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Forge Your Future at UC Riverside

An education at UC Riverside is unparalleled. Here, our more than 26,000 bold and brilliant students — a majority of whom are first-generation or underrepresented minorities — forge the future, engaging in research and experiential learning that has the potential to transform their lives and their communities.

Here, open hearts meet open minds. Our students know that belonging, motivation, and sustainable progress are inspired by a shared commitment to creating a community where diversity equals vitality — and support equals success. The National Science Foundation ranked us No. 3 nationally for Hispanic STEM graduates, and we’re No. 4 for Pell Grant student performance among 444 universities nationwide, according to Washington Monthly.

Across our major programs, learning happens both inside and outside of the classroom, with students exploring their greatest passions — and finding creative solutions to the most pressing problems in our increasingly interconnected world.

  • Academic Resource Center

    All of the tools you need to succeed in your college classes can be found right here on campus. The Academic Resource Center is comprised of educators, counselors and advanced students who are here to help you grow, learn and discover.

    Services available include:

    • Drop in tutoring
    • Study skills
    • Supplemental Instruction
    • Fully equipped study lounges
  • Libraries

    UC Riverside libraries are among the largest academic research libraries in the United States, with one of the UC systems’ most complete collections. With over 2 million volumes, 28,000 print and electronic serial subscriptions, 1.7 million microforms, 300,000 government information sources, and access to 165,000 e-books, we’re ready to connect you with the resources you need, right when you need them.

  • Majors, Minors, and Programs

    Our dedicated, friendly, and award-winning faculty will help you look further, reach higher, and think deeper. Learn more about the undergraduate majors and minors offered by our colleges and schools and our more than 50 graduate programs.

Here, Anything Is Possible

For four consecutive years, UC Riverside has been named the top public university in the nation for social mobility by U.S. News & World Report. We’re in the top 15% of institutions in the U.S. for our overall graduation rate — a testament to our commitment to lifting students up through our vast support services. Insider named us No. 2 in the country for financial aid, and we were named a top 12 public university in Forbes’ “America’s Best Value Colleges.”

Our students are educated and elevated by our award-winning faculty — including two Nobel Prize winners and 28 members of the National Academies — and have a built-in support system through our Academic Resource Center. Combined with opportunities through programs such as University Honors and Education Abroad, their possibilities are truly limitless.

  • Summer Study Abroad Program

    Experience spending the summer abroad while staying on track to graduate! UCR’s Summer Study Abroad Program offers UCR general catalog courses taught by UCR faculty in an international location. Including 5 weeks of cultural immersion while you deepen your learning, a global adventure awaits. Learn more about this unique opportunity to spend your summer studying abroad.

  • Education Abroad Program and Opportunities Abroad Program

    Join more than 4,500 University of California students who live and learn across the globe. Offered in partnership with more than 140 universities in 35 countries, UCR’s unparalleled Education Abroad Program and Opportunities Abroad Programs offer exciting opportunities to deepen your studies, expand your perspective, and become immersed in cultural experiences you’ll never forget.

  • UC Center at Sacramento

    Take advantage of hands-on learning and research opportunities in California's public policy arena through the UC Center at Sacramento. There are two integrated programs offered, academic policy and journalism, to help enrich your professional success. Chosen applicants will live and learn in Sacramento through an internship within the Capitol's policy community. Learn more about this resume-building, life-changing opportunity.

More Than an Education

At UCR, we celebrate our students’ authentic selves. That means giving them a place to enjoy total well-being — from ensuring their campus safety to offering inclusive housing options. We also provide spaces that promote both physical and mental health and well-being, as well as resources to help with career counseling.

R’Kids ensures our student parents experience a family friendly campus where they and their children can thrive, and R’Pantry provides students in need with access to food and other necessities — including fresh produce from our campus R’Garden.

And with more than 450 student organizations, we’re certain our students will find their place — and lifelong friends — at UCR.

Keep up to date with all the latest happenings, news, and events at UC Riverside by subscribing to our Undergraduate Experience Newsletter. 

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  • Campus Safety

    At UCR, your safety is our priority. Our Health, Well-being, and Safety division is made up of nine departments that are dedicated to listening, supporting, and providing UC Riverside students with helpful resources and services for your overall safety and well-being.

  • Career Center

    UC Riverside’s Career Center provides students and alumni with access to an extensive job database, career counseling, resume advice and interview coaching, as well as workshop and job fair alerts.

  • Early Childhood Services

    Early Childhood Services provides a safe, nurturing environment for the children of UCR students, staff, and faculty. The center has programs for children ages 4 months to kindergarten.

  • UCR Dining, Hospitality & Retail Services

    UCR Dining, Hospitality & Retail Services provides the campus with great food, as well as a variety of locations to relax, socialize and study. From the dining halls to our retail locations, we offer high-quality and healthy dining options in friendly, welcoming environments. 

  • Ethnic & Gender Programs

    The Ethnic and Gender Program Offices feature student support services, community involvement initiatives, multi-cultural events and leadership training. These engaging opportunities allow students to explore cultural growth and development, and to build the skills required to lead and succeed in a diverse world.

  • Fitness and Recreation

    The UCR Recreation department offers members of the Highlander community an opportunity to lead active lives while working on achieving their degrees. All UCR students are automatically members of the Student Recreation Center, a 155,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility for exercise, sports activities, events and general recreational use.

  • Housing Services

    UCR Housing Services provides students with safe, convenient housing to help you establish your college community. We offer three housing styles — residence halls, campus apartments and family housing — to meet the needs of all UCR students. Each housing type provides countless opportunities to participate in activities that enrich your college experience. Our on-call housing staff, supported by the Health, Well-being, and Safety Division, are committed to providing our residents with a friendly, secure environment.

  • International Affairs

    The International Affairs website features a variety of resources for students seeking information on international programs here at UCR, as well as other opportunities around the globe.

  • Financial Aid

    More than 86% of our students use financial aid, both undergraduate and graduate populations, for the duration of their tenure here at UCR. Learn more about financial aid at UCR. 

  • UCR Campus Store

    The UCR Campus Store is ya great choice for textbooks and UCR merchandise. You’ll find the complete booklist for all of your classes, as well as the largest selection of UCR apparel, school spirit items and gifts. Visit CompUCR for tech gear that supports your campus life, from electronics to computers to software and supplies!

  • R'Card

    Your R’Card is your single most important piece of student identification.

    This multi-purpose ID allows you to:

    • Verify your identity on campus and in the community.
    • Pay for meals.
    • Borrow books from the library.
    • Gain access to the Student Recreation Center (SRC).
    • Get into UCR home athletic events.
    • Gain access to some campus buildings.
    • Make purchases on campus using “Bear Bucks.”
    • Use vending machines, laundry services, and copy machines.
    • Ride the Riverside Transit Agency bus for free.
    • Use registrar services.