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3 College Sophomore

Academics: science/engineer major are generally more challenging than humanities and arts

5 College Sophomore

Academics: This school is very competitive and hard.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It all depends on the professor you have.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Work load varies, some classes fill quickly

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Workload is somewhat heavy for science majors, each professor teaches differently and has his/her own set of requirements, opportunities are available for laboratory research for unit credit, volunteer, or paid programs, and there are both on-campus and off-campus jobs

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Opinions about UCR academics are all over the spectrum, specifically in regards to the instructors. Most students believe the actual classes are up to par with UC standards, as UCR even offers courses not available at any other university. Talking to peers is the best way to find out “inside” information about the best and worst professors and courses. Large classes are becoming increasingly more common due to budget cuts, so the smaller discussion sections are a godsend for struggling students.

While many students find the majority of professors to be immensely knowledgeable, some find interaction with them to be difficult, since they're often very busy. TAs generally are more approachable and accessible, as they are in charge of the mandatory discussion sections of large classes, which allow for more one-on-one possibilities. The professors and TAs both have required office hours, and it can only benefit the student who takes the time to utilize the opportunity to clarify lectures and assignments or simply for a chat. Due to class variety and quantity being trimmed because of budget concerns, keeping a full schedule of required courses can be reduced to sheer luck. It's highly recommended to stay proactive and consistently exchange information with fellow students about the classes available.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
712
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
131
Total FT Faculty
1,045
Faculty with Terminal Degree
99%
Average Faculty Salary
$100,092
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
43%
Graduation Rate
66%
Programs/Majors Offered
83
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 38%
  • 20 to 49 students: 39%
  • 50 or more students: 23%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Bourns College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 4%
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Sociology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Mathematics
  • Science (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Washington semester
Online Courses
Online courses are only available through the UCR Extension program. Subjects covered include education training, technical skills, editing/writing, transportation, and medicine. There are four delivery methods for classes offered online: instructor-led (students complete work and interact with classmates and the instructor via discussion boards, with some live chat sessions), live webcasts and archives (lectures are virtual classrooms with live video and audio), self-paced courses (all materials available online and started and completed at learner's discretion), and blended/hybrid learning (combines face-to-face instruction with online discussion).
Best Places to Study
  • Computer labs
  • Designated residence hall study rooms
  • The HUB (especially the second and third floors)
  • Libraries (Science and Rivera)
  • Starbucks
Tips to Succeed
  • Be social. Discussion sections often require group work, and student study sessions are always great for preparing for finals.
  • Don't procrastinate. UCR considers research very important, and virtually all classes will require reading of some kind along with busywork. Once you fall behind, it's extremely difficult to catch up.
  • Go to every lecture and discussion. Not every professor puts their notes online, and there will always be information that you will not be able to get any other way. You may even lose participation points or grade levels for skipping class.
  • Take advantage of the libraries and the people who work in them. The librarians are literally there to serve you and can help you find information in many different places. The SCOTTY catalog has great resources online, and some professors will put textbooks on reserve for financially-strapped students.
Did You Know?
  • UCR is the only UC campus offering creative writing as an undergraduate major, thus making the campus a magnet for the best young writers in California.
  • Business (including pre-business, business prep, and business administration) is the most popular major at UCR.
  • UCR's doctoral program in dance theory was the first of its kind in the nation. It attracts dancers from all over the world who document and perpetuate the art form.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 101 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 26% Jamie Chung - actress, "Real World" cast member
  • 15% Billy Collins - U.S. poet laureate 2001-2003
  • 12% REza Aslam, author
  • 9% Steve Breen - editorial cartoonist, Pulitzer recipient
  • 9% Tim D. White - paleoathropologist, professor
  • 9% Elizabeth George - NYT bestselling author
  • 6% Richard R. Schrock - Nobel Prize winner, chemistry
  • 6% Nakul Dev Mahajan - Bollywood choreographer
  • 3% Jack Clarke Jr. - California attorney
  • 3% Robert Del Grande - famous chef
  • 3% Leslie Hickle - biotechnologist

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 102 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 16 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 14 responses

  • 7% This was my dream school.
  • 50% This was one of my top choices.
  • 43% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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