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4 out of 5
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2005

UCR was a great school, undervalued in the UC system. The English department and professors were great and the libraries available for help. I was not at school for the social experience, which is what many complain UCR lacks. But, for academics it is a good, strong choice.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015

It was a great college. I had a lot of good moments there. There are plenty of clubs to choose from and join. Joining clubs was a great way to make new friends. The professors were all kind and helpful.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Women's Studies
Graduation Year: 2008

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!

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4 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013

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!

3 out of 5
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2011

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.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2012

Extremely diverse in demographics. Great overall engineering program with a lot of new classes to come that were not offered in my time.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2009

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.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013

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.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2008

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.

3 out of 5
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014

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.

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