University of California graduate admissions


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

The University of California, Riverside will transform the lives of the diverse people of California, the nation, and the world through the discovery, communication, translation, application, and preservation of knowledge – thereby enriching the state's economic, social, cultural, and environmental future.

UC Riverside’s research programs have expanded discovery and scholarship throughout all disciplines. Our campus excels in many areas of research, creative work, and the dissemination of the knowledge it generates. Whether in the arts, humanities, education, social sciences, public policy, business, STEM disciplines, or medicine, UCR’s faculty, students, and staff strive to understand the world in which we live and our human experience; educate the next generation of scholars, scientists, and leaders; and provide solutions to the difficult societal, scientific, and technological problems our community, state, the nation, and world face.

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.

UC Riverside offers a wide range of academic and research areas: engineering; arts, humanities and social sciences; agricultural, physical, and life sciences; business, education, medical and public policy professional schools; as well as 23 interdisciplinary research centers. As a member of the University Innovation Alliance, UC Riverside is committed to improving the success of low-income, first-generation students as well as students of color. UC Riverside has received recognition in many national and international rankings and has been named No. 1 in the United States for social mobility by U.S. News & World Report and No. 12 among all U.S. universities by Money Magazine. Our diverse, inclusive, and globally focused community pioneers solutions to challenges confronting California, the nation and the world. Healthcare, sustainable environments, nanotechnology and materials science are just a few areas in which internationally renowned faculty are engaged.

Home to more than 25,000 students and 1,100 faculty—including two Nobel Prize winners and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine—the campus is rapidly growing. To support the addition of new faculty and students, new campus student housing, dining, retail, and recreational facilities are currently being added.

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.

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP)

Transfer MSRIP


UC Riverside Academic Preparation, Recruitment & Outreach

Contact information

UC Riverside Graduate Division
Graduate studies contact:
(951) 827-3313