University of California - Riverside

2,848 reviews
  1. Riverside, CA
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
University of California - Riverside is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference
Address
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521

University of California - Riverside Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
58%
SAT Range
1010-1250
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$13,110/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,678/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,518/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,013/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,570/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,091/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.214 responses
33%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.216 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.214 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,445Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
55%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 129 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    57%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • On The Go
    16%
  • High
    3%
  • Energetic
    1%
  • Naive
    1%
  • Rude
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.264 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.321 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 145 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    44%
  • Interesting
    18%
  • Awesome
    17%
  • Engaging environment
    8%
  • Redemption
    4%
  • Chill
    3%
  • High
    3%

After University of California - Riverside

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
68%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.163 responses

Reviews

2,848 reviews
  • Excellent
    313
  • Very Good
    982
  • Average
    1309
  • Poor
    198
  • Terrible
    46
I love my school! UC Riverside is a school that everyone seems to put on the back burner and many people do not know that it actually fosters a wonderful environment for students of all different diversities. Our school is especially known to be the top UC in terms of diversity and I believe that this environment makes UCR a unique and enjoyable experience for everyone attending the school. There are flaws in the UC system, just as there are in many other school systems, but needless to say, UCR is actively working to make our university even better than it is now. And although many students come to this school out of necessity (and not because it was necessarily their first/top choice school), this university leaves a lasting impression on anyone who attends and that is why, despite some people's doubts, would choose my school over and over again if given the choice.
  • College Sophomore
  • 10 months ago
Came to UCR because it was a full ride for me, both tuition and housing, not because I particularly liked it (although the tour did make up my mind for me). Now you couldn't pay me enough to leave. It's really a great school. Professors are engaged and care. Students seem to be mostly focused. Sports aren't a distraction since they're not really a big thing. It is competitive enough but not so competitive that it is suffocating - if you try enough it will pay off 100x. Campus apartments are really awesome and dorms are as well. Dorms aren't really affordable but when are they ever? Campus apartments are affordable enough. Grad student TAs are awesome! Only had one really bad one and the rest have been GREAT without exception.
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months ago
Lived in Pentland Hills freshman year. Fairly quiet but it is still a freshmen dorm so put "quiet" in that context. Suite style is solid. There's a full size fridge and freezer and kitchen sink/microwave in the suite lounge, and also mini fridge and freezer and microwave in room. 2 showers, 2 bathrooms. Has card access but it is only used for the main building door - go figure. Get a double. There is just not enough room for 3 people in those rooms. Good number and variety of programs if you're interested. I went to a few. Dorms are quite expensive - $15,000+ for a double for a year.

Currently live in Oban campus apartments in a 2 bed deluxe. I have my own room, the other room is a double. Suuuuper spacious. Appliances are old but fully functional. There are bugs because it's the Inland Empire and the buildings are old but they are VERY responsive to requests for pest control and it is at no cost to you. Not furnished but I like it that way because I like to bring in my own furniture. It's $7800/yr for your own bedroom in a 2 bedroom. Very reasonable.

Getting dorms is the easiest thing ever, you just have to pay the deposit by the deadline. Getting an apartment is harder. You have to show up to a place and sit there for hours to wait to talk to a contracts rep. If you want to live with friends your options will be limited - you'll be "stuck" in Glen Mor most likely which is very nice but insanely expensive. If you just do it alone like me you'll 99% likely get what you want. I got precisely what I wanted.

Professional, salaried staff is always professional and friendly. Response to service requests is very quick and satisfactory. Student staff is very subpar. Often quite rude and unfriendly and unhelpful. I just email my questions in now so that they're answered by someone that knows what the hell they're talking about.

Overall very satisfied!
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months ago