University of California-Riverside

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The University of California Riverside is a public, 4-year school located in Riverside, CA which is one of 10 campuses in the University of California system. Founded in 1907 as the US Citrus Experiment Station, it expanded with the College of Letters and Science in 1954 and was declared a general system campus in 1959. The 1900 acre campus features many green spaces and quads; buildings are primarily in the Mission Revival style of architecture. The Carillon Bell Tower is a dominant landmark of the campus. Set near Box Springs Mountain Park, the campus enjoys a picturesque backdrop as well as a warm, southern California climate. Among notable alumni is editorial cartoonist Steve Breen.

Academic Programs

The University of California Riverside is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission and offers Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and Doctorates in a wide variety of fields. Noted for Psychology, the largest programs on campus are in Social Sciences, Biology/Bio-Medical and Business fields. The University is comprised of 7 colleges and schools: College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences, Bourns College of Engineering, School of Business Administration, Graduate School of Education, School of Medicine, School of Public Policy and 5 Divisions: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Life Sciences, Graduate Division, Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Undergraduate Education. Per the Mission Statement, “The University of California, Riverside will transform the lives of the diverse people of California, the nation, and the world through the discovery, communication, translation, application, and preservation of knowledge – thereby enriching the state’s economic, social, cultural, and environmental future.”

Student Life

There are over 18,000 undergraduate students enrolled in the University of California Riverside, many of whom live among the 3 residence halls, and the on- and off-campus apartments. The University sponsors over 375 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the Sky blue and gold Highlanders, led by Scotty the Highlander, field teams in 8 sports and participate in NCAA Division I competition. Students understand the Core Values of the University: “The core values and academic mission of UCR are to provide a safe, nurturing and enabling environment for faculty, students, and staff to freely pursue their interests in teaching and learning, research and creative activity, and engagement with the broader community through outreach and service.” Students and faculty alike share the Vision for the University’s future: Academic Excellence – Developing a Preeminent Research University for the 21st Century; Access – Enhancing Opportunity for Graduate, Professional and Undergraduate Students; Diversity – Serving as a National Exemplar for Diversity, Inclusion and Community; and Engagement – Shaping our World.

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