University of California-Riverside Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (27)
My experience at University of California, Riverside has cultivated an desire to contribute to social welfare and pursue a career in the law. The student body is among the most diverse in the nation. The collective set of backgrounds and experiences shared between students has gifted me with empathy and the humble desire to learn from my peers. I attended the School of Business Administration, where many of the university's brightest faculty teach. Notable faculty include Professor S.J. and Professor A.S. They have provided myself, and many other students, the guidance necessary to find success past the undergraduate career. The day of my graduation, I was hired for a full-time position as a project manager at a translation firm. The knowledge gained during my undergraduate career has endowed me with the skills to perform in the workplace. The financial services at University of California, Riverside can be slow at times. I've spent my fair share of time at the university registrar. However, the employees are kind and courteous. As with any public institution, you must be patient when dealing with financial services. In sum, University of California, Riverside offers an established faculty and a diverse group of students. I can say with confidence that my undergraduate experience has prepared me for a life of success.
UC RIVERSIDE COURSES ARE INCREDIBLY CHALLENGING, HOWEVER THE PROFESSORS ARE AVAILABLE 24/7. THE RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THE STUDENTS ARE EXTENSIVE. RESOURCES VARY FROM STUDENT TUTORING CENTERS TO EXTRA STUDY SESSIONS TO PROFESSORS' OFFICE HOURS AND ALSO TEACHING ASSISTANCE OFFICE HOURS. THERE ARE TWO LIBRARIES FILLED WITH PRIVATE STUDY ROOMS, STUDY TABLES, AND INDIVIDUAL STUDY SEATS AS WELL. LIBRARIES ARE OPEN 24 HOURS DURING FINAL EXAM WEEKS. THE INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAM WAS A GREAT PROGRAM TO STUDY BECAUSE I WAS ABLE TO FOCUS ON BOTH FIELDS THAT I WANTED TO STUDY IN. THOUGH I WAS NOT ABLE TO DOUBLE MAJOR, THIS PROGRAM ALLOWED ME TO STUDY BOTH BIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY. ALL IN ALL, IT WAS A GREAT PROGRAM TO STUDY THE SCIENCE ASPECTS OF THINGS AS WELL AS THE CULTURAL ASPECTS OF THE WORLD.
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.