Academics

Location
Riverside, CA
Undergrads
18,054
Tuition (in-state)
$35,838 ($12,960)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

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

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: The registration process is easy. The bad thing is the lack of space in classes that are required. Overall the classes are easy.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Political science very involved in ASUCR

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors that I've had are caring and take time to address issues with students. Contrary to popular belief the teachers often make time for students. The workload depends on the type of classes. For example, math and science classes are extremely hard in comparison to other classes. It's not that the classes are impossible, but professors go through topics so fast it can be hard to keep up.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I liked my program. The CHASS office had great advisers that were always available.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 8th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1013rd
    Smartest Professors
  • 1126th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1167th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 1181st
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
Hometown
Riverside
Major
English
Grad Year
2013
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Opinions about UCR academics are all over the spectrum, specifically in regards to the instructors. Most students believe the actual classes are up to par with UC standards, as UCR even offers courses not available at any other university. Talking to peers is the best way to find out “inside” information about the best and worst professors and courses. Large classes are becoming increasingly more common due to budget cuts, so the smaller discussion sections are a godsend for struggling students.

While many students find the majority of professors to be immensely knowledgeable, some find interaction with them to be difficult, since they're often very busy. TAs generally are more approachable and accessible, as they are in charge of the mandatory discussion sections of large classes, which allow for more one-on-one possibilities. The professors and TAs both have required office hours, and it can only benefit the student who takes the time to utilize the opportunity to clarify lectures and assignments or simply for a chat. Due to class variety and quantity being trimmed because of budget concerns, keeping a full schedule of required courses can be reduced to sheer luck. It's highly recommended to stay proactive and consistently exchange information with fellow students about the classes available.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
712
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
131
Total FT Faculty
1,045
Faculty with Terminal Degree
99%
Average Faculty Salary
$100,092
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
43%
Graduation Rate
66%
Programs/Majors Offered
80
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 38%
  • 20 to 49 students: 39%
  • 50 or more students: 23%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Bourns College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 4%
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Psychology: 5%
  • Sociology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Mathematics
  • Science (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Washington semester
Online Courses
Online courses are only available through the UCR Extension program. Subjects covered include education training, technical skills, editing/writing, transportation, and medicine. There are four delivery methods for classes offered online: instructor-led (students complete work and interact with classmates and the instructor via discussion boards, with some live chat sessions), live webcasts and archives (lectures are virtual classrooms with live video and audio), self-paced courses (all materials available online and started and completed at learner's discretion), and blended/hybrid learning (combines face-to-face instruction with online discussion).
Best Places to Study
  • Computer labs
  • Designated residence hall study rooms
  • The HUB (especially the second and third floors)
  • Libraries (Science and Rivera)
  • Starbucks
Tips to Succeed
  • Be social. Discussion sections often require group work, and student study sessions are always great for preparing for finals.
  • Don't procrastinate. UCR considers research very important, and virtually all classes will require reading of some kind along with busywork. Once you fall behind, it's extremely difficult to catch up.
  • Go to every lecture and discussion. Not every professor puts their notes online, and there will always be information that you will not be able to get any other way. You may even lose participation points or grade levels for skipping class.
  • Take advantage of the libraries and the people who work in them. The librarians are literally there to serve you and can help you find information in many different places. The SCOTTY catalog has great resources online, and some professors will put textbooks on reserve for financially-strapped students.
Did You Know?
  • UCR is the only UC campus offering creative writing as an undergraduate major, thus making the campus a magnet for the best young writers in California.
  • Business (including pre-business, business prep, and business administration) is the most popular major at UCR.
  • UCR's doctoral program in dance theory was the first of its kind in the nation. It attracts dancers from all over the world who document and perpetuate the art form.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 100 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 62% Jamie Chung - actress, "Real World" cast member
  • 12% Tim D. White - paleoathropologist, professor
  • 12% Jack Clarke Jr. - California attorney
  • 12% REza Aslam, author
  • 0% Steve Breen - editorial cartoonist, Pulitzer recipient
  • 0% Richard R. Schrock - Nobel Prize winner, chemistry
  • 0% Billy Collins - U.S. poet laureate 2001-2003
  • 0% Nakul Dev Mahajan - Bollywood choreographer
  • 0% Elizabeth George - NYT bestselling author
  • 0% Robert Del Grande - famous chef
  • 0% Leslie Hickle - biotechnologist

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 101 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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