UCR Hits Record Enrollment

University is also halfway to faculty hiring goal

UCR has been ranked 29 in Money Magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money 2017.”

Official numbers for Fall 2016 enrollment at the University of California, Riverside are in, and indicated record numbers for both fall enrollment, and the number of new students.

The growth on campus is palpable, with 22,921 total students, 19,799 of whom are undergraduates. There are 6,592 new students, including freshmen and transfer students.

Also, the university hired a record number of new faculty members – 132 – for the fall semester.

“It’s truly an exciting time at UCR,” said Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox. “Growth doesn’t come without its challenges, but I’m inspired by the effort across campus to make a UCR education available to more and more deserving students.”

UCR remains one of the most diverse universities in the nation, with more than 85 percent of its students non-white. More than 37 percent of UCR students are Hispanic or Latino; 30.9 percent are Asian.

Of the total campus enrollment, 11,472 are first-generation college students.

The faculty hires represent almost half of Wilcox’s stated goal of hiring 300 new faculty by 2020.


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