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The University of California, Riverside is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system, and the only UC located in Inland Southern California.

Widely recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation, UCR's current enrollment is 17,187 students, with a goal of 21,000 students by 2010. The campus is in the midst of a tremendous growth spurt with new and remodeled facilities coming on-line on a regular basis.

A University of Distinction and Diversity


We are located approximately 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. UCR is also within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreational sites, as well as desert, mountain and coastal destinations.

Making a Difference Locally and Globally

For more than 50 years, UC Riverside has been enriching the economic, social, cultural and environmental outlook for California, this nation and the world by developing green energy solutions, producing insect-resistant crops, creating nanotechnology for military, agricultural and medical applications and by educating tomorrow's physicians, scientists, scholars, engineers and artists.


UC Riverside has received recognition in many national and international rankings, including:

  • Washington Monthly 2009 ranked UCR 16thin the nation in contributing to the public good.
  • U.S. News & World Report 2007 ranked UCR 5thin the nation in ethnic diversity.

Carillon tower.The Facts & the Impacts

UCR plays many roles. As a university, we help educate students to reach their potential and goals. As the only public research university in Inland Southern California, we are on the leading edge of pioneering research that affects the challenges each of us face daily. As a proud member of the Riverside and Southern California communities, UCR's impacts extend beyond just educating students, including contributions to the local economy and promoting positive growth.

Science Library

Science LibraryThe Science Library has approximately 533,000 cataloged publications in the subjects of physical sciences, natural and agricultural sciences, biomedical sciences, and engineering and computer science. It also houses the Map Collection, which features state-of-the-art electronic cartographic resources as well as extensive holdings of maps and atlases.



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