Riverside, CA
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$35,838 ($12,960)
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4 College Junior

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

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have many centers on campus that provide students with diverse information. Everyone is welcomes and has a place to talk to someone they can relate to. There are often many presentations or lectures that inform and help others understand. They are very helpful and informative.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There's enough of a variety. Whether it's Hispanic, Asian, White, and Black. I definitely became more open-minded about people after going to UCR.

5 College Junior

Diversity: very diverse and friendly school

5 College Junior

Diversity: UCR is very diverse & many international students


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  • 108th
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  • 129th
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  • 1289th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
Grad Year
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UCR is one of the most diverse universities in the United States. Students gladly take the chance to meet others who are from different groups, especially since tolerance and broad-mindedness is not only welcomed, but expected. Although there are a number of students from various economic and ethnic backgrounds, most tend to segregate themselves. Many fraternities, sororities, and student organizations and clubs are based on ethnicity and religion, and Chicano, African, LGBT, Asian, and women centers are located by the HUB (Highlander Union Building), the main student building on campus.

In the residence housing, there is an LGBT hall, as well as two ethnic-based special-interest halls: the Pan-African Theme Hall for African Americans and the Unete a Mundo Hall for those of Spanish, Mexican, and Latino descents. Despite the separations, the overall culture at UCR is very inclusive, and virtually all minorities are accepted without a second thought. Ultimately, UCR offers a great opportunity for students to broaden their horizons and associate with people outside their realm of experience.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 16%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 20%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 2%
Native American: 1%
White: 66%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
There have been a few hate incidences and crimes, but these have occurred in the University Village or surrounding areas of campus, rather than on the campus itself. Students, for the most part, are pretty tolerant around campus.
Political Activity
Political activity comes and goes. When the situation escalates in the Middle East or other big political happenings occur, protesters become visible-some more visible than others. But, overall, political activity on campus is fairly subdued. UCR does have active political clubs for each political party and has several programs that relate to specific issues.
Economic Status
UCR has students from a large range of economic backgrounds. Many students must work their way through school, and others rely on financial aid. An increasing number of students seem to be looking for jobs in order to keep up with the rising cost of tuition.
Most Common Religions
There is not much religious activity on the UCR campus. The majority is agnostic or atheist, but there is a prominent number of Muslims and Christians, too. Like many college campuses, there are religious advertisers, but for the most part, the most visible religious activity that takes place on campus is the weekly prayers at the Bell Tower.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Clubs and organizations, including the fraternities and sororities, often set up tables during the day to share their culture with the campus.
Did You Know?
  • The UCR Affirmative Action Plan works not only to combat ethnic and gender intolerance, but also ageism, specifically toward veterans and individuals with disabilities.
  • Based on UCR's nearly 29 percent Chicano and Latino student population, the University per law is designated a Hispanic Serving Institution.
  • UCR was one of the first institutions to recruit home-schooled and non-traditionally-educated students.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 112 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 35% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 112 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 32% Not sure
  • 35% Liberal
  • 10% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 113 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 112 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 112 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 24% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 73% Very accepting.



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