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UCR's Impact on California

Economic Impact

UCR is a powerful engine of economic growth for Inland Southern California and beyond, having contributed more than $2.7 billion to the U.S. economy during the fiscal year 2015-16 alone. UCR students and visitors contribute more than $287 million to the Inland region. The campus proudly partners with entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and fellow research enterprises from around the world.

  • Boasting the world’s largest indoor air pollution research facility, the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) will partner with the soon to co-locate California Air Resources Board to develop pathbreaking solutions to sustainability issues affecting California and the world.

  • The UCR Career Center provides tools and resources for employers seeking to build their permanent workforce, post job opportunities, hire part-time student workers or volunteers, sponsor internships, and engage in collaborative partnerships.

  • For more than a century, UCR’s Agricultural Experiment Station has developed more than 40 new citrus varieties and helped protect California’s $850+ million-per-year citrus industry. We house the University Citrus Variety Collection, one of the world's most diverse living collections of citrus species.

  • UCR also hosts UC Cooperative Extension research specialists who, along with UCR’s own experts in genomics, entomology, climate, and environmental sciences, partner with growers, state government agencies, and investors to protect California’s $32 billion+ agricultural industry. 

$140 Million Total 2016 Research Funding

Research Funding Update

$2.71 Billion on the U.S. Economy

US Economy Graph



Additional Information

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