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| It is a really great undergraduate school, if and only if, you plan on going to graduate school. Meaning, I wouldn't want my ONLY college experience to be at UCR...and you wouldn't either. So go you might wanna go somewhere more exciting if you plan on doing only 4 years of study your entire life. But since my real dream school is during my planned graduate studies, I went here to get a good foundation of undergraduate. Most people here are like this too. |
The Ta's a super helpful, it surprises me how generous they are with their time.
The campus is always changing, building new buildings, remodeling, adding more entertainment. Trust me, they are getting funded every year. It's a growing school definitely!
|Sep 23 2010|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| I have just barely finished my first year at UCR and I love it here. The campus is beautiful, lots of trees, grass, etc. and the architecture isn't half bad. Before coming here I thought that the campus would be ugly and sad, but that was not the case here at all. Academic-wise, I think that the education quality you are receiving is great. It is worth the money you pay. Most of the professors here usually have the student's needs in mind and so they try to be as helpful as possible. I've had professors who've contributed so much to my education and have left me feeling inspired, to mention a few names: Professor Goldberry Long and Professor Tiffany Lopez. The classes are harder than expected, I definitely felt challenged academically. The city of Riverside can get a bit dull but that is on my part because I have not been to a lot of places in Riverside. I have yet to go to downtown which everyone always says is a fun place to be. The University Village which might be like a 10 minute walk from campus usually satisfies my entertainment needs. There's a theater, a couple of restaurants, and one store that I really like to go to that's in the UV that sells used DVDs and CDs, though I can't remember the name right now. Your social life in Riverside is all on what you make of it. Most of the friends you make are the people you meet in your dorm so definitely consider dorming at least your first year of college. And let's just get this out of the way, yes there is a lack of school spirit. To be honest, UCR was actually my first choice UC because it is the only UC that has my major: Creative Writing. But before I had made the decision to coming here, there were people from my high school who brought me down with their comments about how UCR was one of the lower rate schools the UC system. But I visited the campus and the campus aesthetics were enough to persuade me to coming here. Plus, they were also the school who gave me the best financial aid package. And again, the fact that it had my major. I think that students are maybe a little butt hurt that they didn't get into they're top choice UC school and so they feel the need to complain. But UCR is a good school. I do not regret my decision in coming here. |
|Aug 13 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| The only negative thing that bothers me about UCR is the lack of school spirit. Students come to UCR butt hurt because they didn't get into their top UC choice and so what they feel the need to do is bash on the school they are currently attending. Logical? No. I am so sick of hearing people say that UCR is not a good school. To be honest, UCR was my first choice when it came to applying to a UC school, so I was happy to come here. People in my high school would have a somewhat negative stigma of UCR and so coming in I thought the academics wouldn't be as difficult but I was wrong. Don't be fooled by what people say, remember that this is still a UC school and so the academics are good. The professors are great, they are usually approachable with the exception of few. Actually there was one professor who I think deserves mention and that is Goldberry Long. She is part of the department of creative writing and let me just say that she is a breath of fresh air. I am a creative writing major and so for me, she was fantastic; I feel like I've improved so much just after taking one of her classes. Moving on, the campus itself is beautiful. There is a little section close by the Science library and Physics building that is just amazing. There are quite of few hills especially if you are planning on dorming in Pentland. The hill from campus to Pentland is short but nevertheless a struggle especially when its hot, and it can get really hot in Riverside. Social life in Riverside can seem none existent at points because the city of Riverside itself, I have to admit, can get a bit dull at points. The University Village is a good place to pass the time, there's a theater and a couple of restaurants. The students at UCR are generally friendly people. I haven't really met anyone that was arrogant or closed off. UCR is also a very diverse campus, its true, though I have noticed that quite a few people tend to usually make friends with people of same ethnic backgrounds as them. That is in no way, me trying to hint at racism or such, I actually believe that it's because people usually come from places where they were surrounded by other people of their race that they don't know if they can to relate to other backgrounds. Trust me though people do get over it and I do have friends who are from different ethnicities opposed to mine to prove it. As for making friends, I suggest if you are planning on attending that you dorm your first year. Most of the friends you make are the ones you meet in your dorm. So if you are planning on commuting, I know that's its cheaper and everything, but definitely consider dorming at least your first year. Oh and here's some advice in general for making friends at college: the first two weeks is the best time to make friends so go for it, because after that it gets a lot harder. All in all, I think UCR is a great school to come to. |
|Aug 13 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |