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University of California at Riverside


University of California at Riverside

University of California at Riverside

The University of California, Riverside, commonly known as UCR or UC Riverside, is a public research university and one of the ten general campuses of the University of California system. UCR is consistently ranked as one of the most ethnically and economically diverse universities in the United States. The main campus sits on 1,200 acres (486 ha) in a suburban district of Riverside, California, United States, with a branch campus of 20 acres (8 ha) in Palm Desert. Founded in 1907 as the UC Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside pioneered research in biological pest control and the use of growth regulators responsible for extending the citrus growing season in California from four to nine months. Some of the world’s most important research collections on citrus diversity and entomology, as well as science fiction and photography, are located at Riverside.
UCR’s undergraduate College of Letters and Science opened in 1954. The Regents of the University of California declared UCR a general campus of the system in 1959, and graduate students were admitted in 1961. To accommodate an enrollment of 21,000 students by 2015, more than $730 million has been invested in new construction projects since 1999. Plans are underway to open California’s first new research-based public medical school in 40 years there by 2012.
The Washington Monthly ranked UCR 16th in the United States in terms of social mobility, research and community service, while US News and World Report ranked UCR’s undergraduate program 94th in the nation (out of 368 colleges) based on peer assessment, student selectivity, financial resources, and other factors. U.S. News ranks UCR as the third most ethnically diverse and, by the number of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants (42 percent), the 15th most economically diverse student body in the nation. Nearly two-thirds of all UCR students graduate within six years without regard to economic disparity. UCR’s extensive outreach and retention programs have contributed to its reputation as a “campus of choice” for minority students, including LGBT students. In 2005, UCR became the first public university campus in the nation to offer a gender-neutral housing option.
UCR’s sports teams are known as the Highlanders and play in the Big West Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. Their nickname was inspired by the high altitude of the campus, which lies on the foothills of Box Springs Mountain. The UCR women’s basketball team won back to back Big West championships in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, the men’s baseball team won its first conference championship and advanced to the regionals for the second time since the university moved to Division I in 2001.

University of California at Riverside Ranking in 2010

University of California at Riverside Ranking in 2011

University of California at Riverside Tuition and Fees

Winter 2011 Schedule of Fees and Tuition
The amounts shown in this document represent fees approved for the 2010-11 academic year. However, all university fees are subject to change, and the fee amounts billed for this period may be adjusted at a future date.
UndergraduateStudents GraduateStudents Medical SchoolStudents MBAStudents
Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident
Student Services Fee $ 300.00 $ 300.00 $ 300.00 $ 300.00 $ 300.00 $ 300.00 $ 300.00 $ 300.00
Educational fee 3,134.00 3,420.00 3,134.00 3,270.00 3,104.00 3,104.00 3,104.00 3,104.00
Health insurance premium 218.00 218.00 641.00 641.00 641.00 641.00 641.00 641.00
Recreation Center fee 59.00 59.00 59.00 59.00 59.00 59.00 59.00 59.00
Division I fee 35.00 35.00
Student Center (Commons) fee 110.00 110.00 110.00 110.00 110.00 110.00 110.00 110.00
Graduate Student Association fee 13.12 13.12 13.12 13.12 13.12 13.12
Graduate Student Association (GSAUCR) Conference Travel Grant 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00
Graduate Student Association (GSAUCR) Fee Fellowship 1.04 1.04 1.04 1.04 1.04 1.04
Associated Students (ASUCR) fee 12.50 12.50
Associated Students Program Board (ASPB) fee 10.00 10.00
UCR Student Services Fee 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00
KUCR fee 3.00 3.00
Highlander fee 2.00 2.00
Educational Opportunity Program fee 1.50 1.50
UC Student Association fee .75 .75
The Green Campus Action Plan (GCAP) 2.50 2.50
Nonresident tuition 7,340.00 4,898.00 4,082.00 4,082.00
Medical school fees 125.00 125.00
Medical School Disability Insurance Fee 61.002 61.002
Professional school fees 5,844.003,4 5,844.003,4 6,590.003,4 6,590.003,4
Mandatory fees $3,894.251 $11,520.251 $4,274.16 $9,308.16 $10,274.16 $14,356.16 $10,834.16 $14,916.16
Palm Desert campus fees
Per unit
Per Quarter
MFA Program – Palm Desert 460.00
Executive MBA Program 12,500.00
1New undergraduate students who returned the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) have paid $100 toward the above fees; this amount will be listed as a credit on the student’s Statement of Account.2Assessed for fall quarter only.3Students who initially entered professional schools (management or medical) in Fall 2002 are assessed a lower professional school fee. Click here for more information.4Notice to current and former students in professional degree programs who accepted the University’s offer of admission before August 25, 2003, please read the following information: classinfo.ucr.edu/Luquetta.

schools and Colleges of University of California at Riverside

here are three colleges at UCR, each encompassing wide-ranging subjects of study. These colleges are:

  • Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE)
    With a goal of producing engineers with the knowledge to serve rapidly changing technology and conducting cutting-edge research, the college stands as a catalyst for industrial growth in Inland Southern California, the state and the world.
  • College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (CHASS)
    With a total of 20 different departments, the vast array of human experiences stands as the focus for CHASS. This unique combination of the arts, humanities, and social sciences creates an environment that fosters both creativity and learning.
  • College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences (CNAS)
    Thirteen different departments within three divisions covering the whole of physical, biological, mathematical and agricultural sciences make up this college. The university’s roots as a Citrus Experiment Station can be found within the college’s atmosphere of intimacy and excellence, diversity and distinction, and prestige and preeminence.


UC Riverside has a pair of stand-alone graduate/professional school programs.

  • School of Business Administration (SoBA)
    The school is made up of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and the Undergraduate Business Program. AGSM is home to an innovative Full-time/Part-time MBA program and an Executive MBA (EMBA) program. A new Ph.D. in business administration will be offered shortly. The undergraduate program is the largest in the UC system and educates students in the art of science and management. Emphasis is placed upon students learning to work and compete in real-world business situations.
  • Graduate School of Education (GSOE)
    A professional school responsible for linking research, instruction, and service in the field of education. GSOE faculty and students work with a number of programs designed to help educators at all levels take on today’s toughest education challenges. Areas of emphasis include working more effectively with students with cognitive disorders, including autism.


Each of the university’s divisions is an independent, yet subordinate, administrative unit.

  • Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    Under the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, the division oversees the Departments of Environmental SciencesPlant PathologyNematology andEntomology.
  • Division of Biomedical Sciences
    Working in conjunction with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, UCR students compete for a total of 24 seats made available each year in the joint program with the world-renowned medical school.
  • Division of Life Sciences
    Under the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, the division oversees the Departments of Botany and Plant ScienceCell Biology and Neuroscience,Biochemistry, and Biology.
  • Graduate Division
    An inter-college unit that oversees all of UC Riverside’s post-graduate programs and students.
  • Division of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
    Under the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, the division oversees the Departments of Physics and AstronomyChemistryEarth SciencesMathematics, and Statistics.
  • Division of Undergraduate Education
    Provides campus-wide leadership for undergraduate education and instructional excellence. It develops student support programs to enhance the educational experience and student success through collaborations with the colleges and administrative units. It also provides instructional support programs that assist faculty in developing new approaches that enhance student learning.

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