Location
Riverside, CA
Undergrads
18,054
Tuition (in-state)
$35,838 ($12,960)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2111 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The diversity definitely sets UCR a part from other campuses. It is a melting pot of different cultures and for someone like myself who genuinely enjoys the diversity I would say its my favorite thing about campus.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Student life is great if you put yourself out there. There are so many clubs and organizations meaning there is something for everyone. Students just need to feel comfortable enough to show initiative.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Our campus is extending the recreation center. Within the rec center they have a lot of programs for people who are trying tot lose weight or for those who just want to learn.

3 College Junior

Academics: I have not attended other campus' but UCR seems to have some good professors and some not so good professors. One main challenge I have faced is the heavy accents that many professors or TA's have. It sometimes causes a learning impairment when you cannot understand your professor.

4 College Junior

Academics: I feel like there are many job opportunities when it comes to being a business major. The campus career center holds many panels that allow you to hear speakers from your potential future career.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus has implemented the campus escort system and the shuttle to take people home which makes the campus feel safer.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The campus housing is extremely overpriced but the convenience is great.

4 College Junior

Diversity: One of the reasons I attended UCR is because of the diverse student population.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The food offered on campus is given in a good variety. The costs aren't really equivalent to the portions.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office needs to hire more people. The line is absolutely outrageous as people need to seek help at the same time. Some workers are less informed than others as well which leads to students being misinformed.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have lived at two separate off campus housing in which both were over priced.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The strictness is mild depending on the situations that are being looked at.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek community is okay. At times they are very segregated but I feel as though they don's seclude themselves from the student body completely.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining hours should be extended. The variety of food offered on campus is good.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It doesn't play as big of a part in campus. If you're in, you're in and a few thousand dollar short. If not, then it doesn't make a lot of difference. It mostly depends on your major. Being part of a house will help you greatly for networking.

There are no official Greek housing. They live outside campus and where-ever they are that's where the party is.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Pretty small. Most you can get to by driving or taking the bus, such as to the Moreno Mall. But if you want to get out of the city, there is always Downtown Riverside. They have a small shopping center and a few museums students can visit for free or at a discounted price.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Good size. Lots of activities to participate in as well as classes available. Some free and some with a fee.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There is a police station across the street from campus. We provide escorts from 7pm to 10pm. After, if available, police escorts are available to walk you to either your car or dorm room.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: You don't have to stick to them. You are free to explore. From my experience, there were not many internships/ job opportunities. I know that there are a few for engineers, but other than that, I don't know.

Recent Alumnus

Majors: This does not apply to me.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Some of the programs offered to incoming freshmen are the CHASS program where it helps introduce you to college courses while helping you get use to classes and help you set goals, while providing you with some life skill advice - resume, interview skills, taking notes, reading...etc. It depends on the program you choose.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The libraries are the best with their individual study rooms. It's a first come first serve basis, but you can also reserve them for up to an hour or more. Depending on the day -- midterms/final

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Not a very good selection to be honest. Although there are a few places nearby with decent food and have student discounts. Some depends on timing--such as lunch hours, happy hours, or early dinners. Costs are pretty decent ranging from 5$ and up in restaurants.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I ended up living at the UV Towers. Cost=expensive as hell and you are obligated to lease for 9-12 months. Frankly, the 9 months isn't worth it. Better to pay the extra $200 for 12 months for your money worth. Parking, safety, convenience is a plus here because there are trolley or were trolley cars that travel between both the apartment and campus. There are other off campus apartments available and I believe it is cheaper to live off than on. The further from campus, the cheaper. The cheapest I found when I was there was $500/mo with own room but shared bath and kitchen. You have to be careful with these housing because they are in a semi-dangerous area - i.e. quiet. So safety is definitely a question you want to ask yourself when you are looking for affordability and distance.

Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Everything is done on a time table. If you're not able to get it in on time, it's gone and you will end up paying a majority of it out of pocket.

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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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