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Colleges / University of California, Riverside

About UC Riverside

University of California, Riverside is a public, state school in an 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 housing for up to 7,420 students. The majority of students live on-campus but it is not required for first-year students.About 9% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

As of 2021, the total market value of UC Riverside's endowment was $281.338 million For each full-time student, UC Riverside spends about $15,847. UC Riverside employs one full-time professor for every 23 undergrads enrolled.

2021 UC Riverside Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Quarter
Overall Acceptance Rate 66%
Average GPA 3.8
In-State Tuition $11,442
Out-of-State $41,196

2022 UC Riverside Regular Decision Application Deadline

The deadline to apply regular decision to UC Riverside for Fall 2022 is November 31. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by March 31.

UC Riverside Early Admission

University of California, Riverside does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for University of California, Riverside

It is very difficult to get into UC Riverside. In 2021, UC Riverside accepted 66% of applicants. Out of 49,434 applications received in 2021, 32,786 students were offered admission.

UC Riverside Waitlist 2021

UC Riverside reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into University of California, Riverside?

UC Riverside is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UC Riverside, applicants must submit the following items.

UC Riverside Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for UC Riverside

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.8 out of 4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UC Riverside.

Does UC Riverside Require Test Scores?

UC Riverside does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

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Does UC Riverside Provide Student Housing?

Yes! UC Riverside provides on-campus housing for up to 7,420 students.

UC Riverside students are active in the school's American Medical Student Association, Healthy Hearts and Project Sunshine. Block Party Fall Concert, Spring Splash Concert, and and Homecoming are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UC Riverside.

Financial Aid at UC Riverside

UC Riverside meets 82% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $21,806 a year.

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

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. 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 don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is UC Riverside a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UC Riverside

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UC Riverside, around 91% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 4,272 students who started at UC Riverside as first-time freshman, 2,666 graduate within four years.

Around 77% of students who started at UC Riverside earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. 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 and Debt for UC Riverside Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 36% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $51,437 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $19,828 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UC Riverside sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! 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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College Info

900 University Avenue Riverside, CA 92521-0102

Campus Setting: Suburban

UC Riverside Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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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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