Nestled on the banks of the Santa Ana River, Riverside comes by its name honestly. A short drive from Anaheim or San Bernadino and within an easy hour of Los Angeles, Riverside has no shortage of events and activities to enjoy. From more than a dozen museums to historic parks and even one of the oldest navel orange trees ever planted in California soil, each day can offer something new for the more than 325,000 people who live there.
Higher education is robust in Riverside, with numerous schools offering everything from certificate and diploma programs to undergraduate and advance degree programs. Here's an overview for aspiring students about colleges and universities in Riverside.
Vocational schools in Riverside can provide a great way for students to learn skills and get into the workforce quickly; they might also serve as stepping stones to higher degrees and upward career mobility. Trade colleges in Riverside include California Technical Academy, where students can study programs in computer technology and business topics, and North-West College, where programs are primarily in health-related fields. InterCoast Colleges is an example of an institution with a broader range of programs, some of which include HVAC technology, drug and alcohol counseling and business administration.
At Riverside City College, a public school which serves more than 20,000 students, students can earn a certificate or diploma, or pursue an associate degree in dozens of fields.
Students seeking a bachelor's degree can look to several Riverside colleges. In terms of private colleges, more than 80 majors are available at the California Baptist University, while 100-plus undergraduate programs can be found at La Sierra University.
The largest institution in the city, the public University of California, Riverside, offers programs through colleges of engineering, natural and agricultural sciences, and humanities, arts and social sciences, as well as the School of Business and the School of Public Policy.
Those who have already earned the bachelor's degree and want further education can turn to the graduate schools and colleges in Riverside. Those with an eye toward business can find advanced degree programs at UC Riverside's Anderson Graduate School of Management. There are also plenty of other graduate programs to choose from at UC Riverside, as well as some available through La Sierra University. California Baptist University offers more than two dozen advanced degree programs, including several that focus on nursing.