University of California, Riverside

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Ranks and Facts

Rankings and Quick Facts

UCR ranks among the top 25 comprehensive research universities in the nation (Washington Monthly,
2017) by positively impacting the country through civic engagement, social mobility, and research. Our land-grant heritage, established intellectual resources, Southern California location, and world-class research drives us to translate breakthrough research into practical solutions on the fast track to the marketplace.

As a member of the University Innovation Alliance, we ensure access, opportunity, and achievement for exceptional students from underrepresented communities. More Pell Grant (i.e. low-income) students are enrolled at UCR than in all Ivy League institutions combined, and nearly 60 percent of UCR’s undergraduates will be the first in their families to complete a four-year degree.

More than 200 medical students train in hospitals across Inland Southern California, while UCR Health rapidly expands regional access to healthcare for the growing Inland Empire communities.

UCR Extension provides continuing education and specialized certificate courses to nearly 30,000 per year to meet local workforce training needs, to educate international students, and to provide intellectual enrichment for community members.

UCR Palm Desert, which opened in 2005, extends the reach of UCR to the Coachella Valley, offering a Master of Fine Arts degree, continuing education courses and a Future Physician Leaders program.

UC Riverside has received recognition in many national and international rankings, including:
  • UC Riverside was included in the (August 2018) edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 382 Colleges.”

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2017) Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UC Riverside among the top 151 institutions. This survey bills itself as “the most trustworthy precursor of global rankings of the world’s top 500 universities.”

  • In 2016, UCR was recognized for graduation rate success by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) for achieving near parity across racial-ethnic, socio-economic, and gender boundaries.

  • UCR ranks among the Top 15 Public Research Universities in the nation, as identified by the 2017 Washington Monthly.

  • In 2017, two separate reports from the Education Trust celebrated UCR as a national leader for African American and Latino student success. UCR was one of just three schools to be named top performing institutions in both reports and the only California campus recognized among 18 top-performing colleges and universities in the nation for high black student graduation rates.

General UCR Stats

total students enrolled in Fall 2017
graduate students


Ethnicity Graph Updated

Faculty Distinctions

Fulbright Scholars
Guggenheim Fellows
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows
  • Among 38 University Professorships, the highest honor in the University of California, UCR faculty have been awarded four (10%).

  • Current and former faculty includes six members of the National Academies and 200 current or former members elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

See more UCR Rankings and Distinctions here

UCR's Economic Impact

As the only public research university in inland Southern California, we are on the leading edge of pioneering research that affects the challenges each of us face daily. As a proud member of the Riverside and Southern California communities, UCR's impacts extend beyond just educating students, including contributions to the local economy and promoting positive growth. 

Learn more about our campus, including the enrollment diversity, and academic programs we offer.


Economic Impact Report

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.

The UC System

UCR is one of the ten campuses of the University of California system. We are dedicated to the fundamental missions of teaching, research, and public service.

UCR Institutional Research

The source of official statistics for the university related to students, faculty, and staff.

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.