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About UCR


America's Fastest Rising University

UC Riverside is on the rise. A member of the world’s most prestigious public university system, ours is an institution powered by an entrepreneurial spirit, a record of innovation and results, and a commitment to excellence and collaboration across disciplines. 

Situated on nearly 1,200 scenic acres in Inland Southern California, UCR’s strong core programs and new and emerging disciplines are housed within three colleges, four professional schools, and more than 20 interdisciplinary research centers — and our campus continues to grow

Our diverse, inclusive, and globally focused community is creating a new model for what a great public research university can achieve. With more than 25,000 students and 1,100 faculty — including two Nobel Prize winners and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine — we are pioneering research with economic, scientific, and social impact on the real-world challenges we face in California and beyond. 

The reach and importance of our work is gaining in prominence. We placed among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide in the 2019-20 Center for World University Rankings — and we jumped 20 positions to rank No. 12 among all U.S. universities by Money Magazine in 2019. 

But the benefits of being a Highlander don’t stop with the stats — or within the bounds of our expansive campus. Being a part of the UCR community means you have access to the vibrant city of Riverside — and you’re just a short drive away from desert, mountain, and coastal destinations, as well as dozens of major cultural and recreational sites.


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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The Rise of UC Riverside

Learn why we are America’s fastest rising university, seeing dramatic increases in rankings, reputation, research, and student success. The campus is also going through a construction boom.

Leadership and Administration

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

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.

Vice Chancellor of Planning, Budget, and Administration

Under the direction of Vice Chancellor Gerry Bomotti, the Office of Planning, Budget, and Administration oversees a wide variety of campus business, support, safety, facility, and auxiliary services.

Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Mariam Lam, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, oversees the university’s efforts to create a more inclusive institution and campus climate.
Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences

Deborah Deas, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the UCR School of Medicine, leads the first new UC medical school established in more than 40 years. 

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

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

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Led by 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.

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

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

Chief Campus Counsel

Independent from the other bodies is the Office of Legal Affairs, led by Chief Campus Counsel David Bergquist. 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.

See our 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 Impacts

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.

UCR Library

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.

Campus Tour