UC Riverside

Washington Monthly ranks UCR #2 in the nation based on contributions to the public good.

Academic highlights

UCR undergraduates learn from and work with innovative professors who have earned national and international recognition for their teaching and research. Undergraduate research is a hallmark of the UCR experience, and faculty members welcome the participation of undergraduates on their projects. Some students design their own research under the guidance of a professor.


Undergraduates may choose from more than 90 majors and 60 minors through the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the School of Business Administration. The campus also includes four graduate schools: The School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Education, the School of Public Policy and the Anderson School of Management. Riverside counts among its faculty Guggenheim fellows, members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a PEN/Hemingway Book Prize winner, a National Book Award finalist, and the United States Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera.

First-year students explore a broad spectrum of ideas through special programs such as the Freshman Discovery Seminars, the First Year Success Series and CHASS Connect. Learning in small classes from distinguished faculty, freshmen get up close and personal with subjects that expand their horizons.


The focal point for research and study on the campus, the University Library includes collections containing more than 3 million print volumes, almost 500,000 e-books, and 143,000 serials. Special Collections and University Archives is the home of the Tuskegee Airmen Collection and the famed J. Lloyd Eaton Collection, the largest cataloged collection of science fiction and fantasy literature in the world.

Clubs and activities

More than 400 student clubs, organizations, sororities and fraternities offer opportunities for community service and social activities. The campus and local community sponsor an abundance of events, including fine arts exhibits and performances, the annual Writers Week, visiting lecturers, comedy shows, up-and-coming bands and annual happenings such as Block Party, Homecoming, Spring Splash and the famous Heat Music Festival. UC Riverside is particularly proud of its Ethnic/Gender Student Programs, which include the groundbreaking Middle Eastern Students Center and Undocumented Student Programs.


Riverside competes in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. In recent years, the Highlanders have captured Big West championships in men's baseball, women's basketball, women's cross country and the 2015-16 championships in both men’s and women’s golf.

Environment and tempo

The 1,200-acre park-like campus and the region's sunny climate provide an ideal setting for outdoor activities. Students can meet for study groups in many of the quiet niches around campus, exercise in the greatly expanded Student Recreation Center or catch up with friends at the Bell Tower to listen to Wednesday "Nooner" concerts.