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University of California - Riverside Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of California - Riverside Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of California - Riverside was awarded 67 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is English language and literature.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UCR as #220 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

UCR is also ranked #25 out of 116 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UCR?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of California - Riverside is a competitive 57%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to UCR submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 640. Math scores were between 540 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Riverside  ( 550 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Riverside  ( 540 to 660 )
UCR received ACT scores from 51% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Riverside  ( 23 to 29 )

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University of California - Riverside Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of California - Riverside is 22 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of California - Riverside is 87%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  87 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of California - Riverside

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 89% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of California - Riverside enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  89 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UCR the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 48%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  48 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at UCR

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 20,073 undergraduates at UCR with 19,719 being full-time and 354 being part-time.

UCR Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for UCR is 76.77 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  76.77 out of 100
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How Much Does University of California - Riverside Cost?

The overall average net price of UCR is $12,743. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UCR

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,817 $9,188 $12,215 $18,808 $27,948

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UCR, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UCR, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $5,208 a year. That adds up to $20,832 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCR is 2.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UCR Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UCR with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $49,700 in their early years. This is good news for future UCR graduates since it is 25% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of University of California - Riverside

Located in Riverside, California, University of California - Riverside is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of University of California - Riverside

Contact details for UCR are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521
Phone: 951-827-1012

University of California - Riverside Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 69 majors graduated from University of California - Riverside. Of these students, 4,649 received undergraduate degrees and 1,039 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 621 $35,700
Child Development & Psychology 453 NA
General Biology 414 $21,800
Sociology 279 $25,400
Economics 227 $35,000
Political Science & Government 216 $25,900
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 163 $23,300
Mathematics 143 $23,700
Computer Science 135 NA
General English Literature 135 $21,000

Learn more about the majors offered at University of California - Riverside along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UCR

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 1,435 students took at least one online class at University of California - Riverside. This is an increase from the 715 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,435 161
2016-2017 715 169
2015-2016 21 0
2014-2015 395 25
2013-2014 90 1

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