Riverside, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,838 ($12,960)
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Reviews 2119 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I commute from my home and thus have little experience other than orientation.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The people here are kind, friendly, and usually willing to listen. Those in power are typically genuine.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You really have opportunities here. It's just the strength and willpower needed to take advantage of all these!

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The employers range from average to decent. Many startups and major companies, but the process is not easy. This is to be expected, but it does take time.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Thanks to God for the help in all this. We got most of the bill paid off and only had to pay a little!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love the variety of places. Niche places like boba, asian bakeries, and italian flat pizzas, but also a large amount of general crowd pleasers such as family restaurants and higher end restaurants/bars.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is very expensive for very little living space and very few restrooms per room.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: UCR just this year passed a rule against tobacco in campus.

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.


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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
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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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