UC Riverside



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UC Riverside is regularly recognized as a top institution for higher education in national and international rankings.

Where We Rank as a University

  • Leiden University (2013) ranked UCR 35th in the world and 29thin North America in their survey of the 500 top universities. The Leiden Ranking is based on a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators that measures the scientific impact of universities and of their involvement in scientific collaboration. When broken down by fields, UCR ranked:
    • 10th in natural sciences and engineering
    • 79th in social sciences and humanities
    • 90th in biomedical and health sciences
    • 95th in life and earth sciences
    • 170th in mathematics and computer science
  • U.S. News & World Report (2013–14) ranked UCR highly in several categories:
    • 12th in the nation in diversity
    • 35th on "Best Value Schools"
    • 55th among top public national universities
    • 112th overall among national universities, public or private
  • Washington Monthly (2013) ranked UCR 2nd in the nation its annual University and College Survey. UCR was ranked 2nd in percentage of federal work-study funds spent on service" (57%), 3rd in community service participation and hours served, and 6th in number of faculty receiving prestigious awards. Other ranking criteria include social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
  • The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) conducted by the Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2013) ranked UCR in the 101 to 150 group among the top 500 universities worldwide and 53 to 67 in the United States. UCR ranks 59th in papers published (on a per staff basis) in the journals Science and Nature, and 78th in "Highly Cited Researchers" (on a per staff basis). Universities were ranked by indicators of academic or research performance. When broken down by fields, UCR was ranked:
    • 51–75 for chemistry
    • 76–100 for life and agricultural sciences
    • 101–150 for natural sciences and mathematics
    • 101–150 for engineering/technology and computer sciences
    • 101–150 for physics
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance (2013) ranked UCR as one of the top-100 Best Values in Public Colleges. UCR placed in the top-100 thanks to its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, a low sticker price, and overall great value.
  • The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2011–12) placed UCR as the 143rd ranked university in the world. The survey of more than 13,000 experienced academics from 131 countries ranked institutions solely on their reputations for teaching and research. The Times Higher Education is the leading higher education news publication in the United Kingdom.
  • The Center for Measuring University Performance, in its 2011 Annual Report of the Top American Research Universities ranked UCR:
    • 33rd among public universities and 54th overall in faculty awards
    • 46th among public universities and 73rd overall in postdoctoral appointees
    • 54th among public universities and 94th overall in national academy memberships
    • 63rd among public universities and 91st overall in doctorates awarded
    • 82nd among public universities and 119th overall in total research

School and Departmental Rankings

  • Bourns College of Engineering is ranked 64thoverall by U.S. News & World Report (2012). The ranking is 38thamong public universities and first among universities of similar size.
    • The Environmental Engineering program 41st
    • The Bioengineering program 51st
    • The Electrical Engineering program was ranked 62nd
  • The Philosophical Gourmet Report (2011), a ranking of graduate programs in philosophy, ranked UCR:
    • 31st among the faculties in the United States
    • 38th among the faculties in the English-speaking world

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