UC Riverside

Wherever your journey started, there’s a place for you at the University of California, Riverside.

We honor a heritage of world-class academic excellence within the UC system and stand as one of the most ethnically diverse research public universities in the nation – the 4th most diverse university in the U.S. (Forbes, 2016).

UCR is singled out for having no racial disparity in graduation rates (The Education Trust and the Los Angeles Times, 2017). We are also in the Top 4% of best colleges for education quality, affordability and alumni success (Money Magazine, 2017).

Academic highlights

Enjoy hands-on experience with undergraduate research, as UCR is one of the few universities to offer faculty-led research opportunities to all undergrads! We are the 7th public research university in the nation to produce important research while extending social opportunity to students from unprivileged backgrounds (Brookings Institute, 2017). Then get the competitive edge with first-year and transfer student success programs, full-service career counseling, internships, 100+ study abroad opportunities and more. 


Every program is designed to ensure student success – thanks to the support of award-winning faculty, inspiring mentors and close community connections. Plus you’ll enjoy a “home away from home” vibe with eight historic Ethnic & Gender Programs and forward-thinking Student Health and Wellness Services.

Colleges and schools

Become an innovator at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. Explore human meaning at the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Improve quality of life at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Or become one of tomorrow’s leaders through our Graduate School of Education, School of Business Administration (one of two UCs with a business administration major), School of Public Policy (the only UC with a public policy major) and School of Medicine (the first public medical school on the West Coast in more than 40 years).


Learn from and network with a dedicated UCR faculty (98% hold PhDs), including 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 U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. You’ll also enjoy UCR’s extremely attractive student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1.


Discover the UCR Library’s more than 3 million print volumes, nearly 500,000 e-books, 143,000 serials and the famed Eaton Collection, one of the world's largest collections of science fiction, fantasy, horror, utopian literature and related genres.

Financial aid 

You can afford a UC degree – regardless of income and without going into debt. 86% of UCR undergrads receive financial aid, and 70% have tuition and fees covered – thanks to grants and scholarships. UCR is #1 in the nation for Pell Grant performance, and recipients typically earn more than their families within 5 years of graduation!

Clubs and activities

Enhance your college experience with UCR’s 400+ student organizations, themed residence halls, state-of-the-art student recreation center and health & wellness events. Then amp up the fun with UCR’s signature music festivals, world-class athletics and extreme outdoor excursions.


Cheer on UCR’s Highlanders as they compete in 17 sports within the NCAA Division I Big West Conference: men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and indoor/outdoor track and field, as well as baseball, softball and volleyball.

Environment and tempo

UCR is located in Riverside – an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, Hollywood, Disneyland, mountain resorts and famous beaches. Riverside is a multicultural hub, nationally ranked for entertainment, diversity and recreation. It is also among the Top 10 “Coolest Cities” (Forbes) and the Top 10 “Fastest-Growing Economies” in the U.S. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Students enjoy the liveliness of Riverside’s centralized location and UCR’s quiet, park-like setting. Take a tour, and see for yourself why UCR is right where you want to be!