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UCR Intercollegiate Athletics


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UCR: The Home of the Highlanders!

The proud history of Highlander athletics dates back to the university's inception in the mid-1950s. Today, UC Riverside’s Intercollegiate Athletics program features 17 sports competing at the NCAA Division I level in the Big West Conference.

Pride in our Academic and Athletic Accomplishments

The Highlanders compete in 17 sports at the NCAA Division I level, the highest level of collegiate competition in the country. We are proud members of the Big West Conference, a group of nine schools all based within the state of California. The Big West is the only conference in the nation that can claim this distinction.

UC Riverside has made a splash on the national scene with NCAA post-season appearances in the sports of Baseball, Women's Basketball, Women's Soccer, Men's Golf, Men's and Women's Cross Country and Men's and Women's Track and Field. To learn the latest news about UCR Intercollegiate Athletics, check out the website at www.gohighlanders.com.

Big West Conference

The members of the Big West are:

UC Riverside, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii, Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo, CA), Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State University

Men's basketballIt's more than just "playing games"

The goals of Intercollegiate Athletics at UC Riverside are to create a program that:

  • Enhances the reputation of the university by striving for athletic and academic excellence.
  • Provides student-athletes with the opportunity for growth outside the classroom.

The student-athlete's experiences on the practice field, the competition field and in the classroom combine to create a well-rounded individual with a dedication to integrity, teamwork, excellence, personal growth and individual respect.

Student-athletes at UCR are held to the same or higher academic standards than ordinary students, abiding by the rules and restrictions of the NCAA and Big West, in addition to the rules of UC Riverside. Highlander student-athletes often have higher GPA's than their non-athlete counterparts.

Want to Come Root for Your Highlanders?

  • All UCR undergraduate students are admitted for free to any home UCR sporting events with their student I.D. cards. Just show your card at the ticket booth to get in.
  • For non-students, tickets for UCR home events are available at the venue on the day of the game, online at gohighlanders.com or in advance from the UCR Athletics Ticket Office. For group sales, contact the Ticket Office at (951) 827-4653 or via e-mail.
  • Complete schedules for all 17 UCR teams are available.
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The UC Riverside Athletics Association:
Helping UCR Athletics

Made up of alumni, friends and family, the UC Riverside Athletics Association is the booster organization for UCR Athletics. It encourages involvement in and financial support for UCR’s athletics program and the 300 young people who balance the rigors of “student” and “athlete.”

Make a donation now

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Additional Information

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Janet Lucas, Interim Director of Athletics
Kelsey English, Administrative Assistant
120 Athletics & Dance Building

Tel: (951) 827-5432
Fax: (951) 827-3569
E-mail: kelsey.english@ucr.edu

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