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University of California, Riverside

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Based on a beautiful campus in between Los Angeles and San Diego in the west of America, the University of California Riverside (UCR) is among the top 200 universities in the world.

Being part of the University of California system makes UCR a prestigious institution to attend. Not only does it offer a dedicated team of world-class academics, it also provides spectacular facilities and resources for students to develop their professional portfolio before going out into the world of work. For example, the UCR library holds 3 million books, and over 2.5 million other materials including a variety of audio-visual aids for students.

UCR is proud of its ability to produce ground-breaking research, and ranks in the top 15 Public Research Universities in the USA, according to Washington Monthly. The institution was awarded USD 140 million for research funding in 2016 alone.

With a great emphasis on inclusion, UCR is a pioneer in providing an exceptional education for those from underrepresented groups. In fact, the Student Loan Report chose UCR as USA’s most generous public university for providing financial aid to its students.

With a strong belief in promoting a healthy lifestyle for students, there is a wide variety of different activities to take part in outside of class so that students can stay on top of their physical fitness and mental wellbeing. The Student Rec Center is a stunning fitness facility with a huge swimming pool, a 32-foot climbing wall, lots of intramural sports and a 21,000 square-foot gym with cardio machines and accompanying weights room.

There is also a spectacular arts and culture scene at the institution, over 450 student organisations to get involved in, and over 300 student athletes represent the UCR ‘highlanders’ at the highest level of American university sport – the NCAA Division 1.

What's new

What's new

Research that could save California’s USD2 Billion Citrus Industry

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have made an important step in understanding the molecular mechanism of huanglongbing (HLB), a destructive disease that is a serious threat to the citrus industry worldwide.

HLB, also known as citrus greening disease, has devastated groves in Asia, South America, and the southern U.S., costing the Florida citrus industry billions of dollars since 2005.

“This study represents an important step towards better understanding the HLB disease mechanism, which will help us develop novel approaches to control this unstoppable disease,” Ma, a professor of plant pathology in UCR’s College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences, said.

A recent NASA project

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on April 18 from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Stephen Kane, an associate professor of planetary astrophysics at UC Riverside and a Guest Investigator on the TESS Mission, witnessed the take-off from the launch viewing site in Cape Canaveral. Kane is a key part of the TESS mission and is a member of UCR’s NASA-funded Alternative Earths Astrobiology Centre.

“The spacecraft is reported to be in good health and both solar arrays have been deployed. TESS is now being deployed into its final orbit that will cross the orbit of the moon,” Kane said.

Engineering graduate student is Ford Foundation Fellow

Vicente Robles is the recent recipient of a 2018 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.

This USD24,000 fellowship will support Robles’ effort to develop a new method to deliver therapeutic agents, such as drugs or genes, directly into living cells. Current methods for introducing foreign materials into cells, known as transfection, rely on puncturing the outer membrane with a laser, which risks heat damage to the cell, or a pipette, which risks contamination.

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UC Riverside is not just an academic powerhouse and part of the prestigious UC system it also ranks high in other areas that count: research, value, inclusive culture, diversity, contributions to the world and goodwill.

First in Forty

The UCR School of Medicine is California’s first new public medical school in more than 40 years. Up to 24 UCR undergraduate students have a reserved spot when they graduate.


The Centre for World University Rankings name UCR’s entomology programme No. 2 in the world (2017).

Glad to Be Green

The Sierra Club’s 2017 Cool Schools Ranking listed UCR 35th out of 277 universities for its energy-saving and sustainability efforts. UCR also ranks No.2 in the UC system for on-site renewable energy.

A Business Leader

The School of Business is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the Top 100 Business Schools in America (2018).

One of the Best

U.S. News and World Report ranked UCR 82nd in undergraduate engineering programmes.

Dedicated to Student Success

UCR won the 2016 Project Degree Completion Award for innovation in boosted graduation rates from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

A Standout in the Sciences

Leiden ranked UCR in the top 6% out of the leading 500 major universities in the world for physical sciences and engineering, and in the top 26% for life sciences, earth sciences, mathematics and computer sciences (2017).

Department structure

Department structure

Undergraduate study options are offered across…

Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering

This college has produced Google software engineers, Boeing spacecraft propulsion engineers, entrepreneurs, chief financial officers, volunteers for the National Geographic Society, vice presidents for Acorn Technology Corporation and engineering faculty at top tier universities around the world.

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS)

Its graduates have gone on to sit on the board of the Toyota USA Foundation, create Thai royal music, receive honours as dance professors and choreographers, mentor youths, report for the Los Angeles Times, write international bestselling novels, and win the Pulitzer Prize.

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

This College’s graduates have gone on to influence the pharmaceutical and plastics industries, manage space missions for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab, work at the Naval Surface Warfare Centre (NSWC), track oil spills in the world's oceans, and win the Nobel Prize.

School of Business

School of Business graduates go on to work at the Big Four, Google, DHL and Amazon, as well as work as entrepreneurs, presidents and CEOs.

School of Medicine

UCR School of Medicine graduates work in the fields of biomedical science, paediatrics, family medicine, general internal medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, general surgery and psychiatry.

School of Public Policy

This School has produced public policy analysts, attorneys, campaign managers, health educators, grant writers, politicians, and marketing and communications specialists.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

English Language Proficiency

If English is not the student’s native language, or the language of instruction at school, English proficiency must be demonstrated in one of these ways:

  • TOEFL with a score of 80 or higher in the iBT
  • TOEFL with a score of 60 or higher in the PBT
  • IETLS with a score of 6.5 or higher
  • A score 560 or higher in the Writing section of the SAT or 31 or higher on the new SAT Writing and Language test
  • A score of 24 or higher in the combined ACT English/Writing or English Language Arts (ELA)
  • A score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Exam in English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition
  • A score of 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examination in English (Language A)

Academic requirements

The applicant must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale, equivalent to an 85 percent on a 100 percent scale.

If the high school/secondary school offers a different curriculum, the applicant’s academic achievement will be based on that educational system’s grading scale.

Visa & US entry requirements

International students need a valid passport, non-immigrant visa (F-1 or J-1) and the appropriate documentation to study at an accredited university in the United States.

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Residence Hall housing for first-year students is guaranteed as long as application deadlines are met. There are also many off-campus dining options within easy walking distance.

Living on campus, in the centre of everything, students can experience much more than classroom learning alone. At UCR, residence halls aren’t just places to sleep – they’re places for students to live, feel at home, learn, make friends and have fun. They include computer labs, laundry facilities and tutoring services.

Learning is always a priority. Beyond that, it offers hall-to-hall competitions, socials, dances, pool parties, cultural celebrations, BBQ’s, concerts, movies and more. UCR also offers Living-Learning Communities and Themed Hall living options that connect students to other students.

Students can choose from many dining options at UCR. Dining plans are available to make getting a bite to eat easier than ever. Choices include American and international cuisines, residential and retail restaurants, convenience stores, a HUB food court, coffee shops, food trucks (including a Moo Moo ice cream truck), specialty menus, and healthy options – all on campus.

Student life

Student life

Teaching quality

UCR students are taught by some of the most knowledgeable, respected and accomplished faculty in the world. Its dedicated faculty helps students learn, think, grow and know. They are award-winning scholars, researchers and thought leaders.

Its faculty includes 48 Fulbright Fellows, 19 recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships, and 49 National Endowment for the Humanities fellows.

Research from UCR faculty and students impacts the world in all fields. For example, UC researchers were part of the team that discovered a galaxy that is farthest from the Sun.

Affordable education

Ranked by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and The Times Higher Education World University Rankings as one of the world’s top universities, UCR is above average academically and costs considerably less than many other schools when dispensed financial aid is taken into account (need-based grants and scholarships). 86% of its undergraduate students receive financial aid. Of those students, 70% have all of their system-wide fees covered with scholarships and grants. Expenses associated with living

in Riverside are also considerably less than those of nearby metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego in the USA.

Diversity & much more

UCR is also known for its diverse student body, friendliness, and its easy access to everything Southern California offers.

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