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UC Riverside Gets a National Ratings Boost

Washington Monthly College Guide gives UCR high marks.

(August 9, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — ( — UC Riverside is ranked No. 22 among the nation’s universities and colleges by Washington Monthly College Guide.

Instead of looking at student SAT scores and grade-point averages, the magazine’s editors asked, “What are colleges doing for the country? Are they engines of social mobility? Do they promote the idea of service to the country? Do they foster scientific and humanistic research?”

When those questions were answered, many of the schools listed at the top of the U. S. News and World Report rankings fell and UC Riverside rose. Harvard, ranked No. 1 by U.S. News, dropped to No. 28 on Washington Monthly’s list. Not only was Riverside ranked in the top 25 among the nation’s colleges and universities, but its ranking rose more than any other school under Washington Monthly’s criteria.

"We've always felt that our mission -- carried out through classroom instruction, scientific and humanistic research and community outreach -- has been to make a significant contribution to the people of the state of California," said UC Riverside Chancellor France Cordova. "It is gratifying to see that effort recognized nationally."

This is the second year of Washington Monthly’s College Guide. The complete rankings can be found at

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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