University description (as per official university website)
The University of California, Riverside is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system, and 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 19,000 students, with a goal of 21,000 students by 2020. The campus is in the midst of a tremendous growth spurt with new and remodeled facilities coming on-line on a regular basis.
We are located approximately 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. UCR is also within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreational sites, as well as desert, mountain and coastal destinations.
UC Riverside is an ever-changing organism — growing, evolving and adapting. Understanding our past helps us plan our way for the future.
In 1907, the California State Legislature established the Citrus Experiment Station in Riverside to research agricultural issues facing Southern California.
In 1948, the University of California Regents approved the establishment of the College of Letters and Science. The college opened for classes in February 1954.
In 1959, Riverside was declared a general campus by the Regents and courses of study began to be developed. The University’s Graduate Division was established in 1960.
Since then, our growth has mirrored the growth of Southern California. Once a small university in a small town, we are now the premier research and educational institution in the thriving Inland Southern California region.
Financial aid is available for students who:
* are U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, permanent residents, refugees, asylees, and other eligible noncitizens
* have a valid Social Security number
* are enrolled at least half-time
* are in an undergraduate or graduate program that leads to a degree or certificate
* if male, are registered with the Selective Service
* are not in default on a federal educational loan and who do not owe a refund on a federal grant
* are making satisfactory academic progress
* demonstrate financial need (except for the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students PLUS Loan and some scholarship programs