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University of California-Riverside Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 432 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 11 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

51% Women
49% Men


NCAA Division I-AAA

Big West Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $103,026)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $94,940)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 57 80 - -
Baseball 34 - - -
Basketball 16 16 - Yes
Golf 9 9 - -
Soccer 30 36 Yes Yes
Softball - 21 - Yes
Tennis 9 9 - -
Volleyball - 18 Yes Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - - Yes
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 36.4%
Black/non-Hispanic 7.2%
Hispanic 26.1%
Non-resident alien 5.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 5.8%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 19.1%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 1
Drug Law Violation 22
Liquor Law Violation 2
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 5
Property Crime 46

Notable Alumni

  • Billy Collins, poet laureate for the United States from 2001 to 2003
  • Elizabeth George, New York Times and international bestselling author
  • Jack Clarke Jr., named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California"
  • Jamie Chung, American actress, "Real World" cast member
  • Leslie Hickle, founder of Diversa's animal health business
  • Nakul Dev Mahajan, considered "Hollywood's favorite Bollywood choreographer"
  • Richard R. Schrock, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry
  • Robert Del Grande, one of the most celebrated chefs of America
  • Tim D. White, on the 2010 list of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People"
  • Steve Breen, editorial cartoonist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Student at UC Riverside
  • 5
  • The dorm life at the University of California Riverside is amazing. In fact, it is so amazing that many of my friends from other schools are jealous of the air…

  • Dec-19-2015 Read More
  • Denise from Riverside, CA
  • 5
  • 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…

  • Jan-29-2012 Read More
  • Lessllie from Ontario, CA
  • 4
  • While I was waiting for my friend at one of the dorm lobbies, the Resident Advisor provided donuts and orange juice to those living inside the dorms there. My friends…

  • Dec-13-2015 Read More
  • Lauren from Fontana, CA
  • 3
  • If you're not a fan of constant noise in your hall until the early morning hours, don't live in AI. It is the most social res hall however and the…

  • Jan-31-2016 Read More
  • Devon from San Marcos, CA
  • 4
  • 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…

  • Feb-15-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • UCR first year from Bay Area, C.A.
  • May-08-2017 I am a current student here

    I'm not going to complain here because it's literally made for you as you walk in and as a broke college student with no cooking abilities, that's amazing. You can go to AI, Lothian, or Glen Mor as a first year. Honestly, if you don't like any food that is being served, at least there's always the ice cream machines!

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  • 4
  • Analleli from Hayward, CA
  • Jan-04-2017 I am a current student here

    The food is pretty yummy. The dinning hall is like a buffet. There are always new options on food. And the Food they sell on campus is pretty good too.

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  • 3
  • Jason from Placentia, CA
  • Oct-27-2016 I am a current student here

    Limited selection, but the food is acceptable. La Fiamma serves a nice customizable pasta lunch. Habaneros is similar to Chipotle. Also available: Panda Express, Subway, The Coffee Bean and Tea House, a burger grill, food trucks and more. The nearby University Village has myriad Asian restaurants (casual-dining).

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  • 4
  • amanda from crystal, mn
  • Jul-02-2016 I am a current student here

    the food at the hub is good, but expensive. scotty's is where to go for cheap food. it's all as healthy as they can get it, too.

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  • 4
  • Lauren from Fontana, CA
  • Jan-31-2016 I am a current student here

    Dining hall: Their lunch and dinner is a toss up. Some days it's really good but breakfast is usually AMAZING. I'm speaking for the AI dining hall because I went to Lothian's and it was alright. I've heard several people say that AI's is better too. On campus, inside the HUB they have this delicious pasta place that is styled like Chipotle so that you decide your toppings and I go to it at least twice a week. They also have pizza, Haberneros (a rip-off Chipotle basically), a Panda Express, and a sushi place. Outside of the HUB there's a Coffee Bean and this place called the Grill that has the most delicious chicken tenders ever. There's a Starbucks by Lothian and food trucks: one sells ice cream, another sells burgers and such, and another sells Mexican food and sits right behind AI from 5pm-11pm on weekdays. There's also the UV which is about a 20-40 min walk from the dorms and they have a slew of eateries.

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  • 4
  • Student at UC Riverside
  • Dec-19-2015 I am a current student here

    Compared to other schools, the food at University of California Riverside is delicious and offers much variety. The chefs at University of California Riverside do take into consideration the suggestions of students and work to improve taste and quality. With this, University of California Riverside not only uses meal swipes as a way to obtain food, but offers dining dollars. Dining dollars are provided into the meal plan as an option that students can use to buy food from Starbucks, Coffee Bean, convenience stores on campus and in dorms, as well as fast food places with burgers, sandwiches, chicken nuggets and more.

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  • 4
  • Lessllie from Ontario, CA
  • Dec-13-2015 I am a current student here

    There are many choices when it comes to food and dining here near UCR. We have the dining halls, small markets, and fast food places. I particularly like Tenren's, Panda Express, Latitude 55, Carl's JR, and Scotty's. There are also food trucks that make some good food.

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  • 4
  • Lindsey from Cherry Valley, CA
  • Dec-12-2015 I am a current student here

    It's school food so don't expect anything too fantastic,but it was much better than I thought it would be. A nice variety and there is always something there that I can eat.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • UCR first year from Bay Area, C.A.
  • May-08-2017 I am a current student here

    Greek like is very prominent at this school. Walking around on campus, a good majority of kids are wearing letters. I have no problem with people wanting to go Greek, but I do have a problem with the fact that just because they're in a fraternity/sorority they think they're above you. But I would still rush as it does seem fun to be in an organization. Rush if you'd like.

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  • 0
  • Jason from Placentia, CA
  • Oct-27-2016 I am a current student here

    Several fraternities and sororities are present. Some are major/career specific. Members generally have a laid-back, welcoming aura to them.

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  • 0
  • amanda from crystal, mn
  • Jul-02-2016 I am a current student here

    amazing community, very little competition, unlike other schools. everyone is very very nice to each other, there's not really preconceived notions of disrespect for any org.

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  • 0
  • Lessllie from Ontario, CA
  • Dec-13-2015 I am a current student here

    I actually don't know much about this one but my friends who are in it seem to have many new friends. They also are more responsible and dress formal.

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  • 0
  • Cecilia
  • Nov-22-2015 I am a current student here

    I'm not too familiar with the greek life, but UCR has a huge policy on hazing. So do not be afraid. I've made many friends with those who chose the greek life, and all of which have been really friendly, academically driven, and helpful!

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  • 0
  • Agustin from Pasadena, CA
  • Jul-14-2015 I am a current student here

    Greek life is getting better, most likely from the amount of students that are picking UCR over other schools, they have a greek row and it's awesome.

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  • 0
  • Dana from Tustin, CA
  • Dec-28-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life on campus is plentiful. While it isn't for everyone, sororities and fraternities often offer students a type of bond he or she wouldn't normally feel. Right next to the Bell Tower, Greek letters are placed for everyone in Greek life to socialize and bond with each other at most times throughout the day. While Greek life is incredibly time-consuming, the once-in-a-lifetime bond makes it all worth it!

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