UC Riverside ranks among top U.S. universities

By on September 10, 2020

For the second consecutive year, UC Riverside has been ranked the 27th-best university in the United States by Washington Monthly magazine.

The publication also listed UC Riverside 15th among public universities, along with six other University of California schools: UC San Diego, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Irvine.

Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings, which the magazine began 15 years ago, ranks the top 200 universities based on how well they promote upward mobility, research, and civic engagement, according to the publications.

The 2020 ratings are in the magazine’s current edition, the September/October issue.

“The Washington Monthly ranking is significant because it was one of the first ranking systems to reward colleges based not on their prestige or exclusivity, but rather on what they do to make our country better,” said UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox in a statement on the university’s website.

UC Riverside ranked 34th in social mobility, 65th in research, and 15th in public service. In the overall rankings, it ranked between Cal State Fresno at 26 and the University of Virginia at 28.

UC Riverside has an eight-year graduation rate of 75 percent, has 1,642 Pell graduates in its history, and a median income 10 years after entering college of nearly $50,000, according to the magazine.