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4 College Sophomore

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

1 person found this useful Report
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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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: High school was a huge pain in terms of the workload, but I also made a lot of great friends there that I wouldn't trade for the world

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: UC Riverside is great! The diversity and the lovely student body are very open minded to new ideas. The downside of it is the extremely expensive dormitory and the unbearable bipolar weather.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It looks and feels very much like where I currently live. I wanted to start fresh and live in a cooler area

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are some logistical issues with regards to planning your academic career, especially if you come in with a lot of AP credits as I did. The advisors don't exactly do all that much to help you, considering you can research most of what they're going to say the day before you go to see them. Due to an snafu with regards to the biology department, I had to change majors due to being rendered unable to take science classes for a whole year and a half. I attempted to add the science curriculum back in this year, in order to pursue medical school, however the school would not allow it as I was now a humanities major, I didn't meet the pre-med requirements of humanities due to the structure of my major, and I would have gone over the unit cap and had to stay extra time at school. Otherwise, the school has been great as you can basically do your own thing and there is a lot less pressure than at other UCs and a lot of resources for everyone.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At first I thought I wouldn't like the school, but after taking some time and exploring the resources they offer, I really fell involve with the school. I made amazing friends and took some interesting classes. I joined kendo club and I'm actually not bad at kendo. UCR also has one of the best Business programs in the country. The only downside is the Riverside heat. I wouldn't hesitate to choose UCR again.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: It has a gym where people can get a good work out with the latest equipment. The student center has good help on a wide variety of introductory courses such as math and science. Many events of different culture occur that give many a uniques experience.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls on campus are great people for the most part. They dress decently as well, except for when big parties occur and girls where less clothing and the guys do not even try to look well.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school is very distinct for being diverse, since it has many clubs on campus for every kind of race possible from hispanis to african americans, to asians as well. One of my best experiences was living in the dorms since the community that lived ther was very friendly and nice to new people coming in.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Los Angeles is an hour and a half to two hours away.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of apartment complexes nearby welcoming UCR students.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Riverside is not exactly the culinary capital of California. The food choices are pretty poor around the university.

4 College Junior

Administration: Any school policies affecting students are announced via campuswide email.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I do not have experience with the financial aid office.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: The food options on campus are very limited and mostly unhealthy.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: UCR has several different housing options, all within close proximity of the campus. It is mainly a commuter school though, so more than 60% of the student body lives off-campus.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: Literally never go to parties here. They're all boring, the music sucks, and no one can dance on beat.

2 College Freshman

Administration: It's a common thing for people to be doing hard drugs, like cocaine.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Only good because I'm in-state. All of my out of state friends get terrible aid.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Could be worse, but most definitely not worth the money.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am not living on campus but have been to several buildings and they are okay.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Its better than living on campus. Its more convenient because they have furniture and utilities and everything in the apartment. little cheaper than on campus but more luxurious and new.

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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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