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:
  • Ranked No. 2 in the country for financial aid - Business Insider 2019

  • Recognized as No. 27 among all institutions and No. 15 among public universities - Washington Monthly 2019

  • Ranked  as the No.12 in the U.S. and No 9 among public univerisites - Money Magazine 2019

  • Counted among the Top 35 public universities in the country, UCR is America’s fastest rising ranked university. – U.S. News 2019 rankings

  • As a member of the world’s most prestigious public university system, UC Riverside ranks among the top 1% of universities worldwide. – Center for World University Rankings 2018-19

  • Ranked the 13th best university in the western United States, UCR leads the nation in excellence, access, and affordability. – Money Magazine 2018

  • As one of only 29 public U.S. universities with a Nobel Prize winner on the faculty, UCR boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 10 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2018) 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.”

  • The Education Trust named UCR among the best in the U.S. in terms of graduation success for Latino and black students.

  • UCR ranks among the Top 30 public institutions contributing to the public good. – Washington Monthly 2018

  • UCR is ranked the 13th best university in the West. – Money Magazine 2018

General UCR Stats

total students enrolled in Fall 2019
graduate students


ethnicity pie chart

38.3% | Hispanic or Latino
30.4% | Asian
13.2% | White
5.5% | Two or More Races
7.8% | International
3.0% |  Black or African American
1.6% | Unknown
0.1% | Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
0.1% | Native American or Alaskan Native

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.