Location
Riverside, CA
Undergrads
18,054
Tuition (in-state)
$35,838 ($12,960)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1990 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There's actually a variety of sororities and fraternities that are on-campus that are unique in their own way.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's actually an assortment of different dining options off-campus. It's a bit of a drive but it's worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's actually a lot diversity on campus. When you step onto campus you might be hit with a bit of culture shock. Everyone are very accepting to the diversity and different ethnic/racial background of each student.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorming was okay, but in my opinion you don't really get your moneys worth. The cost of on-campus dorming is almost the same as tuition. If I have known about this earlier I would have rather lived off campus and saved myself the extra money.

3 College Junior

Weather: Weather is bipolar at times.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Transportation: There should be shuttles available for students living off campus in the apartments nearby.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There could be more social life outside of school.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: Small classes and easy access to professors' office hours are helpful.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: There should be more biotech companies visiting to recruit students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Majors: The program should offer more support for students.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There should be a wider variety of cuisines available.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: People respect my choice of not drinking alcohol.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms was a good way to meet people and socialize.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek students seem to be very cliquey.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received only one grant during my undergraduate while my parents' income stayed constant. I wasn't sure why.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity on campus is very good.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: The new gym should be adequate to accommodate the increasing number of enrolled students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Computers: The computers in all the labs are not consistent, some are faster than others.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computers that one can use in the libraries. The wifi is pretty good.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People tend to leave other people alone. No one pressures you. It is used by many people. The selling of it is somewhat open.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our sport teams do not win a lot, but people still support them. There are not many people attending sport events, except for soccer, which is great.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation is free for UCR students and it is great. The bus can take you to another city for free.

3 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Nightlife: I do not go out and party at all. I can not judge the nightlife.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It generally does not affect my campus experience. The weather in my hometown is exactly the same. The rain does bother me sometimes.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms on campus are the best. You meet many people that might become good friends. It is expensive though.

2 people found this useful Report
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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
Hometown
Riverside
Major
English
Grad Year
2013
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Contrary to popular opinion, UCR can be, and is, a place where students are extremely happy. Both the scenery and community give the University an excellent welcoming feel, especially within the smaller campus atmosphere. The administration is hands-on and treats students less like a set of numbers and more like a human being. Those who are not excited and attached to the school from the beginning usually are pleasantly surprised by how much UCR grows on them. The sheer quantity and quality of academic programs, social clubs, and organizations offer a personal touch and endless opportunities. The level of diversity and tolerance allow for a general feeling of acceptance, along with the peacefully beautiful landscape and the classes that invite innovative thinking.

Like any school, UCR does have a downside, namely its lack of a social scene. Riverside is not exactly "Party Central," and there is not a significant amount of clubs or bars in the immediate surrounding area. The fraternities and sororities do feature parties for those interested, though they are few and far between. Most students take the time and expense to drive into parts of Moreno Valley, Orange Country, Los Angeles, and San Diego in order to have weekend fun, despite the 20-minute to two-hour travel time. However, with the lack of entertainment in the neighborhood, students quickly learn how to make their own fun (and also find more time to focus on their studies). When given the chance, UCR becomes a great place for students to enjoy and gain a meaningful college experience.

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