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Reviews 2578 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: UCR is the most diverse campus of the UC's, and most of the people I've met here are extremely tolerant and accepting of others, no matter their differences.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's noticeable that people use drugs and alcohol, but most people are smart about it. There isn't really any peer pressure to drink or do drugs as far as I know, as my friend group doesn't push me to try something I don't want to. Policy enforcement depends on the person.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some courses I have taken were very easy to understand, while others, strictly due to the professor, were difficult to grasp. The overall quality is amazing, but some professors have very monotonous voice and while they know the material, they can't teach and convey it very well.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UCPD doesn't always catch the perpetrator. On campus, I generally feel very safe and usually don't have to worry about any safety issues.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is great and definitely more affordable than other UCs. Only complaint is that Freshman (first years) are forced to live either in dorms or off campus. I would have preferred an apartment for the affordability, but the dorms turned out to be a great experience. I got lucky and had a social hall, so we all connected and bonded quickly. The dorms are located very close to the classes, as they're on campus. In my opinion, Lothian is the best dorming option, as its both affordable and has a dining hall. The rooms are better than Aberdeen Inverness, and far cheaper than Pentland Hills (which has no dining hall, but is suite style).

3 College Freshman

Athletics: At UCR, the sports scene isn't very big. Our main sports are Basketball and Volleyball, but I can say not many people are involved in them, and it definitely isn't a huge part of our campus life. The only reason I started attending these games (both men and women's) was because of pep band. The team performance for women's teams is incredible, and for men's it could definitely use a little work. The fan support is there, but not nearly as prominent as other schools. Our school spirit, while there, is somewhat lacking, which I feel is partially due to other campuses outshining ours, deterring students from going to UCR's spirit events.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: When I was first accepted to UCR, I was disappointed that it was the only school I got into. I was convinced of the stigma it had about being "UC Rachetside," or "UC Rejects." It definitely made me disgusted at the thought of attending here, but hey, it was a UC. Despite my former dislike for the school, I can now, after my first year, proudly say that I am grateful to attend such an amazing school. It may be one of the "lower" UCs, but after attending there my first year, UCR is definitely my favorite of the UCs. From my experience there, I have seen very passionate professors and staff, who deeply care about the success of students and of the school as a whole. As the most diverse UC campus, you can very easily see it just by walking around. Students are walking and socializing with others of different backgrounds, finding commonalities in their major interest or extracurricular activities. Overall, I'd say that going to UCR is the best decision I have made.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Food is expensive, grocery stores are far and the bus system is trash

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not really a sports school..

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm a part of greek life and everyone hates greek life except for the parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are incidents but that happens everywhere so its ok

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: there are career fairs and centers but not super helpful

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, its a great campus!

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It really depends on the professor that one has.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A degree from here is noteworthy.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never felt like I was in danger.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Best part is meeting new friends/allies.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is amazing here.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It could be a little bit better.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I enjoy watching our sporting events

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I adore UCR. Extremely happy with my choice.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The area in which the school is located is not the safest, However, the school provides a variety of resources to increase the amount of safety on campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are constant opportunities for you to network here. With multiple job fairs, internship opportunities, and the career center, the utilization of such resources should easily make your degree much more usable.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have learned so much in the short amount of time I have been here. Although I have the occasional unfavorable professor, my learning experience has ultimately been great.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms is convenient and fun, completely shaping your college experience.

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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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