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Reviews 2195 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: All asian food. thats it.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Same faces different parties. same themes every year. Its not that fun.

3 College Junior

Administration: There are laws at all schools, do not cheat, attend your classes, do not do drugs on campus. Now we have a new law, no smoking on campus. Besides that its fine. Never got in trouble for anything.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The sooner you fill out FASFA the better it is. Make sure to be honest on the application and add multiple schools that you might even consider transfer to just in case you want to take a course or so.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Could have been better. Have more trending options rather than insignificant gross places.

1 College Junior

Campus Housing: living on campus is not that great. I moved into the best dorms on campus in my freshman year, and i lasted two weeks and had to move out. I hated the atmosphere, made me feel lonely and out of place. Unfortunately they didn't allow me to cancel my contract so i had to pay for the dorms for the rest of the year, including my rent where i was living.

The price for living on campus is outrages. I have been living off campus and i enjoy all of my accommodations and atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There's a pretty big variety of off campus housing at UCR, however, only some of them are worth the money or aren't located in a shady area of town.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The only bad thing about the Off-Campus Dining at UCR is that you usually need a car to access the good places.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene at UCR is very exclusive. The Greek community is very exclusive and superficial. Usually only the greek frats throw parties that are any good and those are hard to get into mostly due to the fact that you have to know someone to get an invite/address and you need a car to get to the party.

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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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