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UC Riverside is widely recognized as one of the most diverse research universities in the nation. Our multicultural and diverse student body
contributes to learning by broadening the exchange of ideas. UCR is on the leading edge of pioneering research that affects Californians. UCR
provides all of the benefits of a large university with the intimate feel of a much smaller college.
Student Characteristics (Fall 2008) More Undergraduate Success & Progress Rate
The Fall 2002 entering class shown in the graph below includes 3,509 First-Time
TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS 18,079 Freshmen and 859 First-Time Transfer Students.
Student Level and Enrollment Status Graduated from UCR Still Enrolled at UCR Enrolled at Another College
383 Status of First-time
-'%)345$* Freshmen Students 91%
Starting in Fall 2002
Six Years Later
Status of First-time
Starting in Fall 2002
!&$&''!! Four Years Later
0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
A 91% six-year success and progress rate means that 91% of students starting
UNDERGRADUATE PROFILE in 2002 either graduated or are still enrolled at UCR, or enrolled at another
Total Number of Undergraduate Students 15,708 college or university.
Gender Number Percent Average Time to Degree
Women 8,157 52%
First-Time Freshmen Transfer Students
Men 7,551 48% Entering in Fall 2002 Entering in Fall 2004
Average time to earn a Bachelor's Average time to earn a Bachelor's
Race/Ethnicity (US Citizens and Immigrants) Degree is 4.3 Years Degree is 2.4 Years
African American / Black 1,219 8%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 62 < 1%
Asian / Pacific Islander 6,311 40% 64.6% in 63.3% in
Four Years Two Years
Hispanic 4,365 28%
White 2,684 17%
29.4% in 29.1% in
International 274 2% Five Years Three
Race/Ethnicity Unknown 793 5% Years
6.0% in 7.7% in
California 15,534 99% Four Years
Other US 76 < 1%
Other Countries 98 < 1%
Retention Rates of New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Fall 2007 Entering Class
Average Age 21
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 4%
0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
University of California, Riverside Portrait
UC Riverside's College Portrait provides potential students and their parents with a wide range of information about UCR. Modeled on the current
national standards, UC Riverside's Portrait makes it easy to compare UCR to other colleges and universities. The UC Riverside College Portrait also
serves as a gateway to the many UC Riverside Web sites so even more information can be obtained about the campus.
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Costs of Attendance and Financial Aid More Undergraduate Admissions More
Typical Undergraduate Cost per Year Fall 2008 Applicants, Admits and Enrollees
without Financial Aid
(Full-Time, In-State Students Living On Campus)
Tuition & Fees Admitted
Room and Board
New Freshmen New Transfer Students
2009‐10 Total is $24,841
For more details on cost of a:endance, CLICK HERE
* Includes health insurance of $633 that may be waived Tests Required for Admission: SAT or ACT
** Books, transit, etc.
Middle 50% of
Entering New Freshmen SAT Score Range
Click Here Math SAT Scores 470-610
to get an estimate of your future UCR financial aid
Critical Reading SAT Scores 450-560
Financial Aid Awarded to Undergraduates Writing SAT Scores 450-570
Financial Aid Awarded to Undergraduates
Overall Financial Aid (2007-08)
Overall Financial Aid (2007-08) 73% of UCR undergraduates received
• During the 2007-08 academic year, Middle 50% of
• During the 2007-08 academic parent loans); average
financial aid (including student and year, 73% of UCR's award was
undergraduates received financial aid (including student
$14,233. H.S. GPA Range
and parent loans); the average award was $14,233. Freshmen High School GPA 3.1 - 3.6
Need-Based Grants and Scholarships* (2007-08) Transfer Student GPA 2.7 - 3.4
• 57% of Fall Grants and Scholarships* (2008-09)
Need-Based 2007 UCR undergraduates received need-based scholarships
or grant UCR undergraduates received
• 59% ofaid; average award was $10,306. need-based In the ranges above, 50% of enrolled students have test scores or GPAs in these
scholarships or grant aid; average award was $11,425. ranges, and 25% have scores or GPAs above and 25% have scores below.
Undergraduate class size range
• 46% of UCR undergraduates received Federal Pell Grants.
* Note: grants and scholarships are gift aid awards that do not have to
be repaid by the student.
Areas of Study and Degrees
Loans (2007-08 Graduating Class)
g Among students who graduated from UCR in 2007-08 and UCR offers more than 80 undergraduate programs of study.
started as freshmen, 62% borrowed while enrolled at
For a complete list, click here.
Loans (2006-07 Graduating Class)
• Average cumulative debt at graduation for these borrowers
Degrees Awarded at UCR in 2007-08
was $15,414. (All figures exclude parent loans.)
Percent of Freshmen Doctoral 224
Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid Total 4,149
State Grants 39%
Areas of Study at UCR with the Largest Number of Undergraduate
Degrees Awarded in 2007-08
Business Administration 18%
Institutional (UCR) 56%
Student Loans 50%
Any type of 74%
Financial Aid All other degree areas 50%
Note: Students may receive aid from more than one source. Source:
Fall 2007 IPEDS data Total 100%
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Student Research and Academic Excellence
At many colleges and universities, undergraduate involvement in research is almost nonexistent. At UCR, undergraduates have the opportunity to delve into
research, scholarship and other creative endeavors. Faculty members encourage students to get involved, and offer connections and resources to enrich the
research experience. With the help of faculty mentors, undergraduates are making groundbreaking discoveries in fields like mathematics, biochemistry, and
statistics. To learn more, click here.
Amazing Undergraduate Research
Making pharmaceutical drugs more affordable is one of the research projects
undergraduates are involved with in the Chemistry department. Students work in the
lab with faculty members, hoping to find new carbenes that will improve the efficiency
and durability of catalysts needed to produce drugs.
Students are also making history with their research efforts. One mathematics
undergraduate is trying to prove that sufficient evidence exists for elements of the
Koch Snowflake, a complex geometrical curve that originated in 1904. Another
student, a biological science major, is studying how brassica tournefortii, a weedy
mustard species, reacts in desert habitats, which could help the plant in the future.
Roll Up Your (Lab Coat) Sleeves
Why wait til you're a gradaute student, a sceince professional, or a professor to
make a difference through research? At UCR, opportunities abound for budding
scientists to get their hands dirty in the lab — and make a difference through real
research, working side by side with faculty mentors. Undergraduate research
opportunities — on campus and off, in all fields of science, for the academic year or
just the summer — are posted online.
to learn more about Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Graduate Education More Distinguished Faculty More
UC Riverside has over 50 graduate programs in which students learn to UC Riverside's distinguished faculty members have received
develop skills in independent inquiry via a uniquely intimate research numerous awards and honors, including:
environment. As a graduate student in chemistry, economics, engineering, or one of
172 American Association for the Advancement of
the many other fields, UC Riverside offers rich hands-on research opportunities
giving students the valuable experience necessary for a successful career. UCR's
38 Fullbright Scholars
graduate programs are among the most diverse in the University of California, and
20 Guggenheim Recipients
draw quality students from across the nation and the globe.
9 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
1 MacArthur Fellowship Recipients
1 National Academic of Engineering Member
4 National Academy of Science Members
95% of UC Riverside students are currently doing or completed a 30 National Endowment for the Humanities
research project, creative activity, or paper Fellows
(UCUES Survey, 2008) More than 98% of UCR's faculty have earned doctorate degrees.
Research Centers More
Major Research Centers include:
UC Washington D.C. Center: Participants experience what life is like on Capitol Hill as they are immersed in the cultural, political and international aspects of Washington D.C.
Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research: An internationally renowned source for those seeking bibliographical information on specific pieces of literature.
Citrus Research Center-Agricultural Experiment Station: Scientists research new developments in plant sciences, environmental and natural resources, and pest
management. The center is also home to the world’s largest collection of citrus fruit.
Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies: Research is concentrated in the humanities and social sciences, specifically basic and policy-related questions regarding legal
justice, legal concepts and processes, and social deviance and control.
Edward J. Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development: Faculty and researchers from a variety of disciplines work together to examine American suburbia and
issues pertaining to suburban development.
Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT): A solar powered vehicle is one of many solutions CE-CERT researchers have created to improve air
quality, transportation, and energy efficiency.
California Center for Native Nations: A resource for Native American tribes; the center promotes collaboration among UCR researchers and tribe members in order to solve
Native Nation problems.
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The UC Riverside Community
UC Riverside is one of the 10 world-class campuses of the prestigious University of California.
• Head of Southern California’s Inland Empire, UCR is close to a variety of beaches, mountains and desert.
• The campus is about an hour from Los Angeles, Hollywood, Disneyland and The Getty Museum.
• As a highly respected national research university, UCR provides incredible research opportunities to undergraduates as well as graduate students.
• UCR was one of the Top Ten “Up and Coming” National Universities in 2008, according to U.S. News and World Report.
• UCR was ranked 16h for its “contribution to public good” out of 258 public and private universities in Washington Monthly’s 2009 College Guide.
• UCR was ranked one of the top “25 best college buys” in America for 2009 by Forbes.com, along with UCLA, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego.
• In the U.S. News’ 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges, UCR is ranked 43rd among national public universities and 96th in the nation.
• UCR is nationally ranked in the top 20 for both economic (13th) and ethnic (5th) diversity and leads the UC system in both categories, according to U.S. News.
• Greek life, hip-hop dance, and paintball are only a few ways to get involved at UCR. With nearly 350 student organizations, there are plenty of opportunities to
discover new interests.
• Every year, UCR rocks the campus with HEAT, an all-day concert featuring some of the world’s hottest music artists. Past performers include Lupe Fiasco,
Moby, 311, Mos Def, Plain White T’s, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
Student Admissions Housing First Year Honors Learning School of
Athletics Study Abroad
Life Information Options Success Program Center Medicine
Study at UCR More Student Housing More
Classroom Environment At UCR, all first-and second-year students are guaranteed housing. Get a
Students per Faculty 18 to 1 great room in any of the four spacious residence hall communities:
Aberdeen-Inverness, Lothian, Pentland, and the newest addition, Glen Mor.
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 72%
Each residence provides members the opportunity to participate in over 200
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 81% activities including live music, barbecues, game shows, dances, sports
Undergraduate class size range 3 to 570 students tournaments, hall-to-hall competitions, community service projects, and
Over 75% of UCR’s freshman class live on campus.
Total Instructional Faculty 919 Approximately 30% of all undergraduate students live within a mile of
% Women Faculty 36% campus.
% Faculty from Minority Groups 27%
% Faculty with PhD or Equivalent 98%
UC Riverside Alumni Report More Campus Safety More
UCR's Police Department is here to provide a safe and secure learning
Primary Activity of 2003 Graduating Class environment at UCR. In addition to law enforcement services, the campus
Five Years After Graduation also provide:
• An escort program
• Crime prevention safeguards
Enrolled in • A Campus Emergency Notification System to quickly and reliably
Graduate communicate with students, staff and faculty in an emergency. .
School – 8% • A Communications Center staffed by trained Public Safety Dispatchers 24-
80% hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. To learn more, please visit our Campus
Seeking Police Web site.
Employment – 4%
For proof Highlanders take pride in their state, just look up. High in the Box
Spring Mountains sits a huge letter C for California. At 132 feet high and 70
feet wide, the C is one of the largest concrete-block letters in the United
States. Caring for the C has also become part of UCR tradition as each year,
a new freshman class is given the duty of keeping the letter golden.
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Student Experiences and Perceptions
UC Riverside offers students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people,
Following are the selected results from the 2008 University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES). The questions have
been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported are based on the
responses of Seniors who participated in the survey.
Of seniors who took the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey in 2008
Group Learning Experiences
95% - worked outside of class on class projects or studied with classmates
97% - helped a classmate better understand course material
52% - participated in student organizations or clubs
Active Learning Experiences
95% - reported making class presentations
85% - students currently doing or completed a research project, creative activity, or paper
22% - enrolled in at least one independent research course
15% - participated in an internship
Commitment to Student Learning and Success
95% - reported raising their standards for acceptable effort due to the high standards of a faculty member
93% - sought academic help from an instructor or tutor
88% - talked with an instructor outside of class about course material
91% - were satisfied with advising by faculty on academic matters
85% - were satisfied with advising by college staff on academic matters
85% - were satisfied with the availability of courses needed for graduation
84% - were satisfied with the value of their education for the price they paid
94% - were satisfied with their overall academic experience
79% - seniors would choose to attend this institution again
88% - of seniors reported that their campus had a strong commitment to undergraduate education
Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas
98% - rated their ability to appreciate or understand racial and ethnic diversity as good or better
98% - rated their ability to appreciate cultural and global diversity as good or better
88% - gained a deeper understanding of other perspectives through conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity
76% - gained a deeper understanding of other perspectives through conversations with students of a different religion
78% - gained a deeper understanding of other perspectives through conversations with students that have different political opinions
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Post Graduation Survey
Class of 2008
Six Months After Graduation
Employed Enrolled in Program
53% a Graduate
Seeking 14% Credential
Measures of Learning Outcomes
Please visit Undergraduate Education
for more information.
Survey Responses to Self Reported Gains from the University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey, 2008:
The results reported are based on the responses of Seniors who participated in the survey and rated their level
of proficiency in the following areas when they started UCR and now:
Started at UCR Currently
Analytical/Critical Thinking Skills as Very Good or Excellent: 24% 76%
Ability to be clear and effective when Writing as Very Good or Excellent: 27% 69%
Ability to Read and Comprehend Academic Material as Very Good or Excellent: 28% 74%
Quantitative (mathematical and statistical) Skills as Very Good or Excellent: 21% 42%
Understanding of International Perspectives as Very Good or Excellent: 14% 59%
Leadership Skills as Very Good or Excellent: 21% 58%
Interpersonal Skills as Very Good or Excellent: 26% 63%
Self Awareness and Understanding Ability as Very Good or Excellent: 30% 75%
Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Gains between Freshman Year and Senior Year
Click Here for a full description of the CLA test
Average Scores Performance
Freshmen Seniors Level
Performance Task 1083 1174 At Expected Performance Task
The observed increase in learning on the performance task is
what would be expected at an institution with students of similar
Analytical Writing 1080 1263 Above Expected Analytical Writing Task
The observed increase in learning on the analytical writing task
is above what would be expected at an institution with students
of similar academic abilities.
CLA Score 1083 1219 Above Expected CLA Score
The difference between how Seniors scored and Freshmen
scored on the CLA was 136 points, which is above what would
be expected at an institution with students of similar academic
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