Riverside, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,838 ($12,960)
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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 Recent Alumnus

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

College Sophomore

Athletics: I do not participate in school sports and do not pay much attention to them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I think sports is not very popular especially because the facilities arent stellar as some other campuses. This is due partly to not having a football team which usually brings in all the fame and money. Also it is due partly to our sports team most of the time finishing last or 2nd to last for conference games. I think the only sports team that is decent is Women's basketball. I think one year, they won conference.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved in athletics at UCR.


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  • 898th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1120th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
Grad Year
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UCR doesn't have a football team; thus, there is nothing that resembles the typical image of college sports fans, even for the relatively popular basketball and soccer teams. The last time the University fielded a football team was in the '70s, a fact that has become an inside joke through the selling of T-shirts that read: “UCR Football—Undefeated Since 1975." Support for athletics is on the rise, however, since UCR moved to Division I in 2000, and the top-notch quality of the athletic facilities reflects this.

Basketball is easily the most popular varsity sport, but intramural sports are equally well-liked and enjoyed. The Greek community especially gets into the school spirit by having an annual sports week of its own. Officially, all sports team members are called Highlanders, but the name is affectionately used for any and all supporters. Overall, sports are not as big at UCR compared to other UC schools, but it's a great place to attend for those who enjoy playing IM sports.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Big West Conference
School Colors
Sky blue and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
131 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
144 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Karate
  • Kendo
  • Rugby
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Surfing
  • Taekwondo
  • Volleyball (women's)
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Run n shoot
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Amy S. Harrison Softball Field
  • Residence hall gyms
  • Riverside Sports Complex
  • Student Recreation Center Tennis Courts
  • UCR Soccer Stadium
  • UCR Student Recreation Center
  • UCR Track & Field Complex
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, soccer, volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Tennis, track and field, softball
School Spirit
Over the years, UCR school spirit has become increasingly stronger. Although UCR does not have a football team, a number of students stand strong behind the basketball team and attend the games. Recently, a promotion for school spirit was started: "Show Your Pride for R'Side." Every Wednesday, students are encouraged to wear an article of clothing with a UCR emblem to show off their support for UCR.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are easy to obtain and range from $4 to $10, depending on the game. Season tickets range from $100 to $150. For ticket information, call (951) 827-4653.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Tour the UCR Botanic Gardens or hike to the "C."
Did You Know?
In 1954, when UCR opened its doors, the student body began a quest to find the right mascot for the new campus. A write-in campaign led by the men's basketball team suggested the name "Hylanders," which was adjusted to its current spelling-"Highlanders"-and won easily when brought to a student vote.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 123 responses

  • 13% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 28% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 57% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 123 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 48% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 24% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 123 responses

  • 13% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 59% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 27% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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