University Of California Riverside

University Of California Riverside

University of California - Riverside, also known as UCR or UC Riverside, is a public research university. The university was established in 1954 and is located in the suburban district of Riverside in California. UC Riverside grants admission to more than 15,000 students every year. Various programs in the fields of mathematics, science, and liberal arts are offered to students.

The sports teams of the institution are referred to as the Highlanders. Scotty the Bear is the official mascot. There are men's and women's teams for cross country, soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, track and field, tennis, and golf. The athletics department also fields a separate women's team for volleyball.

Dr. Richard R. Schrock, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2005, was an alumnus of UC Riverside. Billy Collins, the 11th U.S. Poet Laureate, also attended this university.

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University of California-Riverside
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Riverside , CA 92521
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UC Riverside Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,454Asian studies, Latin American studies, German studies, African-American studies, Native American studies, Hispanic-American studies, Asian-American studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, ...
Business and Management814business management, managerial economics
Science676biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, botany, plant pathology, call and molecular biology, microbiology, entomology, ...
Therapy and Counseling336psychology, psychology courses
Engineering192bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering
Education and Teaching188education
Computer Science and Engineering123information science, computer science, computer engineering
Mathematics98mathematics, statistics, statistics courses
Conservation and Resource Management76environmental science
Religion and Philosophy63philosophy, general philosophy, religion
Fine Arts39art history and criticism
Photography and Commercial Art39film studies
Art Studies33visual and performing arts, art studies
Drama and Performing Arts30dance, dance courses, drama
Music17music, various music studies
Landscaping and Horticulture7soil science
Family and Social Work1public policy analysis

Number of programs and degrees for UC Riverside in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree37237
Doctor's degree22434
Bachelor's degree3,54466
Postbaccalaureate certificate901
Post-master's certificate11

UC Riverside Student Body

In 2007-2008, UC Riverside had a total enrollment of 17,187 students (17,482 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%
First Professional 0%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 20%
Black 7%
Hispanic 23%
Asian 38%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 38%
20-21 30%
22-24 16%
25-29 8%
30-34 3%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

UC Riverside Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 54 %

UC Riverside Room and Board (2007)

UC Riverside offers campus housing for 6,500 of its 17,482 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Riverside, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

UC Riverside Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450560
SAT Math470610
SAT Writing450560
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT27%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

UC Riverside Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,845
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,453
Room and board $ 10,850
Books and supplies $ 1,700
Other expenses $ 3,675

Financial Aid:
UC Riverside participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 131600)

UC Riverside Faculty

UC Riverside has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track10084
Non-tenured and not on tenure track6056

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year10$141,3903$139,233
Associate professorcalendar year1*3$94,800
Assistant professorcalendar year2*1*
Lecturercalendar year1*0*
No academic rankcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year15$116,9607$112,714

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year213$127,19052$116,807
Associate professoracademic year79$86,34847$78,934
Assistant professoracademic year112$71,92188$67,823
Lectureracademic year45$50,71947$52,905
No academic rankacademic year0*2*
All faculty totalacademic year449$98,553236$77,702

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

UC Riverside Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Big West Conference
Baseball Big West Conference
Track Big West Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3765102

UC Riverside Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Dance, Other
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Landscaping And Horticulture
Soil Science and Agronomy, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American Indian/Native American Studies
Anthropology, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Asian-American Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
Economics, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature
German Studies
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
History, Other
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Statistics, Other


Music, General
Music, Other

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Environmental Toxicology
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Microbiology, General
Physics, General
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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