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he 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, including 660 ladder-rank 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 ladder-rank faculty onboard.

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.

  • 10th in natural sciences and engineering
  • 79th in social sciences and humanities
  • 90th in biomedical and health sciences
  • 95th in life and earth sciences
  • 170th in mathematics and computer science

How UCR Ranks


UCR’s Chancellor created the position of the Associate Vice Chancellor, Diversity, Excellence and Equity (AVCDEE) in response to the growing awareness of the educational benefit of diversity for all students, faculty, and staff.

The AVCDEE is the chief diversity officer and leader of UCR’s initiatives to promote diversity as a means to academic excellence, multicultural understanding and professional competence.

Included in the AVCDEE’s charge are assisting and monitoring all units of the campus in their efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff, and student body, as well as planning, implementing and overseeing development of programs and activities to support the culture of open inquiry, pluralism, mutual respect and engagement throughout the campus. Additionally, the AVCDEE has undertaken a variety of campus initiatives to advance UCR’s dedication to academic excellence through diversity.

The Associate Vice Chancellor, Diversity, Excellence and Equity (AVCDEE) is also leading an expanded mandate to diversify and retain faculty and staff through multicultural and affirmative action education, as well as training and leadership programs. In the past ten years, UCR has made a significant increase in both women and minority academic staff, plus steady progress in diversifying administrative staff.

Diversity at UCR


The University of California, Riverside serves the needs and enhances the quality of life of the diverse people of California, the nation and the world through knowledge – its communication, discovery, translation, application, and preservation. The undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs; research programs; and outreach activities develop leaders who inspire, create, and enrich California’s economic, social, cultural, and environmental future.

UCR Mission Statement

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