UC Riverside


UCR's Imprint on California

From its economic impact to its role in the community to the influence it casts on the future, UC Riverside has a significant positive impact on California that extends far beyond campus.

Economic Impact

UC Riverside is Inland Southern California's only public research university. Its economic contribution to the state of California is over $1.4 billion (FY 2009-10) through research, teaching and community involvement.

  • Spending by UCR, its students, visitors and retirees generates more than 13,300 full-time jobs statewide and 16,335 nationwide.
  • Nearly 57 percent is direct and indirect activity benefiting Inland Southern California.
  • UCR is the largest employer in the City of Riverside.
  • UCR attracted $115 million in research funds, including $78.5 million in Federal funds.

Innovation Building a Better Tomorrow

Distinguished by more than 50 years of high-impact research, UC Riverside’s research centers are a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities at home and abroad including air, water, energy, transportation, agriculture and more.

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

UCR Rising to the Future

  • The UCR School of Medicine, targeted to open in 2013, will help Inland Southern California face a projected 53-percent shortage of physicians by 2015.
  • The UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center provides residents of the Coachella Valley a source for graduate education and is a catalyst for the region's economic diversification in the fastest growing area in the Inland Southern California region.
  • With over 2,000 teaching and administrative credentials granted since 1991, The Graduate School of Education coordinates projects that build interest and confidence in the teaching profession and that strengthen instruction at community colleges.

UCR in the Community

UCR ARTSblock in downtown Riverside.

Serving the Public

  • UCR fulfills its land-grant mission, in part, through Cooperative Extension, which dedicates University of California research to the state's $32 billion agricultural industry and to the improvement of environmental quality.
  • In partnership with the Riverside Unified School District and the City of Riverside, the University Eastside Community Collaborative project has been providing tutoring and extra-curricular activities to economically disadvantaged youth since 1995.
  • The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts brings arts-related presentations, performances and workshops to local schools, elder care facilities and community centers.
  • More than 29,000 students enroll annually in University Extension, UCR's continuing education branch.

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