UC Riverside


UCR's Imprint on California

From its economic impact to its role in the community to the influence it casts on the future, UC Riverside has a significant positive impact on California that extends far beyond campus.

Economic Impact

UC Riverside is Inland Southern California's only public research university. Its economic contribution to the state of California is over $1.9 billion (FY 2015-16) through research, teaching and community involvement.

  • Spending by UCR, its students, visitors, and retirees generates more than 20,700 full-time jobs statewide and 25,000 nationwide.
  • In total, UCR generates $2.71 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, with nearly half of activity benefiting Inland Southern California.
  • UCR is the second largest employer in the City of Riverside.
  • UCR attracted $140 million in research funds, including $101 million in Federal funds.

Innovation Building a Better Tomorrow

Distinguished by more than 50 years of high-impact research, UC Riverside’s research centers are a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities at home and abroad including air, water, energy, transportation, agriculture and more.

The Research and Economic Development office is responsible for the oversight and development of research, maintaining ethical and responsible conduct and commercialization of technology.

Living the Promise

In the quest for new knowledge and a better life for all, we welcome opportunities to partner with entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business affiliates, community leaders and fellow research enterprises. As our campus grows and fulfills our promise, we offer a model for great public universities everywhere that are engaging multicultural populations and bringing advanced research from the lab to the marketplace.

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UCR in the Community

UCR ARTSblock in downtown Riverside.

Serving the Public

  • UCR fulfills its land-grant mission, in part, through Cooperative Extension, which dedicates University of California research to the state's $32 billion agricultural industry and to the improvement of environmental quality.
  • In partnership with the Riverside Unified School District and the City of Riverside, the University Eastside Community Collaborative project has been providing tutoring and extra-curricular activities to economically disadvantaged youth since 1995.
  • The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts brings arts-related presentations, performances and workshops to local schools, elder care facilities and community centers.
  • More than 29,000 students enroll annually in University Extension, UCR's continuing education branch.

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