Power Claims

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UC Riverside’s power claims communicate the university’s impact, quality, and effectiveness. 

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UC Riverside’s power claims 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


For the second consecutive year, UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. – U.S. News 2021

UC Riverside is the nation’s leader for social mobility. – U.S. News 2021

UC Riverside ranks #4 for social mobility among 614 U.S. universities. – Education Reform Now (ERN) 2020

UC Riverside is the country’s most transformative public university. – Money Magazine 2019

UC Riverside ranks as a Top 10 public university in the U.S. and No. 12 among all U.S. universities. – Money Magazine 2019 (Variation: Money ranks UC Riverside in the top 10 of all public universities nationwide, and No. 12 overall.)

In its 2020 ranking of top national universities, Washington Monthly magazine has named UC Riverside No. 27 among all institutions, and No. 15 among public universities.

UC Riverside ranks #1 in the U.S. in Hispanic enrollment among selective U.S. public universities. – Urban Institute 2020

UC Riverside ranks among the top 15 U.S. public universities that "pay off the most" in 2020. – CNBC

One of America’s best value colleges. – Princeton Review

UC Riverside enrolls more students who receive Pell Grants than nearly every university in the country, and more than the entire Ivy League combined.

Student enjoying a sunny day outside the Food Court at UCR

Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. – Business Insider

UC Riverside is the top-ranked research university in the country for student social mobility. – CollegeNET 

CNBC ranks UCR in the Top 10 colleges that pay off the most in big cities.

One of the nation's top 12 universities. – Forbes "America's Best Value Colleges"

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 2019-20 

UCR’s distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine. 

In its 2019 ranking, Washington Monthly ranked UCR second best in the nation in how well its low-income students perform. UCR’s first-generation student performance was No. 14 on the list.

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

As America’s fastest rising university, UC Riverside’s rankings are up…
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(U.S News)

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(WSJ/Times Higher Education)

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(Center for World University Rankings)

UCR jumped 20 positions to rank No. 12 among all U.S. universities – Money Magazine 2019

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.

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.

UC Riverside ranked 4th most transformative university by CEOWorld Magazine

One of the Top 30 public institutions contributing to the public good. – Washington Monthly 

UC Riverside’s graduation rate for students receiving Pell Grants graduates is 25 points higher than the national average. 

UC Riverside’s research funding has gone up from $124M in FY2015 to $195M in FY20.  

UC Riverside’s research funding is up 70% in the past 10 years. 

Research and Scholarship Claims:

In 2021, UCR ranks 26th in the world in plant and animal sciences. – U.S. News Global Rankings

UC Riverside ranked No. 3 in Hispanic STEM graduates in the nation. – 2019 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering  Report, National Science Foundation

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

UC Riverside's Botany and Plant Sciences Department includes five female National Academy of Sciences members, the largest of any single academic department in the nation. 

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.

Collage of images of students and research at UCR

Student Access/Success Claims:

Offering Californians one of the most generous financial aid packages in the nation, UCR is the 12th best university in the United States. – Money Magazine 2019

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:

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.

A leader in diversity and inclusion, UC Riverside was the first campus in the nation to offer a gender neutral housing option (2005), as well as the first campus in California to open a professionally-staffed LGBT resource office (1993) and to offer an LGBT studies minor (1996). Named one of the 11 Best Colleges for Queer Women by PRIDE.COM (2019).

Vintage Cameras Collection at the UCR Museum of Photography