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University of California - Riverside Data & Information Overview

676 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
66% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of California - Riverside Ranked?

#240 Best Colleges in Nation
#30 Best Colleges in CA
Other Dance Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 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 676 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other dance.

Overall Quality

UCR landed the #240 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UCR held the #427 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UCR also holds the #30 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UCR?

66% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
95% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of California - Riverside is a competitive 66%, 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 95% 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 540 and 630. Math scores were between 540 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Riverside  ( 540 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Riverside  ( 540 to 650 )
UCR received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Riverside  ( 22 to 31 )

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University of California - Riverside Faculty

22 to 1 Student to Faculty
87% Full Time Teachers

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

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

91% Freshmen Retention
55% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 91% 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  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UCR for first-time, full-time students is 55%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  55 out of 100

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University of California - Riverside Undergraduate Student Diversity

22,056 Full-Time Undergraduates
84.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
54.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 22,693 undergraduates at UCR with 22,056 being full-time and 637 being part-time.

How Much Does University of California - Riverside Cost?

$11,822 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
$20,740 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UCR is $11,822. 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 +
$6,810 $8,193 $11,126 $16,887 $26,234

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 43% of students took out student loans averaging $5,185 a year. That adds up to $20,740 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCR is 2.3%. 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?

$58,880 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UCR make about $58,880 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for UCR students since it is 39% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of University of California - Riverside

California State
22,056 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
University of California - Riverside is a public institution located in Riverside, California. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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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

69 Majors With Completions
6,194 Undergraduate Degrees
1,155 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 69 majors graduated from University of California - Riverside. Of these students, 6,194 received undergraduate degrees and 1,155 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 863 $36,354
General Biology 618 $18,850
Child Development & Psychology 593 $23,518
Sociology 393 $26,056
Economics 369 $35,836
Political Science & Government 274 $28,458
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 199 $21,281
Computer Science 191 $56,647
Mathematics 187 $23,826
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 180 $20,779

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

98% Take At Least One Class Online
89% Take All Classes Online

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 2019-2020, 25,825 students took at least one online class at University of California - Riverside. This is an increase from the 1,514 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 25,825 23,497
2018-2019 1,514 137
2017-2018 1,435 161
2016-2017 715 169
2015-2016 21 0

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

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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.


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