About UCR. America has promises to keep. UCR is Living the Promise.

Members of the UCR family Distinguished by more than 50 years of high-impact research, UC Riverside is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities at home and abroad — air, water, energy, transportation, agriculture and more.

We are located in one of the fastest growing regions in a state whose economy ranks among nations. With a population of more than 21,000 students, UCR is the most diverse campus in the prestigious 10 campus UC system and it is the eighth most diverse university in the nation.


Faculty Honors

The exceptional quality of UC Riverside’s 700 faculty members is reflected in the range of faculty honors among the campus faculty, including: California Poet Laureate, Bardeen Prize, J. G. Gregor Mendel Medal, National Medal of Humanities, E.O. Wilson Prize, MacArthur Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow. Faculty members from UCR are represented on six national academy and institute organizations.

Economic Impact

UC Riverside is Inland Southern California's only public research university. Its annual economic contribution to the state of California is more than $1.4 billion (FY 2009-10) through research, teaching and community engagement. UCR is the largest employer in the City of Riverside, fourth largest employer in the county, and spending by UCR, its students, visitors and retirees generates more than 13,300 full-time jobs statewide and 16,335 nationwide.

Influence on Industry

For more than a century, our Citrus Experiment Station has helped protect and grow California’s $850-million-per-year citrus industry and has developed more than 40 new citrus varieties. In addition, UCR sustains its land grant mission, in part, through Cooperative Extension which conducts research in the service of state-wide agricultural industries.

Featured Colleges:

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

CNAS labThe roots of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) pre-date the founding of UCR and reach back to the first decade of the 20th century. Evolving out of the Citrus Experiment Station, CNAS creates a unique academic environment that encourages cross-departmental collaboration by bringing together the study of agricultural sciences, life sciences, physical sciences and mathematical sciences into one academic unit.

The atmosphere of intimacy and excellence, diversity and distinction, prestige and preeminence attracts some of the top faculty, students and administrators in the nation.

Key Distinctions & Accomplishments:

  • CNAS researchers have been nurturing California’s citrus industry for over a century
  • The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index ranks three CNAS programs in the top five nationally: environmental sciences (3rd), entomology (4th), and natural resources and conservation (5th)
  • CNAS faculty research on recombinant bacteria has been proven to be 10 times more effective against the malaria mosquito than bacteria used in commercial products
  • CNAS researchers are pioneering sustainability with grasses that are drought-proof, tough and commercially attractive
  • CNAS faculty are dedicated to fostering student success, consistently winning teaching awards, and for providing personal and professional development opportunities

Bourns College of Engineering

Professor Victor Rodgers and studentsUCR’s Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) is ranked higher than any engineering college of its size among public universities across the nation by U.S. News & World Report. As a part of the University of California, one of the world’s great institutions for research and education, the college has risen to the top of its field in faculty research.

BCOE continues to distinguish itself as one of the premier engineering schools of its size in the country. Though still relatively young and growing, BCOE maintains the highest standards of the University of California while exploring innovative educational methods and promoting interdisciplinary learning opportunities. There are few engineering colleges in the country that can match UCR’s opportunities for close student-faculty collaboration, both inside the classroom and in the laboratory.

Key Distinctions & Accomplishments:

  • Ranked 37th among all public universities, and is the nation’s top public engineering program of its size (U.S. News & World Report)
  • BCOE has been the fastest-growing engineering program in the UC system
  • New $56 million Materials Science and Engineering Building opened in 2010
  • Faculty include 22 AAAS Fellows, 2 National Academy of Engineering members and 10 IEEE fellows
  • BCOE undergraduate students are consistently sought out by top companies, such as Google, HP, and Northrop Grumman for both internships and full-time positions
  • In addition to the high faculty-to-student ratio, additional resources are committed to student success including dedicated staff, career development support, honors programs and student-driven communities

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

A CHASS studentThe College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) is unique among its peers in that it combines the arts, humanities and social sciences into one college. This structure gives students and faculty the opportunity to explore across a broad range of disciplines and examine diverse dimensions of social and historical life and human meaning.

The college is the ideal place for a conversation about culture and society, insight and expression, history and the future; about the humanities, the social sciences and the arts. Through these different avenues of study our students become familiar with a broad spectrum of the world’s realities and the issues surrounding them.

Key Distinctions & Accomplishments:

  • CHASS is recognized as one of the most diverse research universities in the country
  • CHASS accounts for half of UCR’s Guggenheim Fellows, as well as the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award, and a NASA-commissioned poet
  • Twenty-nine members of the faculty have been named fellows of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • CHASS is home to the world-class California Museum of Photography, which provides a cultural presence, educational resource, and intellectual meeting ground for UCR and the general public

School of Medicine

Professor Devin BinderUC Riverside has received approval to create California’s first new public medical school in four decades. Projected to enroll its first incoming class in fall 2012, the UCR School of Medicine (SOM) will train a diverse physician workforce that will serve a region with one the lowest doctor-to-resident ratios in the state.

Founded in 1974, the Biomedical Sciences Program at UC Riverside works in conjunction with UCLA to provide a unique path of entrance into the David Geffen School of Medicine. Each year a maximum of 24 UCR students are selected to participate in this unique program. Students take the first two years of their medical education at UCR, then finish their remaining two years at UCLA, eventually receiving their M.D. degree from UCLA.

School of Business Administration

Students on the steps of Anderson HallHome to the largest undergraduate business program in the UC system. The School of Business Administration (SoBA) develops diverse leaders, propels research-based innovation and promotes the sustainable growth of Inland Southern California within the global economy.

The School also houses the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, which offers innovative MBA, and Executive MBA programs. SoBA faculty harness the powerful resources of UC and our location at the nexus of commerce to create a laboratory for education, research, and productive partnerships across economic enterprises.

Graduate School of Education

GSOE professorSince 1969, the UCR School of Education, later the Graduate School of Education (GSOE), has combined the preparation of academics and practitioners — researchers, teachers, and administrators — to develop university and school leaders who can produce and apply useful knowledge.

Today, GSOE offers advanced educational opportunities in several broad areas, including curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and policy, special education and more.

Research Centers

From nanoscale engineering to air pollution research, from invasive species research to the study of crime and justice, the 24 research centers that are a part of the University of California, Riverside conduct cutting-edge research on a variety of topics vital to the future of our region, our state and our world.

The Office of Research is responsible for the oversight and development of research, maintaining ethical and responsible conduct and commercialization of technology.