UC Riverside pioneers solutions to challenges confronting California, the nation and the world.

Health care, sustainable environments, nanotechnology and material sciences are just a few areas in which internationally renowned faculty are engaged.

Among its unique resources is the Bourns College of Engineering—Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), focused on the links between transportation and air quality. The Water Science and Policy Center (WSPC) addresses critical issues in water policy, quality and scarcity. The Agricultural Experiment Station features nearly 1,000 acres of open-air labs where plant scientists experiment in real-life conditions, on research that ranges from combating pests to increasing crop productivity. The Multicultural Families and Adolescents Study sheds light on how parental behavior affects children's school performance and can protect youth from depression and delinquency.

Campus life

UC Riverside is one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the United States, and the campus hosts a dynamic and inclusive community. Located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California, UC Riverside offers a park-like campus and convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland Empire. The classic Southern California experience — from culture to nature — awaits.

The city of Riverside offers libraries, museums, theaters, concert venues, a convention center, fine restaurants, quaint shops, modern shopping malls, and sports and recreational activities that make living comfortable and fun. Riverside is just 50 miles east of Los Angeles, 100 miles north of San Diego and a short drive from several mountain resort locations offering hiking, skiing, snowboarding, camping, boating, fishing, horseback riding and other activities.

Campus snapshot

  • Student body: 21,598 total;
    2,784 graduate students
  • Graduate programs: 50+
  • Setting: Small city

Undergraduate research programs

Completing a research project before you apply to graduate school can help you be a competitive applicant. You don't have to be a UC Riverside student to take advantage of the campus's programs.

Learn more

UC Riverside Graduate Division

Contact: graddiv@ucr.edu or (951) 827-3313