An L.A. Times feature by higher education writer Teresa Watanabe describes UCR as a "living laboratory" in which to study how well students with high grades but low SAT scores fare in college.
UCR has the second-lowest SAT scores in the UC system for its entering freshmen. But Times research found there is only a two-point difference in graduation rates between those with SAT scores between 900-1090 and those who scored between 1100-1600.
The Times article points to UCR's reputation for helping disadvantaged students succeed, and for the "grit" of its students, many of whom are first generation, from low-income families, and from underrepresented populations.
The article asserts: "The Riverside campus is filled with students from less privileged backgrounds whose hard work has helped them transcend low test scores and rise to UC's academic rigor."