In & About UCR

UC Riverside is a major research institution and a member of the ten-campus University of California System, widely regarded as one of the best systems of public higher education in the world. Founded as a research institution in 1907, Riverside is the oldest of the University of California's southern campuses. UCR combines the intellectual and material resources of the UC system with a uniquely intimate research environment, fostering frequent and high-powered faculty/student contact unavailable at other universities. Currently with a student population of 12,000, UCR is expected to grow to 21,000 students by 2010. Of the 13,063 students, currently 12 percent are graduate students.

The 1200-acre Riverside campus of the University of California is conveniently located between Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and San Diego with affordable housing.  This location provides easy access to Pacific Ocean beaches, mountains, and numerous cultural activities (art exhibitions, stage productions, dance, opera, classical music, and rock concerts) within a 60-mile drive.

The city of Riverside, with the UCR campus on its eastern edge, is accessible by several highways. The nearby Ontario International Airport has daily flights to many of the nation’s major cities as well as connecting commuter flights to the Los Angeles International Airport. Known for its many citrus groves, palm-lined avenues, and wide array of subtropical shade trees, Riverside is a pleasant oasis in the inland region of Southern California. Its “Mediterranean image” derives from fine architecture in the California Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial styles that dot its landscape. One of the most famous of these landmarks is the Mission Inn, built between 1902 and 1932 by Frank A. Miller and his partner, Henry Huntington. This splendid old hotel – with its rich decor, fine dining, marvelous chapel, elegant courtyards, tiled circular stairway and other amenities – continues to draw visitors and guests from around the world.  Additional City of Riverside information is available here.