U.S. News and World Report Ranks UC Riverside 121st Overall

Ethnic diversity ranking continues to be high; undergraduate business program also receives national acclaim

Among the nearly 1,400 national universities rated in the survey, UC Riverside was ranked as 121.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The University of California, Riverside has been ranked as 121st overall among national universities in U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges Guide which was released on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.

Additionally, UCR was once again listed among the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation, while the School of Business Administration’s Undergraduate Business Program was ranked among the best in the nation.

The annual rankings by U.S. News and World Report, first issued in 1983, combine reputation-based rankings with the hard-data outcomes related to graduation rates, tuition costs and level of donor support.

Among the nearly 1,400 national universities rated in the survey, UC Riverside was placed in a tie for 121st with the University of Arizona, with 39 points. In last year’s survey, UCR was 113th with 43 points.

UCR continues to be recognized and listed among the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation.

UCR continues to be recognized and listed among the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation.

“We in the last several decades here in the United States have kind of gotten in the game of comparing institutions. Unfortunately so many of those measures have been widely described as backwards looking. How big is your endowment, you must be a great University. Well, not necessarily. The size of your endowment is often times the matter of how long you’ve been around. If you’ve been around for 100 years, you could save up more money than a university like UCR who’s only been around for 60 years,” explained Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox.

“Another important measure in many of those ranking systems is how exclusive are you? That is – how many students do you turn away? Well, it doesn’t seem good to me to be turning people away, it’s much better to be embracing people. Accessibility, not exclusivity, is important. Student success, and not just success at the top, for the richest, but for everybody. Those are the things that we here at UCR are very, very good at,” said Chancellor Wilcox.

Once again UCR was cited as one of the most ethnically diverse national universities, tied for 7th with a .69 on the diversity index, where 1.0 is the highest-possible score. Last year, the university had a .70 index, and was ranked 6th. The survey rates how “likely it is for students to run into students from a different ethnic group.”

The School of Business Administration’s undergraduate business program was included in their list of “Best Business Programs,” placing in a tie for 80th. The survey was conducted surveyed deans and senior faculty at business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

“Being consistently ranked as a top undergraduate business program points to our success in fulfilling our vision to maintain high-quality educational programs that serve the region and state’s top students,” said Yunzeng Wang, dean of the School of Business Administration. “We have made business education accessible to all who qualify, and maintained the largest and most diverse undergraduate business program in the UC system.”

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