I transfered in as Poli Sci major last fall and this will be my final quarter .
Before I get started I have to say that I'm a non-traditional student, as in self supporting( had my own apartment before coming here , and its going to be very hard for me to get my life back since I don't really have any family to depend on, etc . )
Now with that out of the way I'd like to speak a bit about the school .
The good, very high ranked engineering and science programs . - These programs tend to actually graduate their students within 4 years , or maybe a little more .
This is just what i've heard from my friends in these programs .
The bad - First off , the quality of life here is among the lowest in the nation . If you don't have a car( like me ) and you tend to just do whats around , your going to have a very hard time here . As far as finding a job - forget about it , unemployment's outrageous in riverside . I applied to every workstudy job I could , and the one that called me for an interview told me I didn't have the needed experience - Yeah , experience needed for a minimum wage job ! - Of course apart of the reason I'm ****ed is I was pulling about 2k a month from my job back in LA before quitting , giving up my sweat apartment too , to come here .
Now I could rant about how riverside is depressing or whatever, but in this day and age you can lock yourself in your room, play LOL and only come out when friends call to party - I actually found time to teach myself programming.
But the real reason I'm so upset with this school , and why I wont be returning next spring is something you all need to look up before moving out here - freshmen especially since Jerry Brown's likely to cut the UC budget again .... YOU CAN'T GET THE CLASSES YOU NEED . I didn't get ONE class for my major this quarter , NOT ONE - theirs no way I'd be able to graduate on time , and unlike a Cal-State which would let me drop to part time and get a job , since I'm not making much progress towards my degree anyway, your stuck full time here . I'm not one to run to an adviser and beg for a spot in a class, but still I should be able to register for the classes I need . Last summer I originally planed to do summer school to get ahead( on being ahead if your a CNASS major and your coming in with like 30 units from AP classes, then you should be ok ) but I happened to have a sweat job at the time. While I really wanted to go to summer school, it would of cost me about 4k even with aid . This combined with the fact I wouldn't of had a home in between the end of summer session and the start of Fall made me decide not to attend .
Before coming here make sure that you can actually graduate within 4, aid isn't guaranteed for year 5 and tuition is going up ever single year .
I consider myself a bit lucky since I came as a transfer and thus my debt isn't too bad - not like theirs a bunch of high paying Poli Sci jobs out their anyway .
At least to me, all this crap about happiness, atmosphere, or having fun ( ohh boy theirs 3 concerts a year) takes a major backseat to if you'll actually be able to get your degree . UCR has the lowest graduation rate of any UC aside from Merced , I suspect that many students see their aid cut after year 4 and they drop out since they simply can't afford it . This is more or less just a personal vent, since at this point most of you are too deadset on coming out here to reconsider your college choice even if you know you wont get the classes you need - I sure was last summer when I seriously considered not coming here, but instead assumed I'd figure it out once I got here .