Established in 1954, the University of California Riverside is an open research university that is associated with the APLU. The classes began in 1954 along with 127 students and 65 faculty members. By 1958, the university witnessed a rise in enrolments as it grew to over 1,000 students. Moreover, the Medical School opened by the university in 2006 was the 1st medical school constructed in California. A local couple contributed huge funds to the university so as to help to build an organized medical school with experienced faculty and professionals. In addition, in 2012, the faculty members received a fund for research funding from organizations like the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.
Situated on nearly 1,200 scenic acres in Inland Southern California, The university’s strong core programs and new and emerging disciplines are housed within three colleges, four professional schools, and more than 20 interdisciplinary research centers.
The university offers an undergraduate program and postgraduate program. As a report in 2019, there are 22,055 students in the undergraduate program and 3,493 students in the postgraduate program. Also, the University of California is the only university in California to offer a degree in creative writing, business administration, and public policy. Moreover, the university provides professional courses for specific fields. The student exchange program has helped students gain knowledge and practical experience about the courses. They learn a different curriculum. In addition, The university’s Library holds 3 million volumes of books, 30,000 titles of print and electronic serials, 2.2 million microforms, 300,000 government information sources, and close to 50,000 audiovisual materials.
The university has a remarkable list of alumni that includes Steve Breen (Editorial Cartoonist), Billy Collins (Poet), Brenda Martinez (Represented US in 2016 Olympics), Dr. Richard R. Schrock (Nobel Prize in Chemistry) and Charles E. Young (Chancellor of UCLA).