University of California-Riverside


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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Information Summary

Ranks 21st in California and 245th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 91.5
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $35,242
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 29 / 1330
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 24 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 89% / 52%
Enrollment Total (all students) 23,922


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.


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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 5203rd 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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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.

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