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| 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 |
| acquiring knowledge at ucr is solely for practical job application purposes and not for higher learning and personal intellectual growth. averages on midterms and finals are laughable. it is a science and business centric school and the art department has a miniscule presence on campus. arts in general. don't expect to find intellectually daring minds here. ucr is a college designed with the sole intent of destroying all your ideals regarding college. It's not a magical land of mature people, it's a fantasy land where perpetual high school kids live independently from their parents for four years. It's inhabited with a mixed batch of pituitary cases and shallow cellphone brandishing moroons who have no interest in learning. The eclectic interest of the typical student at UCR lies in the following activities: never attending classes, failing nearly everything, drinking themselves retarded, gaining base knowledge on how to unreflectively acquire a decent paying job in order to attain some materialistic goal bred from a californian upbringing, and if they get lucky, turning impressionable freshman girls into emotional wrecks. |
|Jan 19 2004|| Male --
Class 2000 |
| I read many reviews on this site, i honestly think college is what you make of it. If you just go to class and go home when class is over you shouldnt expect to make any friends. I think UCR like many other campuses provide an abundance of opportunities to get involved; there is a club for just about everything. UCR is big on Greek frats, so you can usually find a party to go to on just about every thursday and friday night, if your in a frat or know the right people. If you are really concerned about meeting people, you should consider living on campus your first year, youll make many friends. |
Professors at UCR are brilliant, they are friendly and will meet with you anytime you need it. Although i think UCR has a number of strengths i am getting tired of the endless construction and the constant tuition hikes. The school is undergoing a major expansion project. They are adding a med school, and a law school, and a new student commons.
|Aug 13 2007|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2008 |