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, UC Riverside’s diverse, inclusive, and globally focused community is creating a new model for what a great public research university can achieve.
With more than 26,000 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 rank among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings and one of the nation’s top 12 public universities by Forbes.
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 — near desert, mountain, and coastal destinations, as well as dozens of major cultural and recreational sites.