Short overview of University of California Riverside

Short overview of University of California Riverside

November 11, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The University of California, Riverside (UCR)
is a public research university and one of the 10 general campuses of the University
of California system. The main campus sits on 1,900 acres in a suburban
district of Riverside, with a branch campus of 20 acres in Palm Desert. In 1907 the predecessor to UCR was founded
as the UC Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside which pioneered research in biological pest
control and the use of growth regulators responsible for extending the citrus growing season in
California from four to nine months. Some of the world’s most important research
collections on citrus diversity and entomology, as well as science fiction and photography,
are located at Riverside. UCR is consistently ranked as one of the most
ethnically and economically diverse universities in the United States. Nearly two-thirds of all UCR students graduate
within six years without regard to economic disparity. UCR’s extensive outreach and retention programs
have contributed to its reputation as a “campus of choice” for minority students, including
LGBT students. UCR’s sports teams are known as the Highlanders
and play in the Big West Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Division I. Their nickname was inspired by the high altitude
of the campus, which lies on the foothills of Box Springs Mountain. As a campus of the University of California
system, UCR is governed by a Board of Regents and administered by a president. Total library collections at UCR comprise
more than 2 million volumes, 14,017 electronic journals, 23,000 serial subscriptions, and
1.7 million microformats. Two large, four-story libraries house most
of the physical collections. The Rivera library seats a capacity of 956
and houses general humanities and social science collections, as well as special collections,
including the world’s largest collection of science fiction, horror and fantasy literature. The Raymond L. Orbach Science Library seats
a capacity of 1,360 and houses 533,000 volumes in the physical, natural, agricultural, biomedical,
engineering and computer sciences, with special strengths in the areas of citrus and sub-tropical
horticulture, entomology, and arid lands agriculture. UCR hosts over 375 registered student organizations,
including the Associated Students of the University of California, Riverside, which represents
undergraduates on administrative and policy issues.