History of UC Riverside
UC Riverside is a proud member of the prestigious University of California system, which in 2019 marked its 150th anniversary. Our history of high-impact innovation began with the university's earliest days as a Citrus Experiment Station and continues through today's transformative research. As we celebrate our past, we prepare next-generation scientists, engineers, performers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers to tackle tomorrow's challenges.
Since our founding, UCR’s evolution has mirrored the dynamic growth of Southern California. Once a small university in a small town, we are now the premier research and educational institution in the thriving Inland Southern California region.
Explore our unique history through the milestone links below.
UCR Oral History Project
Hear the history of UCR from the mouths of faculty, administrators, students, and civic leaders.
The designated repository for records, documents, publications and other material pertaining to the University of California, Riverside.
UCR Citrus Gifts
The UCR Citrus Collection is a carefully curated assortment of gourmet products featuring the distinctive — and often unique — flavors of the University of California, Riverside (UCR) campus.
UCR Department of History
Interested in studying History? Learn more about our History Department.