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The University of California, Riverside is not whatQuite BrightBiology
The University of California, Riverside is not what you might think it is. There is a misconception that this school is academically inferior to the rest of the UC's and perhaps even worse than the CSU's.However, that is completely wrong. As a matter of fact, that was also my perception upon entering the school during the Fall Quarter of 2007. Boy was I wrong. The classes which were supposed to be "easy A's" were actually difficult and required some time studying. Remember those "I'll just wing it" and "Ehhh, shouldn't be too hard" days? Well those days are over. The professors are very intellectual. Their backgrounds vary from Princeton to CalTech. No Joke. These professors are harsh on their students and will not give any leeway. As for the students, yes many are underachievers, but there are those few who will stay up all night studying to ace the test. Do not forget that some high school valedictorians choose to attend UCR for the sake of setting curves. You will come across these people in your class and you better damn well study or they will set the curve so high that you will not be able to get that A.
4th Year Male -- Class 2011
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: C-
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I liked ucr while i was attending theNot so bright
I liked ucr while i was attending the fall and winter quarter but overall there is one professor who changed my entire life who didnt teach that well and decided to give me an F and this math professor always had pissed off look and he wouldnt like helping students out and he would always would be frustrated with students didnt get the concept. This how i have failed his class and i had to transfer because of the grades he was giving me. But overall i enjoyed ucr while i was there now that i am at community college im going to transfer to a better university than riverside.
1st Year Female -- Class 2015
Campus Maintenance: A+, Faculty Accessibility: F
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I studied at UCR as a undergrad doubleAverageArt & Design Department
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.

4th Year Male -- Class 2006
Friendliness: A+, Social Life: C-
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