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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in Glen Mor now, and it is honestly the nicest place to live out of all the campus housing options. It's clean and it's social but not too loud, there's a pool, Glen Mor Market is a convenient place to go when you want to eat or grab a snack, and it's relatively close to other spots on campus. The only downside to living in Glen Mor is how expensive it is. In addition to being the nicest of all the housing options, it is also the most expensive. The rooms are pretty nice and so is the apartment, but the amount you have to pay is, in my opinion, disproportionate to the rate at which they charge per quarter. But, if you don't mind paying more than the dorms for housing, this is a really nice place to live.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am personally not involved in Greek life and I believe that while some Greeks go outside of the stereotypes that are so common now, many of the Greeks are exactly how the stereotypes portray them: mainly clique-y and exclusive, especially towards those who are not in Greek and openly express that they disagree with the way Greeks handle and treat situation with non-Greeks. Like I said, not everyone in Greek life is like that, but there are just some fraternities and sororities that act that way. The problem is that those groups that do act lilke that also happen to be the big ones on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not heavily involved in the sports culture of UCR but this school has a lot of spirit and pride when it comes to sporting events and games. There are always flyers around talking about the next sporting event, hundreds of people show up to all the games (the basketball games are the most popular), and everyone in general seems to have genuine excitement for athletics at my school.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: 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.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym is extremely nice and has plenty of equipment.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I have a great chemistry teacher. He really understands the concepts and is able to clearly explain them to the class. The only professor I did not appreciate was my pre-calculus teacher. He understood the concepts but was unorganized and did a terrible job at explaining the concepts.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: A lot of people here are from very different backgrounds. I have never seen someone acting rudely with someone who was different than them. Acceptance of different backgrounds, races, etc. is very high.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: So far, I have not seen anyone drinking or doing drugs around school.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Last quarter, there were multiple reports of criminal behavior occurring around the campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Joining a learning community was a great choice since all your science and math classes are with the same people. I have only had one teacher that I did not like.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You can go to the career center and they will help you find a job or get information on a future job.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have heard that many people get along with their roommates and are very happy.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: No one judges each other just because someone did not join a sorority or fraternity.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: People are always encouraged to promote their school spirit.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UCR promotes school spirit by regularly giving free gear to those with spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have an on campus escort system that we can use at all times, but it closes at 11:30pm. Parking is a hassle because it is always far away so I think that plays a huge part in this situation.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are always available during their office hours and they are always very friendly and open. They do care about you and your grade and always do their best into helping you understand the material. There are a lot of courses to chose from when you are doing breadth courses.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The are always workshops going on and career fairs with lots of options and possibilities of internships and volunteering calls that you could easily look into. You just have to learn to take advantage of them when you can.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus but I have been to Glen Mors dorms a couple of times with some friends and I really liked them. They were pretty modern and spacious, it was like an actual apartment and each person had their own room which was very convenient. It seemed calm and serene, but I can't speak for everyone since I actually don't live there.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are loads of greek houses at our school, frats and sororities always looking for recruits. Personally I like finding friends on my own, not having to pay for them. Greek life is too expensive when all they do is party. Don't get me wrong they still are human and sometimes do other stuff than party, but I still feel that greek life only divided the unity of the campus. In our school there is no dominating greek group that stands out, every frat or sorority always minds their business and stays in between their own circles.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics in the school are big but not as big as they could be. Every sport has its following but i wouldn't say that there is one in particular that the entire school follows. Truth is we aren't exactly the best teams as much as I wish we were, so every one just kind of overlooks them. A handful of people still attend the games, it isn't as if no one goes. I think they get the attention they need, not more or less.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At first my school wasn't the one I wanted to go to because it was the one closest to my home. I always looked down on it because I wanted to go away from home (as does every newly high school graduated teen) for college to have the full "college experience." But when reality hit, UCR is the one I had to settle with. Being here now I now see that this school inn itself is actually very beautiful, the campus is really one I have adapted to and I absolutely love it. I now appreciate this school and regret ever looking down on it because it is just as good as any other school I could have gone to. The fact that it isn't as big as other schools makes the classroom experiences a lot better, in the way that i don't have to be in a classroom full of 800 students for every class I take. I'm glad i ended up in this school, i honestly wouldn't change it now for no other. UCR is my home.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I think the safety on campus is okay. I just need to spend more time here to get comfortable.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: For a big university the academics are pretty good! It's just managing your time in order to get the best seat.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are many resources available for us! It is up to us to take advantage.

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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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