University of California Riverside

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School Overview

The University of California Riverside (UC Riverside or UCR) is a public research university located in a suburban district of Riverside, California. UC Riverside is also one of ten campuses that make up the University of California system. The university is regarded by many as one of the most diverse universities in the nation, in terms of the ethnicity and economics of its students. UC Riverside was first established at the UC Citruc Experiment Station in 1907. During that time the school was responsible for pioneering growth regulators that extended the citrus growing season in California from 4 to 9 months and performing extensive research in biological pest control. One hundred years later, the university is still home to rare research collections on citrus entomology and diversity not found anywhere else in the world.

General Information

Admission Office

Admissions Office

1120 Hinderaker Hall

Riverside, CA 92521

(951) 827-3411

Fax: (951) 827-6344

Contact: Merlyn Campos

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

900 University Avenue

Riverside, CA 92521

(951) 827-1012

Total undergrads: 15,708

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,423

Degree-seeking undergrads: 15,708

Graduate enrollment: 2,317


Suburban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 79%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 84%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $7,355 $7,845 $9,152 $11,029 +20.51%
Books and Supplies $1,692 $1,700 $1,777 $1,788 +0.62%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,900 $10,850 $10,974 $11,699 +6.61%
Other $3,693 $3,675 $3,764 $3,864 +2.66%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,814 $9,100 $9,460 $9,668 +2.20%
Other $4,687 $4,675 $4,812 $4,883 +1.48%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $23,640 $24,070 $25,667 $28,380 +10.57%
In-state Off Campus $22,548 $23,320 $25,201 $27,368 +8.60%
In-state with Family $9,047 $9,545 $10,929 $12,817 +17.28%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $9,342
In-state Student Fees $1,498
Out-of-state Tuition $24,444
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $1,498

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 3,425 78%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,898 66% $36,465,898 $12,583
• Federal grants 1,866 42% $8,840,759 $4,738
• Pell grants 1,853 42% $6,758,877 $3,648
• Other federal grants 1,597 36% $2,081,882 $1,304
State and local government grant or scholarships 1,841 42% $8,313,559 $4,516
Institutional scholarships or grants 2,588 59% $19,311,580 $7,462
Student loan financial aid 2,292 52% $10,185,423 $4,444
• Federal student loans 2,266 51% $8,947,244 $3,948
• Other student loans 110 2% $1,238,179 $11,256

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 3306 430 191 83
Agriculture, General 4 1
Soil Science and Agronomy, General 4 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 52 3
African-american/black Studies 3
American Indian/native American Studies 2
Asian Studies/civilization 3
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 10
German Studies 3
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 5
Latin American Studies 5
Southeast Asian Studies 3
Women’s Studies 21
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 504 45 39
Biochemistry 83
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 34 3
Bioinformatics 2 3
Biology/biological Sciences, General 358 3
Biomedical Sciences, General 1
Botany/plant Biology 10 4 2
Cell/cellular and Molecular Biology 9
Ecology 2 3
Entomology 6 2 3
Environmental Toxicology 7
Microbiology, General 2
Neuroscience 47 1
Plant Pathology/phytopathology 1 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 621 70
Business Administration and Management, General 536 70
Business/managerial Economics 85
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 45 16 17
Computer Science 37 16 17
Information Science/studies 8
Education 73 18 83
Education, General 73 18 83
Engineering 160 47 25
Agricultural Engineering 3
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 23
Chemical Engineering 28 8 12
Computer Engineering, General 19
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 26 29 8
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 8
Materials Engineering 1
Mechanical Engineering 55 7 5
English Language and Literature/letters 180 44 14
Creative Writing 58 34
English Language and Literature, General 122 10 14
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 99 9 5
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 5 1
Comparative Literature 2 4 1
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 16
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 14
French Language and Literature 5
Linguistics 15
Spanish Language and Literature 42 5 3
History 148 10 6
History, General 128 10 6
History, Other 20
Human Services, General 11
Public Administration 3
Public Policy Analysis, General 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 70
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 70
Mathematics and Statistics 56 26 5
Mathematics, General 50 17 5
Statistics, General 6 9
Statistics, Other
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 143 2
International/global Studies 9
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 134 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 48 2 2
Environmental Science 48 2 2
Physical Sciences 33 29 24
Chemistry, General 20 13 9
Geology/earth Science, General 2 10 6
Physics, General 11 6 9
Psychology 332 13 10
Psychology, General 310 13 10
Psychology, Other 22
Social Sciences 642 17 22
Anthropology 45 4 3
Anthropology, Other 4
Economics, General 30 3 7
Economics, Other 91
International Relations and Affairs 51
Political Science and Government, General 134 8 5
Political Science and Government, Other 69
Social Sciences, Other 38
Sociology 180 2 7
Visual and Performing Arts 162 20 3
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 23 6
Art/art Studies, General 30
Dance, General 6 3
Dance, Other 2
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 21
Film/cinema/video Studies 59
Music, General 20 6 1
Music, Other 3
Visual and Performing Arts, General 5
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Asian American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Ethnic Studies – General B
German Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Native American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music and culture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Botany B
Entomology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Environmental Engineering B
Materials Science B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Asian literatures & cultures B
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
Linguistics B
Spanish B


History – General B
History/administrative studies B
History/law and society B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Philosophy/law and society B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Anthropology/law and society B
Economics B
Economics/administrative studies B
Economics/law and society B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Political science/administrative studies B
Political science/international affairs B
Political science/law and society B
Political science/public service B
Sociology B
Sociology/administrative studies B
Sociology/law and society B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of California-Riverside Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(951) 827-1012
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:22,715
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):66%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:22,694 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$13,581
Out-of-state Tuition:$40,263
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:85%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$19,447

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of California-Riverside Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of California-Riverside.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1121
Biological and Biomedical Sciences71112
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services231
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services211
English Language and Literature/Letters221
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics932
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics222
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2
Natural Resources and Conservation111
Philosophy and Religious Studies322
Physical Sciences444
Public Administration and Social Service Professions2
Social Sciences944
Visual and Performing Arts852
Grand total765041

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of California-Riverside and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,716

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,41885%
Grant or scholarship aid3,25081%$19,447
Student loan aid2,11853%$5,648

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid15,17282%$16,689
Federal student loans9,60752%$5,745

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of California-Riverside. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of California-Riverside students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants42,62919,32223,307
Percent admitted100%63%69%
Percent admitted who enrolled13%12%13%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of California-Riverside Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment22,715
Undergraduate enrollment19,799
Graduate enrollment2,916

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of California-Riverside Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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