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Reviews 2185 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: UCR's administration is pretty good for the most part. They're pretty lax about certain issues but can be caught up over silly things.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: UCR is very generous with its financial aid, which is something that I am grateful for.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining on UCR is alright. The dining halls aren't especially good and can be really unhealthy (Lothian is nicer than AI though). The other options on UCR's campus are pretty plentiful and not all bad, just a little pricey and not worth the amount of food you're paying for. Some of the dining is out of the way too, such as the Barn. The flexibility you have with the dining plan is very little. You can't swipe other people in once you max out on your guest swipes (which you only have 4 of) and a lot of times those swipes go to waste. There are also very few options where you can use your swipes (you can use them at the dining hall, logo's, and Chameleon at night). Dining dollars are nice but you go through them very quickly.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing for UCR is pretty nice. The dorms are nice and the rooms are pretty spacious (with the exception of the non-lofted triples in pentland). Its a shame the options are so limited but that's mostly because UCR is a commuter school.

3 College Junior

Local Area: The areas around here seem fine in the daylight, but it is dangerous to be out at night, especially alone since crime has been spiking recently. There are also activities outside the school that brings people to look forward to something

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Most of the courses I have taken personally can be done but most of the time, it lies with the professor's inability to teach effectively. The subjects are interesting but the problem is that there is not enough time for people to absorb the information given and process it so one can understand it. Professors either do not put enough time into it because of their research or because they are lost on the topic they are teaching. However, the Professors do having amazing graduate assistants who pick up most of the slack and make sure the students understand the material taught.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There is not much I can say other than UCR is a widely recognized school for its growing research in fields of science and engineering. The school provides many occasions throughout the year opportunities such as job fairs for students that are pursuing careers and desire experience and work to further their education and knowledge.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: In the years I have been here at UCR, it has always been safe for me since I have never personally run into trouble. However, now more caution is being taken due recent events with mugging and stealing in places close to the campus.

3 College Junior

Athletics: To tell the truth, there is little to no presence of athletics on campus. Unless you pass by the sports fields, you will not notice that there are sports and teams on campus. However, with the new gym's construction, there has been a slight increase in people participating in sports, which has led more people to attend the games on campus whether varsity or intramural, even though the teams do lose occasionally.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: UCR HOUSING SUCKS. THEY WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE HELL. I GOT IN TROUBLE FOR SOME STUPID SH** AND THEY WILL NOT LEAVE ME ALONE. DO NOT LIVE IN LOTHIAN.

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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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