Campus Growth



C Riverside has seen immense growth over the last few years, with the addition of several new facilities that offer more space for students to learn, live, receive health and counseling support, and enjoy nature. In 2023, the campus opened the new Student Health and Counseling Center and the Native American Landscape Garden. It also broke ground on a new School of Business building and the second phase of the North District student housing complex. Here’s more on these campus improvements:


558,850 square feet
square feet is the combined total of the four major construction projects, which began or were completed in 2023.

1,568 beds
beds will be available for students in two apartment-style buildings at the northwest corner of campus at the completion of the North District Phase 2 project. In a first-of-its-kind partnership, the 400,000-square-foot complex will include housing for Riverside Community College District students along with UCR students. The project began construction in October and is expected to open by August 2025.

2.4 acres
acres is the size of a neighborhood park being built alongside the North District complex. The complex will have amenities such as a shaded pedestrian walkway, a cafe, courtyards, and recreation fields.

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35 varieties
varieties of plants, brush, and grass native to the region and its Indigenous tribes were planted in the Native American Landscape Garden, which opened at the center of campus in fall 2023. It also includes four varieties of trees, a sand circle for performances and classes, and benches that light up at night.

1,156 appointments
appointments are made each week by students at the new two-story, 39,450-square-foot Student Health and Counseling Center, which opened in September. The center brings together medical, mental health, and well-being services at one convenient and modern facility for the first time.

3,595 students
students are enrolled at the School of Business as of fall 2023. The new 38,500-square-foot building will help meet the college’s fast-growing enrollment with classrooms, an auditorium, offices, meeting rooms, student lounges, and other support space. The building is expected to open in August.

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