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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