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The University of California - Riverside

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityB+
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionA-
Academic SuccessB- Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueA University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceA- Social LifeB-
Surrounding CityB- Extra CurricularsA-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: May 25 2012
Major: English (This Major's Salary over time)
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!

comment*This is my review. I made a mistake: I'm graduating with a degree in philosophy, but I picked "English" as my major at the top of the page. I meant to indicate that I minored in English. Sorry for any confusion :P
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