UC Riverside Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Botanic Garden at UC Riverside
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University of California - Riverside Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 57 percent in 2017, UC Riverside is a selective school. Students will, in general, need good grades and test scores to be admitted. As part of the application, prospective students will need to submit high school transcripts, short personal insight essays, and SAT or ACT scores. For complete instructions and information about deadlines, be sure to visit the school's admissions webpage.

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Admissions Data (2017)

UC Riverside Description

Located 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the University of California at Riverside is one of the ten schools in the UC system. The school is in a period of rapid expansion, and it has been recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country. Business Administration is by far the most popular major among undergraduates, but the university has strengths in the liberal arts and sciences that have earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Outside of the classroom, students can join a number of student-run clubs and organizations, including academic groups, honor societies, and performing arts groups. In athletics, the UCR Highlanders compete in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. Popular sports include Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, and Golf. 

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 23,279 (20,073 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46 percent male / 53 percent female
  • 99 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,917 (in-state); $41,931 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,316
  • Room and Board: $15,542
  • Other Expenses: $3,888
  • Total Cost: $34,663 (in-state); $62,677 (out-of-state)

UC Riverside Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 87 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 83 percent
    • Loans: 53 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $21,249
    • Loans: $5,208

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 16 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 53 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 75 percent

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Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Softball, Cross Country, Tennis, Track & Field, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball

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Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics