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College Facts Friday: UC Riverside

As we enjoy the last few weeks of sunshine… wait, who are we kidding? It’s California! It’ll still be sunny in November! Well, even still, we can’t help but want to write about a school in sunny CA for #CollegeFactsFriday. Ready to learn more about UC Riverside? Read on! 


1. The very first “first-day” for UC Riverside was in February 1954. Interesting fact about UC Riverside is that the school didn’t start off as a school at all! Rather, UCR was the official UC Citrus Experimentation Station. Read more history here

2. UCR Palm Desert, which opened in 2005, extends the reach of UCR to the Coachella Valley, offering a Master of Fine Arts degree, continuing education courses, and a Future Physician Leaders program. 

3. The college colors are blue and yellow 

4. UC Riverside has 101 Bachelor’s Degrees, 55 Master’s Degrees, and 42 Ph.D.’s 

5. UCR Extension provides continuing education and specialized certificate courses to nearly 30,000 per year to meet local workforce training needs, to educate international students, and to provide intellectual enrichment for community members.

6. UC Riverside is ranked No. 2 in the country for financial aid – (source Business Insider 2019)

7. One of the most beautiful parts of campus is the Botanic Gardens, which cover 40 acres.  

8. The mascot for UC Davis is Scotty Highlander, a mascot with a lot of history! Read more here. 

9. There is a great tradition at UC Riverside of hiking the infamous 132 feet high, 70 feet wide letter “C” that is located in the heart of the Box Spring mountains. It has been rumored that if you kiss the “C” the beginning of fall quarter your first-year, you’ll get a 4.0. 

10. Learn more about UC Riverside on social! Visit Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for more.


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