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Rank: 12

University of California-Riverside

Riverside, CAhttps://www.ucr.edu
In light of its culturally and economically diverse student body, the University of California-Riverside's outcomes are impressive. Students graduate at a rate of 75%, which is about 41% higher than at similar schools with comparable student demographics, according to MONEY's analysis. Average early career salaries top $54,000, which is 17% higher than those of peers who come from similar institutions. Both metrics 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 (it contains more than 100,000 books, plus another 100,000 fanzines). 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. The side of the mountain features a large concrete C created by students in the 1950s, which takes inspiration from Berkeley's own mountainside C.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$36,200
% of students who get any grants
81%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,200
Average price for low-income students
$8,160
admissions
Acceptance rate
57%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1200/26
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
20,044
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
89%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$8,154
student success
Graduation rate
75%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$19,000
Average salary within 3 years
$54,000
% 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, Opportunity Insights.

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

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