UC Riverside



People Like Us. They Really Do.

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 (2015) ranked UCR 44th 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:
    • 17th in physical sciences and engineering
    • 100th in social sciences and humanities
    • 132nd in biomedical and health sciences
    • 110th in life and earth sciences
    • 132nd in mathematics and computer science
  • U.S. News & World Report (2016) ranked UCR highly in several categories:
    • 7th in the nation in diversity
    • 58th among top public national universities
    • 121st overall among national universities, public or private
  • Washington Monthly (2015) 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 (2015) ranked UCR 150th group among the top 500 universities worldwide.
  • The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2014) placed UCR as the 150th 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.

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