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.

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.

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.

School of Medicine

Professor Devin BinderThe UCR School of Medicine (SOM) will help meet the need for physicians in the medically underserved Inland Southern California region. The university's existing UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences has helped build a strong foundation for a medical school. When completed, the school will provide a pipeline for diversifying the physician workforce, facilitate partnerships with community clinics and hospitals, and develop new research and health care delivery programs.

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.

School of Public Policy

Anil DeolalikarFor virtually every challenge facing growing communities worldwide, UCR is pioneering bold and practical solutions. Working in partnership with communities, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders in our own backyard and around the world, our School of Public Policy faculty and students bring fresh thinking to the complex challenges of poverty, crime, healthcare, education, pollution, water and energy security, immigration, sustainability, climate change 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.