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Rankings and Facts


UC Riverside By The Numbers

At UC Riverside, belonging, motivation, and sustainable progress for students, the region, and the world is real — and really important. On our nearly 1,200-acre campus, tomorrow’s leaders come together today, finding new ways of thinking, doing, and achieving to make a difference in an increasingly multicultural and interconnected global society. Our vibrant, diverse, and thriving campus is a rocket ship, accelerating ideas and powering new possibilities.

Our more than 26,000 students and 1,100 faculty blaze trails — literally and figuratively. Off campus, they have access to our region’s diverse geography, from the desert to the coast, as well as cultural and recreational activities right here in Riverside. And on campus, all are empowered to accelerate their bold ideas. Because our mission is clear: to launch a new generation of innovative thinkers.


  • UC Riverside is a new member of the Association of American Universities, which is comprised of the country’s leading research universities. 
  • No. 2 among all U.S. universities for social mobility – U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 1 for Hispanic enrollment among selective universities – Urban Institute
  • No. 1 in freshmen retention rates for Pell Grant recipients, and No. 3 in Pell recipient graduation rates - Chronicle of Higher Education
  • No. 2 in the country for financial aid – Business Insider
  • No. 2 in Entomology research in the world – Center for World University Rankings
  • No. 3 in Hispanic STEM graduates in the nation – National Science Foundation
  • No. 5 most diverse medical school – U.S. News
  • No. 7 for Pell Grant student performance – Washington Monthly
  • No. 9 among public universities for sustainability – Princeton Review
  • Top 12 public university – Forbes "America's Best Value Colleges"
  • No. 14 public university – CNBC "Colleges That Pay Off the Most"
  • No. 20 public university – Princeton Review Best Schools for Making a Public Impact
  • No. 31 in the world in plant and animal sciences – U.S. News & World Report

Award Winners

  • 2 Nobel Prize Winners
  • 2 Guggenheim Awards
  • 4 UC University Professorships
  • 11 Fulbright Scholars
  • 28 National Academies Members

General UCR Stats

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2020 Ethnicity breakdown

38.7% | Hispanic or Latino
30.8% | Asian
12.9% | White
5.5% | Two or More Races
7.5% | International
3.0% |  Black or African American
1.5% | Unknown
0.1% | Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
0.1% | Native American or Alaskan Native


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Economic Impact

As the only public research university in Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is on the leading edge of pioneering research that has both a local and global impact. The work we do to educate our future leaders and address the challenges we face today fuels positive economic growth here in Southern California and beyond. 

$226 Million Total 2019-20 Research Funding


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$2.71 Billion on the U.S. Economy
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Economic Impact Report

From its economic impact to its role in the community to the influence it casts on the future, UC Riverside has a significant positive impact on California that extends far beyond campus.

Economic Impact Report

The UC System

UCR is one of the ten campuses of the University of California system. We are dedicated to the fundamental missions of teaching, research, and public service.

The UC System

UCR Institutional Research

The source of official statistics for the university related to students, faculty, and staff.

UCR Institutional Research

UCR Library

The UCR Library holds 3 million volumes of books, 30,000 titles of print and electronic serials, 2.2 million microforms, 300,000 government information sources and close to 50,000 audiovisual materials.

UCR Library