Power Claims


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UC Riverside’s Power Claims are a resource to communicate the university’s impact, quality, and effectiveness. You may use the Power Claims on their own or in combination with other messaging to support marketing, communications, fundraising, and other university initiatives. 

They could be used in headlines and in supporting statements including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Social media 
  • Email 
  • Face-to-Face communications
  • Digital/web
  • Advertising
  • Brochures and printed materials
  • Slide decks
  • Advocacy 

Several claims are posted in varying lengths to account for methods of communication that require less text (e.g. ads, infographics) or allow for longer narratives (e.g. websites, speeches).

The Power Claims will be revised and expanded multiple times per year by University Communications, in consultation with Institutional Research and the Office of the Provost. 

Institutional Claims

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UCR is ranked among the nation's top 12 public universities. – Forbes 2019 "America's Best Value Colleges"

UC Riverside is America’s fastest rising ranked university. – U.S. News 2019 rankings

No. 35 public university in the U.S. – U.S. News 2019 rankings

As a member of the world’s most prestigious public university system, UC Riverside ranks among the top 1% of universities worldwide. – Center for World University Rankings 2018-19 

One of fewer than 20 public U.S. universities to boast multiple Nobel Laureates on the faculty

One of only 29 public U.S. universities with a Nobel Prize winner on the faculty.

UCR’s distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 10 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine. 

Located in the 10th most populous county in the U.S. and California’s fastest growing region, UCR is an economic powerhouse, contributing $2.7 billion to the U.S. economy. – 2017 UCR Economic Impact Report

UCR ranks among the Top 30 public institutions contributing to the public good. – Washington Monthly 2018

Ranked the 13th best university in the West – Money Magazine 2018

Ranked the 13th best university in the western United States, UCR leads the nation in excellence, access, and affordability. – Money Magazine 2018

The Education Trust named UCR among the best in the U.S. in terms of graduation success for Latino and black students.

Enrolls more students who receive Pell Grants than the entire Ivy League…combined.

Research and Scholarship Claims:

UCR Entomology Collection

No. 2 in Entomology research in the world – Center for World University Rankings

Ranked No. 2 in the world, UCR’s research in Entomology leads the global fight to save bees and other endangered pollinators.  – Center for World University Rankings 

Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR’s Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. – Center for World University Rankings 

Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR’s distinguished Department of Entomology houses one of the nation’s largest research team of bee experts.

UCR’s world-class genetics experts lead the global fight against mosquito-borne illness, saving millions of lives around the world.

In the race to protect its citrus, vineyards, and native landscapes, UCR is California’s top resource for invasive species research. – Citrus Research Board 2018

As California’s top resource for citrus research, UC Riverside partners with growers to protect California’s $7 billion+ citrus industry. – Citrus Research Board 2018

California’s top choice for citrus research – Citrus Research Board 2018

A global leader in agricultural research, UCR has produced more than 40 different citrus varieties, including the popular Tango mandarin.

Home to the largest indoor atmospheric test chamber, UCR is a national leader in air pollution and alternative fuels research.

UCR invented and is the world’s leader in Integrated Pest Management research, equipping growers to combat crop-destroying insects through innovative biocontrol technologies.

The world-leader in Integrated Pest Management research, UCR’s market-ready biocontrol technologies help growers reduce their use of pesticides.

Student Access/Success Claims:

Offering Californians one of the most generous financial aid packages in the nation, UCR is the 13th best university in the western United States. – Money Magazine 2018

UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.

Distinctive Asset Claims:

UCR Museum of Photography CAmera

Home to one of the world’s largest cataloged collections of science fiction & fantasy literature and memorabilia.

UCR’s California Museum of Photography is the largest photographic center in the western United States, housing the region’s most comprehensive public camera collection.