University of California, Riverside

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A University of Distinction and Diversity

Located on nearly 1,200 scenic acres in Inland Southern California and distinguished by more than 60 years of high-impact research, UCR is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities. One of the most diverse, inclusive institutions within the prestigious 10 campus University of California system, UCR serves as an incubator of new knowledge, an engine of social mobility, and an economic powerhouse.

UCR’s three colleges offer a wide range of academic and research subjects: The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, with nine departments; The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, with 20 departments; and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, with 13 departments. We are home to four professional schools: School of Business, Graduate School of Education, School of Medicine, and School of Public Policy, as well as 23 interdisciplinary research centers.

Currently home to approximately 24,000 students and 1,100 institutional faculty, the campus is rapidly expanding. To support the addition of hundreds of new faculty and students, the first of two Multidisciplinary Research Buildings is already under construction. New campus student housing, dining, retail, and recreational facilities will be added in the next few years. Explore more of our new developments.

UCR is also within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreations sites, as well as desert, mountain, and coastal destinations. 


The University of California, Riverside will transform the lives of the diverse people of California, the nation, and the world through the discovery, communication, translation, application, and preservation of knowledge – thereby enriching the state’s economic, social, cultural, and environmental future.

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UCR From the Air

See the beauty of campus and the people and places of UC Riverside from new heights. In addition, you can take an extensive look at the UC Riverside campus, student life, and academics online through a virtual tour.

Leadership and Administration

UC Riverside’s administrative organizational structure features a Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and five Vice Chancellors whose offices oversee specific areas and who report directly to the Chancellor. 

Office of the Chancellor

UCR's Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox was appointed UC Riverside’s ninth chancellor in August 2013 and is responsible for developing and executing UCR’s strategic vision and goals by his team, in concert with the UC Office of the President, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Campus Leadership, as well as key external stakeholders.

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

The Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Thomas M. Smith, is responsible for managing the daily campus operations, developing academic and administrative policies. The office works closely with the Chancellor, the chair of the Academic Senate, and the deans of UCR's colleges, schools, and divisions to formulate and realize campus goals.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Services (BAS)

Under the direction of Vice Chancellor Gerry Bomotti, the Office of Business and Administrative Services oversees a wide variety of campus business and support services, including financial accountability,  human resources, payroll, purchasing, parking, police, environmental health and safety, risk management, and others.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget

Under the direction of Vice Chancellor Gerry Bomotti, the Office of Planning and Budget oversees campus-wide strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, institutional research and capital asset strategies.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Under the direction of Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Michael Pazzani, the office oversees a variety of campus research centers and research units and assists with research funding and grant proposals.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Under the direction of Vice Chancellor Brian Haynes, the office oversees UCR’s large and diverse student body and the more than 30 programs that provide resources to aid students' personal, academic and professional growth.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Under the direction of Vice Chancellor Peter Hayashida, the office enhances public awareness of UCR's achievements and generates financial resources for the university.

Office of Campus Counsel

Independent from the other bodies is the Office of Campus Counsel. From advice in developmental policy to conflict resolution, the Campus Counsel provides continuing legal guidance to UCR’s leadership.

Academic Senate

The Academic Senate serves as the representative body for the UCR faculty. By definition, all faculty are members of the Academic Senate, with officers coming from a variety of backgrounds across campus. The Senate is responsible for the selection and ratification of courses, admissions conditions and faculty members. The Senate also advises the chancellor and campus administrators on some of the most critical decisions made at UCR.


How UCR Ranks

UC Riverside has received recognition in many national and international rankings.

UCR Impacts

From UC Riverside's economic role to our community initiatives and the influence we cast on the future, the university's positive impact extends far beyond campus to the state of California. 

UCR Library

The UCR Library holds 3 million volumes of books, 30,000 titles of print and electronic serials, 2.2 million microforms, 300,000 government information sources and close to 50,000 audiovisual materials.

Campus Tour

Learn even more about campus by taking a campus tour. Learn about the history, present, and future of UCR and how you fit in to that vision.