UC Riverside Recognized for Diversity and Value in Annual U.S. News & World Report College Rankings

University places 24th among "Best Value" schools and eighth for diversity

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UC Riverside was ranked eighth in the nation in diversity in the U.S. News and World Report College Rankings released in September, 2012. Photo by Gabe Acosta

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside fared well in the recent U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Colleges Report, released on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The university was ranked 101st overall among research universities, 24th among “Best Value Schools” and eighth in diversity.

  • UCR tied for 101st overall among the 270 schools that participated in the survey, based on categories developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • The top-25 best value ranking takes into account the university’s academic quality and the 2011-12 net cost of attendance for a student. Only schools considered “above average” academically are considered. UCR provided need-based grants to 35% of students in 2011.
  • The campus was tied for eighth in the nation when it comes to diversity. The report factors the proportion of minority students, excluding international students. UCR scored a 0.70 on a scale from 0.0 to 1.0, the highest ratio in the UC system and in second best in the state behind Stanford.

The annual rankings by U.S. News and World Report, first issued in 1983, are frequently used by families as they decide where to target applications. The rankings combine reputational rankings with the hard-data outcomes related to graduation rates, tuition costs and level of donor support.

Earlier this year, UCR was ranked ninth overall among national universities and first in student service participation in the 2012 Washington Monthly College Ranking, which rates schools based upon their contribution to the public good in the categories of social mobility, research, and service. Sierra Magazine listed UCR as one of “America’s Coolest Schools” in their annual survey of the nation’s greenest colleges.


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