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University of California - Riverside Overview

Located in Riverside, California, University of California - Riverside is a public institution. The location of UCR is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is University of California - Riverside Known For?

4,649 Undergraduate Awards
$40,458 Avg Cost After Aid
57% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at UCR is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UCR.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 87% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UCR bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $49,700 a year. That's about 22% more than their peers at other schools.

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University of California - Riverside Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UCR has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#110 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#175 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UCR.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#25 Most Popular Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Most Popular Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Most Popular Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Most Popular Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Most Popular Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Most Popular Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Most Popular History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UCR has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#52 Best Colleges for Sociology College Factual
#53 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#83 Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#92 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#121 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual

Where Is University of California - Riverside?

Location of University of California - Riverside

Contact details for UCR are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521
Phone: 951-827-1012
Website: www.ucr.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UCRiverside
Twitter: http://twitter.com/UCRiverside

How Do I Get Into UCR?

You can apply to UCR online at: admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html

Admission Requirements for UCR

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UCR?

57% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
91% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 57%, UCR does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 55%, and the acceptance rate for women is 59%.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to UCR submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 640. Math scores were between 540 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Riverside  ( 550 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Riverside  ( 540 to 660 )
200
800
UCR received ACT scores from 51% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 29. Math scores were between 22 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of California - Riverside  ( 22 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of California - Riverside  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Riverside  ( 23 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of California - Riverside?

$40,458 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
2.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UCR is $40,458. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UCR, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $5,370 a year. That adds up to $21,480 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCR is 2.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of California - Riverside Undergraduate Student Diversity

21,652 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 22,055 undergraduate students at UCR, with 21,652 being full-time and 403 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UCR

There are also 3,492 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 21,652 full-time undergraduates at UCR, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UCR

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of California - Riverside students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UCR Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7,403
Black or African American 794
Hispanic or Latino 8,969
White 2,456
International Students 836
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,194

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of California - Riverside. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 79 countries are represented at UCR. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Taiwan.

Online Learning at University of California - Riverside

161 Took All Classes Online
1,435 Took At Least One Class Online
4,774.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,435 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UCR has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 125th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UCR

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of California - Riverside was 4,774.8%. This is the #19 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UCR regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UCR majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
General Engineering 39%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UCR ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UCR.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Engineering #1
English Language & Literature #1
Writing Studies #1
Engineering #4

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of California - Riverside Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 621 119 0 740
Child Development & Psychology 453 13 9 475
General Biology 414 0 2 416
Sociology 279 8 5 292
Economics 227 6 12 245
Political Science & Government 216 8 3 227
Computer Science 135 44 15 194
Mathematics 143 19 11 173
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 163 0 0 163
General English Literature 135 4 12 151
Anthropology 121 7 5 133
General Education 0 118 10 128
Mechanical Engineering 92 28 8 128
Biomedical Engineering 94 18 14 126
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 100 10 5 115
Business/Managerial Economics 111 0 0 111
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 103 2 4 109
Electrical Engineering 67 18 17 102
Writing Studies 54 47 0 101
Chemistry 70 5 23 98
Chemical Engineering 72 5 19 96
History 82 4 4 90
Public Policy 72 17 0 89
Liberal Arts General Studies 82 0 0 82
Physics 42 24 12 78
Education Philosophy 60 0 0 60
General Engineering 0 59 0 59
Fine & Studio Arts 54 5 0 59
Natural Resources Conservation 45 4 5 54
Romance Languages 50 0 1 51
Computer Engineering 32 16 0 48
International Relations & National Security 45 0 0 45
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 33 2 8 43
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 42 0 1 43
Statistics 31 6 6 43
Ethnic Studies 37 1 4 42
Philosophy 38 2 1 41
Medicine 0 0 39 39
Sustainability Science 35 0 0 35
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 34 0 34
Materials Sciences 0 15 18 33
Geological & Earth Sciences 15 4 7 26
Botany/Plant Biology 11 1 12 24
Environmental Engineering 22 2 0 24
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 20 0 3 23
Finance & Financial Management 0 19 0 19
Area Studies 17 1 0 18
Other Social Sciences 18 0 0 18
Music 13 1 4 18
Dance 11 2 4 17
Zoology 8 1 6 15
Information Science 15 0 0 15
International Studies 15 0 0 15
Materials Engineering 12 0 0 12
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 2 9 11
Religious Studies 5 0 3 8
Public Administration 8 0 0 8
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 2 5 7
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 6 6
Classical Languages & Literature 4 0 0 4
East Asian Languages 4 0 0 4
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 4 0 4
Drama & Theater Arts 1 0 0 1
Soil Sciences 0 0 0 0
Accounting 0 0 0 0
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,649 707 332 5,688

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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