University of California – Riverside

Also known as UC Riverside

900 University Ave, Riverside, CA

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UCR boasts an excellent faculty that includes honored scholars and active researchers. UCR has been ranked among the top universities by U.S. News & World Report. According to a Washington Monthly 2011 report, it is ranked fifth in the nation among universities that contribute to the public good.

Students at UCR address issues that are critical to developing communities, participating in study programs that explore water, energy, air, transportation, politics, history, culture, the arts, and healthcare. UCR offers more than 80 bachelor's degree programs, 46 master's degree programs, 38 doctoral programs, and 17 teaching and administration credential programs.


After approval by the University of California Regents, the College of Letters and Science was founded in Riverside in 1954. It was declared a "general campus" in 1959. In 1960, the Graduate Division was established. Since those early years, the University of California - Riverside has grown from a small college to a top research university.


The academic calendar for UCR follows the quarter system, with fall, winter, spring and summer quarters. The summer quarter is called "Summer Session."

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools of UCR include:

  • College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS)
  • College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS)
  • Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCoE)
  • School of Business Administration (SOBA)
  • The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM)
  • Graduate School of Education (GSOE)
  • The Division of Biomedical Sciences (partners with UCLA to offer a path to a medical degree)
  • School of Medicine (projected to enroll its first class in Fall 2012) 

The UCR University Extension offers continuing education to the community as well as English instruction to thousands of international students each year.

Student Life

UCR is a very active campus, with more than 300 student clubs and activities to get involved in. There are many fine arts and musical performances available on and around campus, with many student discounts or free activities available for entertainment and recreation. Greek Life is also active at UCR, with many local chapters of fraternities and sororities. The local community of Riverside around campus also offers many opportunities for culture, recreation and entertainment.

Student services include an academic resource center, student counseling, health and wellness, on campus dining, and more.


The traditional colors of University of California - Riverside are blue and gold. The school mascot is a bear. The athletic teams are nicknamed the UCR "Highlanders."

The UCR Bell Tower and Carillon is a landmark tower on campus that reaches more than 160 feet into the sky. Within the top of the tower is a musical instrument comprised of nearly 50 tuned brass bells. The bells range in weight from 28 pounds to 5,091 pounds. It is a campus tradition for Carillon concerts to be played throughout the year.


The UCR "Highlanders" athletics teams participate in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

UCR students have much to enjoy in the Inland Southern California region in and around Riverside ("R'side"). There are many restaurants for fine dining, shopping venues, theatres and concert houses, museums and art galleries, parks and outdoor recreation areas, and more. Many theme parks and Southern California attractions are within easy driving distance of the UCR campus.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the candidates UC Riverside accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at University of California – Riverside is around 21,000 students. The student body is made up of 87% undergraduate students and 19% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,400. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $70 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $11,000-$13,000
    • Out-of-State: $36,000-$43,110
  • Room and board is estimated to cost around $17,000

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid91%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships89%$18,411
Receiving Student Loans53%$5,609

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, University of California – Riverside may provide student services like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of UC Riverside is close to 66%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years41%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
    • * Accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation (since 2004)

Intercollegiate Athletics

UC Riverside is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big West Conference)
  • Basketball (Big West Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big West Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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