Bold Hearts. Brilliant Minds.

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Bold hearts. Brilliant minds.

An education at UC Riverside is more than attending class. It’s joining a community where diversity equals vitality. Where support and empowerment lifts spirits and propels ideas forward. Here, you won’t just answer problems. You’ll be part of global solutions.

Ranked in the top 15 for best universities in the nation — and first for social mobility — UCR has created a new model for what a great public research university can help you achieve!

UCR is one of 10 campuses within the prestigious University of California system — but in a class of our own.


UCR is the nation's leader for social mobility for the third year in row!

(U.S. News & World Report, 2020–22)


UCR is the 23rd Best Value College (Public Schools) in the nation.

(Princeton Review Best Value, 2022)

World Class

UCR is among the top 1.3% of universities worldwide based on education, employability, faculty, and research.

(Center for World University Rankings, 2022–23)

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Learn About the Transfer Student Experience!

UCR is an excellent choice for transfers, so hear from Valerie about the resources that assisted her in her transition, including support she found to assist her as a parent to a four-year-old son.

See more segments from The College Tour.

Smart Money

UCR is 33rd Best College in California by Salary Potential, with graduates' mid-career pay averaging $113,200. (PayScale 2022 College Salary Report)

Ashley Trinidad

“Financial aid greatly impacted my life as a student because it meant that I could focus much more on my classes.”

Ashley Trinidad,
Current Student

Learn How Affordable a UC Degree Can Be!

Get to Know UCR — Set in Sunny Riverside, California

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With a campus size of 1,900 acres (7.68 km2), there’s a lot to discover at UCR. Check out all the different ways to explore UCR.

  • Experience UCR through a driving tour of the campus’ architecturally aesthetic landmarks.
  • Watch a student-hosted video that leads you through our campus.
  • Register for one of our virtual Zoom meeting options, which connect you with Highlanders who have all the insider intel.
  • Explore the campus using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer from anywhere in the world using our 360-degree virtual tours.

Explore Campus & Virtual Tours

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The City of Riverside is a vibrant college town that welcomes and supports a diverse community that is attracted to the city's perfect balance of small-town friendliness and big-city fun.

Learn all about Riverside and see why it's not just a great place to learn, it's an amazing place to live!

Learn About City of Riverside

Ginny Winters

“My favorite thing to do in Riverside is go to the local farmer’s markets held on Main Street on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Local vendors come and sell fresh produce, honey, cheese, and flowers. I go about once a month to get fresh honey and native flowers for my apartment.”

Ginny Winters,
Class of '22

Meet Bold and Brilliant Highlanders!

Hear their unique stories. Learn about where their commitments will take them. See how real they get during their time at UCR. They chose a university that celebrates their individuality and respects their voice. Now it's your turn!


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