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University of California, Riverside

California, United States

Est. 1954

Ranked among top 100 universities in US

About University of California, Riverside

Established in 1907, the University of California at Riverside is a public research university and is counted in one of the 10 general campuses of the University of California system. With the motto ‘Let there be light’ the university has literally made stars out of the students. The University of California, Riverside is home to some of the world’s most important research collections on citrus diversity and entomology, as well as science fiction and photography.

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Riverside, an adventurous part of the enormous city of California. It is also the most populous city in the Inland Empire and the Riverside County located about 89km east of downtown of Los Angeles. California is known for its upbeat vibe and every corner has something for you. The northeastern side of the city, Riverside is considered as the water kingdom of California. Rafting, Kayaking, and other water sports are available here at Riverside.


Here comes the best thing about this university, its infrastructure. Established in a huge 1200 acres of ground, the campus feels like a new world within itself. A clock tower as a landmark in the center, the university is surrounded with green covers and beautiful school buildings which include dorms. UCR has a famous name on citrus groves which is the reason why Citrus groves and row crops occupy the remaining 295 acres (119 ha) stretching northwest to the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Le Conte Drive.


Weather at UCR is irresistible during summers with an average of 36C temperature. The area is an arid region but winters are pretty good with an average of 15C temperature. The climate is dry and humidity is comparatively low as compared to other states. Overall temperature wouldn’t disappoint you as the campus’s forest acts as a catalyst and makes one feel pleasant within.

Faculty and pedagogy

The University of California, Riverside comprises of 850 faculty members ranging from established professors in the best of their research to aspiring academics who will bring new ideas to the established field of research. The University of Calfornia, Riverside has a reputation for innovation, so the faculty members are dedicated researchers who strive to cause positive economic, scientific and social changes in the field of research.

Financial aid

86% of the undergraduates receive financial aid at the University of Calfornia, Riverside and 70% of them have their full fees covered by grants or scholarships. The students who borrow Federal loans graduate with an average student loan debt of $21,500 which is 1/5th of the actual tuition and housing expense.

Jobs and placements

Being situated in California, the University has deep connections with the best firms out there. There are numerous career fairs, internships and on-campus placements being held every year. As of January 2018, the minimum wage is $11, here. The goal of the Career Centre at the University of California is to provide you with the tools and support necessary to assist you in locating your ideal employee.


More than 94,000 students have already graduated from UCR. Some of the notable alumni are -

  • Steve Breen - Editorial cartoonist and two time Pulitzer Prize winner (1998 and 2009.)
  • Billy Collins - The 11th U.S. Poet Laureate.
  • Dr. Richard R. Schrock - Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
  • Tim D. White - Paleoanthropologist - named one of Time Magazine's ‘100 Most Influential People of 2010’ for his work with Lucy, one of the oldest known Hominin.
  • Charles E. Young - UCR's first student body president, later became Chancellor of UCLA.


It is always difficult to choose a university while studying abroad, as you never have a word of mouth suggestion for it. UCR is best known for its Science and Biology department but lacks at some aspects such as Psychology. Before getting into UCR do get in contact with the alumni to know about your specific course. The campus has its own perks and the university has a deep connection with firms which makes a good point to take admissions there.

Residing Options

Besides all the necessary facilities, the three Residence Halls - Aberdeen-Inverness, Lothian and Pentland Hills of the University of Calfornia, Riverside consists of programs, activities, and amenities designed to help you adjust to college and guide you towards your personal path of success. The special factor about these residential halls are, they have professional staff and trained Residential Advisors who transform the Residential Halls into a home.

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