Squadus: No ones ever cheated off me or bugged me for answers, but I usually study alone, haha. I suppose there are probably people like that, but I doubt it would be any different anywhere else.. And most of my classes have been in the engineering department by the way.
Whether Pentland is the best bet is based on your personality. Pentland's quiet, but nice. I personally live in East Lothian, and am happy with that decision. East Lothian is a little louder than Pentland, but not quite as party as is AI or West Lothian. But if you want a party dorm, go to AI, because West Lo sucks.
many at my school, competitive and very... domineering, see ucr as an inferior. There is this stereotype of ucr that claims it to be 'bad' 'not a good school' 'sucks.'
From a student who actually attends, can you tell me what you make of the school?
There must have been at least one person in your area who looked down upon your decision to go to such a low ranking uc.
I know that people 'have to make the best of things.'
Yet, i want to know your perspective...
as in. aside from a stereotypic view, how is UCR.
I know that the city surrounding it is not so fab, but i heard many other things.
Well, basically what the low(ish) ranking means is that your peers are not all motivated like they might be at an ivy league school or Berkeley. What it does mean is that your peers are mostly average, but there are still smart people and stupid people (or motivated and lazy people) around. The school itself can be pretty difficult if you take difficult classes- I found chemistry extremely difficult and had to study very very often.
I doubt there is a huge difference amongst the UC's as far as difficulty of the material goes. As in, I'm sure I'm learning the same things in Calculus I and II here that I would be at another, higher ranking UC. It's hard to just say the school is "good" or "bad." Rather, there's things about the school I like and others I don't.
I do like- Not overly stressful or competitive
I've learned plenty from classes
Met plenty of cool people
I don't like- Bad area the schools in
The fact that everyone leaves on the weekends
Koreanboi: I really don't know, I've only taken one of those classes (Chem) and found it pretty difficult. However, the class isn't curved based on how your peers do, so it's not overly important how competitive everyone else is.
Most people that take the summer courses are just catching up (like, if you were placed in a lower math or english, people would take it over summer). I can't really say anything about summer classes really though, because I haven't taken any.
Hey CC folks, I randomly found my way here while googleing UCR. Some of the questions here seem a bit out of the way for arcadefire1027 to answer (entrance requirements, major-specific programs, etc) so I'll gladly take on some of them.
Of course much credit to arcadefire1027 for taking the time to answer so many of your questions!
Who am I?
I work for UCR's Undergraduate Recruitment in the Campus Tours Office, so go ahead and fire away! If I don't have the numbers/answer on the top of my head, I can surely look them up at work.