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Why UC Riverside


Making Your Mark in the World

Like the university itself, research at UC Riverside is on the rise. Funding for our path-breaking research initiatives is up more than 39 percent over the past 5 years. Here at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, our annual research expenditure is $30 million, with each faculty member bringing in $313,000 each year.

Our engineering students have the unique opportunity to work side-by-side with world-class faculty on this cutting-edge research. We proudly partner with local, national, and global entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and fellow research enterprises to take our expertise and visionary solutions from the lab to the marketplace.

Your Home Away from Home

The University of California at Riverside is one of 10 campuses of the University of California system, widely recognized as the preeminent public university system in the world. Located in the rapidly growing Inland Empire region of Southern California, the 1,200-acre campus lies at the foot of the Box Springs Mountains in Riverside. 

The historic City of Riverside is noted for its palm-lined avenues and its mild climate. Riverside is centrally located about 55 miles east of Los Angeles and about 75 miles north of San Diego. The combination of the unrivaled climate of Southern California with easy access to Pacific Ocean beaches, deserts, mountains, cultural activities, shopping, and many attractions make Riverside a wonderful place to live. The metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs, and San Diego are all within easy reach. 

UCR provides an ideal place to live and learn. The campus is set on a beautiful park-like campus and offers the unique advantages of a large research institution along with opportunity for personal faculty attention.

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