University of California-Riverside Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (11)
I loved UCR! Some of the nest years of my life. Great people, fantastic teachers, great education. Party hard and work hard. Take advantage of all resources. Make sure to study abroad!
UCR is a great school. It is a bit overcrowded so be prepared to fight for the classes you need, as well as parking. But overall it is a good school, the professors are extremely knowledgeable and so are the TAs. This is a big research school, so if you are looking into doing research this is a good place to go!
It's a Very small school compared to UCLA but it's not bad just a few really bad faculty members that ruined the experience for me. They had some good student activities that created a good atmosphere but I lived off campus so I was not as involved as I could have been. The dining area was sort of limited but it could have improved since then.
Extremely diverse in demographics. Great overall engineering program with a lot of new classes to come that were not offered in my time.
When making a decision about what university I was going to attend, I knew right away that UCR was for me. I live in Riverside so it made sense to go there! I had amazing professors who truly cared about me as a student, but as well as person. I received plenty of support from my teachers and I feel like I left UCR being better person because of the knowledge that I acquired at this school. I would recommend UCR to any student who wants a school that is diverse and that it has a very 'at home" feeling.
UCR is a nice school, but it is a bit over crowded. Parking is hard to find and getting into classes you need is a serious race. But other than that problem, the campus is nice, and I've like all the professors I had. It's a big research school so if you want to do research this is a good school for you.
Strongly recommend living on campus, if possible. If you get into your first choice school go there. Remember why you're there, studying is important. Join a club or society.
I was accepted to several business schools and chose UCR's AGSM because they offered me a large fellowship. Turns out they only wanted me because they have so much trouble attracting English speakers. The whole program is full of East Asian students who barely speak or write English, cheated on their GMATs, and bought their admissions essays. Almost every assignment is a group project, even some of the finals, so the handful of English speakers have to carry all the other students. Meanwhile, most of the good professors have jumped ship because they don't like the current administration, leaving a bunch of old burn-outs and new PhDs who are too busy trying to get tenure to pay attention to their students. Don't go here unless you like spending time with rich Chinese kids and picking up the slack for them! Also, Riverside is a hole. People used to get mugged regularly right outside my apartment and my truck got broken into three times. I'm still trying to make it up to my wife for dragging her there for two years. They wanted me to stay for a PhD and I said "no thanks". The only good thing is that it's easy to get a TA appointment if you write English, so you can get some good teaching experience. If you do, though, expect to work 30 hours a week, have 100-150 students, and do all of your own grading, while picking up the Chinese TAs.
My college experience was very good in terms of expanding my frame of thinking but sometimes I feel that I do not possess very many concrete skills other than writing and critical thinking abilities which are difficult to display on an application. My school was a good fit because it is geared towards academics which is the area I was exploring rather than sports or the arts.
I think I would because any other humanities degree would present similar job struggles and there is no way I could succeed in sciences or have the stamina for math.
Follow what you love but don't expect to make $50K the year after you receive a BA. Finding your niche takes time and you might not even think your degree has anything to do with the job you find in the end.
College definitely taught me how to think critically and write at an above average level, however in the last year I started to stress over future employment. I decided to go to graduate school afterwards so I can hopefully obtain a job in my field of history.
Sometimes I think I would not because it is not an in demand degree, but then I think about what college is really about and I have no regrets.
Follow what you are passionate about, any degree from a decent university will open up opportunities that you wouldn't have had otherwise. If you really hate what you're studying, you probably won't enjoy the job that comes afterwards.