University of California, Riverside

The University of California, Riverside is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system. It is 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 over 20,000 students from around the world. Our campus is in the midst of a tremendous growth spurt with new and remodeled facilities opening on a regular basis.

UC Riverside is regularly ranked as a top institution for higher education in national and international rankings. U.S. News & World Report ranked UCR 6th in the nation for diversity and 25th on its “Great Values, Great Prices” list. Internationally, The Times recognized UCR as the 143th top-ranked university in the world. Annually, UCR is consistently recognized for its renowned academic departments and commitment to contributing to our community, the environment, and the world.

UCR is located in beautiful Southern California, an area known for its comfortable climate and sunny days. We are located approximately 80 kilometers east of downtown Los Angeles. Our campus is within easy driving distance of famous California beaches, dozens of major cultural and recreational sites, and breathtaking mountain destinations.

Student demographics

  • Women 52%
  • Men 48%


  • African American/Black 7%
  • American Indian <1%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 39%
  • Hispanic 33%
  • White 16%
  • Unknown 3%
  • International 2%
Schools Freshmen Transfers
Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) 15% 5.3%
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) 55% 61%
College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) 30% 14.4%
School of Business Administration (SoBA) N/A 19.3%
Average Time to Degree 4.1 years 2.1 years

ESL program and/or support services

UC Riverside’s International Education Programs (IEP) offer a wide variety of year-round English language programs designed for all levels of English speakers, from beginner to advanced. IEP also offers academic and professional programs in a wide range of subjects, including business, education, law, and the arts. ESL programs are offered through the University of California, Riverside Extension Center. Click here for more information.

Student Housing options

To compliment your academic learning, there are a number of housing options that international students can choose from. International students can live in our residence halls as well as our on-campus apartments, which provide quality living environments close to campus. On-campus living allows students to take full advantage of all the academic opportunities UCR has to offer.

Residence Halls
The campus’s three residence halls serve more than 3,000 students in three primary communities: Aberdeen-Inverness, Lothian, and Pentland Hills. Each offers a sense of community that will make your housing experience a memorable one. Rooms are offered in doubles, triples, and suites.

On-Campus Apartments
International students can also live in our on-campus apartments, which provide the same tradition of community, convenience, support and safety.

For more information about on-campus housing options, please click here.

Application deadlines

Undergraduate application deadlines:

Freshman application period: November 1 – 30 (opens October 1)
Admission notification: begins February
Transfer application period: November 1 – 30 (opens October 1)
Admission notification: March & April

Graduate application deadlines:

Fall quarter admission & fellowship consideration: January 5
Fall quarter, admission only: April 1st international, September 1st domestic
Winter quarter, admission only: July 1st international, December 1st domestic
Spring quarter, admission only: October 1st international, March 1st domestic

Graduate programs may set earlier deadlines for admission and financial award consideration. For more information about graduate programs at UCR, please click here.

Admission requirements

Freshmen Student Admissions Requirements: Students must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale, or 85% on a 100% scale. Students must complete the following subjects to be eligible for admission: 2 years of History, 4 years of English (or Language of Instruction), 3 years of Math, 2 year of Laboratory Science, 2 years of Foreign Language (note: if Language of Instruction is not English, the Foreign Language Requirement must be English), 1 year of a Visual or Performing Art, 1 year of a College Preparatory Elective. Students must complete the SAT Reasoning test or ACT plus Writing by December of the senior year. The SATII Subject Examinations are not required, but are strongly recommended if pursuing a Science or Engineering major. Minimum passing TOEFL Requirement: 80ibt, 550 pbt. Minimum passing IELTS Requirement: 7.0.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements: If currently studying at a College or University, a student must complete the following to be eligible for admission as a transfer student. Two transferable courses in English Composition, Once transferable course in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning, for transferable courses from two of the following subject areas: arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and physical and biological sciences. Admission is selective based on GPA in all transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, or 75% on a 100% scale. Student’s must have completed the required course pattern with a minimum of C (70%) grades or better and must have completed 60 semester or 90 quarter units. Some of UCR’s majors are very competitive and require major-preparatory coursework and a higher GPA to be eligible to transfer. Transfer applicants are selected on the basis of academic preparation and performance demonstrating preparedness for their intended major. More information on major selection can be found here.

International Student visas issued

F1 and J1.

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

  University Housing Off Campus
Nonresident tuition: $22,878 $22,878
Additional campus fees: $13,662 $13,662
Room/board: $13,000 $8,900
Transportation: $1,200 $1,800
Personal Expenses: $1,700 $1,800
Total: $52,440 $49,040

UC Riverside’s Financial Aid office is committed to making UCR affordable to all students, regardless of income. Scholarships and loans are popular forms of financial assistance offered to nearly two-thirds of all University of California undergraduates.

For more information, please  click here.