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Reviews 2644 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Walking on to camppus getting a lot of love

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really enjoy taking courses. For the most part, professors are fantastic lecturers and try to make the material as engaging as possible. The professors usually hold graduate degrees from institutions among the lines of Harvard, Cornell, Yale, etc. The quality of the courses is great; the professors are professional and well-prepared for the lectures and are available to answer questions during office hours. There are many courses to choose from, especially for breadth requirements. Class sizes vary, but breadth courses and introduction courses usually have from 100-500 students depending on the subject matter and amount of students in the major.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The career center offers a plethora of career workshops throughout the school year and offer career counseling. There are several job fairs during the school year, featuring well-known companies such as Target, Geico, ESRI, etc. Some companies hold recruiting and networking events for students to get an internship or job. While UCR isn't a top tier school, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to go on to work for established companies.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus isn't very well lit at night, so it can be a bit daunting to walk home alone, but for the most part, the campus feels safe. The downtown areas surrounding campus can be somewhat shady. The students and staff are required to take training courses on sexual assault and alcohol consumption. There is a campus escort service readily available to assist students that would like another person to walk with them.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I didn't live on campus, but there are no single room dorms and some of my friends that did live on campus ran out of meal swipes before the quarter was over. The cost, like all dorms, is pricey, but it does include meals, utilities, and the location is just a short walk from your classes. The social atmosphere is fun and the application process doesn't seem complicated.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a non-Greek, I know and hear very little about the Greek life on campus, but I do know that there are plenty of fraternities and sororities on campus. We don't have a designated Greek row, but Greek groups do meet very often.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The student recreation center is pretty new, but it comes at a fee on top of tuition. There are lots of options; plenty of machines, an indoor track, rock wall, many studios, basketball gyms, tennis courts, pool and hot tub, beach volleyball court, etc. You'll never get bored, even as a nonathlete! There are lots of classes and demos to help get into the fit lifestyle as well.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCR is a fantastic school overall. The professors are, for the most part, available and helpful to students. College is really what the student makes of it and a great opportunity to explore your passions. Almost all people are open to making new friends and the course material is usually challenging, but not arduous to the point where students don't have time for activities and socializing outside of school.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: With any school there will be difficulties, but overall I have had an amazing experience. it is safe to say that this campus offers a lot and the best part about it would have to be its diversity! Great people, cool professors, and an overall fun time! Especially with the concerts we have.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are multiple career fairs on campus. And from what I know, those who are in the business programs find really good jobs right after college.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The perimeters and past the campus would probably be the sketchiest places, but on campus you will fee totally safe. There are security that patrol around housing at night, escort services are available, and even transportation options for off campus students.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived in the dorms my first year and loved it!! Was in a triple loft so space and pricing was my main complaint, but other than that it was a great experience and would recommend for every incoming freshman. Definitely a great way to meet people and get comfortable adjusting to college living.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There is no Greek Housing at the school which probably affects why it isn't so big on campus. It is currently growing with the numbers of fraternities and sororities it has. But definitely something to look into for being involved on campus!

3 College Junior

Athletics: Our athletics program is a works in progress when it comes to school spirit. We have some really amazing teams but games aren't as impacted as compared to other schools. Can be fun to watch, but would be great if more people went to support.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: if I could do it all over again I would still choose my school! It is VERY diverse and I love that because you get to meet all sorts of people and learn/ experience a culture you probably never thought you would have. Also the staff is very helpful and understanding to each students needs.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The quality of the professors that I have had are very good. They do their best to make sure each student succeeds in their class if the student comes to them, considering that they may have 200+ students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have not tried looking for internships or connections yet, but I've heard that the career center helps each student based on their needs.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: People do all they can to help people that may be in trouble. They have support systems in place if that were to ever happen to anyone.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's not the best, and not the worst. The people are very outgoing and do their best to make you feel at home.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: According to what I've seen, Greek life is a big part of campus. A lot of the people are outgoing and try to recruit people to their frat/sorority.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Intramural sports are very competitive at UCR, much like varsity sports. The people come out and support whenever there are games.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although UCR is in the middle of the valley, students can forget about the heat by hanging out with friends around the area. It is unique because of the area and the people.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't necessarily engage in the athletics portion of my school, but the gymnasiums and various fields/courts they offer are well-beyond average.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most classes are a mixture of trying to understand every convoluted topic discussed and trying to stay awakw

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school provides a wide range of courses that will intrigue different students of various backgrounds and interests. The size of the classes are excellent and allow students to participate and engage in the material.

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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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