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 currently hosts about 22,000 students, with 900 instructional faculty. Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Provost Paul J. D'Anieri are implementing plans for an aggressive expansion of the faculty, planning to bring an additional 300 faculty members onboard.
The campus is in the midst of a tremendous growth spurt with new and remodeled facilities coming on-line on a regular basis.
They 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 their past helps them plan their 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, they are now the premier research and educational institution in the thriving Inland Southern California region.