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University of California - Riverside Data & Information Overview

346 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
65% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of California - Riverside Ranked?

#213 Best Colleges in Nation
#36 Best Colleges in CA
Film & Video Production Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 346 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is film & video production.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, UCR is ranked #213 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UCR held the #240 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UCR also holds the #36 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UCR?

65% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of California - Riverside is a competitive 65%, 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.

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University of California - Riverside Faculty

24 to 1 Student to Faculty
87% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of California - Riverside is 24 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

88% Freshmen Retention
56% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of California - Riverside has a freshmen retention rate of 88%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  88 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 56%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  56 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
29% Take Out Loans
$19,896 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 29% of students took out student loans averaging $4,974 a year. That adds up to $19,896 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.


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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
6,193 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, 6,193 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

84% Take At Least One Class Online
19% 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 2020-2021, 22,487 students took at least one online class at University of California - Riverside. This is a decrease from the 25,825 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 22,487 5,136
2019-2020 25,825 23,497
2018-2019 1,514 137
2017-2018 1,435 161
2016-2017 715 169

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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