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University of California-Riverside Reviews

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  • 12/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 out of 29 people found this review useful. 1 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UCR is great for students who enjoy learning about other cultures and those who like warm sunny weather. The school has good research programs for those interested in sciences as well as a good business program.

    Tips for prospective students

    However great a college is, it is not for everyone, so I recommend using the host program to get a feel of the campus and see if it is what you are looking for, and at the very least, take a tour. The campus is great and so is the school. Also apply for financial aid, even if you think you wont qualify, file for FASFA, it is how most colleges determine eligibility for financial aid. Look into the organizations offered, there are a lot, and if you are interested in honors, apply early. Lastly, research the school and see which school is the best for your interest, take into account what you want from college. If any prospective student has any questions I would love to answer them. Look for Kimberley Hutter at UC Riverside on Facebook, and just let me know that you are a prospective student.

    Bang for the buck

    UCR is one of the most affordable UC's. It seems like a lot when you first have to pay, but if you get involved and utilize everything that is being offered to you, then it is definitely worth it. As a student you will have access to the Recreational center, tutors at the learning center, and your education of course. Students living on campus also get meal plans and there are several programs put on to help make the college experience everything you want it to be. If you get involved, you will get more than your money is worth. Also a very high percent of students qualify for financial aid to help pay the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love going to UCR, the student population is so diverse, there is a lot to learn from other students. Also there are so many organizations and classes that you really get to explore and find things you love to do. Living on campus brings a lot to the experience, you get to participate in programs put on just for residence, strong friendships are made with hall mates, and you become very familiar with the campus. The environment at UCR is one that fosters the four values of the Tartan soul: integrity, accountability, excellence, and respect.

    Am learning a lot

    Academics at UCR is fast paced because it is on the quarter system, but that doesn't make it easier. Students are expected to learn the material and learn it fast. There are several ways to get help and to further understanding in a subject. Professors make themselves available for one on one discussion during their office hours, TA's are assigned to discussion sections with about 30 students and also have office hours. Some courses even offer supplementary instruction at the learning center, and tutors are available for many subject. However there is a lot more to learn at UCR then just what classes have to offer. The organizations and programs here help students learn life skills as well as emotional, spiritual, physical and mental excellence.

  • 08/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 20 people found this review useful. 2 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UCR is great for students who like diversity and at the same time aren't afraid to go a little far from home, because UC Riverside is only an hour an a half from Los Angeles and not that far from San Diego either. At the same time, UCR is great for students who like to explore their majors through the different colleges that Riverside offers and meet great, new people everywhere you go.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students picking out a school or want to attend UC Riverside, I suggest that you work hard and look for a school that gives you a good financial aid packet. At the same time, how like Riverside the campus is diverse and has many opportunities for students. In addition, to check out the school and the location that it is located.

    Bang for the buck

    UCR has different opportunities to be able to receive financial aid through work-study and finding an on-campus job. It is a worthwhile school and offer scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    Living in the dorms and meeting new people make it a great experience to be in UCR. I like it because you are able to interact with many people and try out different organizations. At the same time, explore new classes and meet new professors. I enjoy being in UCR, because this school has a lot of diversity and school spirit. And it is a great learning environment. And at night you can see the beautiful stars in the sky!

    Am learning a lot

    In transitioning from high school to college/university, UCR helps students to be able to learn new subjects as well new skills. At the same time, students would be able to meet new people and become more confident in their environment. You can learn a lot from people's perspectives about different things as well your surroundings. You learn to become independent and responsible over time.

  • 08/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 3 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for all students, especially those who want to learn more about themselves as well as others. Also, UC Riverside is a great place to learn about independence as well as being responsible for yourself away from your parents.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus! There is much more to do than to just sit in your dorm room and be on your computer all day long. There are tons of events that go on every week, but it's up to you to find them and to attend them!

    Bang for the buck

    UC Riverside is one of the most affordable UC campuses among the UC system.

    Am enjoying being here

    Students here are friendly and the learning environment is great, especially if you're an incoming student from high school.

    Am learning a lot

    With the great diversity in the student body, one gets to learn and live with others from other ethnic groups. By living with these different people with different cultural backgrounds, one gets to celebrate the diversity that makes up our world.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 4 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are planning on attending the University of California, Riverside, it is best if you like a big campus with a variety of different students. Also, students should like to learn things quickly, for the pace is a quick 10-week period of time. The classes are very large, too big for professors to know each student by name. But each professor does their best for their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are an incredible amount of resources at UCR and it is best if students use all of them. Not only are students paying for these resources in their tuition, but they are extremely useful. Using them often is suggested.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of California, Riverside is a bit pricey. However, There has been construction going on on campus to improve the university's campus for its students. Also, tuition goes to all of the university's fine resources. Some of this includes the library, gym, health center, online resources and so on.

    Am enjoying being here

    UCR has a variety of buildings in which the students can dorm. Dorming is the best way to get to know people and make friends. The hall for students becomes like a family. Their are also many activities this university has for its students. Dorm halls have their own meetings, their are various clubs to choose from and join, and their are also fun filled activities that the university plans, like concerts for example.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of California, Riverside is based on a quarter system. This means that the students have finals every 10 weeks. There are 4 quarters overall. It may be a little difficult to go from being accustomed to the semester system and then go to quarters. But, professors at UCR to a great job in making sure that their students understand everything being taught. There are TA's available for questions, and professors have office hours in case students have any further questions on the material. There is also a learning center in case students need tutoring. Everything is very helpful.

  • 11/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 5 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UCR is a great university for students that welcome diversity and opportunity. UCR is definitely and up-and-coming school. This year, our student mark exceeded 20,000 for the first time in UCR history! It truly is a great school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please don't make the same mistake I did freshman year-STUDY instead of EXPLORE half the time! Yes, I know it's a whole new world to discover. But keep in mind that you didn't come here to fail. You don't want to struggle in a certain class that serves as a huge prerequisite for many other classes, do you? If you need help, pursue it! People want to help, and the resources made available to you prove this. Don't forget to keep your head on straight as well. College is the perfect time and place to find yourself and try new things, but not if it harms your well being or mentality.

    Bang for the buck

    We all know that college is expensive. Yet with all the opportunities laid out for you, countless free grand events and giveaways, club excursions, strong friendships and relationships, good variety of majors, prime location, and the helpful staff that only want the best for you, what more could you ask for the price? The financial aid office is also extremely helpful in making sure you get the state grants and loans you qualify for.

    Am enjoying being here

    I honestly don't believe I belong anywhere else. The campus is well-kept, extremely diverse, and promotes many opportunities for students. There are many ways to get involved on campus! I was extremely surprised of this. I also met so many wonderful people, many of whom are true and kind. The university staff actually makes an attempt to get to know you on a personal level, and is usually very helpful. There are many hot spots in the surrounding areas of southern California, as well as a nearby University Village-made especially for UCR students!

    Am learning a lot

    There are almost countless resources available to students who seek help in subjects. These include, but are not limited to, Supplementary Instruction classes, office hours, teaching assistants, the Learning Center, and success counselors. I found them extremely helpful while I was struggling through tough classes. The quarter system expects you to keep up, and adapt quickly. You will definitely learn tons-inside and outside the classroom!

  • 12/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 6 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on commuting, make sure you get to school earlier in the morning. The parking lots fill up insanely quickly. Don't be afraid to talk to professors. As cheesy as it sounds, they are there to help you learn, and I promise they don't bite. Office hours are a great way to get to know your professors, TAs, and get help on homework and project questions. This connection will help a lot when you need to do research in your major later.

    Bang for the buck

    The recently remodeled buildings, like the HUB and the Student Recreation Center, provide ways for the students to participate in extracurricular activities. In terms of classes, since it's a UC, the professors are at the tops of their fields as they delve into their specified research topics, and the Teaching Assistants and Lab Assistants are all Master's degree students, so you'll definitely have an amazing all-around learning experience!

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is so alive! There is so much to do during the day in between classes. The HUB lounge has so much to offer by way of entertainment, including the flat-screen TVs, multiple game systems, free WiFi, and Foosball tables. The people are so friendly, too! It seems everyone's just all smiles!

    Am learning a lot

    The general education classes (especially Chemistry and the Math 009 series) are set up so that you are basically taking a year of the same class, so the material covered isn't too fast-paced, and it certainly is manageable. There is a wide range of classes to choose from, and fulfilling your breadth requirements certainly means you'll never be bored in class!

  • 01/24/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 7 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who want to go to school with people of many different backgrounds. Also if you like the desert weather!

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip would be to make sure you have walking shoes, and find where all your classes are before hand!

    Bang for the buck

    UC schools are expensive, but they are worth it. You have access to so much, and not mention they have a great reputation. UCR is a fairly new UC so it has no real stereotypes that go along with its name, besides being a very diverse school.

    Am enjoying being here

    The weather is great if you like warmer weather. The students and residents are very diverse. No one is unfriendly and it is very easy to find things to do and to get around.

    Am learning a lot

    All of my professors and my TA's are very helpful in making sure I understand and gain knowledge on the subjects that are being taught to me. I am able to find time to study even though I live in the dorms, they are set up to be a good learning environment. I have access to outside help in the campus learning center.

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 8 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UCR is great for students who are serious about learning. Those who do not care about their academics and are out socializing most of their time will be gone by the first quarter. UCR is a research based institution, so for those of you planning on getting a PhD or some other type of advanced degree, this is a plus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in school. Go to office hours; this will help out a lot, especially when it is time to get letters of recommendation.

    Bang for the buck

    Despite the increase in tuition due to budget cuts, UCR is really affordable compared to other schools. The class sizes can be as small as 12 students and as large as 200 students depending on the type of class being taken.

    Am enjoying being here

    UCR is a Great place. Everyone here is friendly. The campus is big but it is not huge which makes it easy to get around. The school has many great resources for students and there are an infinite amount of ways to get involved on and off campus (there is even a recreation center). UCR is also conveniently placed in Riverside, so there are plenty of things students can do during their free time such as go hiking, snowboarding or surfing.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are really great and they are always willing to help out. The level of difficulty in the classes is great, but getting good grades is something that can be done if you go to your professor's office hours and ask questions. In addition to office hours, there are plenty of resources, such as discussions and supplemental instruction which are really helpful.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for those in love with the socal weather! it is pretty hot most of the time. If you enjoy a large diverse campus UCR is for you. The campus is like a park, easy to sit down anywhere and just take a nap. There are many clubs and organizations to join so get involved!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get involved in the organizations on campus, there are too many on campus to not join at least one. It is important to have fun, but make sure to stay on top of your grades(do the math, its easy to fail and extremely hard to bring a grade up). Make sure you go to Office Hours! They will help you. If you have any questions specifically about UCR's Business Major Facebook up Kenneth Lee

    Bang for the buck

    At the moment i am paying the full price for UCR(why its only 2 stars) But i know many people who receive a lot from UCR in financial aid, including a large variety of on campus jobs (More just came with the completion of the Coffee Bean on campus!)

    Am enjoying being here

    Riverside itself is quite boring. There is not much to do in town, however, it is 30 minutes to an hour away from everything (snowboarding,beaches, malls, etc etc). Riverside is conveniently located in the middle of it all. Only downside is that you will need a car to get to places that are more fun...

    Am learning a lot

    The amount i am learning from UCR is much more than i expected. Although the information is a lot more compared to high school, the difficulty is not much harder than i personally expected. The professors and GSI(graduate student instructors) are all approachable, however be aware that there are some with heavy accents where it may be hard to understand. Make sure you enjoy the class and you'll do well.

  • 11/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 10 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for any kind of student interested in becoming someone great in life, so that's pretty much everyone. They have great athletic programs, music programs, and various clubs and activities that can fit anyone's personality.

    Tips for prospective students

    My suggestions for new incoming students, is to make sure before you come here, do a lot of scholarships and also work on a FAFSA so that you don't have to pay that much for college. It is much easier to use scholarship money than to have to use your own. Work hard on your high school classes so that you won't be struggling during college. Once you are here, stay on top of your studies and classes. It's best to not get too sidetracked because there is no one holding your hand any more in college. Its hard to get back into gear once you have lost your way, but stay the course and you will do beautifully.

    Bang for the buck

    Like all great schools, the price for education is not cheap, nor is it that expensive. The price at first may seem outrageous, but all you have to do is check what exactly will you be paying for and deduct that from your tuition. For example, I am not living in a dorm so i don't have to include that in my tuition pay. There are several other variables that I don't have to pay for, so it is all a matter of what do you really need and what do you not need.

    Am enjoying being here

    The environment here is so peaceful and also energetic at the same time. The people here are very friendly and are willing to help out if you ask. There is always someone here to guide you around school. When you want to escape a long week of studying and homework, there is always something fun to do on campus and off it as well. There are lots of activities around campus and even better just within walking distance, the University Theater is available to students, and if you get lucky like I did, you can also have a class there as well!

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here at UCR are really there for their students. Depending on the subject you are in, the interaction of level between student and teacher can very from just going to their office hours and asking question or set up a lunch date so that the meeting is more casual and relaxing for both the student and the teacher. They spend their time making sure that everyone understands the material that they are teaching. They welcome questions because that shows them that there are people her that want to learn and that motivates them even more.

  • 12/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 11 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Like citrus, having fun, and recieving a higher education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and take courses that which you would never have wanted to take. Allow yourself new opportunities. Don't have a bad attitude. Everyone is there to learn so allow them that opportunity.

    Bang for the buck

    There are institutes that are less expensive and with the same educational value.

    Am enjoying being here

    I like the atmosphere. Everyone is friendly. Though the teachers are open there are those who aren't and instead may be less willing to aid.

    Am learning a lot

    I have found that I must put forth more effort in my classes. I am constantly studying for my exams and at the same time learning from what I study.

  • 03/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I was worried that I would not be Financially stable all by my self. My parents can not help me with my tuition because they can barely survive supporting the rest of my family. i have learned a lot on how to save my money and to use it wisely. I have also learned many job skills and how to write a good resume.

    Am enjoying being here

    Coming to UCR I did not know any schoolmates or family that is attending here but then that did not stop me to come. I am really enjoying my time here because I get a chance to be me with out having my parents behind my back telling me what not to do and what to do. I do feel lonely at time because I do not have any close friends or family with me but this has gave me a chance to meet new people. All the people that I have met here are very nice and are people I can relate to.

    Am learning a lot

    Entering into UCR I was nervous and did not know what to expect but then once things started everything went smoothly. i have learned a lot since i have been here and still learning. All of the classes that I have taken i walked out learning something new all the time. my peers have also taught me a lot of things that i have not thought about or been taught.

  • 09/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who can deal with burning hot weather for about 4 or so of the months. Students who enjoy diversity. Students of almost any kind, really.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the Honors program because the students who are enrolled in Honors get an earlier date to choose classes in comparison to other people. The food isn't terrific at school, but the best food offered would be at The Barn. The Barn has a cool ambiance and even offers concerts and open mic nights on certain days! Don't eat the oranges off any of the trees on campus, apparently they test on them. For an estimate of how big the campus it, to get from one end to the other would probably take about an average 15 minute walk.

    Bang for the buck

    Although with the new tuition increase, UC schools are still incredibly more cheaper than private schools. In comparison to the private, more expensive schools, I think the toughest issue is fighting for classes. At a public school, it definitely is a bit more difficult to get a space in the class you want. Some people struggle a bit for classes, while others don't at all.

    Am enjoying being here

    Meeting new people is definitely a highlight of school. School is what you make of it. Be sure to keep updated with your R'mail (the school's assigned email for each student) and check out the random flyers around school. There are lots of opportunities to get involved, see a free movie, attend a free/cheap concert, or get free food.

    Am learning a lot

    UCR is on the quarter system, so it's extremely quick and fast paced which can be an advantage and a drawback. It's an advantage if there's a class you need to take but dislike because the class goes by in a snap. It's a drawback, however, because since you only have a limited amount of time in each course, you have to learn material extremely fast and have midterms practically every other week. Discussions are usually more helpful than the lectures, depending on your professor.Go to ALL lectures, discussions, and if possible, office hours. Keeping up on reading is a must because if you fall behind, it'll be impossible to catch up.

  • 12/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Come to UCR if you are a hard worker who is looking for a great environment to learn in.

    Bang for the buck

    UC Tuition is going up but it is worth it

    Am enjoying being here

    Surpassed my expectations. The students are great and teachers are helpful. Very diverse.

    Am learning a lot

    It is very fast paced due to the quarter system but a month long winter break is worth it. TIme management is key to success and make sure to study plenty.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 248

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there are so many different club and sport options. there is something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay focused in school.

    In three sentences

    it is a great school and i can't wait to go here. the scenary is so beautiful. if you are considiring it i would advise you to apply.

  • 09/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 6 people found this review useful. 16 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Am enjoying being here

    Love to come back to Riverside everyday. The people at Riverside are diverse, so you can meet a little of everybody. Many nationalities, belief systems, orientations, and ideas can be found here and there are many groups that form from those friendships.

    Am learning a lot

    Has the best professors to teach the courses, they are also always there to help you out with your questions. ALong with the professors the teacher's assistant is there to help you. The courses offered at UCR are the best in Engineering!

  • 10/10/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to experience a school in which is outrageously diverse, has a lot to offer, great study environment, and students from all across the world, it's something they would want to look into. Students of different races, and coming internationally, this is also a great school because it'll be easy for them to fit into the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your looking at becoming a part of UC Riverside, coming from a first-year student, I say the only thing that affected my decision in coming here was the weather, which is not even that bad. I come from Oceanside, CA, which is in San Diego county, and is right next to the coast, so I'm used to a breeze, but I'm currently getting comfortable with the weather conditions out here. Everything that is offered here at this school is perfect for any student though, great faculty, staff, students, so many things offered for students to do well in there classes, and get into great careers!

    Bang for the buck

    This school takes advantage of every dollar they receive. This may be a hot city, but there's Air Conditioning in every single building, and the weather isn't even that bad. The school offers so much, and obviously uses your every dollar to good use!

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being here in this great environment at UC Riverside. I love being here, it's actually my new home, and I love calling it my new home. Riverside is in the middle of nowhere, but as a student here, I haven't caught my self bored, or doing nothing, there is always something to do out here! This school is amazing!

    Am learning a lot

    UC Riverside is an amazing a life-changing school. It has completely motivated me as an individual, and inspired me to go far in my education. With all that has been offered for First-Year students with Bear Facts, FYSS, great faculty, great students, great staff, etc. I myself have got really involved with campus, but have also learned not to get overly involved to over work myself as student, but getting involved with Student Organizations on campus, participating in what's given from the school, such as the First-Year Success Series, and also doing work-study.

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 18 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who love the hot sunny SoCal weather. Students who love to sweat. Students who love the business majors. Students who love bugs... I'm looking at the entomology people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stop with the negative attitude. Sigh..... I only went here because I got rejected from UCLA and UCB. People do not want to hear this. Life sucks, but move on. UCR is your home now and it's not all that bad.

    Bang for the buck

    If only UCR is free.......

    Will enjoy being here

    A school is a place to learn, not party.

    Will learn a lot

    Plenty of research opportunity here.

  • 11/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit the school, participate in the Host Program for a day. I came, and it helped me a lot in terms of deciding which dorm to live and where to buy things.

    Am enjoying being here

    In the beginning I thought I would hate Riverside because it's in the middle of no where. I thought I would hate dorming too. But the fact is, right after I started school here, I began to love it. I made friends here, and I don't have to worry about not having fun and being in the middle of no where because as a college student, you're pretty much too busy to go anywhere anyways.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm taking 3 classes now, and it's keeping me really busy. I enjoy learning and studying with others.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 248

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    clubs, movies

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors. Great recommendations for the future!

    In three sentences

    It's great place for students who will take the time to make their own college careers. You can create great relationships with professors because you stand out more. It really is what you make of it!

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is always provided with in campus, if requested by students they may have campus escorts. the campus has its own police department.

    Bang for the buck

    with our own student identifcations we get discounts in and out of school.

    What to do for fun

    there is plenty to do for fun whether it is hanging out with friends or joining organizations where you meet people. in many occasions it is free to have fun in school with the activities brought up by the own students. there are also game rooms in the dorm buildings.

    Food and Dining

    the food is always changing which is unique. there is always the choice of eating at a dining restaurant or eating in one of the multiple restaurants located on campus.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life in my university has been an outstanding experience that will be a memorable one. dorm rules are lenient but strict, which is a good signal of school regulations. there are multiple dorming buildings, each and every one different, which gives liberty of choice to students.

    Academic Rigor

    advanced academic rigor is required. reading is a major component in higher educational standards. professors are demanding but mostly reasonable. the courses are challenging but also enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students should lookout for a truly splendid learning experience at the university of california riverside. there are multiple educational programs as well as extra-curricular activities that do well to the community and to one. get involved the most you can before you miss out!

    In three sentences

    university of california riverside is an exceptional higher education institution that dedicates itself to providing quality education. the university is among the most diverse schools in the nation which makes it unique. there are multiple organizations in this institution that provide comfort and pathways to a successful college career, for ex: credited first year programs.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    before attending ucr, i had heard many stories about campus violence in general. so i was concerned about safety. but, ucr does not have those problems. the campus police are very helpful and appear to be very thorough in their duties.

    Greek Life

    there is a variety of sororities and fraternities to chose from. i joined sigma kappa and i am so glad i did. we are a great group who work and play together. we do alot for the community and have fun at school. these are the people that i know i will be in touch with and network with for as long as life permits.

    Clubs and Activities

    ther are so many options here, i think there is something for everybody. check it out as soon as you can.

    Great for these types of students

    students who want an excellent education while enjoying the recreational facilities and student events.

    Bang for the buck

    i think ucr is a great place to get an excellent education and make life-long friends.

    What to do for fun

    there is a lot to do on campus. outdoors there is swimming, tennis, jogging, and more. indoors, most of which is on the ground floor of most dorms, are rooms for games like billards and ping pong, other rooms are equiped with exercise machines, or a computer lab. and there are meeting rooms for study groups. there is also a student rec center. off campus there are nearby malls. there is a small mall right across the freeway which accepts your growl card for movies, restruants, and all the other shops there.

    Food and Dining

    there are a variety of dining halls, quick snack stores, a food court (highlander union building), and vending machines around the campus.

    Dorm Life

    freshman dorms rate one star. they are like living in a closet, with a roommate! hopefully, as a sophmore, you can get into an apartment- type dorm, which i rate five stars. they are four to six bedroom apartments with a kitchen and a common area. oh yeah, there is a bathroom for every two bedrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    you need a lot of self discipline. plan your study time for each class. it helps to study with someone. and, it helps to use some of the study techniques you learned in high school. although, i found mind mapping very helpful because, with a little practice, you are creating color-coded pictures, which are much easier to remember and study for mid-terms and finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    freshman, to avoid slipping grades, you need to study more than you did in high school. so, jion a study group and talk to your counselors or tas. they are hoping you will. used books are usually in near-new condition and are much cheaper. take a break, have fun.

    In three sentences

    academically, ucr has become one of the top schools in the country. there are a lot of free social events, such as concerts and other entertainers, exercise equipment, game rooms, computer labs, and meeting rooms. the campus is constantly growing with new buildings and student facilities.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    they got panda which is the most popular and coffee bean. la flama pizza is really good and cheap too.

    Academic Rigor

    quarter system is very fast paste. coming from a community college has been difficult to get use to the quarter system. specially because its less time, and grade is based only in exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    focus in what your in college for. dont let anyone put you down, and always keep motivated with your head up.

    In three sentences

    uc riverside is a very friendly campus. it's easy to meet people, and find study buddies. psychology professors are very helpful and they care about you learning and not just memorizing stuff.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 24 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i haven't had any issues.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club and many acitivies for you.

    Great for these types of students

    the campus is racially diverse and well balanced.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ucr baseball is a tradition that you have to experience.

    Bang for the buck

    ucr is the best kept secret in california. great education and a medium size campus.

    What to do for fun

    you are in california and there are so many things to do if you have a car. on campus you don't need a car, and it's still fun.

    Food and Dining

    there are a lot of places to eat on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are clean and well located.

    Academic Rigor

    make sure that you study every night.

    Tips for prospective students

    finish in the top 9% of your graduating class and you can get in for sure.

    In three sentences

    ucr has a beautiful campus. ucr is a great environment to learn in. ucr housing is located close to all of your classes.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there is a campus safety escort service available for all students, so if there is ever a time where you are walking to your car or dorm and you are afraid to walk alone you can call the escort service and they will send an escort to walk you to your destination.

    Greek Life

    there are various fraternities and sororities, both social and educational.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a variety of clubs and activities available for all students. due to the fact that the school is very diverse, there is a club out there for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    this university is great for students who would like to meet others from other backgrounds. this school is one of the most diverse universities in the nation.

    Bang for the buck

    although the universty's tutition and housing fees are pretty expensive, i can honestly say its an enjoyable experience and well worth your buck.

    What to do for fun

    visit the botanic gardens, go to the university village theatre which is located about 5 minutes walking distance from the school, block party and heat concert, and nooners activities every wednesday held by the bell tower.

    Food and Dining

    the food in the residential restaurants is not that good. let's just say that you will most definitely miss home cooked meals. however there are days where they serve very good food like pasta and tacos. also, you can never go wrong with the multiple options of cereal. the food at the hub is very good. there are multiple locations for different types of food located on the campus.

    Dorm Life

    the oppurtunity to live on campus in the residential halls is an exceptional experience. you are able to make connections that you might not be able to if you commute. also, there are various programs held by housing that allow you to have fun and meet a lot of people.i recommend living in the dorms for all college freshmen. word of advice, do not dorm with your high school best friend because things do change !

    Academic Rigor

    depending on the classes you take determines the rigor of the courses. there are some classes easier than others and also some more diffcult than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not dorm with you high school best friend. if you dorm, bring food from home in case they do not serve good food one day, join clubs and get involved.

    In three sentences

    this unversity is very diverse, you will meet people from a great range of different backgrounds. there are many different oppurtunities for students to become involved with the campus and community. living in the residence halls is an extraordinary experience.

  • 06/15/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 8 people found this review useful. 26 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who love weather that's sunny almost everyday.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't bring too much heavy clothing. Southern California tends to be warmer than most places.

  • 01/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UCR is great for students who like to study and socialize at the same time. There are many restaurants and study area on campus where students can just eat, and chat about almost anything!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, don't fall behind, take notes, listen carefully, and exercise regularly to maintain a healthy lifestyle!

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy Riverside. At first, I wasn't familiar with the school, but I slowly adapted to it and I ended up loving it! The people here are amazing and kind. Need a helping hand? Students at UCR will be there to help you. The location is not at the best, but I still manage my way around and find activities to do on my leisure time.

    Am learning a lot

    College is a whole new experience for many people. UCR provides great education for all students, but it is the students who are willing to accept them or not. The professors are very friendly and helpful so don't hesitate to ask if you want to know more!

  • 05/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    LGBT students (the LGBT resource center is one of the best), international students, people that believe they will do well in a small to medium sized school (aside from intro or general series classes, the class sizes are usually less than 60 students and discussions have about 30 students).

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to office hours for your TAs and professors. It helps more than anything. Get involved on campus; it keeps you from getting burnt out from academics and instills some UCR pride. Take the ab attack class at the gym and you won't get that freshman 15.

    Bang for the buck

    UCR is one of the most affordable UC schools. There are work study programs available to help with the cost. UCR also offers a lot of tutoring and study sessions for a variety of classes. I really like the student recreation center because it's cheaper than joining a gym (it's about $30 that is part of tuition) including unlimited classes and use of the facilities. There's all kinds of workout classes at different times of the day making it convenient for everyone.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've enjoyed the classes and professors I've come across while at UCR. It is a very, very diverse student population with a lot of programs that focus on helping minority students (LGBT, chicano, african american, etc.). These programs provide a lot of support to students and are an easy way to meet people. The Greek community (fraternities and sororities) at UCR is less competitive than other schools, which has it's pros and cons, but overall I enjoy the Greek activities at UCR.

    Am learning a lot

    Since UCR is on the quarter system, it makes it difficult for students to slack off. The fast pace keeps people focused and on track. It also encourages students to develop good time management skills and keep their priorities in line.

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Am learning a lot

    UCR offers various types of classes that can expand your background knowledge even about basic things but UCR offers classes like Ethnic Studies to Molecular Biology. Besides classes, UCR allows to students to learn about themselves like their cultural or spiritual backgrounds through the variety of people and clubs/organizations. UCR is a great place to learn about yourself, life, and about others.

  • 06/27/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Although not the best UC school, this school is a great opportunity and should be considered.

    Will enjoy being here

    My friends who attend this school love it. They miss the school when they have to go home for a holiday even!

    Will learn a lot

    It is always up to the student on how much they can learn, so if you are ambitious this school is great and will teach you a lot.

  • 06/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working students who can relax and hang out with friends. Especially for people who are used to heat, because it gets hot in Riverside.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus before classes start so that you know where exactly your classes are. It's embarrassing to enter the wrong classroom! Join clubs and try new things. There is always something going on in Riverside so it's easy to do things that you've always wanted to do.

    Bang for the buck

    UCR is definitely pricey. But it really is a great college experience and it is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Riverside is definitely a friendly campus. No matter what your major is or what year you are, you will find people to get along with. There are a million clubs to join so all you have to do is search for the specific club you want!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are extremely passionate about what they are teaching, and they try to make it fun for students. There are a lot of students who come from different backgrounds so you really get to broaden your views on topics.

  • 07/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Bring comfortable shoes and be expected to walk to campus everyday in the heat. Use the resources that UCR is provided on campus. Be sure to use your dining meals and dollars wisely!

    Am enjoying being here

    UCR has a great range of diverse people which is a great way to learn everyone's culture. Dorming is great experience and I suggest that every student that is going to be attending should live in the dorms. There are many organizations for the diverse culture here at Riverside. You become great friends with your roommate, hall mates and the people that are in your clubs.

    Am learning a lot

    UCR has a fast paced academics where the quarters go by fast and professor's provide lots of help. The campus provides a lot of different resources if you are struggling with what you're learning. The professors expect students to catch on to the material rather quickly and it may be difficult to adjust to but there are TAs that help you during the course. There is a learning center where there are tutors that students are able to go to. Overall, UCR has great academics for all classes and every class may be difficult.

  • 07/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like diversity: There are many people around the world that come here for an education. If you want to see different cultures and learn about them, there's a good chance you will.

    Tips for prospective students

    Campus isn't too big, which is a plus if you have back to back to back lectures/labs. Walking, biking, skateboarding or scootering, it's a good distance between where you are and where you need to go. Consider research early in your schooling, if this applies to your major. If you don't dorm your first year, you probably won't get fat. But really that's half the fun/experience of first year. The other half is learning names and knowing people that you'll see for the next few years. But then after your dorming experience you want to save some money, look for apartments/roommates as soon as possible, which means.... Learn to cook. Some days you add salt, some days you don't. There's your variety. It's a learning experience, at least for me. If you're going to take a picture of the clocktower, don't submit it as your project in Introduction to Photography class. It's been done, in every angle possible. Watch out for course registration, it's getting harder every year.

    Bang for the buck

    For a while, I thought I had to buy something called WebAssign for the rest of my college career. It's really a waste of money if you think about it. Textbooks set you back, so look for previous students of the course who are willing to give you a good deal. Some of them camp outside of the respective classroom at the beginning of the quarter, which is convenient. Printing is a dime a page, but that's after you exhaust several spots that allow you to print for free in limited quantities. For your money, you have resources like the Learning Center, mostly for the first two years of college. The gym, also known as the Recreation Center, offers courses that keep you busy/amused if you are bored easily.

    Am enjoying being here

    Within the campus, there are always events going on, maybe except finals week. Multiple job fairs allow you to gain exposure to various companies and businesses, cultural market gives students the opportunity to buy various arts and crafts from around the world and staged events like concerts and demonstrations are also available on a weekly basis. However, if you've got class from 10 till 2, you'll most likely be missing out a great deal. I pass the time by going to gym, if not for the workout then at least for the nice air conditioning. It's pretty hot out here! Outside of campus, there are plenty of ways to hang out or volunteer. Riverside as a city is pretty big, so exploring is half the work/fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Many of the professors have a detailed syllabus to tell you exactly what will be covered. This becomes important for studying for exams and even pop quizzes. Having took most of my breadth courses and most of my major courses, many of the professors and teaching assistants like to just dive right into the material.

  • 07/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chill, laid-back students who are eager to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your campus as fast as you can. Network in classes and the dorms, it WILL benefit you in someway. Buy books ahead of time.

    Bang for the buck

    Generally, all the UC's have the same tuition rate. However, UCR's housing cost is significantly lower because they are not in the middle of a huge city like Los Angeles. Also, UCR gives a generous amount of financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    If you have a full schedule, or a job, or are involved in activities around campus, you will never be bored. However, if school is all you do Monday-Friday then UCR will be boring to you. My advice is to get involved in some way, whether it be a club, sport, fraternity/sorority, or even a job.

    Am learning a lot

    Because I am an engineering major, I take many core classes in Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics. In these classes, I have certainly learned a lot. But to be honest, it depends on what professor you get in your class. The depth of learning is what you make of it. If you put in all your effort in a class (which can mean even teaching yourself) you learn a lot. I have also had the pleasure of learning from my peers. Making friends in classes is one of the best things to do.

  • 08/12/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 35 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Definitely

    Did enjoy being here

    Lovee

    Did learn a lot

    It's great and easy

  • 08/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Always attend all your classes and review everything that is on ilearn. It is extremely helpful to attend office hours in which you are able to gain answers to the questions you have that you are not able to ask during lecture. Also, take advantage of the resources around you! There are tutors that you pay for automatically and they are very helpful!

    Am enjoying being here

    University of California, Riverside is a beautiful campus filled with staff who word hard alongside their students. It not only has proffesors who are willing to assist you on your journey to success, but there are also other people who care about what you want to achieve and will guide you step by step. The amazing scenery, variety of clubs and the opportunities to become leaders are within reach. I enjoy how there will always be a place to meet people who share the same interest as I do.

    Am learning a lot

    There are countless students in UCR that learn numerous amounts of knowledge about their choice of major. Not only do the student gain intelligence about the major of their interest, but there are also classes available to those who want to explore other subjects. The professors are very knowledgeable and helpful in many ways. Every time a student comes out from a class, they learn something new and it expands their intelligence.

  • 08/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Students capable of handling hot weather -Students interested in the sciences (there is even a medical school built on campus)

    Tips for prospective students

    Read your textbooks, review lectures and notes immediately after class, and utilize office hours when necessary. If in need of help, ASK. The faculty and staff are willing to assist you.

    Bang for the buck

    UCR is definitely less expensive than most other colleges. A bonus is that the campus is close to home so I did not have to worry about extra costs for dorming. The fees may seem pricey at first but if one utilizes the resources available (all payed for in fees), then it should be well worth the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    Although it was hard transitioning from high school to college, the overall evironment is friendly. I was timid at first but after getting to know some classmates, I find UCR a rather fun place to be at.

    Am learning a lot

    UCR is packed full of wonderful professors and TA's who are willing to help you. One of the biggest things stressed is to learn for understanding, not for memorization. Students who are serious about their education will make the best of their learning experience by engaging with professors, peers, and the material taught in class.

  • 09/30/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    Im Second Thinking It Because I Live In New York , So Its Going To Be Hard Visiting My Family

  • 10/10/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone who is capable of taking college seriously..

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't have any.. I think they will do good :D

    Will enjoy being here

    Maybe not because is far.. far.. far.. away from home :(

    Will learn a lot

    Yes, I think every University is very competitive and this not the exception.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    hard-working, motivated

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a place where you get a lot of work done its quiet but if you know the right people you can have loads of fun.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I recommend this college for it's outstanding Business program, the College of Engineering, and the intern positions that it requires most of their students take. The intern positions really give you an inside look on how things really work in a business.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really make this a top choice. It's still a UC, so you still have access to all the other UC colleges, library collections, and the different internships that are available to all UCs.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm getting my education, and I'm actually learning, so it's great for prospective Engineers.

    Am enjoying being here

    The close drive to everything is great! Riverside downtown also has a bunch of things to do, even though most people don't really know about it. It's a hidden gem, you can pretty much just go sightseeing down there, and it's really pretty.

    Am learning a lot

    I've gotten really helpful professors so far, and they all really like teaching the younger lot of students. Some of the professors are also very engaging, and likes to teach via examples. I applaud their teaching styles, and hopefully I have good professors for next term. However, I do worry about the math department, because most of their professors are visiting professors, so I'm not sure how that is determined.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you study well a day ahead. Make sure you don't oversleep and choose your schedule wisely (if you're not a morning person, try to get afternoon classes instead)

    Bang for the buck

    Although tuition is pricey, I still think it's worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Dorming experience is great in Riverside. Riverside is very diverse and a very big campus to explore. There are many clubs to join and fun events people can attend.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors in this University does a swell job of teaching the subject. The professors offer offices hours so you can go in to ask for help. There are also SI sessions that reviews the lesson from lecture class.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Do not goof off. Try your hardest. Remember why you are going to college for. Things are great here at UCR.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a lot of resources available for what you are paying for, so make good use of the free things.

    Am enjoying being here

    I like coming to school here. I am living in the dorms, and I am never bored. There is always a lot of diverse activities. There is lots to do here at UCR.

    Am learning a lot

    I do feel that I am learning a lot from this school. All you need is to put effort into the classes you take. Attendance is important, also because you are paying for it. The professors are really helpful and know their stuff.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    wanting a college experience

    Tips for prospective students

    good luck

  • 01/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I would say that this is really for people who understand how to work hard but are also really open minded, and for those people who are social. As i have witnessed people who are anti-social and closed minded tend to not enjoy themselves, especially if they are dorming, remember it is only fun if you get along with your whole hall, not just your roommate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use amazon to buy your books. cannot stress that enough, do not save all your work for sunday night, as you will be stressed out. Bring many summer clothes and winter. If you are a person who enjoys going out, you will need a car, but as i said its not the location who matters, but the people you are with. Most of all enjoy yourself, its college.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like somethings are overpriced, but as i understand this is school is very generous when they offer student aid, so i believe that helps balance it out a little. The amounts they claim for things are exagerations, just remember that. you can save money through many methods.

    Am enjoying being here

    Its fun, and the people are extremely nice. I enjoy spending time with my friends, and its not the location that matters but the people you spend time with that does. And the people here are the best, every day is a new adventure, just be prepared to travel more at night, since it does get hot during the day and cold during the winter.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are not easy, but the teacher's and the teacher's assistant are so helpful and nice, that if you need any type of help I am sure they will offer it to you. Just dont be lazy because the work does build up, and while the teacher's are helpful they cannot provide miracles where you have failed. Remember as one professor told me, they are no longer teachers. that being said, they are still helpful so dont be afraid to ask for help if you are lost.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineering program is one of the best out there. It's somewhat small therefore they pay a lot of attention on you. The advisers are awesome and the professors are great as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend you visit the school before deciding because it's so beautiful. Also keep and open mind when deciding for which schoolto pick. UCR is really great.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're a low income student you don't have to pay for a lot. Living in the residence halls is really and amazing experience and I recommend everyone gives it a try. I hear commuting is hard, therefore, I recommend that you all live campus you first year. Plus, you meet the best people.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people at UCR are so down to earth. Everyone is so friendly, honestly, you meet some of the best people here. The students are hardworking and the adventures are really awesome.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much from my professors. I'm a Computer Engineering Major in BCOE and so far everything had been great.

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 248

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there is a variety of organizations and clubs that offer plenty of programs to attend and meet new people with common interests.

    Food and Dining

    dining is not like mother's home-cooked meal but it is served as an all you care to eat buffet style. dining services offer a diverse menu that varies from day to day so it's never the same food the next day... expect the french- fries .... dinning always offers that. on campus they also have a variety of food joints to choice from.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are great. living in the dorms gives one the opportunity to meet new people and, like myself, become more social with others.

    Academic Rigor

    as a former freshman, i have found my classes to pertain helpful information and relevant to my major.

    Tips for prospective students

    as you start off your freshman year, everything may seem different but take the opportunity as a way for you to be more outgoing or become more serious about your academic and social life. as a former freshman, i find it important for one to go to the professor's office hours. professor's are willing to help you when you ask, also use your campus resources. the campus resources are already being paid within your tuition, so use them; go to tutoring if you need to, use the gym, go to office hours etc.

    In three sentences

    ucr is wonderful campus, which is diverse and very welcoming. ucr provides various programs that help students achieve in their academics. overall, ucr is a great place to meet new people and create a balanced life between academic and social life.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 248

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    near the campus is a place called the university village. here you will find a starbucks, movie theater and a couple other popular locations that will meet your needs. if that doesn't help your craving to have fun then you have tyler mall, in riverside, the riverside plaza, in riverside, or bowling in moreno valley. all these locations are roughly 10 to 15 minutes away from campus.

    Food and Dining

    the food here is decent. you have your good days with the food in the dorms while other days, you might be questioning if the chief chef knows what he or she is doing. in any case, you have the option of eating at some decent restaurants on campus: panda express, stacked (sub-sandwiches) and a couple others that will please whatever your craving. try the sushi at sushi roll or the pizza at la fiamma!

    Dorm Life

    dorm life honestly depends on how you make it. students have had terrible dorm experiences while others had awesome ones. what's the dish on a legit dorm life? make friends! go to the events that your respective dorm building has. try and do things that will not involve law enforcement and stay away from drugs and alcohol.

    Academic Rigor

    your academics are key to success and despite ucr's reputation of being a easy school, your academics are extremely rigorous and needs extreme observation. it is strongly suggested not to underestimate your classes and the content given. you also must remember that you are on a quarter system: very fast paced.

    Tips for prospective students

    advice i would give you is to take advantage of the professors office hours! i would say its most imperative to do so because you get a lot more insight than you would just attending class. seek a lot of advice from your t.a.'s and counselors; they are there to help!

    In three sentences

    ucr is a great institution and very accommodating as far as making sure your academic success is just that: a success. they have a great staff that have done years of research and help you with all the different obstacles that come with a new life at a university. in addition to the great staff, you have numerous resources available at your disposal to make sure you do well in your studies, and in your life!

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 248

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there is always campus security whiling to walk you whenever you feel wanting to be escorted home.

    Great for these types of students

    for all types of students

    Bang for the buck

    of course like all schools, pricy.

    What to do for fun

    there is always someone somewhere whiling to hang out!

    Food and Dining

    sometimes its good, other times it could be better.

    Dorm Life

    it was one of the best experiences of my life

    Academic Rigor

    if you study and go to lecture, you'll do just fine

    In three sentences

    i absolutely love this school and its campus. the professors are everything you could possibly imaging and ask fore. i am truly happy for having chosen this campus.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    ucr cares about its students and it is always improving the campus so that ucr can indeed be like a home away from home.

    What to do for fun

    climb to the c.

    Food and Dining

    food is good. they are constantly improving their food to meet the desire of the students.

    Dorm Life

    the residence hall at ucr are excellent. if you ever have the chance to dorm do it! educational and social programs are constantly held throughout the academic year inorder to bring out the best of the dorming experience. it is a great way to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    ucr has exellecent proffesors who prepare daily for their lectures. they are available during office hours or by appointment. the classes may seem difficult but thats is to challenge and bring out the student's potential.

    Tips for prospective students

    come and visit us. we are a friendly campus that welcomes all students. take a tour of the campus and of the dorm life. events are held throught the year so come see them!

    In three sentences

    the university of california riverside is a place where you will enjoy your pursit for higher education. the campus has tons of resources to help academic succes. it also consist of a friendly and very diverse campus.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus feels really safe and secure.

    Bang for the buck

    Best bang for the buck. Really affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown seems cool, but you should be there to do work.

    Food and Dining

    Food is expensive, get groceries.

    Dorm Life

    I never experienced dorm life and I plan to live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    School seems to have very good graduate programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and examine the parking situation.

    In three sentences

    The campus seems safe and friendly. Food is kinda expensive on campus.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not only does the campus have the emergency blue posts, they also offer what is called Campus Escort. It is a service that a person can call to have someone walk with them back to wherever they need to go. A police station is also basically on campus. Police are around a lot and sometimes even sit in parking lots at night time.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at UCR is extremely active. All of the fraternities and sororities are outside in the middle of campus all of the time. There are always weekend events put on by fraternities as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can easily fit in here. There are so many clubs and groups that a person can find one to fit in without trouble.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a place called the Botanical Gardens on campus which is just a large area of plants that can be found in Riverside. There are also many citrus trees that can be found scattered throughout campus.

    What to do for fun

    The school offers three large free concerts every year. They always bring popular artists to the school. There are also many different smaller concerts and events. There is usually an event about once a week happening. Sororities and fraternities have events as well. Outside of school, there are malls to go to, clubs, hookah lounges, a movie theatre (and a drive in movie theatre) as well as basic bowling alleys, parks and theme parks

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is good, but it gets old pretty fast. With that said, the HUB offers a wide variety of food. There is also a couple of on campus restaurants as well as food trucks. The University Village which is about a 15 minute walk offers a huge variety of food with many basics such as Del Taco, Denny's, Starbucks, and Quiznos. Across the street are Taco Bell and other places. If you have a car there are so many options that are about a five minute drive from campus.

    Dorm Life

    The three dorms at UCR are very fun and a great way to meet new people. Do not be shy, talk to people across the hall from you, the room next door, or maybe in a completely different building. For the most part, the friends you make while dorming are the friends you will live with after and have for the rest of college.

    Academic Rigor

    College is not easy no matter what your major. Working hard and actually doing all of the reading is a necessity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the placement tests seriously. They can really affect how behind or ahead you begin your freshman year. Use all of the resources available. Talk to the teachers. Office hours are very important and getting to know a teacher can really benefit you.

    In three sentences

    The school has a beautiful campus with great Highlander spirit. The events that the school puts on for the students weekly really allows a student to feel welcome and excited to attend college. The classrooms are very clean and in great condition with new technology. I love UCR.

  • 11/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is substantially lit with lights illuminating walkways and paths. Escort services are made available to students.

    Greek Life

    Fraternity and Sorority life is an enjoyable alternate to residing on campus at UCR. From forty individualistic houses to choose from, Greek life is a largely considered option in college housing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for just about anything and for anyone. Associated student groups such as the Graduate Student Association and the ASUCR, club sports involving rugby, surfing, karate, hiking, and ethnic clubs are active components in the well-being of UCR student life.

    Great for these types of students

    Student of any socio-economic background should definitely apply. UCR offers many opportunities to seemingly any student attending.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The HUB, Highlander Union Building, hosts a variety of dining options and club activities for UCR's students, visitors and faculty members. The Rivera Library also hosts the largest collection of science fiction and fantasy writings in the region.

    Bang for the buck

    UCR is better known for its academics than its party life. Students who chose UCR will be better prepared for any field they choose to enter. The money spent on tuition at UCR is undeniably put to good use.

    What to do for fun

    The Pacific Ocean's well known beaches of Newport and Huntington, the San Bernardino Mountains, deserts such as Palm Springs and Twenty-Nine Palms, Hesperia, Victorville, Lake Arrowhead, Arrowbear, and Big Bear offer recreational activities such as skiing, swimming, fishing, riding motorbikes, and much more, are all located approximately an hour away from UCR. On campus, concerts have been hosted, as well as fine arts performances put on by students, and the annual Heat, Block Party, and Spring Splash music festivals.

    Food and Dining

    Food is generally expensive on the campus. Dining at the HUB, Panda Express, Habaneros, the Honor Roll Sushi, La Fiamma, the Coffee Bean, Subway, and the Barn, are among the on-campus options. There are also many restaurants in the immediate area surrounding UCR.

    Dorm Life

    There are many facilities to choose from, so take your time. Various housing options aside from dorms include apartments for married students and single students alike, special housing for disabled students and international students, themed housing, and coed housing are offered. The Aberdeen dorms are known to be more social and outgoing, whereas the Pentland Hills dorms tend to house more reserved students. The East and West Lothian dorms are primarily co-ed dorms which are the least preferable dorms on campus due to it's reputation.

    Academic Rigor

    Since the college is quarter based, the pace is fast and intense. Do not be a procrastinator.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend lecture! Do not expect others to do work for you. Be responsible for yourself and your education. Ask questions and stay ahead of your assignments.

    In three sentences

    The University of California Riverside caters to a diverse population of students and faculty alike. There is wide range of majors available from Anthropology to the new Medical School that was recently accredited. A a clean campus with great access to freeways in the Inland Empire, UCR is easily to find, commuter friendly and convenient.

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Most of the fun activities are outside camps. You can head to the beach during spring time or drive to the mountains in winter. The plaza near downtown Riverside is very mellow and fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great the first month or so. After awhile, the cafeteria food gets repetitive, however there are places to eat like Scottie's grill. It will save you time in between classes if you don't want to go to the cafeteria by yourself.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life depends on who you meet and where you end up living. Pentland Hills is mostly quiet but the exceptions are if you are placed in a rowdy hall. I was placed in a rowdy hall, so I went to bed at 3am due to my need to be social!

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor can be challenging, but it depends on you. If you put in time to study, it will be a piece of cake. If you don't balance your time then it may be harder than you think.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to fill out a lot of scholarships for funding. When applying and becoming a student, make sure you have all department hotlines on dial. Enter in any programs to get you accustomed to college beforehand.

    In three sentences

    Riverside has the most exciting diversity too be discovered. Most of the professors seem knowledgeable and the botanic garden is beautiful. Unfortunately, it is low on scholarship funds for those who need it.

  • 03/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Downtown Riverside, Galleria at Tyler and any on-campus activities. The brochure saying surf and ski is a LIE. Unless you have a car (and are willing to pay for the hefty fees of owning one on campus), you most likely will never leave Riverside. There are many house parties though if that is your game.

    Food and Dining

    The food is definitely not the healthiest. There are very few vegetarian options and most of it is soy versions of protien.

    Dorm Life

    There are a number of pests in the dorms. If you are especially skirmish I recommend Lothian.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a pretty good school academically. However classes are difficult to get into especially if you are a freshman, and there are some teachers that are not that easy to learn from or understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit before accepting. While this is a great school, it is not a great fit for everyone and that is where all the anger at UCR comes from. Check out the UCR Rants page on Facebook to get a hint of what life is like here.

    In three sentences

    Is a commuter school. The first quarter is pretty interesting, getting to know people and the like. Unfortunately as time goes on, there is less to do, and more difficulties.

  • 04/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has become an enormous priority for this campus. There shouldn't be a time when someone should feel unsafe because there are so many resources. We have campus escorts, shuttle services, emergency phones throughout campus and much more.

    What to do for fun

    During the week, there is so much to do on campus. There's always events on Wednesdays at noon, workshops, tournaments and more. However, once the weekend rolls in, life on campus and even in the surrounding areas are completely dead. Everyone seems to always leave for the weekend. However, what I use to do for fun was go hike the C or mount Rubidoux. You could also go to the movie theater that is right across the street from campus at the University Village. Or you could go to Tyler Mall, although it is pretty far for students with no cars and on budgets. Get creative!

    Food and Dining

    Although the hours for the weekends aren't that great, you can't complain about the weekdays! It is five days a week from 8am-9pm. There's just no way you could miss a meal. Although sometimes repetitive, the food is delicious. It's better (in my opinion) to have repetitive food than having to cook for yourself every day being a college student.

    Dorm Life

    One of my most memorable years at UCR was when I lived at the dorms. The people you meet, your RA, the experience. It's just so different from the way you lived before. I met a couple of my best friends in my hall. The environment was welcoming and fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Nothing is straight out given to you. In most classes, you need to be able to understand and create your own meaning about the material. It doesn't matter if you heard the class was easy. You should anticipate difficulty. It doesn't matter if it's easy, if you slack off, you will fail!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors and TAs. They are crucial to your understanding of the material. A familiar face to a professor or TA can be the difference between a B+ and an A-. Use your resources. There is so many places where you can go for help. There is tutoring, there are great study places, and amazing classmates. Get to know people. Stay in contact. However, don't forget you're also young. Don't forget to have fun!

    In three sentences

    There is an immense list of places and people you could go to for help when you don't understand the class. Our concerts have begun to be widely recognized because they are amazing. The welcoming diversity on campus is definitely something you must experience on your own.

  • 04/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who plan to transfer and just want a cheap- er, more reputable institution to attend for a few years.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a real college experience go somewhere else, for the most part UCR is a commuter school that feels like a giant supped up community college.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are a number of activities to do and attend at the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you plan on attending the school be to do a lot of research before attending, especially if you know you're intended major.

    In three sentences

    uc riverside is a large campus. there is numerous activities and locations. the campus life is abundant.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    ucr is a very big campus that is filled with a variety of classes and students. the atmosphere of the college is overall positive. the possibilities are endless upon graduation because of its reputation of being a top tier university.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Horrible. Aren't there when you need them. And when you don't need them, they still don't show up. During rush week, an aisle of cars on a campus street had their windows bashed by low-life, immature fraternity guys and the Campus Police did NOTHING. Like I said earlier, it is not safe to be out late at night here at UCR.

    Greek Life

    Not involved in it. Do not recommend it unless you want to drop out of school and waste your parent's money. The people who are affiliated are in their own worlds here at UCR.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of organizations ranging from philanthropic, outreach, to recreational. When you have time, just check out a club that you are interested in. I highly recommend joining a club that is fun such as the surf club, ski and snowboard club, SHaRP (Student Homeless Aid Relief Project; you make pb&j sandwiches for the less fortunate), and join intramural sports! You can form a team to play flag football, basketball, indoor soccer, outdoor soccer, volleyball, and more!

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated students who might not have the most excellent of grades to have gotten into Standford or Harvard. You will work just as hard, if not harder, here at UCR and you CAN make a difference. Instead of being an average Joe at some top tier school, why not settle for a relatively good school and be a star?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before the homecoming game, the student body burns the opposing teams mascot in order to try to intimidate the other team. We also have a bear and an orange as our mascots.

    Bang for the buck

    Hike up to the C! It has a gorgeous view and it is a great bonding experience if you go with friends. Also, the beaches aren't TOO far of a drive from Riverside, so if it is hot outside and it is the weekend, grab a couple of friends and hit the waters.

    What to do for fun

    To be honest, Riverside doesn't have much of a college town depicted in the movies and what not. It is somewhat different. It is in the middle of a suburban-like community. Not to mention, I do not suggest going out late at night by yourself. It gets a little scary. But if you must, I suggest hanging out with friends at their apartments or trying one of the smaller dessert places around. Of course, some people go to downtown Riverside and hit up the bars or go to the clubs, so it is really personal preference.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of different types of food all around campus, ranging from Italian to Chinese. You can try something new every day!

    Dorm Life

    I highly recommend you live in the dorms, especially during your first year at UCR. It will not only allow you to forge new friendships and relationships with new people, but it will allow you to get to know the school better. Additionally, you go through college only once, so you must experience what it is like to live independently!

    Academic Rigor

    The courses here are just as tough compared to any other universities; it actually might be harder than most because most of the students here are motivated and want to succeed in academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Visit the campus and get a feel for the weather; it is extremely hot during the day and cold during the night. 2) A lot of people look down upon UCR, but it is actually a relatively highly ranked school and it has a motivated student body and faculty members. 3) Riverside isn't the safest place to be out past sunset.

    In three sentences

    It is known for its business and engineering programs, as well as being a research-based university. UCR provides a plethora of student programs that support one's higher education.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nothing major happens on campus, but there is the occasional police report from surrounding areas regarding minor attempted thefts.

    Greek Life

    A lot of frats/sororities; not really my thing, so I can't say much.

    Clubs and Activities

    i Am not really involved in any specific clubs yet, but I do plan on it soon, and seeing as though they have over 500 of them, it shouldn't be too hard to find one.

    Great for these types of students

    adventurous, free-spirited, motivated, basically anyone wanting to have fun, yet study hard as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They still do an Undies Race..

    Bang for the buck

    They do offer you some dining dollars depending on your meal plan. so it doesn't seem as if your wasting your own personal cash on everything. it is more expensive than other post-secondary choices though, some private universities are actually cheaper than the UC system now

    What to do for fun

    There is the option of going downstairs to the activities room, a variety of optional recreational classes are offered at the gym (for free to students). Two malls are within half an hour from the campus, a movie theater is right down the street. Disneyland and Six Flags are within an hour's drive, and so are beaches and places to ski/ snowboard.

    Food and Dining

    In terms of food, it isn't exactly gourmet, yet it is manageable from day to day. I do have to say that the dining services do take into consideration people that are vegan or vegetarians because they offer both of those options, as well as a variety of fruit and greens.

    Dorm Life

    At least in my hall, I love the dorm life. they have transformed from a bunch of random strangers into people I feel comfortable with, and I have formed strong friendships with some of my hall mates.

    Academic Rigor

    it is fairly rigorous in terms of the academic workload, but it succeeds in teaching you what is expected from its courses. With good time-management and motivation for getting the work done, the academic workload shouldn't be much of a problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be prepared to handle the academic workload of UCR. My tip would be that they prefer to take AVID to help them prepare for the rigors of college coursework, as well as getting more organized and handling their time efficiently. Prospective students should defenitely take a tour of the campus and participate in the over-night host program, if possible.

    In three sentences

    UCR is the university for me because of the diversity and the friendliness of the staff. It far exceeded my expectations as a university because, to be honest, I didn't think much of it at first. It is a campus well suited for one who wants to gain the full college experience.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    UC Riverside is definitely one of the UC's that give you more for your money. Its less crowded than other UCs and the cost of living in Riverside is cheaper, so rent is cheaper for off campus apartments.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is decent, but extremely filling, but there are salads and vegetarian food as well. The HUB has some good choices like Panda Express, a 'Chipotle' type restaurant, Pizza, Sushi and a Burger joint called Latitude. New Food Truck opened which has Kogi Tacos and Carne Asada Fries!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Pentland, where the dorms were suite style, spacious and you shared a bathroom with only 8-9 other people. It was clean and the people are generally pretty friendly. The other two dorms, AI and Lothian are very social and you'll make friends there easy.

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to other UCs, academics have good quality with less competitive edge. The teachers at Riverside generally all care and show their care by answering questions, emails and having office hours. Overall, Riverside's academics are decent and challenging without having to be extremely competitive all the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Give Riverside a chance! It's a great up and coming school that is progressively getting harder to get into every year. Don't rule UCR out so fast! The campus is nice, the weather is hot and the new Rec Center being built is going to be amazing.

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe during the day but it is questionable at night time. There are assistance phones located throughout campus for students to have someone walk them back to their desired location. It is not ideal to walk around at night though, especially farther away from campus. Nighttime can always be dangerous but overall the campus is safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a great way to meet people and network for future job opportunities. It is quite positive on campus and through national philanthropies; the Greek life on campus gives back to not only national causes, but they support the Riverside community as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus. From cultural clubs, film, sports, any club that someone can think of most likely exists somewhere on campus. If not, the school is always looking for new ideas and encourages students to start clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus would be appealing to anyone who enjoys nature and the outdoors. There is a lot of diversity, so people who are interested in learning about different cultures and being exposed to them would enjoy going to this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The University of California, Riverside has beautiful botanical gardens that are accessible each day and a hidden picnic area that many students are unaware of also located on campus. These are interesting places that would be fun to explore.

    Bang for the buck

    To get the most bang for the buck, make sure to use all dining hall swipes and dining dollars before the end of the year. The cost is the same whether one uses all the swipes or not, therefore, it is necessary to spend all of them anyway in order to get one’s money worth.

    What to do for fun

    In Riverside there are not too many things to do for fun, but downtown is quite interesting. Most of the buildings are very old and the Mission Inn located downtown is neat to explore. There are events that occur every so often in the residence halls that can be entertaining and students receive discounts for the movie theater located closest to campus. Also, many people enjoy hiking to the “C” on top of the mountain overlooking campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is pretty good and not very costly. A majority of the campus food is located in the center of campus, which makes the location ideal. The food in the residence halls is mediocre. The dining services have improved a lot throughout the years so the food is decent at times but tastes as if it were served from a fast-food restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming on campus is an ideal way to meet people. Students usually have the option between a double or triple, but triples can seem a little crowded. Dorm life is a great way to become more self-dependant, especially if one does not live close to home. The bathrooms in the halls resemble public restrooms and take awhile to get used to, but people do adjust.

    Academic Rigor

    There is not a lot of academic rigor on campus; it is mainly up to the individual. Although students aim for academic success, there is no academic struggle amongst students. Each student strives to do well but competition is not popular on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is a large step from high school, no one will tell another student to do their homework each night or study, this responsibility is up to the individual. Each student has their own responsibilities and must decide for themselves what is right and wrong. Many students are commuters, but there are several opportunities for students to be a part of the school, especially if people do not live near the area.

    In three sentences

    The University of California Riverside is culturally diverse and provides several opportunities for students to explore diversities. Student involvement is important on campus and is represented through clubs and organizations. The faculty provides support to their students by aiding them during office hours to encourage students as they strive for academic excellence.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Actual campus is safe but the surrounding neighborhoods could use some work.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The music festivals are worth attending.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition keeps rising and fees keep on accumulating. That is pretty much the same in all of California though.

    What to do for fun

    Theaters, shopping, yogurtland are pretty close. Downtown also had restaurants and entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    Diverse in options from the HUB. The dining at the residence halls is good as well.

    Dorm Life

    People are friendly and there are many activities provided by the housing program.

    Academic Rigor

    Outside reading can be demanding at times. Midterms and finals are pretty straightforward in all areas. Do the reading and attend lecture.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take all english requirements first. Try to get the fine art requirement out of the way. Study for the placement exams which could save you unnecessary courses.

    In three sentences

    It has a great diversity in students and majors. Professors are well prepared and dedicated to their students. There are many classes to take that are interesting.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The great thing is that UCR offers 24hr safety, so if there is ever a problem and you need to call the UCPD, then you definitely can. UCPD also lets you know whenever there was a crime located by the school. Another thing that I find very helpful is that if you have late classes and do not want to walk at night by yourself, you can call UCPD or press the blue emergency polls, and someone will come and walk you to where you need to go to ensure that you are safe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCR is Scottish so they do have people who play the bag pipes and you will often hear them playing. By the way, the outfits that they wear are really funny. If you would like to see guys where kilts( aka skirts), you would love to watch them. They are also really good.

    What to do for fun

    There is a gym, game rooms in the residence halls, and they also have a piano. Through the recreation center there is also programs that they do such as having ab attack, kick boxing, zumba, and many other activities provided for all UCR students.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great. You do not always get the same thing and the food is actually freshly cooked unlike high school food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. You get to meet a lot of new people and it is really fun because the Resident Advisors and Program Coordinators do a lot of programs and actives to keep the residents involved.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not that complicated unless you refuse to go to discussions and lectures, do not do the homework assignments, and do not study for the quizzes, midterms, and finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the opportunities and resources given to you. Do not delay or procrastinate because it will catch up to you. Once you get behind it does take a lot of hard work to get back up because of the 10 week quarter system.

    In three sentences

    UCR is a great school that offers many opportunities for students to explore and find the major that is most suitable for them. UCR also provides many working opportunities, counseling, tutoring, and many other resources. This is a great campus that I truly believe that everyone would love, if given the chance.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is the best way to make new friends and have a second family that will support you in all your decisions as well as be able to give advice when you need it.

    Great for these types of students

    Those that know what they want to do in life and can afford college.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I usually go to the gym and participate in my University's Greek life philanthropy events and socials.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know ahead of time what you want to major in and do the best you can in all your classes!

    In three sentences

    A fun and active campus yet classes are very limited and hard to get into. There are many restrictions in the Business school as well as requirements that must be fulfilled which usually makes student graduate late.

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Food, though nothing to write home about, is good for college. Soon you'll start to miss home cooked meals but that's the price you pay for trying to attain a higher education.

    Dorm Life

    Like any college, UCR provides dormitories for its students. Halls on campus are well-kept and nice. Living in dorms adds to the overall college experience and is recommended.

    Academic Rigor

    While not as challenging as the other UCs, UCR will provide students with the right steps to attaining a degree. Students are required to be very independent as things move at a fast pace.

    In three sentences

    UCR is one of the newer UC campus. Like all the new UCs, it is a rising college. Accepts a variety of students.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be careful if you're around the science part. People get attacked there too often. Girls should definitely carry mace with them. That LONG walk from the Student parking lot to campus is scary at night.

    Greek Life

    They had a ton of frats and sororities. They'd hang out in the center of the campus on their couches and signs.

    Clubs and Activities

    Meh.

    Great for these types of students

    Asians! Abundant here. Indians too. But once you get here, try getting out ASAP.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Libraries are huge. And Anderson Hall is pretty from the outside. The Arts Building is trippy.

    Bang for the buck

    I regret not transferring to the school. The Academic Counselors are utterly useless. They screwed me over, weren't of any help and condescending.

    What to do for fun

    Escape Riverside! Downtown Riverside has nice places, but it's only for like a block or two and gets ghetto. The entire Riverside area is ghetto, minus the Tyler Mall. That's decent. But you're like an 1.25 hours away from the beach and Los Angeles (without traffic).

    Food and Dining

    Good places: The Barn, my favorite place on campus. It is a bit pricier than the rest. The HUB has some good places. There's a Panda Express on campus, and a Coffee Bean.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms like Pentland are nice-ish. But the rest are quite small and you'd be better off renting a house somewhere.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a UC. Professors here graduated from Harvard and Yale and have Ph.Ds.

    Tips for prospective students

    The area is boring- you're at least an hour and a half from anything fun. The UC's have a tendency to raise tuition like crazy. When I started it was around 7.5K a year. When I graduated, it was almost 12K. That is absurd and I'm buried in loans. The Academic Counselors are utterly useless. They screwed me over, weren't of any help and condescending. So be sure to have any grad schools or future plans look over what you're doing, because the counselors just sit there. OH and don't waste money on a parking permit. Park at the UV, it's just as far and you're saving like 300 dollars a year.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school, but honestly be careful. They don't let you change majors easily, they stopped me from pursuing a second major. And they raise tuition like crazy, so you'd be better off either transferring to the school or going to a Cal State.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the gym, swimming in the area, go to movies, out to eat, hooka bars

    Tips for prospective students

    READ READ READ

    In three sentences

    Has lots of activities for students to ne involved in. A great gym. Teachers that actually know what they are teaching,

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    their rock climbing wall was something i got to experience at ucr. it was amazing.

    Dorm Life

    checked out the dorms, and they were okay. not enought space for three bedroom doors and double dorms are a comfortable siza. apartments are really awesome

    In three sentences

    from what i have seen at ucr, it is a community that has many things going on. they have many ptions for food, which is a plus. the only thing that i did not like was the slogan that saysyou are not really going to ucr, unless you are staying at ucr, which is a slap in the face for commuters.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Joining a sorority can be a great way to have fun and meet people. Also, ASPB has many events and concerts throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and varied. The only problem is that many of us tend to over-eat. Staying in shape is important.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is the best choice you can make because it allows you to be involved in all of the student activities. You also get close to many people and make good friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the subjects can be very challenging, but it is all about how much you study and whether you attend lectures regularly.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a good choice for a university. Be prepared to study hard and enjoy all of the events provided for students.

    In three sentences

    This university has great and helpful professors. It is one of the top ranked research universities. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    UCRPD is the best, if anything happens they are there to rescue you.

    Greek Life

    Ive heard great stories however i am yet to uncover the rest.

    Clubs and Activities

    Where ever it is that you come from a club is rightfully there for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Polisci majors, Engineers, Arts, biology majors,and many more.The amount of majors on campus is incredible considering most schools do not have this luxury.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Only unusual location would be the mountains however, believe me that you will enjoy the view at night.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you basically invest in and financial aid is a real help.

    What to do for fun

    UCR is centered in a location that makes it easily to travel anywhere from big bear to Los Angeles or even, you can hit San Diego for some beach fun.

    Food and Dining

    Five star gourmet dinning in any of the dinning halls.You want this food trust me.

    Dorm Life

    With three impeccable dorms how can one pass by this offer.Dorm life is great in the sense that it offers distinct variation of where the student can live.UCR dorms make one feel basically at home.

    Academic Rigor

    UCR offers a wide range of majors on campus.The competitiveness of students allow everyone to strive for the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work as hard as you can so you to can become a bear.

    In three sentences

    UCR is one of the best institutions that the state of California can offer.The school does its best in expanding the diversity of the students so that no child id left behind.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    In a well designated spot, sites of entertainment are not far from UCR. However, you dont have to necessarily leave the campus for a good time, enjoy the frequent band concerts or parties that the school sponsors.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and affordable. It is a benefit to those living on campus and to those who spend alot of time on campus.

    Dorm Life

    One major motto of UCR is you are not really going to UCR unless you're staying at UCR

    Academic Rigor

    While the rigor of the academic courses depends on field of study, the expectations are nonetheless relatively high. However, the assistance provided definitely eases the burden.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and do not be discouraged by what others may tell you. While this college may seem smaller and less prestigious than most it is these traits that make it much more comforting.

    In three sentences

    The diversity and potential to get involved here is amazing and enhances the prestigious reputation of the college. Due to the myriad of possibilities to get involved I recommend this college to anyone looking for a well rounded college experience.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    they do all they can for the safety of their staff and students

    Greek Life

    unsure.

    Clubs and Activities

    unsure but with what ive seen so far its got to be good

    Great for these types of students

    any and all students that like open campus with lots of room to make new friends. great for bike lovers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i am unsure about traditions but im sure after my first year i'll have plenty to tell.

    Bang for the buck

    seems like its worth it depending on what you get your degree in.

    What to do for fun

    large campus with lots of activities. pool, sports fields, gym, library, concerts and much much more.

    Food and Dining

    i haven't tried the food but college food is always the best. forget the freshman 15, its more like the freshman 50.

    Dorm Life

    i'm kinda nervous about the dorms because my sisters had problems with their dorm and suit mates. im sure due to the fact that Riverside is such an expensive and serious school that the dorm situations will be better then most.

    Academic Rigor

    it is the perfect school for my required major. they have an outstanding engineering college with many hands one work stations to get a real feel on what its going to be like after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    keep your grades up cause Riverside is a tough school with high expectations. with a 68% graduation rate and a $36,000 price tag you'd have to be very committed and dedicated.

    In three sentences

    love the campus because it is large and beautiful with lots of grass and trees. its a very welcoming environment with kind, helpful students.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The greek life on campus is very abundant.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are cultural, academic, and hobby based clubs all over campus.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus is great for students who enjoy the forest, enjoy concerts, who like to be active, and who are very academically astute.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the center of the campus there is a large clock tower that many people use as a landmark for directions. The campus is very green with its own garden and a number of large grassed areas.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus has a high nation rating for bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    On campus, there are numerous clubs which one can join. The campus life consists of clubs, sororities, fraternities, weekly concerts, and special programs held by the campus' ASPB (Associated Student Program Board).

    Food and Dining

    The campus has food trucks that commonly park on campus as well as its own dining service. Not to far from campus there is a number of fast food and formal restaurants as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at the school is great. The dorms have a number of outings and events to help create a bond that lasts throughout one's college years.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically there are a number of courses and fields in which one may study. The campus is designed in a manner which groups similar majors while allowing inter-academic students to mingle with each other.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should make sure to understand what they wish to study before applying, or at least have a concept of what they want to study. In all colleges it becomes easy to get lost in classes and if one doesn't know the focus of their education they could end-up taking excessive courses that were not needed.

    In three sentences

    The University of California - Riverside is a great school. Academically there are a number of courses and majors taught. Each course has an approachable teacher and the lessons are easy to grasp.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    if you ever need to walk alone at night for any reason, you can call up campus security and they can walk with you if you aren't comfortable with walking by yourself

    What to do for fun

    anything, the campus is near any attractions like Disneyland, Knott's berry farm, Scandia, Castlepark and the Beach . its not that far of a drive and there's even rock climbing at the school if your interested in that. as well as being in band or the performing arts like drama

    Food and Dining

    awesome food really, there are many restaurants around campus so there is a variety of food you can get, you get dining dollars every quarter and you are able to purchase anything with them. there is something there for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are fairly a good size, you get your own desk, bed and closet and if you want to room with a groip of two other people then you can, you can get a double or a triple to get a real college experience

    Academic Rigor

    tight knit family community, if you have anything you need assistance in the staff is always there to help you when you need

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be nervous, think of college as your own high school only bigger. remember that all the students that are in the university are all close to your age so there wont be trouble when trying to make a new friend

    In three sentences

    When i first got on campus i was amazed by how the school environment felt so calm and relaxing, my ideal place for a college. i was able to tell right away that everyone on campus will get along great because of the atmosphere of it. There were signs everywhere to know where you are and how to get to another part of campus. I've also seen their housing and the dorms there are the really great, they have rec rooms where students can just study and or socialize.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many fun sports out here. Not to mention all the concerts we throw for free! & you're so close to the Big Bear so skiing is a must.

    Food and Dining

    The food may be small, but it fills you up real fast. You'll think you can eat more than you usually would, but you would be mistaken.

    Dorm Life

    The people in the dorms are so diverse & hilarious, you'll have a great time here.

    Academic Rigor

    Believe me when I say that reading the book is a must. Don't be afraid to ask questions, & attend all lectures! Its not too hard to keep up with the course work if you start early. Sure, the ten weeks go by fast, but its not too difficult to keep up with it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always attend office hours, they're so helpful. Don't fall behind on your readings!

    In three sentences

    Its one of the smallest UC's, but in my opinon, that's its greatest feature. The professors and TA's here are so amazing and helpful & you're able to make real connections with them. We also have many events that set us apart from the other UC's & allow us to have a great time!

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an on campus police station and volunteers who patrols and escorts. Even though this service is provided, there are several reported robberies and inappropriate exposures.

    Greek Life

    There are several sororities, fraternities, and co-ed fraternities to choose from. There are no on campus greek houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are a great way to meet new people since they always have a social gathering. Most of the clubs are funded by its members and other students because the school cannot provide money. There are concerts, but they mostly consist of not very well-known bands.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great if you can afford it, if the location suits you, or if you like the programs the school offers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many students hike to the C on a giant, rocky hill. It is said that the people who hike to it will get good grades in the future. UCR is one of few schools to have a bell tower, which is played once a week and rings every hour.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally think the tuition is getting too pricey and students are forced to pay for activities they may not use, such as the gym, the campus radio station, etc. Most concerts on campus are free, but most of the bands are not known. Tuition and rent goes up every year, but the quality of each does not.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and concerts on campus. Near campus is a plaza with a cinema, shops, and more restaurants at walking distance. There is a free trolley for students if walking is not a good option. Also, there are more plazas and malls nearby if one chooses to take a bus or drive.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food can be great in the beginning, but it starts to become repetitive. I praise them for trying to have a variety of food, but they did not think how it was going to be eaten when they served it. For example, when they started serving Pho, they did not give us bowls, but plates. Besides dorm food, the on campus foods are wonderful. There are 3 areas where you can get coffee, including Coffee Bean and a Coffee Bean truck. There is a Taco Truck, Subway, Panda Express, 2 Italian Food, a Mexican grill, and sushi.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is guaranteed in your first year, but unless you become a resident assistant you are not guaranteed a place in the residence halls. Most students go to on campus apartments and off campus apartments and houses. There are quiet hours in the dorms, so as long as your hall's R.A. does their job, you do not have to worry about not getting enough sleep because of your neighbors. Dorm life is a great way to meet new people, but it is not when you are assigned into a hall that is shy and anti-social.

    Academic Rigor

    You learn a lot, but the pace is very fast. So if you cannot keep up, you should choose a college with a semester system. Classes are very competitive and can be very difficult if you do not put in enough effort. The school provides a learning center with free tutoring and review classes. The review classes are very helpful for extra help and extra practice, but the tutors for the drop in tutoring are not the best people to go to for help. Consider going to your professor and teaching assistants for help because they took many years to learn what they are teaching you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though they are many activities to enjoy, do not fall behind in your classes because it will be hard to catch up since each quarter is only 10 weeks.

    In three sentences

    The climate is mediterranean so be prepared for very hot days. The school and the area provides many activities to do. Academically, it can be competitive and you learn a lot.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    delicious

    In three sentences

    this is a beautiful school and its really big. the other students are very helpful

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    go to getaway cafe

    Food and Dining

    the food is pretty good

    Dorm Life

    kinda crazy, but fun

    Academic Rigor

    as long as your focused, you will be fine

    Tips for prospective students

    keep up with your reading

    In three sentences

    you will not regret coming to this school

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you hike to the C which is at the top of a mountain and kiss it, you will receive all A's for the quarter.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, good food places, pool.

    In three sentences

    Diverse and a very welcoming campus.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    i heard it has good security for the students.

    Clubs and Activities

    i can't wait to see what they have in store for me.

    Great for these types of students

    any people are good to come here. it has great diversity and you wil never feell lonely.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i can't wait to climb the mountain with the ucr sign on it.

    What to do for fun

    i don't really need that much fun only when am stress out so i don't need to worry aout that.

    Food and Dining

    i don't know much about it but i hope it will be as people i know there says.

    Dorm Life

    it should be as fun as people say and i hope i make lots of friend i can count on.

    Academic Rigor

    i hope it will be challanging s i can know what my limits are.

    Tips for prospective students

    i can't wait to start classes with them all.

    In three sentences

    it is marvelous.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall, the campus is pretty safe. All campuses experience crime. My was no different. The UCPD actively patrol to ensure student safety is a top priority.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCR has over 420 clubs on campus. It is not difficult to be involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for diversity on their undergraduate studies.

    What to do for fun

    I was very involved on the campus which was something UCR pushed for its students. Our school ranked 6th in the nation in research, social mobility and civic engagement. Do I need to say more?

    Food and Dining

    As a vegetarian, the university incorporated more sustainable ways to eat. This also helped with the health factors most college dining halls ignore. I felt my diet was maintained and improved with the new systems created to promote better health overall.

    Dorm Life

    Of course dorm life can be wild but it was also peaceful at times. Students took their academic seriously. The living spaces were big enough to have a majority of the things you desired in your room. The common living area was spacious also.

    Academic Rigor

    As an Ethnic Studies major, my coursework was rigorous. I had to be fully engaged with the readings as well as the discussions. Most believe a humanities degree is easy work, but there were pedagogical themes which forced the critical thinking aspect of the program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enrich your experience by getting involved. It will make this part of your academic career fulfilling.

    In three sentences

    UCR is amazing, not only one of the most diverse campuses within the UC but the academic environment is wonderful. UCR provides an education which encompasses relative skills for today's job market.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are various types of clubs and activities for all types of studentsto join.

    Bang for the buck

    It is affordable to attend this university. Housing may be pricey but the price for the education is worth it.

    Food and Dining

    There are various options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a must-do for all incoming students. It is a great opportunity to meet other people and get to know the campus a lot better.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a research focused university so as undergraduates students should take advantage of those opportunities.

    In three sentences

    This University has a lot to offer if the student gives it a chance. This campus is very diverse.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is not an issue when there are emergency phone booths at every corner. Students can be escorted back to their rooms or to classes if they just dial for the escort services at one of the many emergency booths.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best part of the campus that every student must check out sometime during their time at UCR is the C. Behind the campus there is a large, yellow C up on a mountain. Students hike up to the C and kiss it, because it is said that if you kiss the C then you will get straight A's for the quarter. The C is a great spot to check out.

    What to do for fun

    Down the street from the Campus is the University Village where students can go to restaurants, the movie theatre, nail salons, and much more. Also, the buses provided students with free transportation that can take them to the local malls. Students can join clubs, sororities, and fraternities on campus that put on events. Throughout the school year, there are concerts put on by the associated student body where big name performers come down and students can attend the concerts for free.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls always offer a variety of different food types for students and they try to cater to all ethnicities. The campus also has numerous dining options for students while they are on the actual campus. They can eat at numerous campus restaurants or chain restaurants such as Subway and Panda Express. The food is not over priced and students will never have to worry about going hungry.

    Dorm Life

    UC Riverside offers three different dorming options for their students, Two of the dorming options are traditional college dorms while the third option is more modern, meaning that boys and girls are not mixed in one hall. The third option also gives students a closed bathroom setting where as the other two dorm options are community showers. Students get to meet many new people while living in the dorms and really get a feel of the college lifestyle.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of help offered for students to take advantage of. Students who keep up with their readings and don't fall behind will be fine. If you aren't afraid to ask for help, then you can do well academically. The classes definitely make you work hard, but it is all worth it in the end. Students end up learning a lot of material that they can use for future classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend joining a learning community, because you are put into a group with students that are at the same learning ability as you. It is good for commuters and students living the dorm life, because it is a great way to meet new people. Don't forget to stay focused and always keep your eyes on your goal.

    In three sentences

    The University of California, Riverside is a very ethnically diverse campus where students not only learn about themselves, but about those around them as well.Students are pushed to their ability and offered help fron all of their professors. The campus allows for students to grow and become independent.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you want to have fun all really have to do is look for what to their are alwaysevents going on.

    Food and Dining

    good

    Dorm Life

    not dorming but from what i seen its great.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are really time consuming.

    In three sentences

    The year goes by really fast since is in quarter system. Its not a place for everyone but enjoyed my first year. At first its a big challenge to keep up with everything going on and school.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is fairly safe, however outside of campus it may be a little sketch. But we have campus escorts that walk us home from school if we requested it so it's okay. ALWAYS WALK IN A GROUP AFTER 11pm.

    Greek Life

    Many students are part of the greek life, but also other things like Professional Fraternities or Community Service Fraternities. However, there are other students that are just in clubs. Greek life isn't everything for us because we are all so involved in other things too. Also, UCR doesn't have Greek Houses either.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everyone is part of some sort or club or extracurricular. There are so many things to be involved in and opportunities to network, socialize and be a part of something you believe is important. Clubs & Activities are one of the most important things to the UCR student body. There are thousands of things to join, like culture clubs, community service, ASPB, Asian American Student Association, pretty much anything you want to be a part of, there is a club for that.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love hot weather! Also, students like the idea of a smaller close knit college feel.

    What to do for fun

    There's not much to do if you don't have a car. Most students just go out to eat because Riverside has some great food places...EVERYWHERE. The city has a diverse selection of foods from American food, to Thai food, Indian food, Vietnamese food, etc and Asahi which is one of the most delicious All-You-Can-Eat restaurants around. May I add that these places are legit and not Americanized. Since it's really hot you can go swimming all the time. Some people hike the C which is a C on the top of a mountain. You can join clubs like Surf Club (they take you surfing) or outdoor excursions (they take you on countless trips). A lot of people also spend time at the gym playing intramurals.

    Food and Dining

    Dining in the dorms was pretty much a hit and miss. Sometimes the food was great, sometimes it was meh. The best thing about dining was lunch at the Lothain Halls. Mmmmh, BBQ chicken for lunch. The foods on campus gets old after 2 years. There's a Panda Express, Habanero (which is a cheaper version of Chipotle), Stacks (cheaper version of Subway), Sushi, Pasta and the Chameleon (food truck on campus). UCR is building a Subway which I'm really excited about. We have a Coffee Bean and there's Latitude, where people go during their breaks to watch games or play pool/Foosball.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is something you should experince for yourself. I can't say I didn't love it despite all the crazy things that happened. We we're like a family because you see these people pretty much 24/7. There are four different dorms. A&I was one of the oldest but the most fun, social and for some reason had the chillest and most down to earth people. Pentland was the newest but more secluded and quiet. People that lived there liked to keep more to themselves. It's the least social, however with the right people and can be one of the funnest. East Lothian was way never and nicer than West Lothian but that was where all the party people lived. It gets crazy at times, but it's not as fun as A&I. I lived in East Lothian and even though I loved it and met great people if I had to do it over, I would have chosen to live in A&I even if it was the oldest dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    UCR has a bad rep for being a rejection school but the students here work really hard. Everyone is really smart and really care about their education. During finals week students stay 24 hours in the library to study. I see some students bring sleeping bags, pillows and toothbrushes! We take our education seriously. Not only that, but as a diverse student body, lots of the students here have interns, study abroad and do research hours. We are making the best of our education! Classes were fairly easy and enjojable. Upper Divs were challenging but with the help of your TA's and amount of time in office hours you'll do just fine. I mean, who doesn't live a challenge?

    Tips for prospective students

    Be very involved! Join clubs, do extracurricular activities, go to school events, apply for internships, whatever you can handle. Your college experience is what you make it so try to be as involved as possible. You'll make lots of great friends, experience lots of interesting things and learn things you never knew about!

    In three sentences

    Despite rumors and location of UCR it's actually a very great school full with wonderful students and staff. Our chancellor really cares for his students and our education because he's always seen walking around campus greeting students and asking how their days are going. The diverse student body is really nice; all my friends that have visited UCR has said that it's one of the friendliest campuses they've ever been too.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an escort service that any student can call that will provide someone to escort them anywhere on or near campus. Campus police and security is very effective in maintaining peace throughout campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and organizations and activities that students can be a part of. It is made available to all students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCR is famous for its bell tower located near the center of campus. Various events often take place here.

    Bang for the buck

    Included in tuition is free access to the recreation center and free access to bus transportation for the RTA service. It is one of the cheapest UC's as well.

    What to do for fun

    There is a recreation center available to all students in which one can work out, rock climb, or play various sports. There is also a place called Latitude 55 where students can go to play pool, video games, and observe various sporting events. There are a few school events that take place every now and then.

    Food and Dining

    I did not eat much at UCR but from what I heard, the dining food isn't all that great. I did eat the food available to all students which included various restaurants. This food was pretty good but prices vary.

    Dorm Life

    I did not personally dorm but I had many friends you did. I spent a good portion of my time hanging out with friends in their dorms and I was able to see the dorm life as an outsider and I see that it forces you to make friends. It is a good thing because when you start college you might not have all of your high school friends anymore so you must make new friends. Living in the dorms is an effective way of creating new friendships which in turn can lead to group study sessions.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easier than others and it will always be like that. Each professor is different but each and every one of them will provide you with the necessary resources to learn something. You will definitely get something out of every class.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise prospective students to get involved quickly. Join a club or organization and you will be forced to become part of the college environment. It is easy to get off track and become lazy so stay focused in the college environment.

    In three sentences

    UCR is, in my opinion, an underrated school. I am currently a sophomore studying Biological Sciences and I have learned so much in my first year at UCR. I was accepted to UCLA and I chose UCR over it for a very good reason and I do not regret my decision.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Like anywhere else, there are cases of crime. Riverside has a reputation for having a lot of criminal activity. It is a bloated fantasy for people who like to bring down the level of authenticity to the campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greeks are always on campus promoting themselves for anyone who is interested. If you enjoy the fraternity/sorority life UCR has it all.

    Clubs and Activities

    UC Riverside has over 300 clubs and organizations on campus. Whether you want to gather with like minded individuals to read books, play sports, or go larping, UC Riverside will have it. We also have quarterly campus wide concerts where we bring headlining artists to perform for the students (who get in for free).

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! UC Riverside has the most diverse student population in the state of California. Whether you are looking for a particular ethnic, religious, Greek, and specialty club. UC Riverside is bound to have it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a giant C on top of a mountain that overlooks the campus. There is a tradition of hiking up to it. Everyone does it.

    Bang for the buck

    UC Riverside was voted as one of the best bang for your buck schools in the state. Living expenses tend to be the bulk of attending college. Riverside has some of the best prices in on-campus and off-campus living.

    What to do for fun

    We have a local movie theater that doubles as a lecture hall during the day. We get discounted tickets from a regular admission of $8.00. We are not far from Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and the beach. During the winter you can go snowboarding during the day and hit the beach at night.

    Food and Dining

    They just built a Subway on campus. We already have a Panda Express and a Coffee Bean/Tea Leaf. The food is overall great. We have cuisines from all areas of the world. Off campus we have everything you can think of.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. There are three dorm settings that each have different traits to themselves. It is a really great way to meet new people and start to kindle the friendships you will have the rest of your life.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a UC. The level of education is the same as if you were going to UCLA or UC Berkeley. Expect to be held to the same expectations as you would anywhere else.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not let the namesake and reputation of UCR fool you, this is a top notch school that will demand you meet the expectations of any UC level education. The people here are great to work with. Be nice to everybody. The people you meet here could very well be the people you work with somewhere down the line.

    In three sentences

    UCR is the most diverse and amazing school I could have possibly gone to. The professors there are leading professionals in their fields and are giving students the means to become the next innovators of our society. I would gladly recommend The University of California, Riverside to anyone who would like to make it far in their education.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Plenty...party capital

    Tips for prospective students

    Start early with counseling to get the courses right if you are transferring in to this campus.

    In three sentences

    Friendly, helpful, beautiful campus

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you take advantage of all the things UCR offers then yes. Otherwise you're paying 14 grand a year (or more if you're dorming) for an education you could have gotten for 5 grand at a Cal State.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the events! Especially Heat, we have a ton of awesome bands come in and play for us (and it's free!!!).

    Food and Dining

    Panda Express and Fiamma are now your best friends. The food isn't super expensive for college food (about $5-8 per plate depending on what you get). And the UV (University Village located really close to campus) has a bunch of restaurants and fast food places that sell good but cheap food. Del Taco, Dennys, Carl's Jr., and Subway are all there to name a few of my favorite haunts. And Ten Ren's Tea Time sells pretty tasty boba!

    Dorm Life

    Never did it myself but I've heard mixed reviews from my friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the teacher, you could be in for a ton of studying. Other teachers are more reasonable or downright easy :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Always check who your professor is before enrolling in a class. The unfortunate part about this school being a research university is that sometimes the teachers aren't really good at communicating their subject to their students. Also make sure you check everything well in advance because it takes about a week or so for administration to process anything. Finally, take advantage of the gym! You pay for it with your student fees every quarter so you might as well enjoy the benefits.

    In three sentences

    UCR is honestly an amazing school. It provides help to all students that want to attend and the campus is really diverse (and we're proud of it!). It's a school where you can go have fun but at the same time focus on getting your degree and making connections.

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If needed, escort are available for service. Police serve to protect and keep the campus safe. There is an emergency notification system that will automatically notify students via cell phone or wireless device regarding any emergency on campus.

    Greek Life

    Many fraternities and sororities are present for students to join. All of them are prestigious and add to the college experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    For the ultimate college experience, meeting people and being involved are prime. Clubs: service, political, cultural, religious, recreational, athletic, and student government.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students will enjoy this school due to the diversity and openness.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Behind the campus, is a big yellow C on the mountain. Students hike up to it for a challenge and traditional experience. Rumor has it that if one hikes the C, then that quarter they will receive straight A's!

    Bang for the buck

    Everything at the school is there and available for the students, but it is up to the students to acknowledge. The campus is growing and it grows onto the students.

    What to do for fun

    Students may attend the programs arranged by the Arts. Or attend the fall, winter, spring concerts arranged by the student body. Athletics are present and could be participated in or attended. All major places in Southerna California are less than 60 miles away.

    Food and Dining

    Variety of options available to give a sense of community and overall good dining experience.

    Dorm Life

    All dorms provide the same experience (some with more luxuries than the others). There are great leaders and social options for students to embark upon. The rooms are there, the bathrooms are there, the study lounges are there, and the recreation is there. The student must make the most of their experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Any class at any university is hard and requires dedication for success. The staff is very helpful for students to attain their goals and the libraries have a variety of resources. Some classes may be easier than others because of the subject, but it all depends on the student and their perception.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCR has departments with quality just like large universities and the intimacy of a small school. It is right in the middle of the Southern California experience.

    In three sentences

    This school is a growing school that is culturally rich with a solid foundation for education. The academics and facilities are very resourceful in addition to many opportunities for students to be involved. Though underrated, the school's hidden beauty and strengths sprout onto the students.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's a police station right next to one of our campus parking lots.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have good sororities, and even better community service.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to make good friends, be well-rounded, and enjoy friendship should definitely go here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Something we UCR students like to do is hike to the C that's on the top of the hill and kiss it before finals for good luck.

    What to do for fun

    Eat, hike, and go bowling. But one that tops all these is the Drive-in theatre. It's one of the few that exists today.

    Food and Dining

    It's not the best, but it's comfortable.

    Dorm Life

    One begins to grow and make mistakes from dorm life. Choose your friends wisely and experience some pain to better yourselves.

    Academic Rigor

    Business, Science, and Psychology are the majors we are known for and if one isn't in one of these majors, it can be quite a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded and shape yourselves well. Always try and better yourselves as a person.

    In three sentences

    It is neither the brightest nor the biggest school, but it is comfortable and accepting. No other school will post up google docs to help others study as much as UCR does. It's a school that accepts people for the areas they lack in, and assists wherever and whenever.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    WE HAVE THE SCHOOL POLICE, AS WELL AS A FREE SERVICES LIKE SAFETY ESCORTS, THAT WILL ACCOMPANY YOU TO YOUR CAR OR HOME AT NIGHT.

    Greek Life

    THERE ARE A WIDE VARIETY OF FRATERNITIES, SORORITIES, AND CO-EDS, FOR ALL KINDS OF MAJORS.

    Clubs and Activities

    WIDE RANGE OF CLUB AND ACTIVITIES. IF THERE ISN'T A TYPE OF CLUB YOU FIT INTO, THEN YOU CAN CREATE ONE.

    Great for these types of students

    THIS IS A HOT WEATHER CAMPUS. SO IF YOU LIKE THE SUN THIS CAMPUS IS FOR YOU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FOR HOMECOMING WE BURN OUR RIVALS MASCOT IN OUR TRADITIONAL BONFIRE, WHICH EVERYONE PARADES AROUND AS IT BURNS

    Bang for the buck

    SOMETHINGS CAN GET PRETTY EXPENSIVE, LIKE BOOKS. BUT OVERALL THERE ARE REASONABLE PRICES. UCR STUDENTS RIDE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOR FREE.

    What to do for fun

    THERE ARE A LOT OF ACTIVITIES TO DO FOR FUN, OUTDOOR EXCURSIONS, ACTIVITIES IN THE STUDENT REC CENTER, MINI CONCERTS EVERY WEEK, AND ALL SORTS OF ACTIVITIES ORGANIZED BY THE STUDENT BODY.

    Food and Dining

    VERY LIMITED CHOICES, NOT SO GREAT, AND IT CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE AT TIMES.

    Dorm Life

    THIS IS THE PLACE TO MAKE FRIENDS, FOR THEY WILL BECOME YOUR FRIENDS FOR LIFE. AS A FIRST YEAR IT IS ESSENTIAL TO LIVE IN THE DORMS TO ASSIMILATE WITH COLLEGE LIFE.

    Academic Rigor

    THE PROFESSORS MAYBE STRICT AND TOUGHT, BUT THEY ARE ALSO ENGAGING AND CAN HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR.

    Tips for prospective students

    TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CLUBS, MAKE SURE YOU SIGN UP TO A CLUB. ALSO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LIBRARY, THAT HAS A WIDE VARIETY OF BOOKS THAT WILL HELP WITH YOUR STUDIES.

    In three sentences

    THIS SCHOOL IS FULL OF DIVERSITY, IT IS A TIGHT KNIT COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS REALLY FUN. FROM ITS SMALL EVERY WEEK CONCERTS TO THE BIG ANNUAL CONCERT, THIS IS A SCHOOL IN WHICH YOU WILL HAVE FUN WHILE LEARNING.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 350 clubs in the campus.

    What to do for fun

    There's a few spots where students can attend concerts by pretty famous bands.

    Food and Dining

    There seems to be a lot of choices in the hub and in the mess hall.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seemed a bit cramped. You can get 2 people per room or three people per room arrangements. There's also a hallway type housing and a building type housing.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of programs availablle, but many of the programs that are great are also impacted.

    In three sentences

    Riverside has a beautiful campus and a great Biology program. It also is going to have a new pre-med wing soon :)

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls are ok. If you don't like what they are serving there you can try the HUB or the Bear's Market where you can pick from a variety of things.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a lot of fun. I would recommend that you try to get A-I because it is the more social of all the dorm buildings.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a fun, diverse, interactive campus then UCR is definitely worth checking out.

    In three sentences

    UCR is one of the most diverse schools around. Everyone is really friendly and they try to help you as much as possible

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    Alpha Phi Omega

    Great for these types of students

    Any, very diverse and open.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hike to the C!

    What to do for fun

    Movies, Bowling, Hike to the C.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although, it's located in a isolated area it'll be a worthwhile experience if you allow it to. Be careful when traveling alone at night and be sure to check ratemyprofessors.com before registering for classes.

    In three sentences

    University of California Riverside is a great friendly and diverse campus. Students and staffs are always there to help you. The university is continuing to expand everyday.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest taking a campus tour or going to their yearly highlander day to experience and get more information about the University. The university is growing rapidly, so don't underestimate a college like this.

    In three sentences

    The University's buildings and resources are very up to date unlike other colleges I've seen. Also unlike the other UCs and many other colleges across the country, the diversity on campus is unlike anything I've ever seen. It's also located near the desert, beach and mountains.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCR has its own police station! There are also the UCR Campus Escorts and the UCR safety polls. UCR also has a constant email feed which tells us exactly when incidents occur on or outside of campus.

    Great for these types of students

    UCR is a great school for students that want to discover more about themselves and find out the true meaning of appearances are deceiving. UCR is a great school for those who want more than what they bargained for.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the end of the year, the senior class vandalizes the C on Mt. Rubidoux.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for, great professors who are known in the academic world and are leading experts in their fields, classes that are up-to-date and interesting and great facilities.

    What to do for fun

    There is always more than one thing to do at UCR. The botanical gardens are great for a quiet but fun place. Downtown Riverside has a great outdoor mall and sometimes has free concerts. Back to the Grind, Riverside's own indie coffee shop has open mikes and burlesque classes. UCR, for the adventurous type, can also be turned into a great bicycle course.

    Food and Dining

    UCR food is amazing everything is fresh and you always have a variety of options. The city itself is also surrounded by great restaurants that help feed your cravings.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is complicated but fun. Whether you choose to be in a hall program or not, you will meet people who are interesting, intelligent, and fun. But, the people around you will be full of diverse experiences and different view points that at times, clash in an interesting but beneficial way.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging; no doubt about it but, you will be surrounded by many caring professors who will help you and the courses are interesting enough to offset rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enter the first year programs as it is a great way to make friends, get breadth requirements out of the way, and the program also helps give you important tips to get you accustomed to UCR and your future.

    In three sentences

    UCR is a great school that encompasses a huge variety of people. You will never find greater diversity than in UCR! This school is also small and new-student friendly.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is safe. The UCPD (police for UC campuses) is on the edge of campus and there are escorts during most of the week to walk you to your car and such up to 2am. The police do patrol the area during random times.

    Great for these types of students

    For those who like studying, there are two main libraries and each is three floors plus a basement. The 1st floor is kinda noise, ideal for group studying (there are also study rooms upstairs, both reserved and open). As you go up the floors, the quieter it becomes. During the school year, I find myself spending most of my day outside of class in the library. There is also another building for academic resource and tutoring which is a must for all students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCR has the largest C (letter C) in the states. It is painted on the side of a hill. It can be seen from quite a long way. It is tradition to hick up to it before you graduate. Also, there is a bell tower at the center of campus and it is also tradition to ride the elevator to the top before you graduate.

    What to do for fun

    The thing about Riverside is that there isn't too much to do in Riverside. Most of the enjoyable stuff (malls, the beach etc.) is a drive away. The campus is a bit dull at first glance. However, there is plenty to do if you make the right friends and utilize your resources. The campus itself is safe, so jobs and biking around it is great. Basketball is huge at Riverside, so the gym has plenty of courts (at times, they are all filled).

    Food and Dining

    I have eaten at the dorms and dining areas. I would say that most of the time, the food is average or below average. Sometimes, the food is really good. But, most of the time that I went, the food was not that great.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm, but I do have friend who dorm. They give me a mix reaction. For some, the dorms are too loud or their roommate sucks. Others say that the dorms are fun and enjoyable with people who respect each other and way of life.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your background in your previous school. If your teacher was good, most likely you will do good in the class. The professors do go at a fast steady pace and will learn people behind if they do not catch up. The curve for an A is usually in the latter part of the grades (70-80% or higher). Other classes have pre-set curves where the cut off for an A, B, C etc. is already defined. The department of the class determines the curve and grade distribution.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest reading journals and articles in your field of interest and try to get a head start in the subject matter. It rains during the winter and is quite hot in the summer. Make friends with the right people and learn the value of asking for help.

    In three sentences

    UCR is a competitive school with many experienced professors. The people and students are very friendly and respect everyone. The professors do encourage undergraduates to come to their office hours and potential research opportunities in various focuses.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a intramural sports league of basketball, flag football, soccer, etc. where you compete for fun with other students. Also, there is the recreation center which has a gym, basketball courts, tennis, track, etc. You can also have a hike up to the C located in the mountains which is visible from campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is really good but after awhile you get tired of the food which should happen because the food they serve will be repeated about a week later. They have Mexican food, Asian, American, etc. They also serve fruits everyday, salad bar and soups.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life experience is up to you to create. There are some halls who have their own clicks and some who are just social to everyone, but it is up to you to have your own experience.

    Academic Rigor

    If you don't try or study at all, you will get a bad grade. There are some classes which are really hard because it is all based on test and some teachers are the types who force you self learn because they only explain a brief explanation of a topic.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun because you only go to college once. You will meet a lot of different people and study but don't become a study bug and never go out to experience new things.

    In three sentences

    Very diverse school and you create your own college experience. Huge schools events are the craziest. Has nice weather everyday and food is always nearby campus.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCR provides many services to ensure its students safety.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities of all types on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many active clubs and activities in and around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    UCR is great for students of any ethnicity. There is a lot of diversity so it is easy to find someone with the same interests as you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The students enjoy hiking up to the C every year to bring luck for a good GPA.

    Bang for the buck

    UCR is on the more expensive side, but it isn't too hard to get financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun around the campus. It is close to downtown and the mall.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining available on campus and in the dorms has a large variety.

    Dorm Life

    UCR has great dorm life. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It is a great way to make a lot of new friends and get involved in many activities.

    Academic Rigor

    UCR offers a great learning environment with very helpful professors and TAs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should not be afraid to get out there and meet new people. Don't forget to check out all the groups around campus.

    In three sentences

    UCR is a great, urban campus with a lot of ethnic diversity. It provides a great learning environment with relatively small class sizes, and a lot of available resources. The small campus offers a great sense of unity among the student body.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Climbing the C on the mountain-they'll brag about how ours is the biggest, highest, and between Berkley on a mountain. The quarter concerts are fun with Heat being the best.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other UCs, it's priced better. Off-campus housing is a lot cheaper and will save money. Avoid the campus book store if you can, always look online first and ask older students for their books. The Barn gives good deals during its happy hours on Fridays.

    What to do for fun

    The Rec Center is great and newly remodeled. It features basketball courts(indoor and outdoor), fields, several racket sports, and large separated weight and cardio areas.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food gets boring after a quarter, but they do different styles every now and then. Logos, the sub shop at Lothian is always a great place. On campus restaurants are great and include: Panda Express, La Fiamma, and soon Subway. If you search around you'll definitely find good places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Pentland will be easiest to study and find a quiet space to study. Lothian and A&I are your typical communal dorms, although everyone considers the West Lothian part a dump while East Lothian is more popular. Seems like more of a commuter population depending on your dorm mates as it empties out on weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    Generally depends on what classes you take and how prepared you are from high school. A sure way to succeed would be to engage in discussions, stay on top of everything, and definitely go to OFFICE HOURS.

    Tips for prospective students

    Quarter system for any college will be challenging at first as it's fast paced and tests come up every other week with all your classes. Prepare for the hot days as it is in the inland area.

    In three sentences

    Great university where you can explore new cultures and meet different people. Particularly strong in psychology, entomology, and engineering. Being a research university, it is great for anyone wanting to pursue research.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Good security.

    Greek Life

    Stellar Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many different clubs and organizations on campus to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Botanical Gardens are beautiful.

    What to do for fun

    Hike up to the C. Explore Riverside. Head to the mountains.

    Food and Dining

    It was better than people say dorm food is. Lots of variety!

    Dorm Life

    It was absolutely wonderful. I loved the environment and meeting new people.

    Academic Rigor

    It was more difficult than I expected it to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take chances. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Don't stress yourself out too much.

    In three sentences

    At first, I wasn't really impressed with UC Riverside, but it grew on me. The people here are wonderful, including both the staff and students. It's an absolutely wonderful place to finish up your bachelor's degree.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    This school is very safe and there are night guards that roam around campus as well as posts that hold buttons to press in case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    There are many to choose from and most of these groups are not only focused on social gatherings but also with community service and betterment of the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are multiple clubs and organizations to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who would like to dedicate their time to research and innovation.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tartan Soul. This school is crazy about Tartan Soul. It is comprised basically with these four core values: Respect, Excellence, Accountability, and Integrity.

    What to do for fun

    Within the campus, there are a lot of clubs and organizations students can join. They can also play sports in the field and courts and UCR even has rock climbing! Around the mountainous Riverside area, students can visit the many paths and trails for their hiking pleasures. Also outside the campus is University Village where it not only consist of food and dining but as well as entertainment such as the cinema where student can take a break from studying all day.

    Food and Dining

    The food here was definitely better than high school food. UCR has various foods to choose from. They have restaurants and quality chefs in resident halls where it is buffet-style and as well as the infamous hub where there are more renown food vendors such as Panda Express and Chipotle. That's not all! Just outside the campus lies University Village with much more food and dining to offer.

    Dorm Life

    During the two orientations I attended I stayed at two contrasting halls. The first hall I stayed at was nice but a bit small. I was not a fan of the restroom but it was quite spacious. The hall also had a restaurant so that was convenient. The other hall I stayed at was a lot nicer and more spacious and more appealing. The restrooms may be a little bit smaller but they were a lot nicer than the other hall. It really depends which residence halls a student chooses. There are nice ones and there are not so nice ones.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not yet attended a class; however in the time I was there for Honors Program we had lots of critical and analytical discussions. The professors I had the opportunity to meet and hear were very intellectual and seemed like they were going to be a challenge in the coming quarter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the most of your college experience. What you put in is what you will reap. Try to meet as many people as you can for these will be the people you will work with in the course of your stay at the college. Talk to your professors for they will help you out and will make your class more bearable. Simply enjoy, for most people, college is once in a lifetime.

    In three sentences

    UCR is one of the most diverse and welcoming institutions in the country. The faculty and professors there are very approachable and friendly and they really help you out. It is a school dedicated to research and innovation.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to learn - we are on the quarter system (10 weeks of instruction with midterms anywhere from week 3 to week 6) so if you are not ready to go at a rather quick speed then don't waste your time

    In three sentences

    UCR is diverse. UCR is welcoming. UCR will teach you things not only about a specific field/major, but about life in general.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club, hang out with friends and even chill outside in the shade or something! There is always something to do at UCR!

    Food and Dining

    It's not home food but they sure put a lot of effort into making the food here pretty good! It sucks that you have to choose between two dining halls but at least they have several different choices!

    Dorm Life

    Dorming was great! I loved my roommates! The beds may be a little small and uncomfortable, putting another comforter under it makes it pretty comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are great really knowledgeable and understanding. So far the professors I have had have been able to teach at a pace that everyone can follow and most professors put a great deal of efforts to make their students understand as much as possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy your stay here and make sure to experience as much as possible! There really is no typical stereotype of people... everyone is relaxed here and the teachers are pretty chill too ! Take advantage of the office hours the professors offer and the teachers aid offers!

    In three sentences

    UCR is definitely diverse and new things happen every moment. It is a fun campus to be on and the students here are amazing. Our student association is the best, we get 3 concerts a year!

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is relatively safe, and the campus police are diligent and helpful in the case of any problems. Be sure to keep your personal items personal, and you won't have any problems!

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is amazing. There are over 65 frats & sororities, so everyone can find the one for them. There are no greek houses here, but that doesn't mean you can't party it up with your brothers or sisters whenever you want!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO many clubs here! I'm sure there's a club for everyone, including a surf club (even though we're not too close to the ocean?). Groups for honors students, baseball lovers, cat caretakers, and many others can be found here. There's a fair every year, so keep your eyes open for that so you can get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    UCR is great for students interested in research, Greek life, dorming, and medical development. Every major on campus has its merits, and even though some classes are large, discussions break the classes down and and let the students interact in a smaller setting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The HUB is the center of campus, and has many rooms and stories to lounge in with friends. There's also some great restaurants on campus, mine being Latitude 55. Be careful, though, because I didn't know it even existed until my 3rd quarter here! Also, Coffee Bean is a hot spot, as well as the Belltower, which is the place for activist shows and music in the midday.

    Bang for the buck

    All colleges are really expensive right now, but UCR really has it all. We're up and coming in the medical field, and we have more opportunities for research than most schools. It's never too hard to get classes, and there's always something to do.

    What to do for fun

    Find a friend with a car, and life will never be dull. There are so many things to do around town if you know where to look. Also, the university holds a bunch of events every year, including Spring Splash & Block Party, two of the coolest concerts you'll ever see! Tickets are free for students, so grab your tickets early & enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food isn't always the most healthy, so try to limit your consumption to a few times a week. But going to the dining halls is fun especially in a big group, so do the dorm dinner once a week!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is amazing. I wouldn't trade that year of my life for anything! Be friendly, clean, and courteous, and you'll have an amazing time. Go to the planned events! Even if they're no fun, the people around you make every situation hilarious and totally worth it. Partying with friends is so much fun, but please stay responsible!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, some classes are ridiculously easy, and others are insanely difficult. But every class is doable, so keep your effort up, and you'll go far. If you keep your mind on some goal, like getting into a top 10 Master's program or graduating with honors, you'll see college as one big picture, and with every success, the picture becomes a little more clear.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to go to every lecture, even if it's at 8am; You won't regret it. Make sure you have your priorities set on school first, and you'll be fine. Office hours & TA's are your new best friends, so utilize them. Seize every opportunity & never back down.

    In three sentences

    UCR is an amazing school with ample opportunities for personal development, academic achievement, and networking. There is something for everyone here, including Greek life, academic clubs, and cultural and religious groups. Overall, UCR is a great place to learn and grow with amazing people.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Recreational activities: hike, gym, basketball, run, and food.

    Food and Dining

    Not the best but you can live with it.

    Dorm Life

    Never dormed.

    Academic Rigor

    Its mediocre.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be assertive. Approach professors and look for research early in college even though researching is not your goal, the experience will be valuable for both personal and resume.

    In three sentences

    The academic credibility is much better than expect. The professors are great and are willing to help. However, the neighborhood around campus is sketchy at night with occasional robberies.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything is within driving distance and about an hour out there's the beach, San Diego, and Los Angeles . Nearby in Downtown Riverside there are some places people go to have a good time.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is a bit expensive, but there are places nearby that within walking distance. It's best to bring food so you won't have to spend so much money throughout the year.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived in the dorms, but I hear it's a good experience for first-years. It's an easy way to make friends and live on your own without truly being alone. I hear the food is pretty expensive, but it is included with price to live in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors I've had have all been very helpful and willing to give their time if you need help. It's college, so it's really all about how much the student is willing to put into it. It's a quarter system so it is a very fast past schedule, but if you manage your time well, you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't just come to the campus to go to class. There are a lot of programs that are free and open to everyone. Even if you just visit the centers to meet people and hang out, it's better than nothing. It's really important to be involved and get the most out of the education you're paying for along with the programs provided by the school.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school for commuters because everything is within driving distance including great places to have fun and relax. The campus itself is well kept and I've enjoyed the professors I've met. There are clubs and centers that cater to different communities on campus and if they don't exist, students can always create their own.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Within the campus itself, it is pretty safe. There are campus escorts to walk with you at night if you're scared. Surrounding the campus is dangerous. It's in Riverside, come on. We get at least one email a week about some robbery on the streets. Just avoid walking on Blaine, Chicago, and Iowa at night. As a matter of fact, just avoid walking around at night, unless you're with at least 5 people.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a part of the Greek life, but my friends that are in it, loves it. I can't speak for this though.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs, I believe there are over 300 clubs on campus. Anything you think of, they have. If they don't, you can easily start one. ASPB always plans things for the students to do.

    Great for these types of students

    As long as you're able to keep an open mind, then you'll fit in perfectly in UCR. UCR is EXTREMELY diverse in every aspect.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a legend that if you hike up to the C at Box Springs Mountain and you kiss the C, you will get a 4.0 that year. I haven't tried it, but one friend of mine did that and got a 4.0. But then again, she was an extremely hard worker.

    Bang for the buck

    UCR isn't as expensive as the other UC's I guess, but it is still sort of expensive. What's great about being a first year is that you get dining dollars to spend at the convenient stores and restaurants on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is a University Village within a 20 minute walk. There's a theater that is used as a classroom in the mornings/evenings. There's also a lot of restaurants there. Other than that, there's not much to do. I mentioned before, get yourself involved. It's all about getting yourself out there. Not only are you building experience, but you're also keeping yourself occupied and making new friends!

    Food and Dining

    Let's just say, you'll love it fall quarter, but you'll get tired of it by winter quarter and you'll hate it by spring quarter. But it's convenient and ayce so I can't complain too much.

    Dorm Life

    I LOVE DORM LIFE. I was lucky to be placed in the closest hall in East Lothian. Almost everyone knew our hall as the close hall. I love the way East Lothian is structured because you get to see everyone and it's so much easier to make new friends that way, as opposed to West Lothian, Pentland, and A&I, where they are sort of kept off to themselves. Dorm life is the best.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a CHASS major and classes are sort of easy. But that's because all the professors and TAs that I've had really showed that they cared a lot and did would do anything to help us pass the course. From what I've seen, CNAS students are the ones that have it harder, but they don't regret any of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't listen to what others say about how UCR is a lower tier school. UCR is an up and coming school and before you are quick to judge, allow yourself to experience UCR first. I personally had low expectations for UCR before coming in, but after a year, I learned so much of what UCR has to offer, will offer, and have offered. Just make sure you get involved, or else you'll find yourself bored.

    In three sentences

    UCR is a relatively small campus and sometimes you might see the same people when you walk to class. I tend to find that UCR has a very friendly diverse attitude all throughout campus, everyone's nice to each other. If you get yourself involved, then you'll love it here at UCR, I know I do.

  • 08/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The escort service at night-time is so great! The campus feels relatively safe especially during the day. At night, I wouldn't walk around alone outside the campus though.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, outgoing, fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The on-campus music festival Heat is a lot of fun!! Don't miss it!!

    Bang for the buck

    The price of tuition and other costs is so high, but the staff and professors want the students to finish school in four years and have lots of office hours.

    What to do for fun

    Climb up to the C! Go see the botanical gardens.

    Food and Dining

    As a vegetarian, I was very happy that they offered so many alternatives and meat-free food. The on-campus Coffee Bean is a plus!

    Dorm Life

    Luckily for me, my hall was incredible! We all got along and we had the BEST resident adviser! Get to know as many people as you can, because it is an awesome experience. The bathrooms here are very clean and the rooms have nice furniture.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be tough, but the professors and TA's are always willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Riverside can get dangerously hot, so beware what you wear and having sunscreen with you!

    In three sentences

    UCR is a great, diverse campus that offers lots of cool opportunities. There are many clubs are fraternities/sororities available that are focused on different things like socializing, volunteering, or academia. The lecture halls are equipped with state-of-the-art computers and projectors.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, parties, and concerts all the time.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is good, everything is being upgraded, but the dorm food gets old after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing one of the best times of my life. Definitely recommended.

    Academic Rigor

    Introduction classes are fairly easy, but courses focused on certain concentrations are more difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the quarter system and don't take school lightly at all.

    In three sentences

    A great academic school that really pushes you to achieve academic excellence.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    It seems like they will have constant activities and ways to have fun on campus almost every day of the week! If that's not enough it is really close to many fun locations in Riverside

    Tips for prospective students

    Follow all of the deadlines and check your university E-mail frequently.

    In three sentences

    I haven't yet begun taking classes at this University but just in orientation I was given a great impression. The students here seem to be really helpful and a very diverse and understanding student body. The faculty has also shown a very strong interest in seeing all of us graduate with excellent grades and a degree for success.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus for the most part is safe. A few incidents happen here and there, but nothing too profound. If something does go on it's more prone to happen at night. If you are ever cautious about something happening to you, and have night classes, or long distances to walk to at night then campus escorts are usually always available to escort you where you need to go.

    Greek Life

    I'm not too big on Greek Life since i'm not in it, but they definitely seem to have their own fun. Many fraternities and sororities sit outside on couches on grassy lawns of the campus, doing what Greeks do. From their parties to seeking recruiters, they garner attention from eager freshman longing to join. They don't run the campus at all, they're just to there for those who seek to impact their college experience through pledging. If that's your thing, then make sure it's a decision you absolutely want to make before going through with it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to get into, ranging from tae kwon do clubs, and origami clubs, to intramural rugby, or working for the college newspaper. The campus itself is filled with plenty to do if you're willing to go out of your comfort zone, and take advantage of it all. From programs put on by residence halls such as parties, talent shows, open mics, and just learning about how to survive in college, to quarterly music concerts sponsored by the school, there's always something to do for each and every individual. There's also a gaming lab that you can go to to satisfy your PC gaming needs, and a restaurant called Latitude 55 which shows all the latest sports games, has air hockey, pool, video games, and most importantly great food!

    Great for these types of students

    UC Riverside is great for students who are open minded, intellectual, and enjoy being around a diverse group of students. Being that the school is so diverse, it's a great fit for a student who are just as diverse and open in their way of thinking as the campus is. You definitely should be tolerable of pretty hot, sunny weather, that is the Inland Empire. It's not really for lovers of the snow, being that snow never really touches Riverside. It's not for the typical part goer, as the school isn't a party school but it's well rounded in the fact that its students know when to have fun, and when to get their study on for finals week. It's also on a quarter system, so the school year seems to move at a much rapid pace, than the semester system. But as long as you can get used to that, you should be fine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's not too many unusual traditions I know of besides the school priding itself of its Scottish heritage through an occasional bagpipe practice every now and then, that can be heard from the residence halls. Our concerts held every school quarter have been traditions for many years, welcoming notable artists such as J.Cole, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Mac Miller, Karmin, The Roots, Common, Kendrick Lamar, Chiddy Bang, Dev & The Cataracs, and more who have blessed UCR with their presence at some point in time. Being that our Botanical Garden is apart of the UCR campus, its not too unusual of a place, but definitely one that's uniquely beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    When going to UCR, it's definitely what you make of it, as I would believe any college experience is. If you choose not too venture out and seek fun while getting your education, then don't expect it to necessarily seek you out either. But if you do, then your in for a grand experience. It's definitely a diamond in the rough when it comes to a beautiful campus, surrounded by a desert of a town. Those who are narrow minded may choose to misjudge this school at a first glance just because of it being less prestigious than most UC's, but I honestly love it. A UC is a UC regardless, as the whole system is prestigious, and college is still college, regardless of others opinions. You may just come to find yourself as a perfect fit nowhere else but here!

    What to do for fun

    The city of Riverside itself isn't as filled with as many activities, but if you search around hard enough you can find stuff to do, like going to its Sweeney art gallery, exploring downtown and Riverside plaza, the museum of photography, or the Botanical gardens which is not too far from the campus. Just try your best to avoid the heat! You're about a hour away from the beach if you need to cool off in the water. The University Village is close by if you want to catch a movie, or if you're yearning for non college campus food. Amusement parks like Disney Land, and Knotts Berry Farm are only a nice drive away.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall for the most part is good. It has its days, sometimes a little too often, but it's pallatable. The fact that I've gained my freshman 15 since first year comes to show that the never ending servings of waffles and eggs for breakfast, and pasta for lunch and dinner can become too much of a good thing. Outside of the dining halls, is a place called the HUB has Panda Express, an Italian Restaurant, Chipotle style restaurant, and Sushi restaurant, as these are other eateries to go to when tired of dining hall food, along with convenience stores similar to 7-11's are located around the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is what you make of it. Living in the dorms for me helped me to better enjoy my college experience at UCR, and was where I met most of my new friends. My roommate and I got along well, along with my hall mates who were definitely great friends too. I lived in a themed hall, called PATH (Pan African Themed Hall) which was largely composed of African American students, as well as students of other ethnicity's. A close bond was created between all of those living in the building, as well as us all learning to embrace African American culture through its decorative Afrocentric themes, and discussing concerns within the African American community. This is one of many themed residence halls including a Hispanic heritage hall, LGBT hall, and one for Science majors. Overall, you can't fully enjoy your college experience unless you're living there on campus, and getting the experience of living away from home. It's apart of your new found freedom as a college student!

    Academic Rigor

    Being that the school is a UC, the academics definitely require you to put in the required effort for every class you take. It's not overwhelming, but hey it's college, you should expect to put in hard work. The level of work in each class varies, but 9 times out 10 you'll find yourself reading a lot, typing essays, studying in the library, or occasionally cramming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out as much as you can about the school you're attending. Seek great advice from upperclassmen so you'll know what to expect when the new school year approaches. Be prepared to grow mentally, academically, and personally from your college experience, and keep an open mind. Don't be afraid to try new things, meet new people, and go outside of your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    UC Riverside is a school composed of economically diverse students, striving for a better education, and promising future. Being the most diverse UC it's student body ranges in a variety of ethnicity's and cultures, and young people making and impact on the world of today. As the campus continues to rapidly grow with students, so does the amount of empowering minds that graduate from such a prestigious university.

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I'll be brief as everybody has their own niches of serotonin release and adrenaline stimulants. There's a little mini-party for the exclusive members every Thursday night at a local restaurant/patio.

    Food and Dining

    If your palette's looking for a kick, then come check out this University's multiple cafeterias.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life isn't as satisfactory as I thought it would be, but that depends more so on the roommates you're given than the welfare of the University's roommate placing algorithm, the dorm's physical state, and the location of the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficulty matched with a conducive atmosphere results in easy intake of lessons.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Aim to abate most wantonly negative habits, such as frivolous activities outside the desired academic study. 2) If ever stress occurs, don't feel pressured to trudge on as if your life depended on it. Learn to relax. The brain doesn't work as well if it's on constant overdrive. 3) Don't be afraid to explore every avenue you find interesting as college should be the defining stage in one's life to understand the world around him/her and try to find a symbiosis with it.

    In three sentences

    What matters most to the staff of this university isn't the ardent passion that students have for the higher education, though that is arguably the the prime motivation to recruit students in any university, but the relationship built with the students among the staff and among their own peers. Perhaps too much underrated, this university has accommodated for the diversity of students with their over-branching leniency towards ethnic, socioeconomic, and creed-based differences. It only seems appropriate, given my experienced with this university, that a high rating comes at the only natural response.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is very good. Once you are on campus you definitely feel like you are in a safe environment.

    Greek Life

    Not really sure about the Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many types of clubs and activities from boxing clubs to activities like basketball.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for any types of students. Very easy to fit in this college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well I can't say there is any unusual traditions on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Bang for the buck is quite average and you don;t have to spend too much on anything.

    What to do for fun

    Traveling is the best option for fun. It keeps you busy and entertained.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is very clean and delicious and is student friendly.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm life is quite fun, meeting new individuals like your roommate and other students near is interesting.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is about average and nothing to worry about.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet your professors and go to their office hours for help, it will benefit you.

    In three sentences

    University of California Riverside is a good school to go to. The environment is quite clean and their are many friendly students. Lots of great interactions with teachers and advising staffs.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships before freshman year.

    In three sentences

    The school has great professors. The students are very nice. It is located in a great area.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tartan soul and wearing scottish clothing.

    What to do for fun

    The three big concerts and excercising.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always look forward and never behind.

    In three sentences

    The University Of California in Riverside is an amazing school with so many ways to help its student excel in every way. Has an amazing campus with a great diverse group. Has a variety of sports.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe. There are only a few incidents when someone gets robbed at night, but you should know never to walk by yourself at night, walk with three or more people. Also the campus has an escort system you can call and they will have a volunteer escort you any location you want to go.

    What to do for fun

    There is a theatre and some restaurants around UCR that is within walking distance, but other than that there is really nothing to do unless you drive. UCR is within an hour away from beaches, malls, Knott's, and a whole lot of stores and restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    Fattening lol...... The food wasn't too bad; you would really miss a home cook meal though. Some days are good at the dining halls and some days aren't, so check the menu frequently so that you could avoid using your meal swipes for something you don't want. Also at the dining halls, it is all you can eat,so beware the freshman fifteen awaits you. But if you do not have taste for the dining hall food, UCR has fast food restaurants at the hub and also a food truck on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I really liked dorming even though oit cost me an arm and a leg to stay at Pentland Hills. You really learn to find yourself when you dorm because you are around people you do not know but have to learn to live with. Also you are able to choose to live in a special interest community with people with similar interests as you so that your bonding could be easier like the Pan-African Theme Hall, el Mundo, CNAS Hall, Honors Hall, and more.

    Academic Rigor

    Every class at UCR is fast-paced because a lot of material is covered during the ten week quarter system, so make sure you do not fall behind. Majority of your grade is calculated by your midterm and final scores, so studying and learning how to retain information is really important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never ever ever ever procrastinate; it is really easy to spend too much time developing your social life.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many hang out spots that gives students the opportunities to meet new people that make college life more exciting and fun.

    Dorm Life

    I am student that commutes from parents household.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware that UC Riverside is no easy ride. You have to put your maximum effort in order to gain admirable grades. It is a strict school that gives students encouragement to accomplish their dreams.

    In three sentences

    University of California-Riverside is a great school to accomplish future dreams. It has the necessities that a student requires in order to prosper and graduate. The professors are very well put together, they take their students seriously and handle them in a way that any student can come to respect him/her.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't walk around by yourself. People like to steal from students walking around by themselves in the evening. I've never had anything happen though. Also, have a metal bike lock.

    Greek Life

    We have a nice sized greek life. Not big enough to get a greek row, but we manage just fine. There are a lot of houses for the greeks.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs I don't even know a lot of them. You'll find something for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the top of the mountain by the school is our campus C. It's tradition to hike up there for good luck and bond with friends.

    Bang for the buck

    The UC system is getting out of hand. It's not as bad as the private schools, but community colleges are still way cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    Of course there are lots of parties and the school puts on a lot of events that are actually very nice. Many famous people come to our school to perform. Three huge concerts a year.

    Food and Dining

    The food selection in the dorms is great. On campus could use some more options but there is enough variety to satisfy all your cravings.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming your first year is one of the best experiences and best ways to meet new people. There are also communities in the dorms dedicated to different areas of study or ethnicity.

    Academic Rigor

    Things are just like any other university. Don't expect to be babied.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make use of your academic counselors and other campus resources.

    In three sentences

    The diversity is a really nice touch. The weather is not too bad and the campus is big but not too big. The people are nice and there is much to do on and off campus.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The first Thursday of each month brings the Riverside Art Walk to life, with free museums, live music, and artists of all types selling their creations.

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining options were adequate, but a little pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I did not stay in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes were, for the most part, challenging--in a good way!

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your TAs about research opportunities.

    In three sentences

    While working on my BS in biological sciences at UCR, I was able to spend a great deal of time working in a laboratory. This enriched my experience to a truly extraordinary degree, and I can't imagine now doing anything else. Some of the humanities classes I took were, unfortunately, sub-par.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    watch your back at night, Riverside can be dangerous at night

    Greek Life

    some

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Clock Tower. Bands,ect

    What to do for fun

    frat parties...the ville? ehh nothing really to do in Riverside. Summers are hot!! Chill out in the OC or LA beaches.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food sucks and campus food wasn't great. I heard they add more places since I've been there back in 07'

    Dorm Life

    Lothian resident, Nicer than A-I, Pentland Hill is really nice but expensive. People at AI are more down to earth at least when I went there. Lothian people tend to be a bit clicky. Still both are expensive because of meal plan. May find a better deal off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Science degree are harder and tend to be taught by Professors from out of the country, thus hard to understand. Business was A LOT easier. Professors may still be out of country so use ratemyprofessor.com before you pick your classes!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard to get high GPA. Office Hours, Ask questions, Intern sophomore, junior, or senior year in related field. Job Fairs. Network, Volunteer, Take leadership roles in class. Stay away from partying too much. Have a social life but with in reason. Study, Study, Study and you will get a great career.

    In three sentences

    I originally went here to study Mechanical Engineering but finished with a B.A in Business Administration minor in Economics.

  • 09/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is relatively safe for where it is situated. Like almost all colleges there are emergency stations where you can immediately call for help, though it is not recommended that you stay in the same spot. In addition to that, there is an escort service where you can call someone to escort you around campus if you do not feel safe. They even escort during the night! My friend is a part of the escort service and he does a great job.

    Greek Life

    I haven't explored much of the Greek Life, but according to my friend, it's quite an experience. It is something you really need to try out during the Rush. This is one of those things where it is you, or it is not so make sure it's what you really want.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are great, i've associated myself with quite the many at the beginning of the year, but it eventually whittled down to one. I've become an officer in the club and there are many things that go on from community service, to social events on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    All types, I don't know what type of student won't have fun here. Even if you're not the social type it's hard to NOT fit in, imagine that!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    2011-2012 school year we burned UC Irvine's mascot, the Anteater. That was really amusing and a great experience. We had fireworks shoot out from the buildings' rooftops to give a spectacular show.

    What to do for fun

    There are many events going on around the campus year long. You will only have as much fun as you so choose to partake in them. Join a club, join a frat, go to the gym at the Rec Center, there are many things to do on campus. Grabbing some coffee with a date at Coffee Bean is nice too!

    Food and Dining

    The food is mediocre, it can be better. They are good some times but that is giving it a bit too much credit.

    Dorm Life

    Oh man, it is great. The perks about living on campus in the dorms your first year or two is getting to know a lot of people. You are thrown in to the social aspect of college immediately and the structure of the dorms allow it to happen. The school did a great job in building dorms where interactions is inevitable.

    Academic Rigor

    In reality the academics will be as rigorous as you want it to be or how you consequent yourself from a lack of. Be smart about the courses you choose, know how much you can handle. Sun Tzu wrote in his Art of War, If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles... This can be applied to your work ethic as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be smart about the time you use during your first year in college. It is extremely important and I stress its importance. I speak to you as a fellow student, the first year can really bring your GPA to the highest of your four years and help you maintain that average. Remember though, balance out your general ed courses with upper division courses to curb the stress.

    In three sentences

    The campus provides a calm, almost serene environment for social interactions and academic studies. Students are seen every day studying outside, be it on the grass, the Bell tower, or the chairs provided by the school itself. The school has done a great job in creating the perfect environment for students to explore the campus socially and academically.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have people that will accompany you at night, and there are security/police people out there too, so i think it's pretty safe. However, if you aren't careful bad things are bound to happen.

    Clubs and Activities

    SOOOO MANY!

    Bang for the buck

    UCR is super affordable, also it gives a lot of money to attract students when competing with other UCs.

    Food and Dining

    Most days the food is good, but it is crowded sometimes as well. It isn't all teched like some other schools, but it suffices.

    Dorm Life

    I live in pentland and i love it! Dorm life is what you make of it, if you stay cooped up of course it will be bad, so go out and make friends. There is always something fun going on. There is a kitchen for pentland and it is really handy.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what classes you take, if you take harder classes it is more rigorous. There are still easy classes and hard classes, but rigor is what you make of it, if you don't study it might seems hard...but it is only because you didn't work for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't shy away because of rankings...it is just undergrad and UCR has a great learning environment. UCR tends to give a lot of financial aid so that's GOOD!

    In three sentences

    UCR students are always proud of their school despite its various rankings. The teachers are extremely helpful and counselors are mentors and treat everyone with respect. UCR cares about my education personally, and that is important.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security on campus is pretty good. You always see the cops cars patrolling through the streets at night.

    Greek Life

    I would not know, I did not join any but there are a lot of frats and sorority on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    I would not know of many because I did not join any. But there are clubs like METCHA, Snowboard Club, Surf Club, running club. The heat festival is an unusual Musical event that happens in the middle of every school year. Before this we have the block party and that is the best music festival by far. Towards the end UCR throws Spring splash and they can bring big names to the campus. Of course this are all free if you're a student. UCR also brings a lot of talent to the Barn where people like Greves and MURS have performed.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for any type of student. Expect for those who do not like extreme weather.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The getta way is the sports bar to go to near campus. The barn fire is the symbol of the Heat Festival and it is this huge barn fire that they do on campus. They recently started the undie-run.

    Bang for the buck

    For the money you pay to attend school it is really worth your wild, the school offers a lot of help if you need it. The staff is very friendly. The food is also delicious.

    What to do for fun

    You can hike up to the C, take tours of the campus. go the botanic gardens. Every Tuesday and Thursday the Outdoor Exrusion center opens up the rock wall for everybody for free.

    Food and Dining

    The food can be better it tends to repeat its self every other week but the Sheff's are amazing!

    Dorm Life

    It all depends where you live, stay away from Pentland!

    Academic Rigor

    It can be challenging when you do not use school resources like; office hours, SI tutoring, learning center.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to office hours! take advantage of the tutoring and the schools resources!

    In three sentences

    UC-Riverside is very diverse. The school is very friendly. The people are very nice

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I think the campus as well as the community immediately surrounded the campus is pretty safe compared to others. However if you leave the two mile radius around the school, the neighborhoods get worse and you do have more precaution when walking around.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of different clubs on campus. The large variety gives students a chance to experience new things as well as get into a club that they might be interested in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are three music festivals each year on campus. They have one for each quarter and for the most part they're really fun. Sometimes the school really surprises you and gets really good artists.

    What to do for fun

    Well if you're really into nature, there are a lot of places to go hiking. There's also a movie theater near by as well as a bunch of restaurants. Other than that there's not much to do at Riverside.

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually pretty good here and you have a variety to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Aberdeen-Inverness dorms and well II didn't think it was all that great. The rooms are really small and sometimes they stick three people in one tiny room. Although I liked dorming, I didn't like the lack of space in these rooms because I had to share one room with three people. The room was too small for three people. I think that if you're going to dorm here, it would be better to go to Lothian or Pentland.

    Academic Rigor

    Sometimes you get teachers that really know what they're talking about and are really enthusiastic about what they do. It makes the class much more enjoyable to be in. However, you can also get teachers that have really strong accents and you don't understand a word they're saying.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest you get a bike when you come here because it really does come in handy, especially when you're late to class. Also bring a variety of different clothing because the summers are incredibly hot and it rains a lot in the winter.

    In three sentences

    The campus itself is very nice and it provides a good environment for the students. Although the weather here is crazy since it is in the middle of the desert. Overall, I really like studying at UC Riverside.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I went to check out the little plaza by the university village, looks like a nice hang out spot with many places to eat and a movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    I like the food and restaurants they have. I would love for them to have a Starbucks instead of a Coffee Bean.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love my new apartment, though I havent yet met my roommates or stayed over the night. Glen Mor apartments has all that you need to feel at home.

    Academic Rigor

    So far my academic counselors have been very helpful. Excited to start school soon.

    Tips for prospective students

    Call the offices and ask as many questions as you want. Dont be afraid of asking for help, the people who work here are very nice and would love to help you with whatever you need.

    In three sentences

    The people here have been absolutely helpful to transfer students like me. I love my new on campus apartment. I like how everything is organized for students in order for them to finish their degree.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    UCR is located in the inland empire so it is not too far away from many hot spots in California. If you have the luxury of owning your own vehicle LA, Disneyland and the beach are about 45 min away. Around the area their are also major shopping malls that one can go to such as Ontario Mills, Victorian Gardens, Tyler Galleria and the the Inland Empire center. On campus their are multiple clubs and departments that throw events so if you are involved their isn't really to many dull moments.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning halls are great at first because you do not have to worry about when to make your meals. After a while they become boring and repetitive. Sometimes the menus make you want to skip out on a meal, therefore it is great that a dinning plan also has the options to eat at some of the local restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    For incoming freshman dorm life is amazing. You get to meet new people, attend many socializing event and really form a community with the people you live with. Not all the residence halls are great in appearance but they do meet the financial needs of students.

    Academic Rigor

    Just because UCR does not have the academic prestige that other UC campuses have does not make it any easier when it comes to academics. Any major can tell you that you will have to work hard if you want to achieve a GPA higher than a 3.5. UCR is a university so expect university level work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Incoming students should not be afraid to break out of their shells and try new things on campus. Their are multiple opportunities to get involved and meet new people everyday. Make sure to take advantage of all the research opportunities UCR has to offer for undergrads.

    In three sentences

    UCR is an amazing school to attend. It is full of multiple opportunities for students who want to be involved on their campus. Being rank one of the top most diverse schools in the nation, anyone can find what they are looking for on this campus.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCR has a great campus security. There are blue emergency towers all over the campus in case of any danger. Also available is a campus escort service for those who need someone to walk with them late at night or any other time of the day.

    Greek Life

    Though I am not in greek life myself, all of my friends who are find it to be a great experience. UCR has sororities and fraternities based off of a lot of different interests; be it business, LGBT, or casual fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCR has almost 400 clubs and multiple different events held throughout the school year. You can find out more from the university's website and club listings.

    Great for these types of students

    UCR is great for all types of students who are driven to continue their education. Once you've found your major of interest you'll feel right at home with the courses you have to take.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the best traditions that UCR holds is homecoming week. Everyday is filled with different activities for students. The most well known one is the bonfire before the big game. And it all ends with a large music festival known as Heat, which is free for UCR students.

    Bang for the buck

    UCR is one of the more affordable UC's and gives multiple opportunities for its students to receive grants and scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    The is a plaza known as the University Village down the street from school. It has multiple restaurants and a movie theater, which is also used to host some lecture classes during the day. With UCR's free bus pass you're also able to take the bus to the local malls like the Moreno Valley mall and Tyler mall.

    Food and Dining

    UCR's dining staff work hard to provide a wide variety of culinary cuisines and the menu changes everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at UCR is one of the best. Resident advisors and program coordinators are energetic and work hard to bring residents together for a fun and educational time. The rooms come in many different shapes, sizes, styles, and occupancies.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of the school is set up to push students to do their best, and even when it gets hard one must remember its for the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club or organization that interests you, and try not to be scared. There's always a place for you somewhere with new friends waiting.

    In three sentences

    UC Riverside is one of the most diverse schools, and this leads to everyone feeling like there is a place for them at this campus. Professors and teaching assistants are some of the best in their fields and always welcome active, curious, and driven students. The opportunities that are presented to the students are limitless; be it sports, education, cultural, or anything else.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive... But I mean ones gotta pay for educations.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the movies and hike to the C.

    Dorm Life

    I commute.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do not let your personal problems get in the way with your studies.

    In three sentences

    Some difficult professors but they're good at teaching. Make sure you study because you cannot get away with it here. Overall, excellent school.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go hiking to the C, swimming , etc.,

    Food and Dining

    They have all kinds of food ranging from Mexican food to Asian food.

    Dorm Life

    I love my roommate we get along perfectly fine.

    Academic Rigor

    The proffesors make the lessons very fun

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose a college that you will enjoy, not the college all your friends are going, go out there and meet new people.

    In three sentences

    It is a great college to attend, very friendly people. Majority of incoming freshman are the first ones in their family to attend college, therefor makes it more welcoming. Riverside has a variety of things one can do while been here.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Usually you'll be hanging out with your roommate and building friends. But you can also check out the gym, game room, music room, and best of all library!

    Food and Dining

    I love the salad bar they have here! That's all I need.

    Dorm Life

    Pentland is a more quiet and good place to study environment, but still manages to engage with your building mates. As on the other hand AI is a much more social environment, but perhaps too noisy to concentrate during finals. I would say lothian is in between the two.

    Academic Rigor

    I can't be so sure about academic rigor yet, because it's only week 2. If I had to rate, I would say 4 stars because the professors usually upload the lectures on ilearn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Balance your fun and studies really well. Spend time with your friends and study when you need to. Time management is crucial!

    In three sentences

    This school just has friendly, loving, and caring environment! People always say to make good friends, because they can influence you in a good/bad way. However, you wouldn't have to worry too much, because students here are very kind.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go in to the shady parts of town. join a club if your new to Southern California

    In three sentences

    Riverside is a great place to students that plan on going in to the fields of study that include agriculture, botany, biology, and engineering. However, I would not recommend it to any prospective students of the humanities fields. Riverside as place may not fulfill a college aged party goer, as there is little to no nightlife within the city. The students that prefer hiking and some other outdoor activities may find themselves satisfied with Riverside as a college town.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    What is a cheap place to eat at on campus?

    Dorm Life

    Are transfers required to live on campus? If so what is the wait for family housing like?

    Academic Rigor

    Are there many research opportunities for undergrads?

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    You'll definetely have to cut down on some of that expensive clothes but! UCR gives you more bang for your buck. trust!

    What to do for fun

    Hike up to the C! Rec Center is amazing! lots of classes

    In three sentences

    Honestly, UCR is a really great school! Why are you going to pay thousands of dollars for something that you can get at UCR for half as much and the same if not better quality education! UCR is just an amazing place to grow as a person and learn about the real world that awaits after graduation.

  • 10/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many emergency buttons around campus and they have an escort system.

    What to do for fun

    You can go hiking, surfing, and almost every fun thing you can think of doing in California.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good at the residence halls but it is the same food most of the time. However, the food on campus is really good and worth it.

    Dorm Life

    It is very fun to live in the dorms and to get to know new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers push to make the students work hard, so they assign a lot of hard work depending on the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be prepared with school supplies you will never know what you will need.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus where teachers care about their students. The staff always tries to help their students succeed and to find ways to solve their problems. This is a great school where you know you will get the help and education you need.

  • 10/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You should be careful. There is a notice from the police or campus security once every other week about an attempted robbery, robbery, attempted sexual offense and whatnot. They give you tips to avoid such happenings. They do offer an escort service which is helpful if you have a late class, they will escort you to your car.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of club activities to participate in. Bowling is popular. With a car you can go anywhere. Knotts, Disneyland, Universal Studios, the Beach. . . seriously anywhere.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is ok. Panda Express smells good sometimes but doesn't taste that great. The best places on campus are Latitude 55 and The Barn. The University Village has a lot more food options, not as fun to walk to in the heat though. Rubios has great fish tacos and their cheaper during the Taco Tuesday promotion.

    Dorm Life

    NA. I have not lived in the dorms but I have heard good things about them.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are friendly and encourage going to their office hours. Several teachers are enthusiastic in their field which makes the lectures a little more entertaining. The academic advisers are helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enroll in your class as soon as possible. Give plenty of time to commute. There are lots of opportunities to meet new people. Meet with your academic adviser. Don't be afraid to look into studying abroad.

    In three sentences

    UCR has a nice campus and the people are quite friendly. Many teachers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Plenty of clubs to check out and participate in.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the best UC safe campuses!!!

    Food and Dining

    Buffet style, if you can't cook it's okay. Food is always ready and prepared. There are a variety of what to eat, remember to eat healthy and those freshmen 15 will only be a myth. Come early for breakfast and try the homemade orange juice it's delicious!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is incredible, its a home away from home. The atmosphere is great, everyone is friendly and college orientated. Your roommates and hall mates become your family! Recommend everyone to dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors know their material so it's definitely challenging. Classes are fun but one can not slack back, it is crucially important to not procrastinate and attend lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't believe all the college movies, real college is nothing like them!

    In three sentences

    Best UC campus. We are known for being the most respectful campus.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I've currently been researching the school at hand, and it seems to be the greatest enviornment to actually participate in various engineering related clubs, organizations, and support groups in general.

    Academic Rigor

    It seems quite interesting and quite involved with the technological world.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and there is always the chance of making your own.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun on campus. For example there are free yoga and zumba classes offered at the recreation center for free.

    Food and Dining

    The food is completely delicious and unique. The dining hall is the perfect place to meet new people.

    Dorm Life

    If you are dorming on campus be sure to take food. Don;t worry about being homesick you'll get over it two days into your stay. Also, remember that it is highly important to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are attending UCR let's say that you will be challenged. There is a huge variety of classes that it is hard to decide on your schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are dorming on campus be sure to take food. Don;t worry about being homesick you'll get over it two days into your stay. Also, remember that it is highly important to make new friends.

    In three sentences

    So far the college has been wonderful. The dorms are very suited, especially the Lothian Residential Hall. If i could go to another school, I wouldn't.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are a few good restaurants on campus. The sushi in the Hub is actually very good as well as Panda express. We will also have a Subway next quarter. The dining halls aren't fantastic but they do have a salad bar that is always fresh and the food is occasionally good.

    Dorm Life

    I did not dorm this year. I commuted every day and I felt that I missed out on many things on campus. Many clubs and programs held their meeting in the evening or at night and I wouldn't be on campus during that time. If you can dorm I encourage you to do it.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a science major so I may be a bit biased but I find classes to take a good amount of effort. You do need to take time outside of school to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do decide to come to UCR, look into learning communities. I joined one and love it. You are placed in a group of around twenty-five students and you take all your math and science classes together. It's a fantastic way to make new friends and study groups. You all have the same classes so you all have the same things to study for and your schedules are similar which make it easy to coordinate for meeting up.

    In three sentences

    This can be the perfect school for anyone. It is challenging, inspiring, and fun. It takes a lot of work to succeed, but it is completely worth it.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I did not like the food at the dining. Also the variety of food you get is low. The good thing about the dining area in the dorm is that it is a all you can eat area.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm i was in, Pentland, was great. However i heard from other people, that the other places were not good.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the classes has been relatively easy so far. But from what i hear from my friends and upper class men, the difficulty is high in most of the classes while some are easy.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Drive out of Riverside!

    Food and Dining

    Panda is heaven for the first week.

    Dorm Life

    You'll make lifetime friends or find yourself in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Nothing is impossible or hard if you take the time to study and understand the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn from your mistakes the first time. Make sure you deeply think about what you want and go for it.

    In three sentences

    As stated previously, it is not for everyone but for some it is wonderful. Keep your grades up, make lots of friends, and enjoy your life- you will survive. The campus is not ordinary and Riverside is in the middle of nowhere so be sure to study!

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a police station on campus across the street from Oban.

    What to do for fun

    Most of what you can do for fun revolves around yourself. Go out with friends, bring an Xbox, etc. But there is also the heat concert in the spring if you love concerts it's like 10 concerts in one event.

    Food and Dining

    The best food in my opinion is the hub, we're getting a subway next quarter and we have a Panda Express. Other than that, the dining hall food could be worse really you get used to it over time and afterwards you really really miss it. And if you don't want to eat anything on campus there's always the university village which is less than 2 minutes from the campus if you drive.

    Dorm Life

    If you want hot showers avoid AI. If you want a social life with at least 20 friends stay away from Pentland. Lothian is alright it's in-between the other two. :)

    Academic Rigor

    As a science major the classes you have to take are insane and can be really hard if you don't take the time and do it right. I really can't speak for humanities majors but I know engineering majors are always busy doing something.

    Tips for prospective students

    ALWAYS go to class even if you think the class is easy, it can mean the difference between passing and failing with certain teachers and sometimes teachers actually take role. Especially TAs for your discussion sessions. I had a TA who took role every day and if you missed more than 2 discussions you automatically failed the class.

    In three sentences

    UCR is a school for people who are looking more to work and get out as soon as possible. If you are looking for a huge social life don't go here. If you plan on being a student then welcome to the club.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We wear the Tartan plad for our Tartan pride!

    What to do for fun

    Amusement parks, movies, Downtown Riverside, L.A., Vegas, San Diego, Excursion, games, SRC, dorm lounge, concerts, Midnight Madness, skiing/ snowboarding, hiking the C, shopping

    Food and Dining

    No matter what college you are nothing compares to mom's cooking.

    Dorm Life

    Campus life can be very homey if you are from the area. It gets pretty wild if you know the right people and if you are into that kind of life style.

    Academic Rigor

    All work is hard but it is only as hard as you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although many people see the school as low ranking amongst Ivy League schools and our sister UC's, working hard and staying on top of your work is a must in order to succeed at UCR. Getting involved in the community, participating in school activities, and reading will get you ahead and on the road to success.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and not far from the mountains, major cities, and amusement parks. The people here are kind and diverse. If you like to get to your work done and then be able to have great time this is the perfect campus for you.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out with friends and eat. There are some pretty good places to eat, but they're kind of far.

    Food and Dining

    Food is terrible. Nothing tastes like anything.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Pentland and I love the suite style, but I dislike the people in my suite. That's the only downside, if you don't like then you're stuck with them.

    Academic Rigor

    If you work hard, then you can definitely earn those A's. Most people here are only focused on partying so if you want to focus on your grades, don't hang out with these people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the college first, that is the most important tip I can give.

    In three sentences

    Riverside weather is terrible, with both extremes. The classes are big, but the t.a's are pretty nice. Lack of opportunities in this school.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    many frats and sororities

    Great for these types of students

    peer mentors!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the botanical gardens are awesome!

    What to do for fun

    get involved on campus!

    Tips for prospective students

    be ready for crazy weather! we do live in the dessert!

    In three sentences

    beautiful campus and many clubs and organizations.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus always feels very safe. There are emergency poles everywhere and escorts if you ever want to be walked home.

    Greek Life

    I wouldn't know. I did not join any sorority but I hear they're lots of fun!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everything.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of things to do nearby...you just have to go out and look for them!

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. It doesn't compare to home-cooked meals, though!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are so fun and an amazing way to make new friends! Each building is different and they are very diverse.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but the professors and T.A.'s are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest you dorm your first year, preferably in Pentland Hills. It's best to get involved and meet new people. Do not be shy and make the most out of your time here!

    In three sentences

    UCR is a nice campus, with lots of diversity and things to do. The professors are amazing and I have learned a lot since I arrived in the fall. The University of California-Riverside is a great school and I recommend it for any prospective student.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I just joined Greek life, and so far I love it. Everyone is very welcoming, and you definitely get that sisterhood feeling/

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs on campus, and the school always has something going on.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's a tradition that you are supposed to hike up to the C and kiss it for good luck on your midterms and finals. I have yet to make the hike, but I have been warned you may want to pick a time where the weather is cool and the sun is out, because it is a serious hike.

    Bang for the buck

    With recent budget cuts, classes have been slashed and some classes are only offered like once a year. The education is great, it just might take you more time and money to graduate.

    What to do for fun

    There are some great little bars around campus and in downtown Riverside. Definitely make sometime to explore that area. The university also has a bus that runs from campus to the tyler mall if you ever have a huge break between classes (and you don't want to waste the gas to drive home) like I did my freshman year.

    Food and Dining

    I try not to eat on campus, it's costly and some of the food isn't that great. However, they recently opened a subway on campus so if you have to eat on campus that's a great place to go. Lattitude 55 and the barn are not to bad either.

    Dorm Life

    I myself did not dorm, however based off of my friends who have, living in a dorm is extremely fun. You get to meet a lot of people, make new friends, and you're pretty close to campus. The food in the halls isn't to great though.

    Academic Rigor

    This varies depending on your major. I'm a biochemistry major and it has been grueling. If you're willing to put in the work though, it's doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to approach your professors! Office hours will save you depending on your course. If you need that extension or maybe are looking to work in a lab, it helps if that professor recognizes you from office hours.

    In three sentences

    UC Riverside is a very open, welcoming campus. Generally, everyone is friendly and helpful, it's hard not to feel at home. We do have a great academic program here.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun you would go to the mall or hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food although is not the same as home it isnt that bad, there are many options for dining on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming can be fun just relax and make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to be mentally chalenged, literally you will have to think outside of the box.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here prepared to face rigor and a whole change in your life.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus very peaceful and beautiful campus. People are very welcoming and you will have lots of opportunities to do show what you are worth.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for outgoing and fun-loving people. There are lots of events so the campus is hardly ever dead.

    In three sentences

    UC Riverside is a very welcoming academic environment. I had no problem making friends, and the staff/faculty are very professional and friendly. I encourage anyone to apply, because it is a great place for anyone.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is like that of any other university. There is always someone trying to take advantage of the things available to students. The UCPD always makes a great effort in catching those who attempt to break the law by attacking students. The vast majority of robberies on campus are from non-students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of clubs and activities relating to a vast amount of things. You name it and there is something of the like.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bonfires are always fun, it's a whole new experience initially because an actual fire is being provoked.

    Bang for the buck

    Of course as in any other college campus things are expensive. I try to do my best and save because I consider it essential for self control.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun ranging from community service to parties. Either is great as long as you practice them safely.

    Food and Dining

    The food was not of the best quality in the dorms, but i do believe that they tried. It's almost impossible to match a mother's touch in cooking.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be intimidating, at least initially for me. But this is the only way in which I felt myself become more independent and responsible, which are great attributes in a person.

    Academic Rigor

    I strongly believe that many of the classes are challenging but they are never more than you can handle. I believe that I've grown from the many challenges thus far.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students i'd like to give a few tips. Always stay on top of the readings it may seem fastidious at first but then you get used to it and the grade is definitely worth it. Procrastination is your worst enemy in college you definitely do not want to make it a habit, it will later come back and bit you. Communicate with your T.A.'s and professors I believe it is essential.

    In three sentences

    Studying at University of California has had a great impact in my life, definitely for good. I love this pathway that I chose to take because I feel it has made me grow as a person. The experiences here so far have been great and I look forward for more of those.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options for the hungry college student. Whether on the go or if you have time for a chat with friends

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are beautiful and very well taken care of and the way everyone seemed to get along well it was fantastic

    Academic Rigor

    This school has just opened up a new Medical school which should boost its overall rigor

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is sometimes made fun of for being the easy UC campus to get into, but just like all the other UC campuses it es just as prestigious so it will take a lot of work to get into.

    In three sentences

    The school was very cool very nice place. When I visited everything was just so big and awe inspiring can't wait to go to school here.

  • 03/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a poll in specific locations where you can go to and ask for help. If you're scared to walk to your car at night, the campus safety is only a phone call away. Also, the police department is only a block away from campus. The UCPD will always send email if there were any crimes that had occurred recently too.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a variety of clubs that range from academic to being cultural. There are a lot of events hosted on campus where these clubs have the opportunities to interact with one another.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Near Pentland dorms, specifically next to K building, there is this circle and when you stand in the middle and face the buildings, you will hear your voice echoing. It is one of the most strange but cool things on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The Drive in movie theatres on Van Buren and in Rubidoux are most definitely the cheapest movie viewing. Only one payment of $7 per person and you are able to watch two movies in the comfort of your own car with any food you'd like to bring.

    What to do for fun

    For those who are active, hiking to the C is always a fun activity to do with friends. Another one would be exploring downtown riverside and going to the photography museum. During the winter, the festival of lights is filled with local residents of Riverside and the most glamorous set of christmas lights at the Mission Inn Hotel. If you're a coffee shop person, Back to the Grind in Downtown is a nice, relaxing spot to study or Tyler mall is only 15 minutes away if you're a shopping fanatic.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls in the dorms is a must try. They always offer a variety of food from a global range. They do not just serve generic food and the salad bar is to die for. Just be careful how much you eat because you'll might get the freshman 15. But they offer healthy decisions such as salad, soup, and vegetarian food.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is a must do because you'll meet the most amazing people. Everyone is fresh to UCR and excited to explore all that is around it. You create life-long friendships and look for future roommates that you can live with later. It is convenient to walk to campus and study rooms are the best.

    Academic Rigor

    There are great opportunities to do well in school ranging from professor help to the academic resource center. Utilize all the resources given to a student because it will help improve your academic endeavors.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love to go to either the mountains or the beach, UCR is located inbetween both. Great hiking trails are around the area and Downtown Riverside is a must see. Riverside is a college city because we have UCR, RCC, Cal Baptist, and not so far is Cal State San Bernadino. Great events are hosted at UCR and you will always feel included.

    In three sentences

    It is one of the most traditional and modern school. A collaboration of both new and older buildings. Impacted with great school spirit and so many memories are created on campus.

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is really really beautiful, lots of new buildings. I've heard a lot of bad things about the surrounding city, though. The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) offers a program for first-year students that i'm really looking forward to.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Way too many.

    Great for these types of students

    Interacial.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Botanical Garden.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking. Recreational Activities. Dance.

    Food and Dining

    Variety of food is at it's minimum but still convenient for the life of a college student.

    Dorm Life

    Very social and anti social depending on which one you would rather have. Whether you are here strictly for school, or strictly for the social life, both of these environments are found.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a very small campus when compared to other UC's so the professors and advisors are very up close and personal about your academic progress

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest recommendation is to stay connected and network with your peers. College is a community not just a campus. IN order to succeed you must be able to seek help as well as come together with your peers in order to provide help among each other.

    In three sentences

    The University of California Riverside is very diverse campus that offers a great amount of opportunities for students. My past three years the university has helped guide me into a career environment since the first day I started. I believe UCR has acheived excellence in preparing their students for not only their careers but for the real world that awaits after.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always there for you. When you are there late and scared to walk to your dorm or car, all you have to do is call and campus security will walk you.

    Great for these types of students

    The diversity is amazing!

    What to do for fun

    UCR has many clubs that students can join, the movies are nearby also.

    Food and Dining

    The school has a lot of food options, even off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms but I have not heard any complains.

    Academic Rigor

    UCR classes need a lot of attention. As long as you keep up and study, it's relatively easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCR is a great school, it has so many resources for students and professors are truly there to help, so use it! It is very diverse and most people are friendly. Keep up with homework and studying because some professors make tests tough, but as long as you do what you're suppose to be doing, you'll be fine!

    In three sentences

    Great school. People are really friendly. The school has many resources, use them!

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are good restaurants, theaters, malls, and other places to go to for fun.

    Food and Dining

    sometimes the dining options get boring or they have a bad meal every once in awhile, but its still good. i wouldn't recommend the unlimited plan because its a rip off.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms here are nice especially pentland and lothian, but a-i is too cramped. overall, the dorms are nice and social.

    Academic Rigor

    there is a lot of studying and reading each week to complete.

    Tips for prospective students

    complete all the readings and notes. attend lecture and discussion sections. stay organized. dont procrastinate. ask questions.

    In three sentences

    uc riverside is a nice school if you want something thats not too hard to get into but still has good programs. overall i would give ucr an a or b. the campus is nice and the financial aid is good too.

  • 04/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety this year has been an issue this year. There have been many student robberies in the area, so you have to be careful here in the middle of the night.

    What to do for fun

    Every quarter we have a concerts: Block Party, Heat, and Spring Splash. Those are fun. We parties on the weekends just like other campus, I will say that since the school is in Riverside there isn't as much to do as a campus in LA or Santa Barbara.

    Food and Dining

    Some days are better than others. Sometimes they have themes such a Cajun night or Thanksgiving Dinner and those nights the food is amazing. I personally liked the Dining Halls and as a student who no longer lives on campus I miss them.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Pentland and it was not a very sociable place. If you want to meet a lot of people then A-I or Lothian are the dorms for you. However if you want bathrooms that are personal and halls that aren't too crazy then Pentland is for you.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the classes are doable, some are harder than others. If put in some actual effort you'll be alright. And if you think the class is going to be an issue for you, get help early on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs, be active on campus and it'll make you're experience so much better. If you want to meet people there are a lot of opportunities to do it. Most importantly, don't mess up your first quarter by not going to class now that you have the freedom to do whatever you want.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus, and the students here are really down to earth. Some the professors here are amazing and make you want to learn what they're teaching. They school only needs a Nursing program to make it even better.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Not much, Riverside as a city tends to be pretty dry, most kids go home for the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of options

    Dorm Life

    Did not dorm at UCR

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on the professor and nature of the course. I've taken easy and more difficult courses, you'll be studying regardless.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a visit and get a feel for the campus. I recommend sitting in on some classes.

    In three sentences

    UCR prides itself on being diverse, there really are a lot of different types of people here. Be open to the school, despite the seemingly low reputation, it's not that bad. School of Medicine is coming soon, so expect our ranks to rise.

  • 04/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't walk around at night alone. Ask a campus safety to escort you if you are a female.

    Greek Life

    I pledged FIJI. they cool but i aint about that life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hip Hop congress baby!!

    Great for these types of students

    Down to earth ninjas.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie run is real. I've never done it but its increasing more people every year.

    Bang for the buck

    Pho Saigon. Zorbas.

    What to do for fun

    People like to party. I got over it after freshman year. Eat food and kick it with good people.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall as a freshman is awesome. Food at hub is aight.

    Dorm Life

    Lived in the worst dorms West Lo B2! But the worst dorms always have the most social halls and thats what mine was! Half the doors are open till 2am and people just walk into each others room. Food is good cmon its a buffet everyday. Pentland has nicest dorms but i heard there not too social. AI and East Lo are all good as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Riverside baby we out here! I'm getting a damn good education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared and have fun! College is not always about getting 4.0 every quarter. Meet good people and develop personal relationships. The people you meet will be the people in your life most likely. Study hard and go to class because your paying like $50 for each class.

    In three sentences

    Super diverse and down to earth people. Campus is not the biggest but built nice and modern. Wish we had a football team.

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There isn't a whole lot on campus but sometimes they bring in really crazy stuff. The other day we had a zebra and camel on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to teach yourself. You absolutely HAVE to read your textbook. Keep on top of all your work because it is on the fast paced quarter system. Most majors require being a research assistant or getting an internship if you want to go further in your education. Find a professor you like and BEG them for the opportunity to be their RA or set you up with an internship. It will really help in the long run.

    In three sentences

    Its not the greatest school out there. Professors are completely about research and most of them don't really care about the students success. Wish I would have gone someplace else.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    For those that like a fast paced system, UCR is the place to go. The quarter system goes by fast because it is only for 10 weeks. In those 10 weeks, most of the classes have 3 major tests: 2 midterms and 1 final.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition to do before you graduate from UCR is to climb the C. It is said that if a students go to the C, which is the largest C that any UC has, and kisses it, then that student will get straight Aâ??s for the quarter. It is so much fun to climb a mountain and once you reach the top, you will feel accomplished!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is increasing every year and UCR has been impacted. Honestly, if it wasnâ??t for dining dollars (free money given to students that are dorming to spent on campus), I would not spent my money on campus. Yes, it will be expensive so take advantage of all the resources that the university offers. That way, you would be maximizing the money you have to pay.

    What to do for fun

    If you decide to live in the dorms your first year, then the possibilities for fun increases. Not only because you will be 5 minutes away from campus, but because each residential house have fun interactive events for you to get to know more people. As for campus, there are many activities. You just have to go and explore. For example, everything I do that is not class related, I think is fun. If I want to climb the C, then that is fun for me and it takes about 30 minutes to climb. Depending how your enthusiasm and how determined you are. My first time, it took an hour but only because I did not know the path. Rock climbing happens every Tuesday and Thursday and it is free to those enrolled in UCR. The gym is another thing that is fun for me. Mostly because they have Karate classes and many types of dance classes that are free to take. The huge things that happen in UCR are Heat and Spring Splash. Heat is a concert that happens at UCR and is free to registered students. Many artists, including Tyga, Nelly, and Best Coast have featured in heat. Another major event is Spring Splash, which is a miniature heat concert where artists are also featured. More information can be found at the UCR website: UCR.edu.

    Food and Dining

    I am never getting tired of the food that they give at the Residential Restaurants or the restaurants around the campus because there is such a variety. For dining, there are many types of food that they provide. The thing that I like about it is that IT IS LIKE A BUFFET! Once you go inside and you get your plate, you can always go back and get as much food as youâ??d like! For dinner, one day there might be Chinese food and the next, there might be serving Italian food. That is another thing I like about it. There is always large variety of food. If there is something that you did not like that particular day, or have something to say. Maybe you want more Thai food, simply text them about it! As for the restaurants that are around campus, they have a huge variety too. Subway just opened and it is very efficient for the days that you want to go and have a quick sandwich before you go to class. Panda Express is there in case one day you feel like eating Chinese food. There is one place where you can eat sushi if youâ??d like at Honor Roll. The best part, they make the sushi in front of your eyes! The same goes for pasta. If you feel like eating Italian food, pasta and pizza is the way to go at La Fiamma. Custom made pasta just the way you want it. They provide many vegetables and meats for you to choose from. That is just a few of the many restaurants and fast food place that UCR provides. If you want to find out the many kinds of food places, go to attend a tour!

    Dorm Life

    I love the fact that you are your own person and have a say of what you would want to do at the hour. Of course, with this much freedom, you will have to learn how to use your time efficiently. My past roommate and I became close friends and even today, we are still talking. I can honestly say that she will be my friend for the rest of my remaining life. The office staff knows that this will be the first time away from home for a long period and they do their best to make sure you are comfortable. They pair you with the roommate that they think you will get along with. If things do not work out, there is always help. Whether it be your Residential Advisor (RA- person in charge of the hall you live in), or the front office, they will help you and your roommate with anything that you cannot resolve by yourselves. Your roommate is not the only person that you will get to know. There are also your hall mates that are there in case you need a peer to talk to or just want to have fun by climbing the C with a group or so. There will be many people for you to talk to and the staff have many fun events that they make especially for those that are living in Lothian, A&I, or Pentland. Dances and crazy activities are usually the norm.

    Academic Rigor

    As for the harshness of the learning, I believe that it is only hard when it is 10 at night before your test and trying to cram everything that was learned in the past 3 weeks or so (3-4 weeks is the time in between your big tests). I am a second year, and yes it took a year to realize that learning everything the night before the test was not useful. Now, I do practice problems and when it comes to tests (aka Midterms), I am well prepared. I have taken enough problems to know what to do when it comes to the test. As long as you practice what is being taught weeks before the test, learning should not be a problem, hence tests. Granted there will be professors/TA's that you may not understand at all. Not to fear, there are other people you can go to. UCR has ARC, the Academic Resource Center. ARC has tutors on almost every common subject: science, math, English, etc. Just drop by and ask your questions away.

    Tips for prospective students

    One main important tip from a current student is to NEVER be afraid to ask for help. I have gone to professor's office hours and no one is there. I have a whole hour at least to ask questions, to come up with different scenarios and to get to know my professors better. There are times when students come and they are too asking questions about the material and then they understand it better. Math, for example, is all about getting enough practice to do those sine, cosine, and tangent problems. If you go to Office Hours with your math professor and ask for practice problems from him or her, they will be glad to do so and it shows that you want to succeed in their classroom. ASK FOR HELP!

    In three sentences

    University of California is extremely helpful. Whether it be by professors, Teacher Assistants, or simply asking your peers, they will each do their best to make sure you, the student, understand. Don't be afraid to ask for help because they are all waiting for you.

  • 05/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There's hiking to shopping to going to Disneyland. There is so much to do especially because it is in the center of so many types of entertainments.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great just remember about the freshman 15 though, you do not want to continue that stereotype.

    Dorm Life

    It depends in the housing you choose and the people you surround yourself with. The only difference between all three housing options for freshman is that the cheapest is the oldest and the expensive one is the newest housing.

    Academic Rigor

    I say UCR is a great school in terms of academics, biology is the most popular major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to go look at the campus in person and with your parent(s). Make sure to apply to as many scholarships and stay positive. When things do not go as planned just remember everything happens for a reason, you might not always know the reason, but you will find your reason later.

    In three sentences

    UCR looks similar to UCLA except it's way smaller. Most students who are attending UCR are majoring in Biology. Moreover, UCR can be pretty pricey when it comes to dorming for freshman, so save up!

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There has been a string of robberies on and near campus since January of 2013 . Students have been targeted for technology. Lap tops, I-Pads, and Smart Phones have been taken by force. The school has been scrutinized in the local newspaper as well a TV news cast. Escort services are available 24/7. The campus appears to be safe and tranquil, but I would not suggest walking in the surrounding community after dark alone. In all fairness, I would not walk around the part of Riverside I live in after dark alone either.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and Sororities have a place on this campus. The surrounding community does not feature a sorority and fraternity row like other big campuses. Member emphasize the scholastic merits and business connections that come with fraternity membership rather than the party element perpetuated by Hollywood. If you are looking for community service opportunities, join a fraternity or sorority. If you just want to party, look elsewhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    A few of the clubs and activities UCR is known for include: 1)Division 1 Sports , 2) Developing basketball program, 3) impressive Men's baseball has multiple alumni in the bigs including St Louis Cardinal pitcher Joe Kelly, and over 200 campus clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    UCR is a great place for students who desire the prestige of a UC but are looking for a smaller campus and less rushed pace of life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some annual traditions include: 1)Painting the Big C in Box Springs, 2)Fall, Winter, and Spring Festivals, and 3)Midnight Madness Basketball Opening.

    Bang for the buck

    I am able to live at home with my family and experience a world class education. At this point, I anticipate having less debt than friends pursuing degrees at other colleges.

    What to do for fun

    Riverside is close to the beaches of Orange County, the deserts of Riverside/San Bernardino Counties, and the mountains of San Bernardino. As long as one owns a car (or has a friend who has a car), fun is just as hour away. Riverside has a lot of unique opportunities. Fairmount Park, malls, and downtown Riverside are just a few of the local attractions. UCR has many sports, academic, and cultural attractions advertised regularly across campus. A student could be very entertained at UCR and never leave campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food was good featuring a wide variety of choices. I was a big fan of The Barn. The HUB offers a variety of food choices.

    Dorm Life

    I spent a week living in the dorms as part of a EAOP program. The dorms are not made for basketball players. The beds were short, and I had to hunch over in the shower to wash my hair. The dorm rooms seemed smaller than other southern California schools I visited over the past year.

    Academic Rigor

    The Bourns School of Engineering requires placement testing in mathematics to assure that all students are placed in appropriate Math classes for success in the engineering program. For those students who may be lacking in certain academic areas, the UCR Summer Bridge programs offers a leg up to those who may not be ready for the rigors of college. Testing out of class through the use of scores on AP or IB exams is tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Admissions office considers the entire package- strength of transcript, SAT and SAT subject exam scores, and extracurriuluars all play a role in the decision making process. UCR had over 40,000 students apply for admission for the fall of 2013. For many students, UCR is a first choice rather than a backup school.

    In three sentences

    UCR is an excellent school for those students pursuing degrees in Engineering or Natural Sciences. Bourns College of Engineering has a strong reputation in the western region of the United States. The college has a strong Creative Writing program, a respected education college, and a developing medical school.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you have a late class, call for an escort to your car!

    Greek Life

    They are well connected and have tons of fun!

    Clubs and Activities

    Soooooo many! You will instantly have friends!

    Great for these types of students

    Fun, active, and culturally diverse

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nooners at the Bell Tower

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition kills! But you'll get a great education at a UC!

    What to do for fun

    Block Party, Heat, Spring Splash, The Barn, Nooners at the Bell Tower, parties every weekend, and club events!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a lot of clubs! Get connected!

    In three sentences

    It is such a well rounded university. The professors are brilliant and the courses are interesting and challenging. It's in a location close to amusement parks, the beach, and night life!

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The university has a lot of activities such as concerts especially the bloc party, they bring many famous singers.

    Food and Dining

    The university has great places to dine and from a walking distance across the university there is a lot of restaurants to dine and have some fun.

    Dorm Life

    I myself live at home, but from other students I have heard that the dorm life is pretty fun and that everyone is very friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses that I have so far taken here have challenged me and I feel that it has build my discipline as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved in activities at school, but the most important tip that I would give prospective students is to talk to the professors any time that is available because it helps build a relationship between the student and teacher and whenever you have a problem they're there to help you.

    In three sentences

    University of California-Riverside is a great school that offers great programs for any major you intend to pursue. The students and faculty are very friendly and the atmosphere is great as well. The university helps you grow as a student and as a scholar.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Can be kinda sketchy, but you can always call the UCPD to walk you from campus to your dorm or car!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many different clubs, from running club to the newspaper to Latino associations to music clubs, we have it all! And it's the best way to meet people

    What to do for fun

    Drive-in movie theatre Shopping Good food Parties School events Concerts Join clubs Fraternities and sororities

    Food and Dining

    Not the best, but there are many restaurants off campus to eat at.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of fun, most of the RAs are pretty laid back and are more like friends than yours superiors.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the class, but most are pretty challenging and encourage you to use critical thinking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a car, unless you plan to take the bus to get around off campus

    In three sentences

    Such a beautiful campus, only takes 15 mins max to get across campus. It's a lot of fun - the diversity provides a way for you to learn outside of the classroom. Met some amazing people my first year here!

  • 06/08/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    My sister started a club called Rhythm and Brains. If you guys go, check it out. The students here are involved and are dedicated to their club and it definitely brightens your campus life.

    Food and Dining

    GREAT FOOD! My friend swiped me in for the food and they have a lot of options. He says that he is definitely getting what he is paying for.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nice and clean. I'm commuting this year but my friend dorms at UCR and it is really nice. The somewhat underground dorms are depressing but the buildings with a lot of windows are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Haven't really started yet but I hear that the classes are impacted so you have to be on your toes when trying to apply for a class. Do it as soon as possible or they run out of space. I have sat in one of the biology classes before and the professor was hilarious and knowledgeable. You just have to scope out the nice professors to get the most out of what you pay for.

    In three sentences

    The weather is either extremely hot or cold. This is definitely the center of weather changes.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't walk alone at night.

    Greek Life

    I never had an interest in the Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Joining clubs will share the interest that many other can share with you. UCR has 3 concerts that has been nothing but spectacular in the past.

    Great for these types of students

    Participating in social group activities and spirit week every Wednesday will inspire more school spirit.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Monday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, the bell tower plays a concert for the students attending UCR.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm striving to become a pharmacist, to do better for myself and everyone around me. My only goal in continuing my education is to one day save lives.

    What to do for fun

    I spend much of time studying at the library and using the recreation center to workout and play basketball.

    Food and Dining

    Some days are worst than others, beware of freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    Potential to meet new colleagues and acquire potential business partners. Food in the cafeteria is made by students so don't expect to have high expectations.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major the difficulty differs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't skip lectures and discussions, you are paying thousands to attend these classes and you are wasting money by not attending.

    In three sentences

    University of Riverside has refined my skills in education and responsibility. The staff is great and the education is top notched. The campus is a little dull and there isn't much to do in Riverside.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus does the best they can with the Campus Escort Program.

    Greek Life

    Very active greek life. They show off their letters on the lawn every Wednesday.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like very hot weather.

    What to do for fun

    Beach, Disneyland, bowling, karaoke, mall. Everything is less than an hour away.

    Food and Dining

    Food has gotten a lot better.

    Dorm Life

    Apply to live in lothian. That is where you will most likely meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, classes are not that bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start out with the lowest dining plan. You can always add, but never subtract.

    In three sentences

    The most diverse UC. It is very hot. Very friendly students.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Annual Undie Run!

    What to do for fun

    Party!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Dont wait til last minute to try and pull through the class with a good grade. Its IMPOSSIBLE. 2. Buy books from amazon.com or other students before rushing to the book store. You'll save a fortune.

    In three sentences

    The school is overall a decent university to attend although it is difficult to get the classes you absolutely need the first two years. If you are not 21 or over, there really isn't much to do so all you city folks may be bored. People are a bit mean at times, but once you find you're perfect group of friends, you'll be golden.

  • 06/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore campus! Hike up to the C! Join clubs :) Take advantage of campus events!

    Food and Dining

    The food varies a lot. One day, it is super good! Then the next day....meh...

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is SUPER fun! Meet new people! Make friends!

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the professors...just make sure to pay attention and attend class! Do all the homework too (if there are any)!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know where your classes are before the first day of school, it saves you a lot of embarrassment!

    In three sentences

    UCR is a fun campus once you know your way around. There are a lot of events held, so students should go check them out! Have fun, but stay safe.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe, but if you step outside of campus be careful!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not that good at UC Riverside. There are only a hand full of fraternities/sororities on campus and they are heavily restricted. Riverside country does not allow a frat row which takes a lot away from Greek Life

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of very good clubs for literally everything you can image

    Great for these types of students

    Relaxed students who enjoy a hot atmosphere with great and genuine people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The C is the big C on top of the mountain which can be seen from campus. Tradition for freshmen is to hike up to the C and kiss it for a 4.0 that quarter.

    Bang for the buck

    UC Riverside usually offers a lot of money to incoming students compared to other UC campuses

    What to do for fun

    Going to hookah lounge Going to parties Hanging out at Starbucks at the University Village Going to the University Village theatre Exploring downtown Riverside

    Food and Dining

    Good on some days and horrible on other days

    Dorm Life

    Very fun if you surround yourself around fun people

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not that hard, unless you don't study

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends as soon as you get here If you are living in the dorms get the 120 meal plan (The more dining dollars the better, you'll see why when you get here) Don't leave all of your studying to finals week, study a little bit every day

    In three sentences

    The University of California, Riverside is a very diverse campus that is fun if you make it fun. There is not much to do around Riverside unless you go out and try to do something. Overall, UC Riverside has a lot of potential.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    On campus activities are happening every hour around us! For example Wednesdays at the Bell Tower all the organizations on campus are out supporting and giving out information about their clubs or organizations. Also, some Wednesdays there hold swap-meets where vendors come out and sell goodies such as clothes, accessories, etc. Sports events are awesome here, we have our mascot Scotty the bear who never fails to make a splash wherever he goes. Also for fun each quarter UCR has a concert in which they bring big artists to perform at our campus for free.

    Food and Dining

    We have so many options to fulfill cravings for anybody! The dorms have their own dining halls with great food that you will never get tired of since they change it up all the time. Also, with the bear bucks that you have from meal plans you can visit anything on campus such as Logos the sandwich stop, coffee bean, our recently opened subway or the food truck the Chameleon. Not to mention the food in our central dining called the HUB where you can find delicious freshly made food such as a pasta section, sushi, pizza, burritos, and not to mention Panda Express. All areas of food are always maintained properly and are never dirty such that making your experience that much more enjoyable.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is quite the experience. No matter where you live whether on campus at the dorms or on campus at the student apartments you get to meet people completely different than you. Luckily, you are able to meet so many new people that you never would have thought you would be friends with. Also, all on campus residential halls are very well kept and maintained daily to ensure a comfortable environment for success.

    Academic Rigor

    This campus pays much attention to academics and student improvement as well. UCR does not take academic dishonesty well and has serious consequences for it, depending on your major there are strict criteria you must attend to before certain deadlines to ensure your spot in your college of choice. Also, At the end of each quarter, you take part in evaluations for the professor and your teaching assistant which shows just how involved this campus is with their academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should pay note to their professors and teaching assistant's office hours. These hours are crucial to learning experience and also crucial to better communication with your professor and teaching assistant, they are here to help therefore I suggest not being shy or afraid to visit them during office hours if a question may arise.

    In three sentences

    This University is by far the most exciting and energetic campus. Considering how diverse this campus is you will get to meet people from all over the world including professors, researchers and graduate students that could essentially give you an opportunity to explore different opportunities that are available on campus. Our school spirit and activities are all fun, exciting and motivating factors that contribute to our success as a campus.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    You adjust to the dorm food. Also, don't be afraid to leave your door open and meet new people!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in any way you can.

    In three sentences

    The most diverse campus I've ever set foot on. Outstanding leaders and hardworking students make the campus the way it is. We have energy and enthusiasm everywhere we go, and we eat, breathe, and sleep Tartan Soul!

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many hiking trails especially the one to the C and to the M in Moreno Valley. Big Bear is also not to far away for snowboarding during the winter

    Food and Dining

    UCR has a food court area known as the HUB which have pasta, pizza, Panda Express, sushi, and a Mexican food place similar to Chipotle

    Dorm Life

    If you are a first year, I highly recommend that you live in the dorms. It's a great chance to meet new people that are currently having the same experiences as you.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you do the required readings and do homework, you will be prepared for the midterms and test.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on studies first!

    In three sentences

    This university has a lot of diversity. This school has a great business and engineering school for those that are interested in those majors. The crime rate may be higher in the surrounding areas but school is generally safe.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe here at The University of California-Riverside. UCR allows me to feel safe by offering 24 hour escort services that come quickly in case help is need, or even to just walk you back to your apartment or dorm. I value and respect the safety enforcement that UCR offers.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life here at University of California- Riverside is respectful and exciting. UCR offers many Fraternities and Sororities that value tradition and academics. Greek Life here at UCR is full of pride and positive atmosphere.

    Clubs and Activities

    Coming from High School to University of California- Riverside i was surprised at how many clubs and activities this school had to offer! They offered clubs ranging from origami to martial arts! There are so many ways to get involved and discover new things about activities and clubs here on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    UCR is great for all types of students. Despite what ethnicity a student may be, they will for sure fit in here at UCR. UCR ranks very high in diversity and has many student organizations here on campus that make sure all students feel comfortable and welcomed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Here at UCR it is HOT. However, there are many ways to keep cool such as by studying in a shady grass area or in the HUB. Also, an unusual tradition, but definitely an exciting one is the Hike to the C. It has been said that if you hike to the C and kiss the Big C, you will ace all of your finals.

    Bang for the buck

    I am definitely happy with my decision of attending UCR. Since first arriving here, this University has allowed me to call it my second home. I love the diversity amongst staff and students here. I enjoy attending the many activities that UCR has to offer such as Spring Splash and The Heat. Also, I am very satisfied with the academic help that UCR offers from meetings with the Professors to help from the Academic Resource Center.

    What to do for fun

    At UCR there are numerous activities and events occurring that offer all students a fun time. If a student hopes to find fun here at UCR they may do so by joining one of the various student organizations, attending one of UCR's great theater plays, or by joining clubs that offer many events and promote many activities here on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The University of California- Riverside, dining staff strive to offer the best of food to the many hungry college students and staff. As diverse as the campus ids, UCR offers diversity in its food ranging from Asian to Italian cuisine. From the tastiness in the many different food cuisines offered, one can definitely tell that UCR Chef's take pride in their cooking and in providing students with the best food to offer.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at the University of California- Riverside is definitely comforting. The Housing and Residential Staff provide many academic and welcoming activities to help residents familiarize themselves with UCR and campus life. The Housing and Residential Staff provide a helpful, and supportive atmosphere that all students may feel comfortable in.

    Academic Rigor

    UCR provides a consistent and high quality academics. The academic atmosphere is well equipped with providing students with the best academics and student help, any university has to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Upon arriving at the University of California- Riverside always assure yourself that you are here to succeed and that many staff members, professors and students are here to motivate, encourage and support you. Strive to become accustomed with the campus atmosphere by joining clubs or student organizations.

    In three sentences

    The University of California-Riverside is one of the top University's in the nation. It thrives in enrichment of diversity, academics and success. This University deserves a very high rating from its consistent development and progress in all academic and athletic areas.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off freshman year. There is no going back.

    In three sentences

    Very underrated university. Great engineering programs. Many undergraduate research opportunities.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    UC's like many other colleges, can get a little pricy. However, a lot of the stuff we are paying for can be put to use! Try using the Gym facilities and take advantage of the free classes they offer! Also, try making it to the concerts they hold every quarter for us!

    What to do for fun

    A lot of people say that there is not a lot to do in Riverside, but there are many things off and on campus that can help you pass the time in a fun way! For starters, hiking to the C was one of the most memorable times I had. We also have downtown Riverside, with many great places to eat. During the Holidays, they have the Festival of Lights, which is a great thing to explore with friends. On campus, we have the Botanic Gardens, which is a beautiful walk on a sunny day. There are also many plays and performances on campus, and if you're not into that, try out some intramural sports!

    Food and Dining

    Having a meal plan is very convenient. There is always hot food ready for you, and I loved that they would switch up the menus and the dining halls so often. The staff of the dining halls does a great job at keeping the facilities clean and always being friendly. As for other food on campus, the HUB has a great selection, and the chameleon food truck is always a great stop on the way back to the dorms or before class!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fantastic! I lived in Pentland Hills residence halls and I made some of the best memories of my life there. The dorms are very clean, comforting, and the best way to make friends. The R.A's are helpful and friendly and the people you will meet in the dorms can be the friends of a lifetime. I definitely recommend living in the dorms for incoming freshmen. You will not regret it!

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at UCR can be tough, after all, it is a University! The great thing about UCR is that they have many resources available to you. Office hours, the Academic Resource Center, peer mentors, etc. The courses are tough and being on a quarter system does make time fly by and course load a little harder, but it is definitely fair and doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus first and see if you feel like it clicks for you. If you feel at home on the campus, like I did when I first visited, the right choice should not be very hard! Get a good feel for where you could possibly be spending the next four years of your life!

    In three sentences

    One of the most friendly campuses I have ever stepped foot on. Faculty, staff, and students really make you feel at home. People are dedicated to learning and helping others in a passionate and personal way.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although we get some activity on the outskirts of campus, our campus has many emergency phones that are accessible at all times. We also have a safety escort service that people can use if they have night classes to get back to their car or dorm.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everyone. Seriously. Also, it's not too difficult to start a club of your own if you have the desire and ambition to.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On a mountainside by the campus, there is a large C that people often hike up to. It is said that if you kiss it, you will receive straight A's that quarter.

    Bang for the buck

    Universities are expensive, but the experience you'll gain at UCR is invaluable.

    What to do for fun

    There are great hiking and rock-climbing places nearby. UC Riverside also hosts Wednesday Nooners, which are held in the center of campus and feature some performances by students. UCR's The Barn also hires performers to come every Wednesday night.

    Food and Dining

    In the center of campus, UCR has the HUB, which has a variety of food like Subway, Panda Express, Italian food, sushi, Mexican food, and healthy options at the Barn.

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of living options at UCR, including typical residence hall/apartment living or housing available for families (i.e. those with children or who are married). These living options come with dining plans that can be used at the HUB (see below) or at our residential restaurants. There are variety of programs held all the time in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    As a UC, UCR upholds academic rigor as an important foundation for the university itself. UC Riverside also is strong in offering undergraduates the opportunity to research under professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Like any school, UC Riverside is what you make of it. If you feel bored or unchallenged, it's because you haven't found your niche yet. Find clubs (there are HUNDREDS) that interest you or take classes that will challenge you (ever tried Organic Chemistry?).

    In three sentences

    Although many look down on this UC, UC Riverside is great in terms of academics, community service, and diversity. Each year, this school is ranked highly in the nation in various categories. It is also considered a good deal financially by some accredited sources.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The hike to the C for a good GPA.

    Bang for the buck

    Typical UC price

    What to do for fun

    You make your own fun in Riverside

    Food and Dining

    Food is okay, there's a bunch of restaurants in the HUB and the dining hall isn't half bad.

    Dorm Life

    Great way to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can get hard, with studying and hard work it becomes a breeze to do well in school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school, learn about the climate. Research what you want to do and make sure that UCR will be good for your future goals.

    In three sentences

    The University of California-Riverside is a really, really diverse school. The class sizes aren't that big compared to the rest of the UC's. Gets hot sometimes, but it's a great school to be at.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a place called the UV its like 15 minutes away from the campus and the theater is there. Go on Sundays its only 5 bucks.

    Food and Dining

    The food had its ups and downs. One day they had good food and the other was like the chef took a break. Overall made me cherish mom's home made food.

    Dorm Life

    I am glad I decided to live the dorm life. I met great people and the resident advisors always tried to have an event going on. It is a great start to fly away from tue nest.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors want you to succeed; therefore, take the time to attend to office hours. There is help fot every student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to study. Go to office hours they are very helpful.

    In three sentences

    This University was my best decision I have ever made. People are friendly and theprofessors and T.A's as well.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food at schools, will always be food at school, not the greatest, but always acceptable. There are the good days and bad days at the dining hall, but all in all they try their best to keep the rotation as well as possible.

    Dorm Life

    No matter which housing you attend, you'll immediately feel the sense of independence, and with interaction your hall mates and you can take advantage of what dorming has to offer

    Academic Rigor

    If you do your work, you'll do well. The typical, dont slack and you can get anything done well.

    In three sentences

    The schools atmosphere is very welcoming and a great transition from high school. The courses offered are a bit strenuous to actually get enrolled in, due to the high volume of people attempting to also get in that same course. Most teachers at UCR are well accredited, yet some lack the basic english skills to efficiently teach a class.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    UCR gives the best music concerts and has over 100 clubs. Downtown is not to far away where they play noir films sometimes.

    Food and Dining

    UCR has a lot of options: Subway, pizza, Panda,etc. But the homemade food is horrible.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus are nice (especially Pentland); however, renting an apartment is cheaper, but quality will not be as luxurious.

    Academic Rigor

    The university provides challenging courses; sliding by will not guarantee a passing grade, but if you go to the professor's office hours or the TA's, you will not only advance your knowledge, but also establish a relationship that can benefit you for graduate school.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would strongly suggest that each new student give their full participation in every course they take. Doing this you will not only receive a high grade, but also make most of your experience. Also, Riverside is extremely hot in the Fall; drink lots of water throughout your day.

    In three sentences

    When you walk on to this campus you will immediately see the dedication and passion the students and staff have put towards making this university worth your education. UCR's diversity and respect of ideas is distinguished in every way. If you want a challenge at progressing your knowledge, this is the place.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities to do for fun. For example, the residence hall coordinators offer various programs in which one can connect with other students. There are also various game rooms, computer labs specifically designated for online games, and music rooms which one can use freely around campus. There is also a restaurant which offers pool tables and video games for the students to use.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of options for dining and the Dining Hall food is great since it is buffet style. There is really no way to get bored of the food at UCR as there is an on campus Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Subway, and Panda Express.

    Dorm Life

    Residence Hall life is fun and really helps academics. The people you connect with are truly helpful and unforgettable. I would have not had the full university experience if I had not lived in the Residence Halls.

    Academic Rigor

    As a research university, UCR has a very high academic rigor. Professors encourage students to think outside the box and really challenge the students to do their best. This challenge and rigor provide a large opportunity to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should really take advantage of all the resources UCR has to offer. For example, the Academic Resource Center benefits students who are struggling in any subject and one-on-one tutors are available for English. There is really no excuse for not passing a class.

    In three sentences

    I am really glad I chose to attend UCR because the diversity really helps you understand others' differences. UCR has a great learning environment where the student body really helps each other succeed. I cannot wait for my second year to start again!

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus overall is pretty safe the most crime the students have to deal with is having bikes and other property stolen. Also, if you have a late class the university has a escort service that will escort students to their cars and dorms. However, stay away from the street canyon crest at night because a lot of property crimes happen there at night.

    What to do for fun

    In, Riverside people tend to go to the movies or out to eat to have fun. Not to mention the campus can be pretty dead on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall is not bad however, after a quarter students become bored with it. There is also a sub place and a food truck that accepts meal plans which is really helpful when you don't want to spend time in the dining hall during finals. Not to mention they are both pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I really liked living in the dorms, although if you are a person who likes to have more privacy then you should consider moving in to the Pentland Hills dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not to hard just study and you will be fine. Also look up your professors before you decide to take a class it could affect weather you past or fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus it really helped me make my decision to go there.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A tradition with UCR is hiking to C before finals. It will supposedly help you get a better grade on your exams.

    What to do for fun

    Take trips on the bus and get lost! If you are feeling adventurous and you have time to kill with a fully charged cell phone and friends with a car that you can call, definitely get on the bus and go for a ride. There are two malls nearby that you can go to. You can also hike to the C, I regret not doing that before I left and you can also visit the garden, absolutely beautiful.

    Food and Dining

    A-I has the best food hands down haha. It is a touch and go with the food. The food isn't bad, you will always find something to satisfy you, but after a while you might get bored with the dining hall food, but you have options! There are some restaurants at the HUB, I love love love Panda Express and the Sushi Bar. Also, it is roughly an 18 to 20 minute walk away there is a plaza with some Starbucks and other eateries.

    Dorm Life

    I had the best experience I could ever hope for. There were 42 of us all together in my hall with two bathrooms, one for the guys and one for the girls. Each bathroom had four showers and five stalls. I was in Aberdeen-Inverness and yeah some days were Omg, why didn't I pay extra for Pentland, but the rest of the time I loved it. My hallmates were amazing. We had our share amount of arguments and cliques, but we stuck together. Even now we still talk to each other. I would definitely recommend dorming your first year. It is an unforgettable experience.

    Academic Rigor

    I was in CHASS majoring in Asian Studies a liberal major.. My main focus was language studies and I enjoyed it a lot. My teachers were strict, but that is what I loved. I studied everyday and study sessions all the time so that I wouldn't cave under the pressure. I definitely recommend study groups with people in your class. It will help you from feeling overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a risk. I applied as an out of state student receiving no financial from my home state and I attended for only a quarter, but the experience was worth every penny spent.

    In three sentences

    A spectacular first school with amazing teachers and staff that are willing to help you. This school has left a forever good lasting impression on me about what I want out of a university education and what I want to be.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots of activites held on campus. ASUCR sometimes offers free movie tickets for brand new movies!

    Food and Dining

    Dining Hall food isn't amazing but it sustained me for a whole year.

    Dorm Life

    Great activites for miggling with hall memebers! Great expereince.

    Academic Rigor

    It's become very clear to me that courses in college are no joke. Study time is definitely a must and notes are always needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's important to keep in mind that simply because you're in college now you are not free from parents, chores, or nagging teachers/professors. You must stay on top of your game and try to have as productive a day as humanly possible. You can achieve productivity without having to overwhelm yourself. Make sure to use your on-campus resources such as your academic advisor, the academic resource center, and other kinds of resource centers such as the Chicano resource center, LGBT resource center, etc.

    In three sentences

    So far being at UCR has been a great experience, not only because I'm a first-generation student, but also because UCR has offered great resources for me. It's created a professional atmosphere for me and helps me get a better idea for what the life will be like once I've attained my degree. I believe UCR has many people who are here to help students in anyway they can.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Love the sushi place--their spicy tuna and pasta are what I used to always get.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult at times but it's worth the work!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take some time to visit the campus and always always look ahead to what you might be doing in the future. Take advantage of all the resources you have in this college because there is a lot they offer.

    In three sentences

    Great school, very diverse. Most of my teachers were very helpful and fun to talk to but most of my schoolwork help came from my TAs who were amazing individuals. I really enjoyed my time here and wish to go back again someday to pursue higher education.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't walk alone at night. Keep your belongings with you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs and organizations on campus. Try to join the ones that are related to your major, because it can help you make connections with the professionals, which is the key to internships and jobs in the future.

    What to do for fun

    Try to make friends, and the fun will come!

    Dorm Life

    Those memories stay with you forever.

    Academic Rigor

    Everything depends on the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    I can list several, but, in my opinion, the most important tips for prospective students. 1) Know how to manage your time. 2) Quarter system goes really fast, so get your books early and start studying the very first week of school. 3) Go to TA's and professors' office hours. 4) Try not to miss a class, unless it is inevitable. 5) Meet up with you academic advisor regularly. 6) Study hard!

    In three sentences

    The University of California, Riverside is a great place to get education, network with professionals and make good friends. This university has diverse students from different backgrounds, so there is a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and interact with people from various nationalities. Most importantly, the professors are knowledgeable and easily approachable.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In my experience, campus has been really safe. I've never personally had issues being on campus the entire day.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have joined 3 clubs as a first year in college and I do not regret any of them. Circle K International is a community service club that really makes you involved in your community. There are hundreds of clubs offered at my school and there's enough for everyone who has a certain interest or passion.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hiking up to the letter C is a tradition UCR students would do. The legend is that if you hike to the C the day before your finals and either write your name or kiss it, you will get an A on your exam. It's a fun story and a great experience going up to the C with friends.

    What to do for fun

    What I do for fun is joining clubs that I would like to be in. It's really fun joining a new club because it gives you the opportunity to meet new people and make life-long friends. Another fun thing to do is to go to all the school events offered. UCR has had many social events on campus as well as many free movie premiers.

    Food and Dining

    The food that I would sometimes buy at the HUB at UCR was pretty good. A bit more expensive then going to other food places off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I can't really rate this section because I did not dorm at college. I was a commuter.

    Tips for prospective students

    A good tip I would like to give out is to never take a class for granted. Even if the subject sounds really easy, it can take a toll on you. Especially when you have to much freedom, you tend to slack off more thinking you have the time to do it later. Another tip I would recommend is to use all of the resources given to you. Tutoring, professors, teacher assistants, etc., ask as many questions as possible and make sure to know your material. Some questions on the exams can be really tricky and you have to really know it to be able to get through those frustrating exams.

    In three sentences

    I rate it 10 out of 10. A very diverse and friendly environment. It is also a very beautiful campus with many trees and study areas.

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety isnt that great to me. As long as you dont walk at night in Riverside you should be okay. But otherwise we arent that great when it comes to this

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, participate in school events, the concerts are really fun they always bring a good artist, and the parties. It depends on who you know because sometimes their are kickbacks.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. It can be expensive if you dont have the dining plan or dining dollars to eat on campus

    Dorm Life

    A great way to socialize with others when you get there but some of the dorms need to be updated such as Lothian.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be intense but with the right classes and going to office hours you can do it

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school first to get a feel for it and also join clubs

    In three sentences

    It is good on research and academics. Great diversity. Lacks social parties

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is really good considering it's a university. There are a variety of places to eat from including American, Italian, Mexican, and Asian cuisine. There is also a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf establishment on campus as well as service truck that is located by the Orbach Library toward the back of the school for students who are constantly studying and since the actual building of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is somewhat far. Next to this service truck is a food truck that serves breakfast items as well as Mexican cuisine. There are two other cafe style establishments that serve coffee and other snacks on campus. You can't really go wrong with anything you choose on campus. There is also a student store that mimics a 7-11 where you can get fresh-packed snacks, salads, and sandwiches, as well as fresh brewed coffee, refrigerated beverages and snacks.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms, because I am a commuter student.

    Academic Rigor

    Different classes have different levels of academic rigor. For example, the natural and agricultural sciences are extremely difficult and really test your knowledge on fundamental concepts. Humanities and social sciences are a little bit easier in the sense of testing, but challenge students in a critical thinking way. Each class, regardless of difficulty tests you only on concepts that are important and the professors and grad students all want their undergraduate students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a good idea of what you want your major to be, because it is a hassle to change a major, especially if it is in a different college department. Get on a personal level with professors and or grad students, because it can serve as future letter of recommendations for grad school. Use the library to your advantage.

    In three sentences

    This campus has extremely beautiful scenery with nice green lawns and huge green trees. There are many clubs and organizations to get involved in. There are many majors to choose from, fitting any student's desires.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is edible, but be cautious of freshman 15!

    Dorm Life

    It is up to you whether or not you make your dorm life experience fun.

    Academic Rigor

    College is college.

    Tips for prospective students

    While many students look forward to college and moving on from high school, the thought of fitting in may terrify them. In college, you WILL find yourself and meet with students from everywhere. Fitting in will be no problem. In fact, most students discover their life long friends in college.

    In three sentences

    This university is beautiful, vibrant and hungry for dedicated students. Though all students are piled under hours of homework and studying, they all have the same goal to be successful. Although entering college can be exciting yet so scary at the same time, incoming students are welcomed with opened arms.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    University of California, Riverside is one of the most diverse Universities in the nation. We have every race you can think of socializing in one melting pot. This is a school where white people are actually the minority. Unbelievable right? Best of all, there are support groups; clubs and organizations for them to celebrate their culture and unite. For instance, African Student Programs, Chicano Student Programs, LGBT Resource Center, Asian Pacific Student Programs, and much more. These support groups provide locations on campus for students to hang out and bond with people like them as a safe house. In addition, their are cultural dorm rooms for heritages to bond and create a family. For example the dorm rooms provide a living community for African Americans known as the PAN African Theme Hall, for Hispanic students known as Mundo Hall, and Stonewall Hall for students of the LGBT community.

    What to do for fun

    First and foremost, I recommend that students find their passion and embrace it. Our campus has hundreds of clubs and organizations that provide events for students for their personal hobbies For the entire campus, University of California, Riverside has amazing events each quarter that students look forward to. Fall quarter we have Block Party, Winter quarter we have Heat and Spring quarter we have Spring Splash, which are all events that celebrities come and perform, carnival rides are rented, and local food trucks come to serve their tasty treats. In addition, the Barn is a food joint on campus provides many events.We have cool events that vary from local artists performing showing their talent, to poetry nights, rock and roll fests, or even comedy nights for everyone's taste.Or you can check out the monthly free movie tickets for students to view at the University Village Movie Theater down the street from campus. Another awesome benefit of attending University of California, Riverside is the fact that we are ten minutes from downtown Riverside with consistent community events and a live night life.

    Food and Dining

    Students who live on campus have meal plans. Each meal plan includes a specific amount of cafeteria swipes, and a specific amount of cash students get to use at fast food places on campus. Our cafeteria is AMAZING! The menu is available every day online from each cafeteria. We have two choices A&I cafeteria or Lothian cafeteria. Both have all you can eat buffet's that serve for breakfast, lunch and dinner. University of California, Riverside offers such a variety of options to satisfy students from different backgrounds and preferences. There are so many options to choose from that embrace different cultures such as Greek food, Indian food, all you can eat burgers and fries, a sushi bar, carne asada tacos, or even turkey with gravy macaroni and cheese and biscuits. We even have a vegetarian section and an all you can eat salad bar embracing healthy eating. On top of that we have a Mexican food truck open until 1am daily, Panda Express, Subway, Coffee Bean, 2 food markets, an Italian food/pizza place, an amazing burger joint called Latitude and more. Best of all we have a place called the Barn that offers great food with performances from local bands and entertainment. Basically, you'll never go hungry! Your meal plan covers everything!

    Dorm Life

    There are three places students can live on campus (A&I, Lothian, and Pentland Hills). Each place offers excellent service for students such as daily cleaning of bathrooms ect. Social wise, A&I and Lothian students socialize more and meet more people. Pentland Hills is a more private living option with suite style dorm rooms and living communities. Pentland Hills provides cultural dorm rooms for heritages to bond and create a family. For example the dorm rooms provide a living community for African Americans known as the PAN African Theme Hall, for Hispanic students known as Mundo Hall, and Stonewall Hall for students of the LGBT community. For each dorm room there are monthly fun events with free food such as parties thrown, wet water days, and more. As for security and strictness, nothing flies by at UCRiverside. Parties are shut down within minutes, and drugs and alcohol will be found and you will be kicked out. Zero tolerance. Its not a party school.

    Academic Rigor

    School will be a breeze if you take advantage of resources. Adjusting to college work will be easy if you stay on top of your work. On campus there is tutoring literally for everything. Their are tutoring centers for students spread through out campus offering guidance and assistance. Best of all the tutoring is free. They provide everything from proof reading of essays, to group sessions of tutoring in physics. In addition, professors have office hours to help students and offer extra guidance. Failing here is not an option. You may be in a classroom full of 300 people, but you have the power to be the one student the professor remembers desired to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay strong. Explore. Reach out. STAY STRONG. College is full of peer pressure and the freedom to do as you please. You are making your own decisions now without the supervision of anyone, let alone rules from your parents. Remember the morals and values your parents gave you and stand strong. Your true friends will accept you how you are and never pressure you to do something that will not benefit your future. EXPLORE.Expand your mind to different opinions, beliefs, and lifestyles. You will become a stronger person by learning about others and exploring the world. You will have more faith in yourself and your own beliefs if you understand the world around you. Life is full of tests and obstacles, thus the transition from high school to college is a time for you to learn and grow as a person and as a student. REACH OUT. Never be afraid to ask for help. In college you are surrounded by opportunities and resources to succeed, people who are paid to help you. When struggling seek guidance so knowledge can be passed from one person to another and you can help an incoming freshman someday as well.

    In three sentences

    University of California, Riverside is a diverse and challenging University. This is the place students will grow intellectually not only as a student, but as a person ready for the real world. If opportunities, resources, and life lessons are embraced these four years will impact someone forever.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Decent Greek Life. Currently in Sigma Phi Epsilon

    What to do for fun

    Greek Life, sporting events, and occasional school funded concerts.

    Tips for prospective students

    GPA, SAT, and extracurricular activities is the basis for all colleges. UCR is no exception and with broad applications throughout the UC system they take these 3 as top considerations.

    In three sentences

    I would personally consider UCR a semi-target school. Being apart of the UC system gives much credibility to this campus, however, it is known as one of the lower tier campuses. UCR is making big strides in credibility with campus expansion and implementation of the new Medical School.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Be careful not to gain the freshmen 15 because it might be hard since you live in the dorms. They have an endless amount of food which is OK.

    Dorm Life

    Its fun living in the resident halls and you'll meet a whole bunch of new people. As long as you put yourself out there, you'll find new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Some people do not study and they get good grades. Some people study their butts off and they get semi good grades. You just gotta figure out what works for you and what kind of student you are.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although not overrun with criminal activity, Riverside definitely has its share of crime, most often burglary. What I love is that there are UC campus police and a police substation centrally located between the school, several of the parking lots, and much of the off-campus housing. Also, you have the option of getting texts from UC Police. They'll let you know about police activity on campus, give updates on investigations, and tell if you should stay out of an area due to a potential problem.

    What to do for fun

    UCR hosts several music events on campus throughout the year. There's a place called the Barn on campus that offers food, music, and dancing in the evening. There's a food place on campus that has pool tables and has different events 4-5 nights a week, usually video game or card tournaments/competitions. Plus the campus is about 5 miles away from downtown Riverside where there are a variety of restaurants, bars, and the art walk every Thursday.

    Food and Dining

    This is actually one of my biggest disappointments. I would love to have more (and especially healthy) options for a reasonable price. I just can't pay $4 for a PB&J or tuna sandwich.

    Dorm Life

    I've never actually lived in a dorm, but I've walked by them. They look nice, and there's lots of housing on and near campus.

    Academic Rigor

    For the most part I have found my classes to be appropriately challenging, although I sometimes wish some classes could be more in-depth. I think this might be due in part to the fact that I came from a junior college with smaller classes where it was easier to work more closely with the teacher and explore the subject more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pair up with a mentor and use other campus resources to help navigate all the ins, outs, and deadlines. Take a look at the course catalog online to make sure they offer the degrees and classes in which you're interested.

    In three sentences

    There's a lot of diversity and a lot of resources here for just about everyone. I've been happy with the quality of the classes and approachability of the teachers. I do wish the class scheduling was more friendly for someone who also works full-time, but I think that's an issue at most universities due to budget cuts.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Needs a lot of help, but it is clear that the campus is trying to improve safety.

    Great for these types of students

    Relaxed and laid back students who truly enjoy being surrounded by culture.

    What to do for fun

    Attend all of the events and concerts!

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat much at the campus, but I wish there were healthier options.

    Tips for prospective students

    To make sure to truly enjoy what you are learning and become friends with people in your major classes.

    In three sentences

    I have found many classes that are both of interest to me and help me work towards completing my major. I have had the best experience with my academic advisor. I am surrounded by friendly people.

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Definitely don't ever walk by yourself at night. It can get pretty dark around campus and there have been a few robberies here and there. Just be really careful. Have pepperspray!

    Greek Life

    A lot of my friends are in sororities and fraternities and it's a lot of fun for them. There isn't a greek row like many other schools have but it's still a lot of fun! There's lots of events that they get to dress up and go to like Formal, and halloween parties and things like that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCR just constructed a bench and seated on the bench is our school's mascot. Everyone will sit and take pictures with him.

    What to do for fun

    There's sororities and fraternities you can join. And even if you aren't interested in joining, you can always just go to the parties that they throw. There is the Tyler Mall that is about a 20 minute drive or bus walk from campus. Drive-in movie theaters are everywhere in Riverside and just going out to dinner than a movie down at the University Village is fun too. There's not much to do that is in close proximity of campus-- a lot of the really fun things you've need a car for. Also, each quarter there is a sort of music festival that features big artists. There's food, good music, and it's just really fun. Last year we got Nelly, Awolnation, Tyga, 2 Chainz, and Rick Ross to perform.

    Food and Dining

    The food is nothing special. It's not terrible but it's no five-star restaurant either. I liked their tacos a lot and there's a lot of options if you don't like what they're serving. There's alternatives like soups, a salad bar, and cereal. There's also lots of food places off campus, just a 15 minute walk, down at University Village. If you don't like the dorm foods or don't feel like walking 15 minutes just to get food, there's little campus stores that you can go and buy good food and snacks at.

    Dorm Life

    I loved dorm life. I think the people that you live with become the people closest to you. I know that I have personally become extremely good friends with a girl in my hall, a handful of people in my building, and my roommate. You share lounges where you can study and hangout together. It's just really fun because you're never alone!

    Academic Rigor

    I don't think Riverside is harder or easier than any other college but it's definitely competitive in my particular major, Biology. The lecture halls are packed! Students sit on the floors! But there is lots of help available for anyone who needs it. It's really about the amount of work and time and effort that you're willing to put in in order to succeed!

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into joining a Learning Community! If you're able to participate in this, it would be really helpful! You have the same group of students to take all the same core classes with you, that way you're almost forced to help each other and do well! Also, going to office hours is extremely important. This is when your professor or TA can help you with questions that you may not have had time to ask in lecture.

    In three sentences

    Riverside if the perfectly sized college campus, not too big and not too small. It's fun enough that you can meet and hang out with great people and do great things, but it's not too wild that it's hard to focus in school. I've really enjoyed my first year of college at Riverside and I really can't imagine myself anywhere else!

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Get INVOLVE with clubs, and you will find yourself having a good time.

    Food and Dining

    I do not know about food either, since it will be my first time.

    Dorm Life

    It will be my first year to dorm, so i cannot say much about dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't know what the stars mean, but UCR is a great school to be at.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just get involve with clubs and the community. That way you can have people who can guide you to your success.

    In three sentences

    UCR is a very diverse school because there are so many people with different ethnicity. It is a really welcoming and friendly school, and the environment there is just stunning. With little doubt, UCR is just really a great school to be at.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can sign up for a free feature and have UCR send almost real-time notifications to your email and phone whenever a crime is committed on or near campus. Typically on-campus crimes are petty theft. The campus has a decent amount of help poles scattered around campus with giant red buttons you can push to call for help if you need the police. There is also a free campus service you can call to get an escort if you ever feel unsafe walking around by yourself at night.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls kind of suck. Towards the end of the year I started dreading having to eat. All the other food on campus is fine, though, and mostly clustered in the HUB. There's a Panda Express, a sushi place, a Mexican food truck, an absolutely delicious pasta place, and a Subway.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Pentland Hills for my freshman year. My RA (residential adviser: one is in charge of each dorm) was extremely awesome and was very active in planning social events and fun things to do for the dorm. The dorms are very clean, there are enforced quiet hours, and they have good air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    UCR is a University, and the academics live up to University standards. I'm part of the Honors program, which is an amazing program that really cares about the students part of it. It gives me many opportunities to go above and beyond academically, and it also gives members priority registration.

    In three sentences

    UC Riverside is an extremely inclusive, diverse school - people of all races, makeups and identities are accepted here, and it's awesome to walk around campus and see all the unique people. Participating in campus life is easy, and there are a ton of events, clubs, and things to do on campus. My freshman year was amazing, and I really had the full college experience.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Several clubs to join ranging from sports to community service. Near the University, there are hiking areas and major cities/ attractions are nearby. You can go on an adventure to the Big Bear Mountains or beaches.

    Food and Dining

    University offers a different selection of food restaurants. From chines food to Sushi or Mexican food, the university offers different varieties to accommodate students' taste. The dorms also having dining halls which offer an all you can eat buffet enjoyed by the students.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is way where one can get caught up in going out or stay in room to do classwork. Anyway that you choose is beneficial. By staying in your dorm you are able to stay focus on your work and while living at the dorms you are able to interact and meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are at hand to help students in their learning. Classes are well taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your mind focused on school work. Be prepared to spent most of your time doing homework or studying. However, the University offers a variety of clubs/activities. School also sponsors a variety of events at the school.

    In three sentences

    It is a high ranked university in state of California. Offers a variety of majors and minors. A great University with talented professors and students.

  • 08/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are securities and a campus pd by.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are alright, the sororities, as usual target people, while others were a bit open minded.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel you would probably have a better time in another school, if you look at it from a negative perspective. A lot of people who do end up attending here chose this school as a last choice. Nonetheless, this is still a UC, just not as prestigious as others. I would probably attend a CC college and then transfer.

    What to do for fun

    You can go shopping, eating and thirfting near the school. There is a whole plaza dedicated to each sections. They are near by, but the only thing I would want near the school is a beach, which is sad since we are inland.

    Food and Dining

    At first you would dream the food to be good, but if the food you eat there isn't what you typically would eat, then it doesn't taste that good. However, i like that there is a variety.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty awesome because the dorms look new still. Pentland which is the high class of dorms are more intimate and small. Each level gets their own bathroom. Lothian is the party hall, which share bathroom. AI or Aberdeen Inverness shares a hall of 50 people and also share a bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    From what i see, it seems that only a few teacher do actually care about the school and students, but this school does have to same expectations and requirements as other UCs, so don't expect to slack off just because it's one of the lower division UCs.

    Tips for prospective students

    plan ahead of time because this is a university, it's not high school. First come first serve, so attend orientation at the earliest date to get the best classes at your convenient time.

    In three sentences

    this school is quite average, but diverse. Not that these people are unintelligent, but it seems that a lot of the students who attend this school do not take their education seriously, while many others do. On the other hand, this is one of few but best UCs that offer business.

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus safety is really good, UCR has people that can walk you to your dorm if you have a late class. Also there has been a new shuttle system which can pick you up on campus and drop you off to your nearby apartment late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus and each wednesdays most clubs hold nooners on campus. Many sell food, its awesome to go there during lunchtime.

    What to do for fun

    There is a great small restaurant call getaway cafe, the food is amazing. UCR also has concerts, games, and on campus organizations that hold different events.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, there's a large diversity of foods in the dorms I've tried food that I would have never tried before!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was good, personally my R.A was very nice and helpful with everything especially when i needed to know where classes were my first quarter!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be tough but as long as you work hard, manage your time and study, study, study you can do it!

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that you attend the professor's and T.A's office hours and if your class offers supplemental instruction take advantage of the opportunity.

    In three sentences

    UCR is a great school to attend, people are friendly in class and in the lunch areas. I also really like the supplemental instruction that the school offers, it has been very helpful with many of my classes.

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You name it, you can find it! I enjoyed joining various ensembles and participating in dance classes or free classes at the Rec Center.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options, but the school isn't so kosher-friendly.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm activities can be entertaining but the rooms are a bit small.

    Academic Rigor

    I suppose it depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Go check out clubs, hang out by the bell tower during Nooners and don't by shy to meet new people. Don't forget to go to office hours!

    In three sentences

    UCR is a great place to broaden your horizons and cultivate new interests. The student body is diverse, and there is a wide array of opportunities to get involved on campus. Not only did I get a great academic education, but I enjoyed the social life as well.

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have walking escorts if you need one after the sun goes down. Still its best to have pepper spray with you, because lets face it, riverside isnt safe overall. And they cant seem to control all the break-ins.

    Greek Life

    Lots of frats and sororities, but beware they are typical of all colleges. They are looking for the pretty guys and gals and i can say that Academics is not on their priority.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO many to choose from, they have club for everything. Its great!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hiking the schools C (mountain) is said to get you a 4.0 GPA if you kiss it once your there. We have Scottish roots so you will see lots of kilts around campus.

    What to do for fun

    JOIN JOIN JOIN organizations/Clubs. You'll meet lots of people and have lots of fun, and hey FREE food!

    Food and Dining

    Was okay for the first few months after that couldnt eat that food anymore. They have about five options and yeah not that good.

    Dorm Life

    Its overpriced! A majority of my loans came from that year. No privacy and i got sick of the food after a couple months. And oh my, if you get messy roommates, well lets just say GOODLUCK!

    Academic Rigor

    College isn't easy, so just put in the effort and you will be fine. Grade are EARNED not given, no teacher ever gives a F you earn that F.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take all your general ed classes, dont waste your first two years taking fun classes. Save those fun elective classes for your senior year and you will be glad you did. Make sure you look at all the Pre-requirements for your classes and ALWAYS ALWAYS have a back up plan or class.

    In three sentences

    It is a calm and relaxed campus. People are very friendly overall and there are many organizations and clubs to choose from. They offer a variety of different classes, i have never had a problem with not getting the classes i needed.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school installed this new escort service where you call an escort so that you wont have to walk alone at night. Police patrol the residence halls hourly. Bathrooms are posted with numbers to call in case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    They have limited greek life and the sororities/fraternities they do have are mostly community service based. On the up side, this means they cost only about 40 to 50 dollars a year instead of $2000 a quarter.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletic students: the Rec center is complete with a bunch of sports to play and a complete gym. They are expanding upon it so that it will have a pool, spa area, etc. In addition they have intramural sport teams like basketball and volleyball. Religious students: religious clubs are all over the campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The is a C on top of a hill near the campus. It is a tradition to hike to the C and kiss it during finals week for good luck.

    What to do for fun

    The UVillage is right outside of the school and a good ten minute walk. They have restaurants, movies, etc. In addition, there are many different clubs on campus where you can meet new people and learn new things. Hip hop dancing, african dancing, anime club, catholic/christian clubs, aspb, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Yumm! They have a lot of choices in the residence hall diners. In addition they have different restaurants around campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awesome. There are three different residence halls: Lothian, Pentland Hills, and Aberdeen-Inverness. Lothian and A-I are relatively the same. They both are essentially co ed with narrow halls, and a dining hall. Pentland is a suite- type dorm, same sex halls, private bathrooms, a kitchen, etc. In my opinion, Lothian and A-I are better because they are more social and fun. Pentland has no tv lounge and you have to leave your hall to see anybody of a different sex. In addition, it is more expensive. However, it is a really nice suite.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is a research facility, so natually the academic rigor is high. It can be intimidating, but fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on coming to UCR, it would be wise to figure out your financial plan. Loans are no joke and any option to not take them is the better option. In addition, study what major you want and the classes you need.

    In three sentences

    The University of California, Riverside is a very good school with very high academic standards. The students are very diverse, laid back, and studious. Campus life is there but not crazy.

  • 09/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Because it is in riverside the local entertainment isnt comparable to what you would have available in a more populated city. Nonethe less there is enouph to keep you there for 4 years.

    Food and Dining

    Its the best I've heard of from any other college. each building has there own dinning hall.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you stay. For the most part Pentland hills has a repuation for having a more isolated association with its residents. Because they are designed in a way in which interaction is just more unlikely. Unlike the lothian and A.I which had more traditional hallway designed dorm rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is extremely demanding. Thankfully the students most of who attend the school are academically driven and dedicated to learning. Because you are placed in such an environment it is allot better to have the desire and motive to not feel the pressure or stress.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school because it is a little distant from any highly populated city it has a more controlled campus in that the students and teachers are dedicated to becoming fully involved with what the campus has to offer.

    In three sentences

    Because it is a UC it utilizes the same model which all other UC's fallow as well. Which is great.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is Point-2-Point Service: A bus that takes students from campus to campus apartment. Escort Service: Phone inside the school building, so students can make calls to escort them back to the residential hall. The UCPolice Department is located right outside the campus. Blue Emergency Poles are located all around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love my clubs- Student Run Health Clinic, Be A Hero Be A Donor, MEDLife, and Young at Heart. These club and activities allow me to understand more about the medical field by providing me hand-on experience both in the Inland Empire and outside third world country (for MEDLife, I went to Lima, Peru on a mobile/medical clinic).

    Great for these types of students

    UCR's Medical School accepts 50 students each year. Of those 50 students, 24 spots are reserved for UCR undergraduates.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Bell Tower on campus is UCR's landmark. You can even see the Bell Tower shines in the dark when you hike up into the mountain. UCR ranks 6th in nation for diversity according to U.S. News.

    What to do for fun

    My friends and I sometime hike up to the C (the letter C on a mountain) on a weekend. I also really enjoy my volunteering on Saturday where I go to nearby Senior Living Center to visit the elderly, plan piano for them or play Bingo with them.

    Food and Dining

    I am not that picky with foods. UCR offers food in a buffet style so it's all you can it which I found pretty convenient. We also have convenient stores on campus as well as stores like Subway, Panda Express, Honor Roll, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I really love where I lived- Pentland Hill. It provides me a comfortable and quite environment where I can study. Mostly importantly, UCR's residential halls have theme (mine was Honor Hall) hall that really provided me with a strong supportive community to learn and grow together.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not that hard to obtain good grades but that does not mean you do not need to put in effort and time to achieve these goals. Also I take honor classes like the Honor Chemistry series on UCR which challenge me and expand my knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Embrace diversity if you are going to come to UCR. Explore the abundant resources offer to students who want to pursue in medicine like the Medical Scholar Program and HPAC.

    In three sentences

    UCR is better than I imagine. I am only a second year, but I get to be officers of two clubs, went on a mobile/medical clinic, be part of the University Honors on campus, work for housing, and conduct experiments in research labs.

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    read

    Food and Dining

    Not my grandma's cooking but tasty

    Dorm Life

    so far awesome

    Academic Rigor

    It is college life. manageable with the right work ethic

    Tips for prospective students

    Research

    In three sentences

    just plain amazing. The advisors know their knowledge and the students are nice. Not to mention it is an uc.

  • 09/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus to live on or go to. Hardly anything bad happens here. There is of course always something that no one can see coming that will be a threat but the students and faculty here try to make this campus as safe as possible.

    Greek Life

    The the greek life here is nothing like you see in the movies so dont worry about all that weird or crazy stuff you see in them. It is mostly either social or academic. Each varies from social to academic, but if you join one you are sure to make friends that will have your back.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs to choose from here at UCR. Each also has various activities that they help set up or hold themselves. The University also sets up many activities to keep the students entertained and excited to be here.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun here. The university puts on school wide events that are sure to be a blast for everyone. There is also hiking to the big C on the hillside just behind UCR. If you live on campus there will also be little get togethers with others who live here as well. In short you will have a hard time not finding something to entertain you here.

    Food and Dining

    Wide selection of food varying from Mexican to Chinese food. A buffet style food plan for those that stay in the dorms. Food restaurants like Panda Express and Subway are available on campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very interesting to say the least. The RA in a dorm hall will most likely be spontaneous, energetic, and always trying to make your stay in the dorms all the more better. You can also expect to room with people that will be different than your use to but very fun people.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic portion of UCR is very top notch. Even if you have trouble with some of the courses there are students and faculty that will be more than willing to help. There are even some organizations on campus that will help you out with some courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are able to buy the supplies you need before hand. Be sure that you will have enough financial aid to help you pay for what you need. If you plan to live on campus be prepared to meet people that will most likely be very different than what you are use to.

    In three sentences

    It is very diverse and interesting, with lots of majors. Living on campus is sure to make anyone love this college even more. Cost of living here however may be a bit too much.

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I'd say the campus is pretty safe but there will always be that degree of crime existing anywhere and anytime. It is important just to be cautious and aware of our surroundings.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 500 is not more clubs on campus from which to choose from, it is just a matter of getting out there and looking at your options. There is no excuse for being bored here.

    Great for these types of students

    Looking for rigor in their classes, wanting to meet new people, can tolerate the heat that is almost an everyday thing here in Riverside.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The C is located on the highest point of the campus, a rocky mountain more or less, you can hike up there and enjoy the view. The C is literally a giant letter C, not a place really just a landmark.

    Bang for the buck

    I wouldn't say I am getting my money's worth in the dorm life, but I can't really complain since living in a dorm is part of the ''college experience''.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs or the rec center! Go biking, or exploring the surroundings of the campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options to eat here, the only thing is you have to know the schedules and days these places are open because either they close early some days or don't open at all and you have nowhere to go to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I love in West Lothian and my dorm was actually better than I expected, it was cleaner and bigger than I pictured it.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are fairly challenging, I find some very difficult simply because of the transition from high school to college life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider having a plan B or even a plan C if your first choice doesn't work out. Don't worry about your major just yet. You have at least until your sophomore to decide.

    In three sentences

    UC Riverside is a great school with a beautiful campus. Student population is fairly diverse. There are many things to do outside of campus, lots of dining options surrounding the campus.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    seems like decent food and dining

    Dorm Life

    i have read about many activities and clubs on campus and the area isnt too bad

    Academic Rigor

    this looks like a very good school

    In three sentences

    i really like the campus of ucr. i love how close it is to home. it seems like a great school

  • 10/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is so safe that it really surprises me. Sure there might some misdemeanors or some unwanted news, but there are many safety resources for example, the campus patrols can be called to transport you anywhere you want to go if you don't feel safe walking. There are resources like clubs or counselors if needed and in general, just well equipped with options.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life seems to be pretty competitive, but I know that each sorority or fraternity stands for an important cause and the atmosphere is very lively. There is no Greek Row at the UCR, but there are apartment buildings where the sororities or fraternities decide to move into separately.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything you can think of.

    What to do for fun

    The school is loaded with a number of activities to do everyday. You can check on any bulletin board on campus to see what kinds of clubs or activities you can go to that day and at the Recreational Center there is also plenty to do. The REC Center is pretty much the gym that has yoga, zumba, basketball, boxing, ping pong, etc. Trust me, you will never get bored.

    Food and Dining

    The resident restaurants can have their bad moments but other times there is really good food. I know I have gone back for seconds or thirds...but the plates are small so I don't feel as guilty. They always have pizza, so if you are a pizza lover, this is your kingdom. The dining area has pretty much anything you can think of including the best of all, desserts. So, the dining halls are completely enjoyable, just watch out for Freshman 15...the struggle is real.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorm life. Starting with day one of moving in day I felt so lost and alone because my parents were no longer there, but I made myself a small little home and family away from my home and family. The dorm life helps you create a new type of bond with the people around you. So when moving in, make sure to walk around and meet everyone who lives around you!

    Academic Rigor

    The Professors give you all of the information you need to know for any following quizzes, tests, exam, etc. so all you need to do is,,,study. The classes are perfect lengths so you don't feel completely drowned in too much information all at once.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to stay on top of deadlines and the professors don't really tell you that you have homework in college, you have to look online; so do it! I know I made that mistake a few times.

    In three sentences

    This school is well equipped. Seems to have everything needed when away from home for long periods. Lastly, the University feels like home.

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club. Many clubs have activities that can make on-campus life a bit more entertaining. Some nights there are groups that gather and dance, dance, dance!

    Food and Dining

    Quite the spread on choices for food, between on-campus restaurants and a variety of fast food, there is always something good to eat if you got the money.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on how many classes your taking the severity in your workload can vary. Taking three classes does give you a decent workload but if you manage your time correctly it shouldn't be a hassel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whether you're fresh out of high school or transfering from a community college, the first steps on campus can be a tad intimidating. Trying to find your classrooms on this sizable campus on the first day can cause some unecessary stress, so come on campus the day before classes and scout out your rooms ahead of time.

    In three sentences

    University of California-Riverside has proved to be an interesting experience, after transfering in from a community college I have been astonished at the student life on campus. Between classes and roaming campus it feels like you are in a hustle an bustle community composed of friendly peers of all types. Great campus, great classes, great community.

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UCR campus is a well lit campus at night and have a police station near by. At night time there is a Campus Safety Escort team ready to help anyone in distress or simply walk them to their destination (like the parking lots) if they wish to not walk alone. So far (in my time at UCR) there have been no troubling incidents on campus, but off campus can be sketchy (stolen items) around the apartments.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to choose from at UCR. Ranging from Cosplay to Outdoor Activities (camping, snorkeling, surfing etc). Its easy to find a club or group that will fit your interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student.

    Bang for the buck

    As college students, we are always finding deals to save and make money last through the school year, unfortunately deals on campus are not that helpful. There is a Costco across the way (if you are a member) and across the street is the University Plaza which give students more discounts than on campus for food, haircare, and entertainment.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do around campus with frequent day and night time events that can fit in your schedule and provide a getaway from stress. There are four major parties throughout the year where the school brings performers to play live, carnival rides to offer trills, booths from both campus and outside organizations, and various other entertainment. Competitions are offered throughout the year (ranging from video games to street art) that can provide cash money prizes or free UCR gear from the student store.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of options when it comes to food and dining. In the dorms there are several stations that offer food from around the world and comfort foods just in case one is feeling a bit home sick. The HUB is also a great place to go to when the dorm food gets bland, the HUB offers a variety of food options like sushi, pizza, Mexican food, and Chinese, and just across the way is Latitude 55 where their speciality is grilled foods.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make it out to be. There are many things to do every week during the weekends and weekdays to relax or take a break from homework. Dorm mates are based off of resumes rather than random so when applying for a dorm make sure you stay true to who you are for the best chance at getting a great roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty within UCR varies and is based on the instructor. In large lecture halls, the classes tend to be quick and fast pace, but the tests are easy if you attend frequently and keep up with readings. In smaller settings is may be more challenging since there is more room to be acknowledged by the teacher and peers. RateMyProfessor.com becomes helpful when trying to find classes without the drama praying not to get a bad instructor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the campus map is the first priority. Although the campus is small compared to other, you can get lost rather easily. Also, if you are an arts major or interested in the sciences, its packed and can be difficult to get the classes you need, but the learning environment counters that with friendly and helpful instructors who are passionate about their fields.

    In three sentences

    UCR is a beautiful campus to be on with an equal balance of grass and cement with the breath taking view of the mountains where snow falls every year. There is a great diversity of students on campus and most people who attend are friendly and easy going. Parties and events are well put together, giving a lively twist to a place of education.

  • 10/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Riverside is a pretty poor area, though this does not really include the campus itself. There have been reports of students being robbed, but the school has taken measures to counteract this issue. Do not walk alone in unlit areas at night and you will be fine, or if you have to, the school has a free escort service so these dangers are entirely preventable. Danger on or around campus is present, but is also both uncommon and has not resulted in anyone being injured.

    Greek Life

    The school has fraternities and sororities and both have proud members and are definitely a present influence on the campus. I cannot compare this to other colleges because I do not know much about the fraternities and sororities of other schools, but if this is a top concern for you, you will likely be satisfied.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is no shortage of events to attend both during the week and during the weekends. They school celebrates everything from conventional US holidays to regional holidays such as Dia de los Muertos to a plethora of events in between. As far as clubs go, there's hundreds of different clubs that each have their own activities and events to enjoy, so your social life will absolutely be sated here.

    Great for these types of students

    Those with restricted funds, without greater than 4.0 GPAs, or who live close to Riverside should definitely consider attending. Other than those specific cases, pretty much anyone else would like this school as much as or more than they would most other schools.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Scottish theme is both fun and funny. It's fun because the mascot is quirky and the Scottish culture is interesting, and it's funny because seeing your classmates play bagpipes and wear tartan tam o shanters and kilts is always entertaining.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is cheaper than most while still being a University of California. You'll be able to compete for jobs and professional schools just fine with a UCR degree and you'll enjoy the college experience here. If money's an issue, UCR may very well be your solution.

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty of campus events and parties to go to, the dorms have gyms and game rooms and there is a theatre within walking distance from the campus. Anything else you want to do is within driving distance, whether you want to go to the beach, mountains, or a theme park, there's little excuse for being bored

    Food and Dining

    UCR has plenty of different restaurants and a campus meal plan will allow you to get plenty of food, so there is no chance that you will not be satisfied. I'd say the only thing that the campus lacks in terms of food is there is no ice cream shop, but that's forgivable since you can buy soft serve or packaged ice cream from the campus shops. Whether you eat meat or not or are dieting, the school will accommodate you.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms are nice and come furnished with a mattress, desk, fridge, cupboard, microwave, and so on. They also have a lot of dorm events and more often then not, you'll like your roommates. I would say that you should definitely dorm for as many years as possible

    Academic Rigor

    The lower division requirements are challenging but you will not be overwhelmed if you use the many support options provided. A UCR degree probably won't hold up against one from Harvard or any other ivy league, but being a UC groups it in with better known schools like Berkeley so the school is definitely a recognizable brand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Taking AP classes in high school and don't get lower than a B and you will have the GPA you need. Assuming of course that you absolutely do not fail any classes. From there, take the SAT or ACT a couple times and try to get above 1750 and you will be good to go.

    In three sentences

    UCR strikes a good middle ground between acceptance and prestige. The faculty are amiable and the academics are both competitive and challenging. UCR's reputation is marred only by the fact that it has an acceptance rate that is much higher then a LA and Berkeley, but that's also likely to be the case due to the fact that those schools are more well-known and receive many more applicants.

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the school provides point-to-point transportation, also students can call for an escort when is dark and security will escort them back home.

    What to do for fun

    there are many activities a student can do for fun they can join an intramural team or make one with a group of friends, the clubs in school are always having events but students must look for them.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning hall is very good every day they change the cuisine and make something new everyday.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life recommended by me personally to build more of your social connections. It is a great way to make new friends fast and a lot of them.

    Academic Rigor

    courses are always going to be tough but a student must learn to study and work hard to overcome the class and subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    For future students they should join clubs, sports, or any type of organization, due to the fact, that it makes the transition from a high school student to a college student much more easier.As in tips for any college student plan ahead of time and manage time wisely. have a calendar and mark all of your classes and your professor and T.A. office hours. Also make time just to hang out with friends or to do any type of activity do not just focus on school and stay in the dorm all day. the brain also needs to be stimulated with other subjects and activities.

    In three sentences

    As a freshman and only having two months in UCR its been great and it feels like home, the professor are nice and are always on point during lectures or discussions. The environment and community of UCR make the transition to a college student much more easier. Furthermore, the campus itself is nice and very pleasant place for college student.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many ways to have fun and one of them are the campus events like the parties the school has.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options of dining options. You can decide to eat Chinese food, Mexican food, sushi, or Italian food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a very good experience. You get to meet new people and possibly a new best friend.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic advisers are very helpful and so is the career center. They even have a very helpful student resource center in which a student who needs help in their work can go and will receive help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy your time, but try to do you work and not fall behind because it is very hard to get right back up.

    In three sentences

    UCR is a very diverse school in which students are very unique and from many places. It has a very friendly atmosphere. Classes are very interesting in which you you learn a lot.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus Safety Escort Service is available at all times for students who are walking late at night from their classes.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is popular on campus. UCR does not have any greek homes, but the sororities and fraternities are noticeable on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of activities for students to join. You can also start a club, which means the possibilities are endless

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are looking to meet people from different backgrounds, religious beliefs, and different races. Students who enjoy learning and being challenged by professors would enjoy UCR.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At UCR, hiking up to the C is a fun tradition that every student is encouraged to do before they graduate.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of fun activities to do on campus. UCR is constantly putting on events that promote school spirit. For example, they have dances, bonfires, fun workshops, and activities to relieve stress. They also offer free movie tickets and have concerts that are also fun.

    Food and Dining

    The dining food can sometimes get a bit boring, but there are places nearby and off-campus that provide with many options. It can be difficult to find foods that are particularly healthy at the dining halls, so I would recommend buying healthy snacks if you are on a diet restriction due to health reasons.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life varies depending in which dorm you live in. Though it is a fun experience, it can also be a distraction at times. However, you meet many new people and form bonds that can last. I recommend living in the less expensive dorms if you want to socialize more and meet people. The more expensive dorms are more private and quieter.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors challenge students to work diligently. It is not difficult to obtain good grades as long as you attend lectures, ask questions, and manage your time. Some professors are more demanding than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all resources on campus. The career center is helpful in helping students apply for part-time jobs. The student services center is helpful with financial aid questions or concerns. Make sure you take advantage of the Academic Resource Center where they offer free tutoring. If you ever need someone to proof-read your essay or help you with a math question, this is the place to go.

    In three sentences

    The University of California Riverside offers numerous opportunities to be involved in on-campus activities. Many academic resources are available to help those transitioning into college. The campus is filled with spirit and diversity.

  • 11/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    1) Hike to the C - There is a hill/mountain right next to campus with a giant cement C painted yellow. It is a tradition to hike up to the C. I've done it twice at night, it's a gorgeous view of the city! There is a legend that says if you kiss the C, you will get a 4.0! 2) Botanical Gardens - Beautiful! 3) Bell Tower - Our famous bell tower, you might here lovely tunes from the bells ringing throughout the day aside from just ringing on the hour. 4) Wednesday Nooners - awesome stuff that goes on by the bell tower every Wednesday at noon. Live music, activities, food, etc. 5) Annual Food Truck Festival - a ton of food trucks come from a variety of places! 6) Concerts/Festivals - Block Party, Heat, Spring Splash...

    What to do for fun

    There's a TON of stuff to do in riverside! 1) Culture - Downtown Riverside, Arts Walk, Museum of Photography, etc. 2) Shopping - Tyler Galleria, Moreno Valley Mall, Riverside Plaza, etc. 3) Food - AROUND EVERY CORNER! 4) Other - Sky Zone (indoor trampolines!), Indoor skydiving, horse-back riding nearby in Norco, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Time Management - One of the most difficult things for a an incoming college student to master is time management and prioritizing. I cannot stress this enough: work on managing your time, get a planner, write everything down, put alarms/reminders on your phone, learn to prioritize, etc. 2) Visit your Academic Advisor frequently! Even if you think you don't need their help... 3) Save everything! - You never know when some notes for one class could help you with a paper for another class, or maybe a cheat sheet you made, or a study guide. 4) Get it in writing! - Do not delete any emails from your school email, you never know when you may need something proof of something in writing. That's another thing: get everything in writing!

    In three sentences

    I am a fourth year undergraduate and UCR was one of the best decisions I have ever made - there are so many things I am doing here that I do not believe would be possible for me elsewhere! There are incredible people, so much diversity, a welcoming environment, and you truly get a great university with a small-town feel to it. I have been able to get involved in a research lab the summer after my first year, I was part of the University Honors Program, I had amazing experiences going through and working for the Highlander Orientation Program for incoming students, I was in a first-year learning community my first year and have been a Peer Mentor for the program ever since, and I have enjoyed good company and great support through the whole ride!

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I usually go out with my hallmate to the UV.

    Food and Dining

    Not too bad, decent on some occasions. So far they've had contests, prime rib, thanksgiving dinner.

    Dorm Life

    I'm enjoying my experience with my roommate and some of my hallmates, but some people here are extremely loud.

    Academic Rigor

    This is kind of neutral depending on which college someone is enrolled in therefore having much different opinions than me. Overall, though, it is pretty hard some times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, do well, finish all work.

    In three sentences

    UCR is very friendly and diverse. There are many activities happening around campus and in the dorms. It's one of the most interesting places I've been to.

  • 12/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    FANTASTIC! Greeks don't run the school, but they have a strong presence. I'm in a sorority and I love my sisters so much.

    What to do for fun

    Literally there is nothing outside of the campus.

    Food and Dining

    It's good, I'm just getting bored of the food now. There are a lot of different ethnic options though.

    Dorm Life

    Love most of my hall mates.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't been to any other colleges, but I think it's rigorous here. It all depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCR will be a big name one day. Don't let the reputation keep you from a great school.

    In three sentences

    UCR is very friendly and diverse. The campus is full of many different places. There are endless opportunities here.

  • 12/04/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hike to the C and botanical garden are fun outdoor places.

    What to do for fun

    There is not too much to do in Riverside; however, if you drive an hour from there you can get to Orange County or LA and there is plenty of fun things to do out there. In Riverside, there are the typical fun things to do such as movies, few restaurants, Tyler mall for shopping, few bars (Yardhouse, Elephant Bar) and bowling.

    Tips for prospective students

    The classes are relatively difficult so make sure to study ahead of time and also take advantage of the free tutoring provided by UCR for many of the classes.

    In three sentences

    UCR is on the most diverse campus. The students at this campus are friendly and open minded. The campus is very accepting of different ethnic/cultural groups, religions and sexual orientation. It is a great university that is continuously improving. The quality of the education is really great if you take advantage of it.

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities on campus. There really is no need to leave campus

    Food and Dining

    The food is awesome most of the time. Although not very healthy. There is a dumb rule that you can only eat 3 times a day during the week but the weekend you can only eat twice a day

    Dorm Life

    My hall is pretty awesome despite the fact that they're all engineering majors and I'm a biology major.when filling out roommate contract be extremely specific or you will be stuck with crappy roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to study if you don't study you're screwed. It's nothing like high school you actually have to study

    Tips for prospective students

    Actually come and visit the campus and try to do a summer program that will get you acclimated to the college life

    In three sentences

    It's a very good institution. It's is very welcoming and a lot of people are really interesting and really cool. Here are many opportunities especially for students interesting in the medical field for example FastStart.

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is quite a bot of crime that happens near campus, so be weary. There are volunteer services like the Campus Safety Escort Service that can help ensure your safety by escorting you to your car the University Village, or even your apartment near campus. Also there is also a shuttle service for students who would rather get a ride to their residence; all you need is your student ID to receive the service.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is as diverse as the campus; many cultural programs have some sort of fraternity of sorority, some are many community service based, some scholarly based, and even the LGBT center has a fraternity, so look for ones that are most relevant to you.

    Clubs and Activities

    Check out the highlander Link, https://highlanderlink.ucr.edu, there are many things to become involved in. There are hundreds of organizations to get involved in, so start with looking for ones that interest you.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who enjoy participating in extracurricular activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hike to the C, it is good fun and exercise.

    Bang for the buck

    UCR will give you your moneys worth if you choose to do more than study and isolate yourself. There are constantly cultural events going on in Riverside, so get involved and your experience will be worth the money you paid.

    What to do for fun

    Go out and explore Riverside with friends, there are many restaurants at the University Village, as well as entertainment options in downtown riverside. The Culver Center is a nice place to explore if you are into art. Also there are many recreation classes you can take at the Rec center on campus. If you like to dance, try taking a dance course on campus or join one of the many dance organizations on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, but not comparable to a home cooked meal. They do offer a wide array of food to choose from. They also have options for vegans and vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    I would recommend staying at Aberdeen Inverness because the way its is structured, it is most accommodating for socializing and meeting different people.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of a class entirely depends on how much effort you put into it; planning ahead and getting work done early will ease the burden of a class. However, if you procrastinate, it will cause a course to be that much more difficult; so be responsible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to new experiences and meeting people who are different from yourself. Get involved in campus activities;It will definitely help you to figure out what you want to do with your life, if you haven't already. Also take advantage of campus resources that exist, they are there to help you succeed. Try to check out the career center during welcome week and attend a career center event, because this will definitely help you establish a network that can help you land a job in your preferred field once you graduate.

    In three sentences

    The University of California, Riverside is an excellent university with a diverse student body. UCR students are actively involved in campus organizations and display a passion for helping out their community. Although UCR may not be the highest ranking university in the United States, it is definitely a place where you'll be exposed to people who come from different walks of life and learn from those interactions.

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Great places to eat, near lots of restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Seems pretty neat

    In three sentences

    I love how this University is so close to home! Everyone is friendly and have great school spirit!

  • 12/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For small issues, RA's will respond very quickly. For situations involving police, they respond fairly quickly, however the system could be more efficient.

    What to do for fun

    Take the bus and go to the Galleria, it's a great mall. Theatre is at the University Village. A car is nice.

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent, sometimes repetitive. Watch for certain foods though, there have been stomach flu's. Usually giving a dish two chances is enough.

    Dorm Life

    It is good, as long as you can associate with your hallmates! Halls can be very lively and fun, or very dead.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging enough. While this is a smaller university, less classes are also offered. Some professors here come from other UC's, and therefore the class material can be harder than expected. An alarming percentage of the class will not pass by the end of the quarter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make as many acquaintances in the first two weeks as possible! Figure out who you are more comfortable hanging around with after. Make friends with classmates, it helps with studying, and you'll have a walking buddy/buddies! Don't go out alone after sun's down.

    In three sentences

    Classes take anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes to get to walking. The University Village has a decent variety of stores to go to. The weather can range from very cold to very hot in a single day during reasonable hours.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I wouldnt know.

    Dorm Life

    Seems fun to live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Seems like a good challenge.

    In three sentences

    Can the classes become too big?

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the Student Recreation Center. Play pool in the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    Apply for the 120 meal plan because it will be more than enough for each quarter.

    Dorm Life

    Pentland Hills is very comfortable to live in because you have a private bathroom instead of the communal bathrooms that AI and Lothian have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the 120 meal plan because it will be more than enough for each quarter.

    In three sentences

    The professors of the University of California-Riverside are very attentive and kind. The variety of courses offered here are very broad. The campus is not too big but not too small.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you feel unsafe, you can always contact campus safety to walk you back to your dorm, car, or wherever within the UCR campus.

    Greek Life

    My friend is in Delta Gamma and she has some amazing friends that have also become my friends. The recruitment process is hard because you're on your feet for hours as you meet girls, but once you get through, I'm sure you won't regret it. It is a bit pricey, so be prepared financially if you want to join. This place does not have a sorority house, only their letters which they sit by during wednesday nooners.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am part of KCM -> Korean-American Campus Missions. We strive to evangelize to students on campus. We have meetings to worship and praise God followed by a sermon from many great Bible professors. We also have our fellowship time of course. Sometimes, we go out for bowling, Jilbertos(mexican food similar to Albertos), etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many people love to go out to Asahi, a popular all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant in Riverside. You do need a car to get here. It is located off of Van Buren which is close to the Tyler Mall. It takes approximately 20-30min to get here based on how the traffic is.

    Bang for the buck

    Boba Tea House(on Blaine) has the cheapest boba drinks in Riverside, but Lollicup (UV) has the best tasting Boba drinks. The pizza place on campus is the cheapest on-the-go food you can get. During finals week, Boba Tea House has $1 specials for UCR students.

    What to do for fun

    Go out to watch a movie at the UV theater or go to Tyler Mall and go shopping.

    Food and Dining

    The dorming food was great from the fact that I didn't have to worry about cooking. I knew that whenever I got back from class, the doors for the food would always be open for me to just walk in and start eating. Of course, you can't literally just walk in. You present your valid Student I.D., which they scan, then you get to go in. You get to eat a wide variety of foods buffet style. Get the cheapest meal plan. I ate 2 meals every day and still had meals on my I.D. leftover. You also get dining dollars which you can use on the campus restaurants. Keep in mind that your meals leftover do not role over, so every quarter, the meals left over disappear. You are paying a lot for the meals as it is. Don't let them go to waste. Also, you aren't guaranteed to eat at the dorms all the time. Maybe, you're feeling sushi and McDonalds. You will end up going out. I know I did, and I hate spending money.

    Dorm Life

    Always dorm your first year of college. I live in Riverside and everyone asked me why I even bothered dorming when I lived only 15 minutes away. It's not about the living situation, but about the experience and the friendships that you make. The people that I lived with in my hall became my family. Some of us even currently rent a house together. We always hang out together on campus and sometimes we just get together on a friday night to watch movies and socialize.

    Academic Rigor

    Just because UC Riverside is known for accepting a lot of students and being one of the lower UC ranking schools does not mean that it is easy. The professors are just as tough as any other professor. The professor doesn't make the ranking of the school, the student does so always try your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make your college experience more enjoyable by joining a club. The Sororities and Fraternities don't have their own homes here so it might be a little more annoying to meet up on campus for the meetings, but join a sorority to get to know more people.

    In three sentences

    The campus is a beautiful campus. I love how new stores keep opening up by the campus due to it's growth in student attendance. There's boba, pho, sushi, asian bakery, yogurtland, fastfoods, teriyaki bowls, etc. The campus is known to be one of the smaller UC campuses, but it's growing and even then, I still consider it to be too much walking.

  • 02/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Head to LA, Disneyland, the OC, or find some places to eat!

    Food and Dining

    Food could be better...

    Dorm Life

    Pentland is the nicest dorm and cleanest. AI & Lothian are way more social however.

    Academic Rigor

    The CNAS/BCOE is challenging. CHASS is also challenging but in its own way. Felt I learned a lot here in terms of my English classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a lot of shorts and tank tops! Don't be afraid to meet new people, UCR is so diverse!

    In three sentences

    UCR is an extremely diverse campus with great weather all year round. It is close enough to LA/OC and class sizes are decent. I was able to graduate in 4 years!

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Plenty of places to eat around campus, as well as dancing and bars around town. It is also 45 minutes from the beach and the mountains. Perfect location.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of food choices on campus, but I wish there was more healthy choices.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty tough and you have to stay focused if you want to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get more involved in athletics school spirit.

    In three sentences

    UC Riverside has a great diversity of students on campus, although the school spirit for athletics could be better. It is in a great location for Southern California and a beautiful campus.

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to HEAT concert and spring splash

    Tips for prospective students

    don't take crazy science classes first quarter

    In three sentences

    It is small and cozy campus that has wonderful new buildings. However, most classes are weeding out classes and the trees smell like cum.

  • 03/11/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Amazing, best around!

    Dorm Life

    Good from what book provided by school mentions

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty tough, but not impossible to accomplish

    In three sentences

    I can't wait to attend this prestigious University. 17 years of driving by it and I finally get to see what its like on the inside! Can't wait for graduation now.

  • 03/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a lot of robbery on and around campus. However, this is not coming from students here. It is usually outsiders. The school goes through extensive measures to protect the students. UC Police Department is located on campus and patrol the vicinity at night. They provide campus escorts to walk you home after a long night at the library and also a shuttle service around campus during certain hours. Although there is a lot of activity going on, I have always personally felt safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and organizations to join from. UCR has a tradition called Nooner Wednesdays where clubs and orgs set out table in the middle of campus on Wednesdays. There usually are fun activities and music during these times.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to stay in Southern California, Students who want to be on a friendly campus, students who want to be at a diverse campus. LGBT students, students who want to have a fun and academically rigorous college experience!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCR has a beautiful botanical garden open daily and accessible to students. UCR has a hiking trail leading up to a C that students hike frequently. UCR has three major concerts a year, one per quarter; and several smaller ones throughout the year.

    Bang for the buck

    UCR was my best choice for sure. Low cost (compared to other 4-year universities and other UC's) and academically challenging. There are always different activities on campus and our ASPB always works really hard to make the activities, such as concerts and guest lecturers, fun.

    What to do for fun

    Hike to our C!, Take a walk in the botanical gardens, attend a guest lecturer, that has included GZA from Wu-Tang Clan, Tom Kenny (voice of Spongebob), and certain characters from the show Adventure Tine. Attend one of three of UCR's concerts that go throughout the year, which has included Tyga, AWOL Nation, Common, Circa Survive, and many more!

    Food and Dining

    Many varieties on campus, Panda Express, Coffee Bean, UCR's very own food truck, Chipotle-style Mexican Food, and own delicious grill eateries. Although not always healthy, UCR is currently working on all-organic campus store that should be opening within the next year!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at UCR is a unique experience that every incoming freshman should go through. There is where you meet majority of the friends that you will have throughout your college life. The RA's also put in a lot of effort to make living in the dorms fun. Just a quick tip: freshman 15 IS A REAL THING! It's hard not to eat bad when the residence halls have a buffet-style restaurant but make sure you balance out your meals to be able to enjoy everything and make use of the student recreation center on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    UCR offers a wide range of classes and majors. The classes here also range in academic difficulty. Upper division classes, or classes required for your major tend to be the more difficult ones.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms as freshmen! Also in the consecutive years to follow, if not commuting from home, live in campus apartments. They are walking distance from campus and affordable! Don't be in a rush to determine your major. Take your first year to test the waters by trying out different classes and seeing what you like. USE ALL RESOURCES TO YOUR ADVANTAGE! UCR provides many resources, such as the career center, the well center, LGBT center, whichever applies to you, USE it! You pay different fees for these reasons and it would be a shame to go to waste. Attend as many sports games as possible. The energy at the games is incredible and it is always fun to see our mascot Scotty the bear grooving out at the games. Take your classes seriously. No matter how easy they are, always study hard. It is a good feeling to see your hard work pay off. And most importantly, HAVE FUN in college! You'll never be able to experience it again (except for grad school, which is different!)

    In three sentences

    UCR has been a great experience, both academically and socially. Many classes to choose from and many clubs and organizations. I do not regret my choice for coming here one bit!!

  • 03/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Riverside is near Los Angeles and San Diego so its easy to take a trip there. We get the bus for free!

    Food and Dining

    Food tends to get old but occasionally they have delicious food. The freshman 15 are real so be prepared for that.

    Dorm Life

    It is very fun to live at the dorms. It can become loud and distracting at times but you are closer to campus and the libraries to study up.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are very helpful and always make references to the real world. They are more helpful if you go to office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the heat as it tends to get very hot. If you can, live on campus, it is a fun experience and you get more homework done.

    In three sentences

    Although this college has an average reputation, it does grow on you. Students and faculty make you feel like you belong there with the amount of support provided. Great school for incoming students.

  • 04/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Dining food is just alright. Its not that amazing, but it beats cooking at home.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms has been the best experience of my life, thus far. I have met so many great people and love my hall to death. It opens so much room for friendships to be established and allows people to meet everyone and anyone.

    Academic Rigor

    As a CNAS student I realize that college is way more difficult than High School. Here at UCR, the professors challenge everyone to excel and learn every inch of the material. You need to learn many think in great depth in order to be successful, so this also calls for a lot of studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip is to go check out the campus and see the atmosphere. I think taking a tour of the campus during a normal school day will really give you a feel for the place. Hey, you can also decide to sit in on a lecture if you want. Also, I recommend that people dorm. It is the fastest way to make friends and trust me when I say that it will be one of the best experiences of your life! Often times its difficult to meet people in classes, which is why people need to put themselves out there to really meet people who they can relate to.

    In three sentences

    UCR is a great school with awesome professor that are willing to help when called upon. There are so many organizations and clubs that offer so many resources, allowing for any type of individual to get involve in something. A huge benefit here at UCR is the opportunity to do research. As a 1st year I was able to get a paid position in a Molecular Cell Research Lab and gain a lot of experience, which in turn is building up my resume. There are so many opportunities on campus, but one just need to take the time to go out and seek them.

  • 05/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is an important thing that students get annoyed of all the notifications from UCPD. It is considered as span now because of the massive email we get from them. UCPD does there job and UCR escort service is a way to stay safe at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any kind of clubs available, and if not you can always open your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    Business, Biology, Engineering, and Psychology majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Botanic Gardens, most beautiful place at Riverside.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is high, but a UC is recomended to attend instead of CSU. The good things about UC's is that you get to take more courses and the material is more challenging on the concentration.

    What to do for fun

    Well theirs the bad part, not knowing the area and lack of transportation limits your fun; however, there are clubs to join to do on your free time which is a good way to make new friends. There is the village with many restaurants to go hang out with friends or mountains to go hiking. The school always offers evens which two big ones are Heat and Spring Splash which are a must to attend.

    Food and Dining

    Number one reason of freshman 15. Many different options of food, sometimes they repeat the food consistently. Negative part is that you cant eat twice in the same meal period, which makes meal swipes go to waste.

    Dorm Life

    Best experienced ever! You get to meet wonderful people from different places. Best way to start of the year to meet people and transition to the college life. A positive thing about dorms is that you are right across campus, but negative part about is that you have a small space for the amount of money you pay for and food is less available during the weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    The Professor's are really good at their job. They teach you the things you need to know for your career. Discussion and labs are a big plus with the courses because they help you have a better understanding. classes are challenging, but with hard work and dedication it is possible to obtain that desired A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Every incoming freshman should know that college is not the same as high school, so enjoy your summer! You are all on your own, and the choices you make will determine your future. Make sure you read the assigned chapter before lecture and study over the weekends. For those who are from South California, try not to go how as often, and use that time at Riverside to study. Do not talk while in lecture because it annoys those who are trying to learn and dont go out partying all the time. Use your four years at Riverside wisely, work hard now and party later. Be productive and take courses that will go toward your major, plan ahead.

    In three sentences

    Riverside, the hottest place on earth with the best air conditioning system to stay cool. Where people are fun that people refer to Riverside as UC Ratcher, and what happends at Riverside, stays at Riverside. Most importantly with the cutest mascot ever, Scotty the bear.

  • 05/29/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    i like this school because it has detailed and interesting videos online and I'm able to know how they feel about their new students and i get a sneak peek how it is like before going to college here!

  • 06/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Its improving but I still walk around with pepper spray.

    Greek Life

    Highly recommend it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On wednesdays we wear letters :P

    What to do for fun

    Go to Moreno Valley or Tyler Mall. Rush a sorority or fraternity. There is not much out here so you have to go out and make your own fun.

    Food and Dining

    The Hub provides sushi, panda, mexican, pastas and pizza. There is also food and what not off campus at the University Village.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't slack off too much. Some majors are very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go out and find your interest, don't be scared to try something new or go up and talk to someone.

    In three sentences

    It's what you make of it. Go out and find something for you, the people that you will meet will defiantly shape your experience. First thing first focus on academics.

  • 06/18/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is protected in its own little location away from open areas. It is own secluded campus with a secret beauty on the inside.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a fun trail you can take to go hiking with friends to the giant C they created on the nearest hill to the campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to prepare for this college, don't worry about not knowing what to study. The environment is inspiration in itself and is bound to help your find what you love best.

    In three sentences

    The University of California Riverside has a beautiful, very large campus. The resources for the science and medical fields are phenomenal. The environment is so diverse which makes the atmosphere for study a unique and exciting one.

  • 10/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Near the campus there is a plaza named University Village were there is a movie theater and food. Everything there is pretty cheap and many can go with friends to hangout or just release some stress from classes. Also, the Riverside bus is free to UCR students, which saves a lot of money. One can go to downtown Riverside for sight-seeing or to the mall.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is good. They always have a lot of different options for the students to choose from. Ranges from vegetarian to gluten-free foods.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here in the University of California, Riverside is great. There are a lot of different fun activities that are put on to entertain the students staying there. The people really make you feel as if you are home.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult and they really make you think about the course that is being taught in class. For each class that a student is in, one has to put about 2-3 hours of reading. Most of the reading is either discussed in class or in an exam. Either way the student is responsible for doing all the reading or else it is going to hurt them in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like diversity and don't mind diversity, then this college is for you!! The citizens are all so generous and wonderful. Furthermore, motivation and time management is vital when coming to this college. Do not make friends your priority, but rather your education because in the end that is what you are here for, to get you degree! Just stay focus and don't let others pressure you into thinks that you do not want to do.

    In three sentences

    One thing that I realized when I came to the University of California, Riverside is that it is very diverse. It is a great thing to see and how the students get along well. In addition to that, the people are all so respectful of everyone else.

  • 10/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You are safe in campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 400+ clubs you can be part of. There are many activities you can be involved.

    Food and Dining

    There is the grill, the gourmet, the salad bar, the soup station and the sweets.

    Dorm Life

    You have the choice of be part of the hall or be alone, apart. The resident advisor is there to help you in anything you need. There are, of course, rules that you need to follow.

    Academic Rigor

    Now here is where you certainly need to have a great time managing skill. UCR has only 10 weeks, a quarter, of learning time, it goes extremely fast, compared to those 18 weeks of class at the average high school. Some classes may be large or small in size. And once again it is here where you have to be persistent and have perseverance. The teachers will expect you to do everything they give you. In addition, you must be conscious of their office hours and go if you have a concern. Moreover, you have to make the teacher assistant your friend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please stay aware of your financial aid award that includes taking loans if you really need them. Also, really search up and look for the resources that are of great importance to you and absolutely abuse them because you are paying for them. This might be obvious but you must go to class and if you are not able to be present in one, not saying that you can make excuses every time you do not feel like going, you should be in communication with a classmate, teacher assistant, or even the teacher to provide you with the material you did not receive. Don't panic! Search for help, such as counseling, to make your transition of care of your homesickness. Make the university your home.

    In three sentences

    The university really has a good student services such as the academic resource center, chicano student programs, and the Student Recreation Center. They also provide us with great opportunities to join a club, organizations, communities where we are always in family. To sum, the UCR faculty always gives you answers to your concerns and questions you may have in you stay here.