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| I'm a fourth year student graduating this year. My experience at UCR has been phenomenal. I transferred here from another university because I wanted to be closer to home. UCR's philosophy program is phenomenal and was a major deciding point when I was deciding where to go. The faculty is filled with engaging, accomplished professors who are eager to meet with their students and discuss big issues. General Education classes can be pretty large and demanding, but once you start delving into your major, your classes get smaller and filled with students who are interested in the same things you are. It's really great.|
There's a big arts scene at UCR, which I loved and participated in. There are lots of cultural events, concerts, and publications to get involved in and bump up your resume. I wrote for and led several organizations, which would never have been as easy if I had gone to a big-name university.
UCR isn't considered super prestigious, but that's because it used to admit students who were rejected from other UCs. Now, the university is way more selective and our rankings are climbing every year.
The surrounding city is not as pretty as the campus. UCR has a lot of trees and a very park-like feel, and there is a village center down the street with a theater and plenty of places to eat. After the village, though, the ghetto part of Riverside takes over for a bit until you get back into Downtown Riverside. So, it's a mixed bag. People complain about smog and homeless people. I've never seen a homeless person on campus in my entire 4 years here. The main city of Riverside is smoggy, yeah, but so is LA. So Cal is smoggy. There are lots of trees and a botanical garden surrounding the campus, so the smog is limited to the metropolitan part of Riverside.
In short, do some research for yourself and visit campus. I'm really proud to be a Highlander and I'm excited for the future ahead of me. I've gotten into a big-name law school with my philosophy degree, and UCR provided me with the opportunities and experience I needed to become a truly effective student and human being. People who complain that UCR is "UC Rejects" haven't been on campus in decades and haven't heard all of the cool stuff professors and students are up to these days.Fiat lux!
|May 25 2012|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| I studied at UCR as a undergrad double major in Studio Art and History. I came from a competitive high school so freshman year was easy. GE was easy for me for the first 3 years but then I think the faculty started grading harder and demanding more. |
UCR has world-class teaching faculty with very good teacher to student ratio (at least at the time). GE English class was 15-20 students. Professors are friendly and approachable if you make the effort to talk to them and go to office hours. I think that is the best part about UCR, almost all of the professors are really accessible and helpful.
The history and studio art faculties are world-class and it's really how you make of it. There are bright students in history as well as art but most are not that competitive, but if you want to go the extra mile, the resource is there. I can't say anything bad about the teaching staff and even the administration is quite good.
There is a sense that my departments care about the student and the busy admin staff take the time to talk to each student at least twice a year just to make sure you are not missing classes.
The only downside to UCR is probably the social life, people are friendly and all but there is simply not much big event in Riverside. You will have to drive out to LA (which is not too far) for concerts and etc. I find people at UCR to be friendly, open and down to earth. It is the most culturally and racially diverse campus in US (maybe the world). People learn about others and how to live with one another. UCR lack a strong school team to support and school spirit is a bit low but I hope that will change.
However it is close to the mountain for winter activities, just one hour drive and you can get cheap pass from student life or rec centre. One good thing about living in RIverside is the cost of living.There are cheap food, bargain grocery store and renting apartment can be cheap. However, choices of Asian food is not ideal, I hope that has changed.
|May 01 2011|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2006 |