The University of California, Riverside is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system and the only UC located in Inland Southern California. Widely recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation, UCR currently hosts about 22,000 students, with 900 instructional faculties, including 660 ladder-rank faculties. Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Provost Paul J. D'Anieri are implementing plans for an aggressive expansion of the faculty, planning to bring an additional 300 ladder-rank faculty onboard. The campus is in the midst of a tremendous growth spurt with new and remodeled facilities coming on-line on a regular basis. We are located approximately 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. UCR is also within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreational sites, as well as desert, mountain, and coastal destinations.
Rankings and Quick Facts
UC Riverside has received recognition in many national and international rankings, including:
- Time Magazine ranked UC Riverside #1 based on metrics of graduation rate, affordability, and the financial aid available to students.
- Washington Monthly (August 2015) ranked UC Riverside 2nd in the nation in its annual University and College Survey.
- U.S. News and World Report Survey (September 2016) ranked UC Riverside 121st overall; earns "Great Schools, Great Prices."
- U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools (2016) including:
- Graduate School of Education 76th among ranked schools
- Bourns College of Engineering – 71st among ranked schools
- UC Riverside was included in the (August 2015) edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best 379 Colleges."
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2015) Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UC Riverside among the top-150. This survey bills itself as "the most trustworthy precursor of global rankings of the world’s top 500 universities."
UCR faculty includes 48 Fulbright Fellows, 19 recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships, and 49 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows. Among 38 University Professorships, the highest honor in the University of California, UCR faculty have been awarded four (10%). Current and former faculty includes six members of the National Academies and 200 current or former members elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
UC Riverside is an ever-changing organism — growing, evolving and adapting. Understanding our past helps us plan our way for the future. In 1907, the California State Legislature established the Citrus Experiment Station in Riverside to research agricultural issues facing Southern California. In 1948, the University of California Regents approved the establishment of the College of Letters and Science. The college opened for classes in February 1954. In 1959, Riverside was declared a general campus by the Regents and courses of study began to be developed. The University’s Graduate Division was established in 1960. Since then, our growth has mirrored the growth of Southern California. Once a small university in a small town, we are now the premier research and educational institution in the thriving Inland Southern California region.
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