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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Melissa from Riverside, CA
  • 4
  • 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.…

  • Mar-05-2012 Read More
  • Oscar from Inglewood, CA
  • 4
  • The dorms have a variety of learning communities to help you get to know people with similar interests. It will not be hard to make friends here.…

  • Jul-28-2015 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Cecilia
  • Nov-22-2015 I am a current student here

    Food is never always like mom's, but food here is handled cleanly and safely. I would say the food gets passing marks! Only problem I have with food here, is that most options aren't the most affordable if you are student with debts and a tight budget. I highly recommend learning how to cook for yourself.

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  • 4
  • Oscar from Inglewood, CA
  • Jul-28-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The dining halls have great variety. Everyday there is something new to look forward to.

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  • 3
  • Agustin from Pasadena, CA
  • Jul-14-2015 I am a current student here

    Food here is great, but like anything it does get repetitive and dull over time, but the dinning hall does offer event such as food fairs that bring a different variety of food. The food is different everyday of the week.

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  • 4
  • Stephanie from Fontana, CA
  • Jun-10-2015 I am a current student here

    The Highlander Union Building (HUB) is where the restaurants are located on campus. You will find some other small eateries near the Winston Chung Hall, located near the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) building, that is called Bytes (computer science majors will understand that pun). There is also a coffee bean, a small food truck that sells ice cream and the restaurants located in the University Village (UV). You have TONS of options for food. However, my favorite is the sushi bar located in the HUB. If you like raw fish, I recommend getting a poki bowl!

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  • 5
  • Anonymous
  • Dec-29-2014 I am a current student here

    Food is really good, Coffee bean is the best! There is a great sit down restaurant called the Barn which serves really good food. Also there is a great salad place in the hub.

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  • 5
  • Dana from Tustin, CA
  • Dec-28-2014 I am a current student here

    All the food at Riverside is cooked on the spot. With a wide variety of ethnic foods that changes daily, the dining halls offer a fresh, new look into various different cultures. From exquisite meals to even better desserts, the dining halls rarely let us students down. With such a wide variety, it is almost impossible to get sick of the dining hall. However, with the HUB right on campus, complete with various dining options such as Subway and Panda Express, along with UCR specific stores including a Burger grill, Mexican food truck, and Boston market style grill, there is definitely plenty more to choose from!

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  • 4
  • Highlander
  • Dec-02-2014 I am a current student here

    So many options! If you're on a meal plan, the dining halls are always trying to add variety. You might have pizza, meatball sliders, curry, curly fries, and chicken tortilla soup all in one meal. The dining staff is always open to suggestions as well. I'm pretty sure they read every single suggestion and criticism posted on their page. Apart from the dining halls, we have Subway, Panda Express (sushi too!), and Coffee Bean, as well as restaurants with flatbreads, burgers, chicken, pasta, and Mexican. We also have two food trucks: MooMoo, which has ice cream and milk shakes, and the Culinary Chameleon, which has (at least in my opinion) the best tacos around. By far my favorite thing here is the fresh squeezed orange juice they have every morning in the dining halls. They make it right in front of you!

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  • 4
  • Adriana
  • Oct-07-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 3
  • Aska from Beverly Hills, CA
  • Jun-15-2014 I am a current student here

    The Hub provides sushi, panda, mexican, pastas and pizza. There is also food and what not off campus at the University Village.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 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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  • 0
  • Juliette from Riverside, CA
  • Jan-29-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Steven from Colton, CA
  • Dec-20-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Amber from Riverside, CA
  • Dec-02-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Isel from Los Angeles, CA
  • Nov-17-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is popular on campus. UCR does not have any greek homes, but the sororities and fraternities are noticeable on campus.

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  • 0
  • Corey from Temecula, CA
  • Oct-31-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Jasmine from Nooksack, WA
  • Oct-18-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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