University of California-Riverside Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (25)
I really enjoyed taking courses and and completing my degree within the English department at UCR. Faculty is great and in my experience, takes the time to help students succeed. Most of my professors where available multiple times a week for office hours as well as after class for questions. I really enjoyed the diverse courses offered within the department, they defiantly reflected the very culturally rich and diverse student demographic in the program.
Choosing to attend UCR for my undergraduate studies was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The quality of education is second to none and there are countless opportunities to get involved in undergraduate research for those that are interested. I am confident that the education that I received at UCR will serve me well as I prepare to start graduate school next fall.
UC Riverside is in the UC system, therefore you can expect it to be comparable to the other UC schools. However, UCR isn't as desirable as some of the other UCs because of its locations and lack of student life. A big portion of the student body commutes and maintain their social life from high school. This wouldn't deter a serious student because UCR is capable of giving a world class education in many spheres. I've talked to many professors outside of class during their office hours and they were very welcoming. I can compare their hospitality to UCSD and UCSB and from my experience UCR has the best open door policy.
UC Riverside is an ethnically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse large university about 1.5 hours from Los Angeles. The diverse environment draws unique faculty and a plethora of students who are the first in their families to attend college, ensuring productive and unique discussion in the classroom. The Public Policy degree is rather new, though a quickly expanding degree with a new Master's in Public Policy program. A degree in public policy suits students looking for a broad, liberal-arts degree with a social justice lens. Meshing philosophy, psychology, sociology, political science and more, public policy students also choose a concentration: environmental, health, families, urban, etc. Additionally, the UCDC and UCCS programs complement a public policy degree very well.
UCR is the perfect school for growth. Starting freshmen year they reach out to students in order to plan all 4 years of school and build up your resume. This school offers tons of workshops and career networking events to meet with employers and gain internships. Many schools do not prepare students to gain experience as soon as possible,but UCR does. They make it possible for students to obtain jobs prior to graduation. UCR also has the best free student concerts given year round in the state of California. At UCR there is always something to do whether it's getting free chic Fila or ice cream there are over 200 clubs and fraternities on our campus with the opportunity to create even more. Companies such as Disney, Emma's, Target, and walmart year round come to our centrally located campus to recruit our students. All the leg work is up to the student to present themselves and get invited to an interview for jobs and internships.
Bioengineering is unlike any other within the field of engineering. In truth, the field itself is still young and in development and this is easily demonstrated within the program at UCR. In order to best make use of your degree and opportunities on campus you must not just coast through class, but actively engage and uncover all of the subtleties of this broad field. You have to ask yourself how you best see yourself working in the field after school and this is best done within the first year of the program. Career fairs on campus and industry contacts within the school are lacking for the field of bioengineering so it is best that the student actively seeks out this information for himself or herself. Instruction is heavy and demanding which will lead to postgraduate frustrations of career opportunities unless the student reaches out. Overall I enjoyed my time in the courses and the instruction I received and it has equipped me to work in the field and move into other related areas.
Studying for my History Degree at UC-Riverside was a wonderful experience. The professors and lecturers were very knowledgeable in their areas of history. I was able to study vast periods of history from Ancient Roman all the way to the Modern Era. I was able to study abroad at UC-Rome and finish my degree in Rome, Italy to study Italian History from Ancient Rome and the History of the Catholic Church. The opportunity and education I received at UC Riverside has re-ignited me to pursue a Teaching Degree and relay what I learn to students who want to study History as well.
The old adage is true - your college experience is what you make of it. However, I found it difficult to find what I needed to make my economics program what I needed at UCR. There were a couple of courses and professors that were an exception to this general experience, but overall I found it difficult to craft a program that was challenging and engaging. The required readings for my classes also seemed below par, as I found out that many basic economics texts were ignored by the curriculum.
UC Riverside has many resources available to students. Resources include a tutoring center, financial aid office, counseling, and diverse student organizations. There is a place for everyone , whether it be in an academic club, a cultural club, joining a sports team, or by networking with classmates, there is certainly a place you can connect with that will help you grow. Professors and teaching assistants are easily accessible and want to help you succeed. I'll never forget my time as a student at the University of California, Riverside.
One of the best things about this school is the student diversity. This is by far one of the most diverse UC campuses. There are plenty of student organizations to be a part of. Overall, the professors are very nice and approachable. The environment is very supportive yet the classes are still rigorous and you definitely need to put in the work. The pre-med students are not cut-throat like on some other campuses.