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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My first year I decided to live in the dorms. It was a very interesting and adventurous experience, but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. For instance, the shower situation is not always the best, sometimes all of the showers are taken and you must wait for a turn. Overall, I did enjoy my time there and I was sad when moving out day came around.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Although I am not in a sorority, I do know many girls who are. I also know many fraternity men, they are always very welcoming and friendly. Even if you are not the most interactive person on campus, there are always open invites to their activities.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I do not really participate with the athletics department, but I know the games are always a big deal and the student body always supports the team members and their success.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I would choose my school all over again because of how diverse and friendly the campus is. My first day of class I could not find the building I needed to go to, even with the campus map. I asked a woman if she could help me and it was that simple, most of the faces you will meet on campus are always willing to help. The environment is pleasant to be around and very welcoming.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: So much enthusiasm at games. The cheers pump you up and that's what I love.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I love the friendly environment when walking onto campus. The people are amazing, you feel at home and that's what I was worried about. Walking onto campus I know this is my ground where I'm supposed to be.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Classes aren't too overwhelming. People are very nice and it is easy to get around on campus.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I haven't heard a lot about this. But, UCR does provide opportunities. People do get jobs after studying at this school. It all just requires for research and making sure you worth hard for it.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've only heard of a few incidents that have happened involving sexual assault. UCR provides help and is very serious about this topic.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing wasn't the best for me. But, overall a lot of people seem happy about it.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There are a lot on campus. They seem to be friendly.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Everyone on campus is friendly and approachable. The students in classes are kind and the professors care about the success of students. There are many opportunities and activities on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I liked my experience first year and I learned a lot more than just major wise so that was great. However the location is not that great.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school has many opportunities for my major, neuroscience, so I feel like I will greatly benefit from the school

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is an escort system however it ends at 11, the time when students would tend to get hurt if out late so its not the most effective however it helps somewhat

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I had a great time at orientation and I am going to move in the 18.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is really good with showing energy and enthusiasm. We also have songs about Riverside and school pride is really appreciated.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are rarely any issues with assault in this school, but of course there are many people that can be reached out to like Care Health, Counselors, Advisors, and Campus Police.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is not the best. For the price paid the quality and the size was not worth it. The food was not great. However it was a good experience meeting new people and making friends

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am going to dorm in the residence hall of AI. I will be forming with 2 other girls.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm barely going to join, Im a freshman.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school is not know for its athletics however the facilities are updated. Both varsity sports and club/intramural sports are attended but not always.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I really can't wait to start playing soccer in Riverside.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is a good school

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is very diverse and people are friendly however the location is okay. There are things to do but its not the most fun college environment

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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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