These schools are similar to University of California-Riverside in key aspects like size, setting, and academics.
91% of students
At least in the departments that I was involved in -- History and Classical Studies -- the professors and faculty were not only passionate about their fields but helpful as well. I truly felt cared for and valued as a student there. However, one thing that I feel could be better is UCR communicating the resources that they have to the students. UCR has quite a bit of resource to help with things from food insecurity to needing help jump-starting your car, but they don't really communicate these resources too much.
UCR is a very big commuter school; something like 70% of the students commutes from off-campus. But parking can be a nightmare -- especially if one gets there past ten in the morning. So I think that the school can benefit from building more parking structures/lots to help alleviate this.
In my first year at this university, I had a good experience. People are very friendly and willing to help anyone that needs it. Professors are very accommodating.
Very windy area and it is a bit hard having to find classes but with time it is easier as you get more familiar with the buildings.
The teachers are all good. There will be exceptions to that, but for the most part, they are good
The campus is big and you will get lost at least once or twice.
Most professors and teaching assistants are very knowledgeable about what they are teaching and care deeply about the overall well-being of their students.
As a person with disabilities, it was unfortunate that the university was not always able to accommodate me when I truly felt the necessity to attend classes remotely.
Riverside doesn't have the best environment in terms of cities. However, this doesn't mean it's a bad school. Overall, the environment of the school is nice. The buildings and halls are modern and the professors are all kind and willing to help however they can. If you're someone who loves to go above and beyond and is willing to ask for help or reach out to make connections then UCR may be the school for you.
The overall environment in the city of Riverside means that it can sometimes get a little dry. There isn't much to do outside of campus so a lot of times, you'll be on campus. The dining hall food is also pretty bad so I definitely don't recommend it.
It was affordable and had many people with similar goals as me.
The cost to attend can be on the expensive side if you don't apply for scholarships.