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

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

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: UCR has made some upgrades in the recent years so it seems like it is thriving as a school. Facilities are better than before with new buildings sprouting everywhere. Campus life seems to be centered around the HUB. Social scene with all the greek letter stands are located near the HUB/Bell tower which is also center part of the school. I have never had problems with academics as I feel the faculties were well-qualified to teach and truly understood their discipline to be teaching.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 121st
    Best Student Centers
  • 312nd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 493rd
    Best Library
  • 602nd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 609th
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
Grad Year
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One of the best things about UCR is the beautiful scenery. The landscaping is incredibly well-maintained, and thanks in part to the weather, many students find it relaxing to study or hang out outside on the grounds. The buildings are aesthetically pleasing and technologically functional, as well as under constant improvement. The HUB (Highlander Union Building) is both figuratively and literally the center of campus life, as it hosts the main food court and recreational lounges, like Latitude 55—an area solely for leisure—and study rooms. The Student Recreation Center contains the athletic equipment and courts, all state-of-the-art and of great variety, and also offers dancing classes and group exercise routines. UCR is constantly expanding, as well. In early 2011, the Materials Science and Engineering Building (MSE) was completed, and by spring term, classes were being held in its rooms. The Psychology building is also a more recent addition, offering amenities to one of the most popular majors on campus. Besides the HUB, the libraries are the best place for students to relax and work, surrounded not only by books, but frequently updated, modern computers and related accessories. The staff is extremely helpful and serves the needs of someone looking for a complex text for a technical essay or simply some recreational reading.

UCR generally leaves entertainment up to the students, as nearly all social gatherings are organized by student committees, but R'Side events like HEAT and Homecoming are officially sponsored by the University. There are also numerous educational seminars and film showings that maintain the motivation to learn while still providing entertainment. Overall, UCR provides for all of its students' needs and continually does so in an innovative and gratifying manner.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,160 acres
Student Centers
The HUB (Highlander Union Building)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Multimedia Library
  • Music Library
  • Raymond L. Orbach Science Library
  • Tomás Rivera Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Barn
  • Bell Tower
  • Getaway Café
  • The HUB
  • University Village
Bar on Campus
The Barn
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Ivan's @ Hinderaker
  • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
The Green Campus Action Plan (GCAP) aims to help decrease the campus's environmental impact and increase student empowerment. The current project is the installation of solar panels.
School Slang
  • Bear Grounds: Coffee place on campus
  • The C-Store: Convenience stores; located in the residence halls and on campus
  • The HUB: Highlander Union Building; the center of campus with restaurants, student services, and study areas
  • Nooners: Nooners are usually held on Wednesday and consist of some form of entertainment, usually a band that shares their talents in the middle of campus during the lunch hour of 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • RSO: Resident Services Office
  • UBE: University Book Exchange
  • UNLH: University Lecture Hall
  • The UV: The University Village, which has restaurants, movie theaters, a discount bookstore (Village Bookstore), and a few shops right near campus
  • Block Party: A kick-off to the start of the school year, Block Party is the biggest official party for UCR, held in the middle of campus. There are game booths, food, and a lineup of artists and student organizations. There are also photo booths, caricature artists, face painting, and henna tattoo parlors.
  • Bonfire: Basically a time for students to get together for food and fun, Bonfire is called such because the mascot, Scotty, sets fire to a rival UC school's car. There is laser tag, a celebrity DJ, and plenty of food and prizes.
  • Heat: A multiplex music festival, Heat features a lineup of internationally acclaimed musicians. Produced by a combined team of students and staff, it takes place in the central area of the UCR campus.
  • Hike to the "C": Part of Homecoming, this is a guided hike to UCR's famous symbol on a nearby hill.
  • Writers Week: Along with the long-held fact that UCR is the only UC to offer a degree in creative writing, the University has a week dedicated to writers every year. During this week, a variety of writers, poets, and authors are invited to share their thoughts and readings with students and the Riverside community.
Urban Legends
  • A ghost apparently wanders the Pentland Hills residence halls at night.
  • A student supposedly hanged herself in the Rivera Library, and during finals week after midnight (it's the only library open that late), there have been reports of strange occurrences, like odd shadows, moving books, and feelings of a foreign presence.
Favorite Things To Do
Students can exercise, study, surf the Internet, and watch performers at the Bell Tower on certain days. Students can also shop at the small shops that are set up around the Bell Tower on most Fridays.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Highlander
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Despite the encouragement to become more involved, only a small percentage of UCR students is active in any group. Honors generally has a high participation, as do fraternities and sororities. Lack of overall enthusiasm notwithstanding, clubs and organizations are plentiful, virtually of any kind and for anyone. New groups are not difficult to set up, though time-consuming, and require an appointment with a Student Org Network staff member, a constitution, and attendance at a registration workshop.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • Most on-campus events feature free or discounted admission to current undergraduate students who present a valid UCR ID.
  • UCR has more than 300 student organizations.
  • The UCR Libraries provide students with access to more than 2,500,000 volumes, 36,370 electronic journals, 7,655 print serial subscriptions, and 2.1 million microformats.
  • ATMs, pool tables, video and board games, wireless Internet access, restaurants, fax machines, and computers are all available at the HUB.
  • KUCR is UC Riverside's own radio station, at 88.3 FM.
  • There are 13 different clusters (or categories) for organizations: Academic/Professional, Arts and Expressions, Competitive Teams, Cultural, Fraternity/Sorority, Graduate Student, Honor, Other, Political/Action, Recreational/Leisure, Service, Spiritual/Religious/Atheist, and Student Services.
  • The Student Recreation Center is a 80,000-square-foot facility with a 6,000-square-foot weight room, a 3,000-square-foot cardio area, 30 different classes, and basketball, tennis, racquetball, volleyball, badminton, and squash courts.
  • The Recreation Outdoor Complex houses 10 tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, two basketball courts, and a full-sized roller hockey rink.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 100 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 9 responses

  • 33% University Village
  • 17% The HUB
  • 17% Dorm
  • 11% Getaway Café
  • 6% The Barn
  • 6% Bell Tower
  • 6% Hiking Box Springs
  • 6% Starbucks

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 9 responses

  • 36% Block Party
  • 28% Heat
  • 12% Hike to the "C"
  • 12% Bonfire
  • 12% School concerts are Sick, (Tyga, Rick Ross. etc.
  • 0% Writers Week

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 36% Doing homework
  • 21% Wander inside the buildings.
  • 21% Explore the campus
  • 14% Hang out at the HUB
  • 7% I like to lay down on the lawn by Aberdeen Dr

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Tutoring
  • 30% The Coffee Bean
  • 10% Library assistant
  • 10% Donation Caller
  • 10% Dining Services, Campus Tour Guide

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 114 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 17% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 25% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 57% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 110 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 15% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 22% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% If you take a hike to the C you will get a 4.0



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