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Colleges / University of California, Riverside

University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate66%
Acceptance Rate66%

UC Riverside Student Life

UC Riverside is on a 1,200-acre campus in the suburban setting of Riverside, California, not far from Los Angeles.

UC Riverside Student Activities

There are many activities and organizations for UC Riverside students to join – including chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Interested in Greek life? UC Riverside has fraternities and sororities.

UC Riverside has the American Medical Student Association. In fact, more students participate in the American Medical Student Association than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at UC Riverside include Healthy Hearts, Project Sunshine, Vietnamese Student Association and American Red Cross.

UC Riverside students' favorite campus events are Block Party Fall Concert, Spring Splash Concert and Homecoming.

UC Riverside Housing

This table offers information on housing at UC Riverside.

Housing Options Offered? Details
On-Campus Housing Yes
Guaranteed Housing Yes Guaranteed for freshman
Co-ed Housing Available Yes
Housing for Students with Disabilities Yes
Percentage of Students Living On-Campus –– 34%
Spots Available in On-Campus Housing –– 8,920
Number of Students Living On-Campus –– 7,824
Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus –– 66%

UC Riverside offers housing. Students are not required to live on campus. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most UC Riverside students live off campus. In 2022, 34% of undergrads at UC Riverside lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 66% of students lived off-campus or commuted to UC Riverside. There are 8,920 spots available in on-campus housing for all 22,866 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 7,824 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 34% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

UC Riverside offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

UC Riverside Athletics

At UC Riverside there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at UC Riverside:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Soccer NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Track And Field NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Indoor Track NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1

Safety at UC Riverside

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

University of California, Riverside is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The UC Riverside campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

UC Riverside offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to UC Riverside

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit UC Riverside, take Interstate 215 to Riverside, CA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Ontario International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in California you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore UC Riverside's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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