 782 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 13 0.00
Forcible Rape 57 0.02
Robbery 458 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,080 0.68
Larceny 6,278 2.04
Vehicle theft 1,273 0.41

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District641

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 161st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $34,098
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,740 $1,740 $1,740
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $26,322
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,569 $1,569 $1,569
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $32,238 $32,238 $55,116
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $28,395 $28,395 $51,273
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $23,793 $23,793 $46,671

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $12,924 $12,960 $12,924 $12,960 $35,802 $35,838
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,766 $1,784
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,093 $13,240
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,552 $3,613
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,804 $8,890
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,216 $4,287
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,514 $8,621

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$70
Graduate Application Fee$80
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 30,391 (13,732 male / 16,659 female)
Admitted 18,843 (8,587 male / 10,256 female)
Admission rate 62%
First-time Enrollment 4,034 (1,926 male / 2,108 female)
FT Enrollment 4,001 (1,902 male / 2,099 female)
PT Enrollment 33 (24 male / 9 female)
Total Enrollment21,207

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Big West Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big West Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big West Conference

ACT Test Admission

661st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 40%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

415th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 580
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 970 / 1210

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity6,100
Meals per Week21
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 156th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $105,827 ($112,400 male / $86,385 female)
Number of FT Faculty 721 (481 male / 240 female)
Number of PT Faculty 875
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $45,960,000

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