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Reviews 2225 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UCR is growing as a school. They have developed a medical program that is doing wonderful things each day. Soon UCR will be regarded as a school everyone will want to attend.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like the people there, they're understanding and nice even if there are major differences between the people they are talking to. I roomed with an undeclared Math major and a business major. The business major liked to party but knew when to step it down and study. We had times where our ideals were different but that didn't deter us from being civil to one another. I like to thing that though things got tense sometimes, we never got into a real fight/arguement for the whole duration of the lease.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall it's a great school that satisifies pretty much most, if not all, of my needs as a student. The only downside being the heat, it is not too far from my home so it makes it possible for me to commute everyday. The school's student population is very diverse which allows me to have diverse classmates in classrooms which makes the experience interesting and makes me open towards various cultures. The campus is neither too big nor too small, and that is a good point in my opinion because for example the walking distance between classrooms is manageable and buildings aren't too far apart but neither are they too small that it feels crowded. The points that I just listed are just some of the things that I like about my campus and which makes my experience fun and unique.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: My experience at the University of California, Riverside was great! I went in as a psychology major and enjoyed every moment of it. The staff are experienced and, simply put, AMAZING! they were kind, knowledgeable and ready to let you in on their research. Joining a psychology research lab further helped me with my understanding of research methods and had me intrigued of the various sub-fields of psychology. Everything I have learned and experienced as a student and as a research assistant will greatly benefit me for graduate school.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Peaceful campus, nice people, good classes.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience at school has been great! the courses are challenging and interesting and I've met some of my closest friends here at UCR. They have a great program- First Year Learning Community- that helps first years accumulate to college life and courses. I feel thankful that UCR had that program because it helped me get used to college life and aided it was a great help int terms of academics.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm part of Collective Faction, a collegiate dance team at UCR. It allowed me to be really be involved with my school and interact with other students and the community of riverside. We perform at school events and compete at dance competitions. So my life at UCR is not just school, it feels more like a home and somewhere i really love being. I wouldn't want to go to any other school.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: University: University of CA, Riverside

My favorite experience was meeting my boyfriend. He is my best friend and I would not be the same person that I am today without his support. What makes UCR unique is the friendliness of the community and the incredible amount of resources on-campus (UCR Academic Resource Center, UCR Faculty, and Academic Advising to name a few). Although I love my soon-to-be alma mater, I really wish that I had attended UCLA. I wish that I had a) been closer to home b) saved money c) been with family/friends/hometown.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I got involved with UCR my junior year of high school and ever since then, I knew that was the school for me. The campus is beautiful, the diversity is interesting and although it may not be one of the "top tier" UC's, its the best school you can attend that's actually worth your tuition.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The environment is very relaxed and friendly. Although it's not a top-tier UC, it's steadily gaining recognition as a respectable school.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love UCR, so far I have had a great experience. From dorming in Lothian to attending the 3 major concerts that the school throws for the students. Every day there is something new going on and many of the students participate making you feel welcome, almost like your home away from home.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UC Riverside is still growing. Its great there are still plenty of changes being done to the campus. There are definitely different types of students.You still have the occasional student who you have no clue how they got there and others who are academic achievers.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Have a great college experience.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'm satisfied with my choice in college. UCR is a great school for learning and research, and the opportunities I've received there helped me grow as a student and worker. The people here are friendly, professors are helpful and knowledgeable, and the campus is quite nice - if a little outdated. I think the best part of this school is how accessible it is and how they make education affordable with their vast financial aid resources. Overall, UCR is an excellent school and I'm glad I chose it for my undergraduate education.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I truly enjoy the learning experience and how students are challenged. I've realized my potential and what I am capable of through strong work and dedication. I've met great people and feel as though I am a part of the school.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You've always heard that UCR isn't the best UC to attend, but I actually really enjoyed my first year at UCR. UCR may not be the highest school academically. However, there are people who will try really hard to well in classes and there are the party people like any college. I really love the friends I've made here and I was hesitant at first. Now, I do not regret choosing to go to UCR.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As an incoming Freshman, I cannot give an appropriate rating for this school, however, based on my experience from orientation and highlander day, UCR is a good school. The community is diverse in both study body and staff, and it shows in the creativity of the campus. UCR was definitely not my first choice, however, I've grown to love and appreciate the campus after harshly underestimating it. I look forward to the next four years here!

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: University California Riverside is not competitive.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Honestly, UCR is the last place I expected to end up at, but it happened. I was okay with this outcome mainly because I had done my research and I knew I was in good hands. I was definitely not wrong. I absolutely love UCR and everything it has to offer.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UCR is such an amazing school! I visited during the summer and the people who worked there were super nice! They helped me find my way and i am truly greatful for that. I was so scared on the way to Riverside but I felt like I was home when I arrived. The school is so beautiful and I can't wait for the school year to start!

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've been fortunate to have teachers that truly are passionate about their field.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I found my experience of college similar to what the average student experiences.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I absolutely love it here at UCR! It truly is my home away from home! The people are really friendly and the campus is pretty! My favorite experience so far was being a Campus Tour Guide! I got to share all my amazing experiences with families and it made me fall even more in love with UCR than I already am! They also hold 3 awesome concerts over the course of the year and have brought artists like Childish Gambino and Dillon Francis! Its truly a college experience. I would choose UCR over and over again!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: If I a choice of applying to colleges again, I would still choose UCR because it is very diverse and is not very chaotic as other campuses. It is very easy to spot people you know on a daily basis and that makes the connections stronger. Moreover, there are a lot of opportunities to strive because it is a smaller campus with the same amount of amenities as other UC's.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Decent school. Lack of school spirit. You can tell people keep to themselves a lot. Very cliquey

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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.

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