Reviews for University of California, Riverside
Overall the college is wonderful. The atmosphere is very benevolent and the campus is very diverse. It is easy to make friends and get along with people as everyone is very sociable. My fondest memory thus far has to be when I started to get along with my hallmates. We were simply getting along in the lobby and playing "Cards Against Humanity". My tips for prospective students is to find a school that suits you and your major. Definetly make sure you have all your finances in check and remember to have fun moderately not excessively.
My program the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) is well suited for an English major like me. My peer mentors from my classes help me when im confused on where to go or what to do academically. My professors are very easy to reach either through their office hours or Email. All of my professors encourage active participation as well as questions on anything we are confused on. Class sizes obviously differ from each subject but I prefer smaller class sizes as it is easier to speak to the professor directly. Workloads are as expected, tough work but manageable if you use your time wisely.
As stated previously the social atmosphere is very benevolent. The fact that the school is so diverse sets a comfortable mood for every ethnicity. There are a wide variety of organizations and clubs that are available for everyone. The only issue I have with the athletics department is that they should get a football and cross country team. As far as weekend activities the college will usually have a karaoke night or etc for all students.
The campus is absolutely amazing! The facilities are well-kept and they are constantly improving the school through new building projects. The campus seems park-like even though it is in the desert. My tour guide and the other students with the Campus Tours department were friendly and genuinely helpful at answering my questions. Since we were the only ones on the tour in the morning, my dad and I got a personalized tour on a golf cart, which was really cool!
They rank high on their overall academic rating. One reason why I chose Riverside was the business school that they have, which has one of the top undergraduate programs in the state. I look forward to attending this fall!
While the campus itself is safe, I have heard reports of some crime in the surrounding areas, mostly theft of items such as laptops and bikes. Also, while Riverside has a few cool sights, the city itself is not the greatest college town, as it is far from major destinations.
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