University of California - Riverside Summary

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Basic Statistics

Riverside, CA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
68 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • It's one of the most diverse schools in the nation.
  • The broad subject matters and general open-mindedness
  • The quality of learning/teaching
  • The academic and financial advisers are very helpful, and the professors and TAs are very accessible.

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Tuition increases
  • Reduced class choices
  • Parking: cost, distance, and lack of availability
  • Unpredictable weather

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

UC Riverside Student Reviews

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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!


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