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Academics

Undergraduates at the University of California—Riverside have the opportunity to get "a great education while also having fun." The university goes to great lengths to ensure that "everyone feels welcome and wanted on campus" and that's palpable to the students. Undergrads here also greatly benefit from all the research being conducted at Riverside. As one giddy student explains, "There are so many different projects happening in [a variety of] fields" and the opportunities to participate are quite "generous." Additionally, UCR undergrads appreciate that "there are so many programs to help student[s] stay on track academically and even more to help student[s] in academic recovery." Students have an abundance of courses and majors from which to choose; highlights include the "very prestigious entomology and agriculture departments." In general, students report that professors are "very helpful and friendly." They tend to be "passionate and engaged" as well as "knowledgeable." And they make it abundantly clear that "they love their field, their job, and their students." As one amazed student reveals, "I have not yet met a professor that wasn't happy to rearrange their plans, so they could help a student in need."

Student Body

Individuals greatly interested in UC Riverside will be delighted to learn that the school maintains a "very diverse" student body. In turn, this allows all undergrads to truly "feel welcome." Of course, the fact that most students here are "extremely friendly and supportive" also helps. One proud undergrad agrees sharing, "It is easy to approach most people and start a conversation." Beyond their general openness, Riverside students also describe their classmates as "liberal and politically-engaged." Additionally, the vast majority seem to have "an appetite to learn and discover." Perhaps more importantly, undergrads readily assert that their fellow students "are committed to the success of the [Riverside] community as a whole." Indeed, they empathize "with those who are struggling and they seek to be involved both on and off campus." And while they are certainly "passionate about what they believe in," they're also "respectful of…[the] opinions [of others]." Overall, as this grateful undergrad explains, "My peers at the University of California, Riverside make my college experience a great one. They make college feel safe, fun, and exciting." And this fellow student wholeheartedly agrees exclaiming, "College life is stressful but it is easier with the right people surrounding you. And that's what I have here at UCR."

Campus Life

Boredom is virtually non-existent at UC Riverside. After all, "there is always something to do on campus throughout the day." For example, "Every week there is a mini-concert in the middle of campus to showcase a local group (small band or DJ)." There are also a number of "career workshops, movie screenings [and] cultural events" of which to take advantage. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in "over 400 clubs on campus, many of which organize their own activities and will often go on excursions or trips." A number of undergrads also report that the "party scene is decent," though it's often relegated to the weekend. Outdoor enthusiasts love that UCR is adjacent to the Box Spring Mountains. Hence, there are "a plethora of trails for hiking." Plenty of students can also be found hanging at the Hub which has "a game room where you can play pool, board games or watch TV." Even more enticing, "the recreation center has a hot tub and a recreational pool with vortex current as well as lap pool. It's also possible to play volleyball, basketball, badminton, racquetball and other games [as well as use] the rock climbing wall." But the best aspect of the rec center? It "provides free massages twice a week."

Overview

Applicants
42,629
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.65

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
33%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 580

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 630

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required

Deadlines

Regular — November 30


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
1,142
with Terminal Degree
1,119

736
Men
517
Minority
406
Women
53
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
47%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Soil Sciences

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Ethnic Studies
  • German Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Developmental Biology and Embryology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Materials Engineering

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Theatre/Theater

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Materials Science
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Other
  • Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Sociology
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Richard Schrock
2005 Nobel prize-winner in Chemistry

Steve Breen
1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist

Ronald E. Neumann
Formerly Ambassador to the State of Afghanistan

Gary McCord
Professional Golfer/CBS Golf Analyst

Susan Elizabeth George
Author, New York Times bestseller list

Billy Collins
2001 and 2002 Poet Laureate of the United States

Mark Andrus
Oscar nominated screenwriter

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
47%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$46,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$92,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$47,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$91,300

Percent High Job Meaning
46%

Percent STEM
22%


Students Say

Students at UCR study hard and are a very career-focused bunch. Most of them feel that the school has done an excellent job of preparing them for whatever the future may hold. The UCR Career Center offers academic counseling and one-on-one career planning; on-campus recruiting; online job and internship listings; advice for resume building and interview strategies; and many other services. The school also holds a variety of career fairs catering to students in different fields, from engineering to education to finance. Notable programming includes ORBITS, for first generation college students, and the Job Discovery Series, with 135 career-representing panelists. Outside of the Center, one student reports that "my professors care about my success and guide me into the best career path by proposing internships," which seems to be indicative of most students' experience. Out of UCR alumni visiting PayScale.com, 44 percent report feeling as though they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 15
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,421

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,289

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,634

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,838

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,701

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$15,642
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$43,656
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,450

On-Campus Room and Board
$17,000
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
19,799
Foreign Countries Represented
100

Demographics

34.22%
Asian
3.63%
African-American
40.74%
Hispanic
11.97%
Caucasian
1.01%
Unknown
2.49%
International

54% female
46% male
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
34%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
69%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
405
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
19
Number of Religious Organizations
28

5% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Highlanders)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Highlanders)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: asp.ucr.edu apsp.ucr.edu nasp.ucr.edu csp.ucr.edu www.deanofstudents.ucr.edu

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: CSUSB, Claremont McKenna
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UCLA, CSUSB, LMU, USC

Sustainability

UC Riverside has identified nine areas of campus sustainability: academics, buildings, energy and climate, food, procurement, recycling and waste management, sites, transportation, and water. In each of these nine areas, the university is maintaining aggressive initiatives. For instance, the school is an ACUPCC signatory, and is dedicated to pursuing LEED Silver on all new construction. The campus’s first LEED building, the newly constructed School of Medicine Research Building, should achieve a Gold rating this year. Six other LEED projects are planned or already underway. Many buildings on campus have been retrofitted to be more energy-efficient, and at the James Reserve field research site, a photovoltaic installation has allowed the site to go completely off the grid. A sustainable, native landscape plan for another satellite site, Palm Desert, is underway. A storm water management system is being finalized, and groundskeepers are shifting to organic fertilizers. Air pollution and water conservation are of particular importance given the Southern California location; the university plans to take further measures to increase renewable energy use by installing a solar farm on a brownfield at the Riverside campus. The university extension offers a professional certificate in Sustainable Development and Green Building Design. The university offers a variety of environmental research opportunities through its Center for Environmental Research and Technology, Center for Sustainability and Suburban Development, Center for Ideas and Society, Environmental Research Institute, Institute for Research on World Systems, and Natural Reserve System.

98/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
No

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
17%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
556

Average Number of PC's per Lab
46

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, others.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Emily Engelschall
Director, Undergraduate Admissions

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
3106 Student Service Building
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone
(951) 827-3986

Email
admissions@ucr.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Basketball Games
Student Recreation Center and intramural sports
The Barn (music and comedy acts)
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
The Highlander Union Building (HUB)
Residence Halls

Most Popular Places Off Campus
UCR/California Museum of Photography
University Village shops and theatres
Downtown Farmer's Market
California Speedway
Sun and snow in nearby desert, mountains beaches

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9am-4pm
(951) 827-3986

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: On the hour, 9am to 4pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Ontario International Airport is 20 miles from campus. Taxis and shuttles are available to and from the airport. The Metrolink runs through Riverside to Orange and LA counties. Riverside Transit Authority bus system

Driving Instructions to Campus
UC Riverside is located off the 60/215 freeway. Exit at University Avenue and turn left. Follow the signs to the campus. Make a right turn onto West Campus Drive and into the kiosk for parking instructions. Parking is $8/day for visitor daily permit.

Local Accommodations
The Courtyard by Marriott (1510 University Ave.; (951) 276-1200) is 5 blocks from campus and charges low rates. The Comfort Inn (1590 University Ave.; (951) 683-6000) gives special rates to university visitors. About 10 minutes away is the Riverside Marriott (3400 Market St.; (951) 784-8000), a multi-story hotel with a heated pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, cafe, entertainment. Rates vary from the high end of the moderate range to expensive. The Historic Mission Inn (3649 Mission Inn Ave.; (951) 784-0300) is located approximately 5 miles from the campus.


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