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About UC Riverside

UC Riverside Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

UC Riverside will release their Early Decision results on Wednesday December 15th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the UC Riverside Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

University of California, Riverside Overview

University of California, Riverside is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Riverside, California. UC Riverside was founded in 1954 and now enrolls around 26,434 students a year, including 22,687 undergrads. UC Riverside offers on-campus housing for up to 7,420 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 9% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at UC Riverside! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of UC Riverside's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? UC Riverside students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? UC Riverside has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UC Riverside has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UC Riverside on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at UC Riverside on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! November 30, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by March 31.

2021 UC Riverside Facts At-A-Glance
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Overall Acceptance Rate 66%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 0%
Average GPA 3.8
In-State Tuition $11,442
Out-of-State $41,196
Percent of Need Met 82%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $21,806

Is UC Riverside a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at each of these factors to get a clearer sense of what UC Riverside offers and if it could be a good choice for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for University of California, Riverside

It is very difficult to get into UC Riverside. Around 66% of applicants get into UC Riverside each year. Last year, 49,434 students applied to UC Riverside and 32,786 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UC Riverside

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 91% of students who start at UC Riverside come back for their second year of college. UC Riverside's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 77%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for UC Riverside Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 36% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent UC Riverside grads have an average starting salary of $51,437 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

UC Riverside's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. UC Riverside's endowment was valued at $281.3 million in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $15,847 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UC Riverside

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. UC Riverside meets 82% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UC Riverside full-time are awarded $21,806 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $19,828 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UC Riverside. Based on this information, how does UC Riverside sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is UC Riverside a good school for you?

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Where is University of California, Riverside Located?

UC Riverside is located in the suburban setting of Riverside, California, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

If you want to see UC Riverside for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 215 to Riverside, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Ontario International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UC Riverside and Riverside are like without leaving home.

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900 University Avenue Riverside, CA 92521-0102

Campus Setting: Suburban

UC Riverside Application Deadline

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Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UC Riverside is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UC Riverside is Nov 30.

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Wondering what life at UC Riverside is like? There are approximately 26,434 students enrolled at UC Riverside, including 22,687 undergraduate students and 3,747 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 99% percent are from CA and 1% percent of students are from other states.


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