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Rank: 32

University of California-Riverside

Riverside, CAWWW.UCR.EDU
In light of its culturally and economically diverse student body, the University of California, Riverside's outcomes are impressive. Seventy-three percent of students graduate, a rate that is about 33% higher than that of similar schools with comparable student demographics, according to MONEY's analysis. Average early career salaries top $51,600, which is 16% higher than their peers who come from similar institutions. Both metrics thus place UCR well ahead of similar schools. The Riverside campus of the University of California system was born out of a center for citrus research, an area in which the university still specializes. Undergrad research opportunities are vast. Several years ago, for example, UCR engineering students designed a roof tile that breaks down the air pollutants that cause smog, and in 2015, a senior discovered a new species of firefly while collecting insects for class. The university is also home to the world's largest collection of science fiction and fantasy titles. UC Riverside students are called Highlanders, a mascot that's a nod to the university's high elevation on the edge of the Box Springs Mountain. A Highlander legend claims that a bear was delaying the construction of the university's giant "C" on the side of the mountain, so the university's first provost wrestled the animal into submission. A campus statue called Braveheart Bear helps pass the tale from one class of students to the next.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$35,500
% of students who get any grants
82%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,800
Average price for low-income students
$8,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
66%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1070/24
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
21,017
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
78%
% of students who get merit* grants
1%
Average merit grant
$5,269
student success
Graduation rate
73%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$19,100
Average salary within 3 years
$51,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
41%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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