University of California-Riverside.

University of California-Riverside

Riverside, CA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of California-Riverside

The University of California, Riverside (UCR or UC Riverside) is a public land-grant research university in Riverside, California. It is one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system. The main campus sits on 1,900 acres (769 ha) in a suburban district of Riverside with a branch campus of 20 acres (8 ha) in Palm Desert. In 1907, the predecessor to UCR was founded as the UC Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside which pioneered research in biological pest control and the use of growth regulators responsible for extending the citrus growing season in California from four to nine months. Some of the world's most important research collections on citrus diversity and entomology, as well as science fiction and photography, are located at Riverside. UCR's undergraduate College of Letters and Science opened in 1954. The Regents of the University of California declared UCR a general campus of the system in 1959, and graduate students were admitted in 1961. To accommodate an enrollment of 21,000 students by 2015, more than $730 million has been invested in new construction projects since 1999. Preliminary accreditation of the UC Riverside School of Medicine was granted in October 2012 and the first class of 50 students was enrolled in August 2013. It is the first new research-based public medical school in 40 years.UCR is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity." The 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings places UCR tied for 35th among top public universities and ranks 85th nationwide. Over 27 of UCR's academic programs, including the Graduate School of Education and the Bourns College of Engineering, are highly ranked nationally based on peer assessment, student selectivity, financial resources, and other factors. Washington Monthly ranked UCR 2nd in the United States in terms of social mobility, research and community service, while U.S. News ranks UCR as the fifth most ethnically diverse and, by the number of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants (42 percent), the 15th most economically diverse student body in the nation. Over 70% of all UCR students graduate within six years without regard to economic disparity. UCR's extensive outreach and retention programs have contributed to its reputation as a "university of choice" for minority students. In 2005, UCR became the first public university campus in the nation to offer a gender-neutral housing option.UCR's sports teams are known as the Highlanders and play in the Big West Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. Their nickname was inspired by the high altitude of the campus, which lies on the foothills of Box Springs Mountain. The UCR women's basketball team won back-to-back Big West championships in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, the men's baseball team won its first conference championship and advanced to the regionals for the second time since the university moved to Division I in 2001.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 20,044 students
  • 0.22 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of California-Riverside

Soil Science
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Soil Science, Visual and Performing Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Botany, Ecology, Microbiology, and Neuroscience.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

25,001 students out of 43,682 applicants were accepted into University of California-Riverside. They had an average SAT score of 1215. 91% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 51% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of California-Riverside was $41,931, while for in-state students it was $13,917. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $42,713.

The average financial aid at University of California-Riverside is $19,964. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $21,967 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of California-Riverside

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

81% of undergraduate students at University of California-Riverside received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of California-Riverside

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Riverside was of $15,542 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,316.

Diversity at University of California-Riverside

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017