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University of California, Riverside: Narrative Description


900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521-0102
Tel: (951)827-1012; Admissions: (909)787-3411; Fax: (951)827-6344; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of California System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1954. Setting: 1,200-acre urban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $63.9 million. Research spending 2002-03: $80.9 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $7593 per student. Total enrollment: 17,302. Faculty: 816 (659 full-time, 157 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 20,060 applied, 79% were admitted. 94% from top 10% of their high school class, 100% from top quarter. full-time: 14,748 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 534 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 21 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 24% Hispanic, 6% black, 41% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 5% 25 or older, 28% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 85% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; biological/life sciences. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Davis, University of California, Los Angeles. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.82 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT, SAT II: Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $13,731 full-time. Mandatory fees: $5950 full-time. College room and board: $9350. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 280 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities, coed fraternities. Most popular organizations: Associated Students, UCR Ambassadors, Community Service/Human Corps Program, BEAR FACTS Student Orientation. Major annual events: Oktoberfest, Scots' Week, Annual Block Party. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 4,354 college housing spaces available; 4,271 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Tomas Rivera Library plus 6 others with 2.1 million books, 1.7 million microform titles, 21,323 serials, 141,663 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $12.5 million. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 250,000. A suburban area 60 miles east of Los Angeles with a temperate climate, Riverside is an important residential and commercial center in Riverside County. This city launched the navel orange industry in southern California. Major transportation facilities are available. Riverside has churches of the major denominations, a library, hospitals and all public health services. Recreational activities include all water sports. Beaches, desert and mountain/ski resort areas are nearby.

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