Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

University of California - Riverside

Find Schools Near

University of California - Riverside Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about University of California - Riverside. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is University of California - Riverside Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of California - Riverside was awarded 66 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 also holds the #25 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

See all of the rankings for University of California - Riverside.

Is It Hard to Get Into UCR?

Acceptance Rate

University of California - Riverside has an acceptance rate of 57%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for UCR.

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 )

Learn more about University of California - Riverside admissions.

University of California - Riverside Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At University of California - Riverside, the student to faculty ratio is 22 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of California - Riverside.

Good Overall Diversity at UCR

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 20,581 undergraduates at UCR with 20,210 being full-time and 371 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
Less Diverse
More Diverse

Get more detailed information on diversity and student demographics at University of California - Riverside.

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UCR, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $5,370 a year. That adds up to $21,480 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.

Get more details about paying for University of California - Riverside.

How Much Money Do UCR Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UCR make about $49,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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.


See which majors at University of California - Riverside make the most money.

Location of University of California - Riverside

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

Get more details about the location of University of California - Riverside.

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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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

Learn more about online learning at University of California - Riverside.

If you’re considering University of California - Riverside, here are some more schools you may be interested in knowing more about.

Curious on how these schools stack up against UCR? Pit them head to head with College Combat, our free interactive tool that lets you compare college on the features that matter most to you!

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Schools

Find Schools Near You