Beyond Brilliant


As America’s fastest rising university, UC Riverside is acclaimed for creating an academic environment and peer network that supports students like no other comparable campus in the nation. Beyond Brilliant, UC Riverside’s first fundraising initiative dedicated to student-focused priorities across the university, will create even more opportunities for Highlanders to shine.

Let’s be brilliant together.

With your help, we will raise $50 million over the next 5 years to expand need- and merit-based scholarships and fellowships to broaden access and ensure affordability to our world-class educational experience. And we’ll create additional resources, opportunities, and programs for students to shine brightly. With your philanthropic support of Beyond Brilliant, we can propel students into bright futures.


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Expand Access and Opportunity

Your support makes a UC Riverside education attainable for California’s best and brightest, helping students overcome obstacles as they seek admission and work toward degree completion. 

  • Increasing undergraduate student scholarships
  • Increasing graduate student fellowships


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Energize Learning and Discovery

Your support empowers innovative teaching and learning strategies and funds the creation of inspiring spaces such as state-of-the-art labs and classrooms equipped with experiential technologies.

  • Expanding undergraduate and graduate student internships and experiential learning
  • Inspiring spaces and capital projects to enhance the student experience


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Enhance Health, Well-being, and Sense of Belonging

Your support funds the resources, centers, and programs that provide for students’ basic needs, nurture mental and physical wellness, and foster our culturally diverse campus community.

  • Caring for students’ basic needs and improving health and well-being 
  • Enriching student groups and programs


What’s better than making a gift to support UCR students? A gift that goes twice as far!

Your Beyond Brilliant gifts go further to help Highlanders in need thanks to a generous dollar-for-dollar match from the UCR Foundation board of trustees. Give today to make the most impact in the lives of UCR students.

Articles, New, and Videos

The people of UC Riverside – students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters – truly are beyond brilliant. Here are their stories…
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UC Riverside launches student-centered Beyond Brilliant
No student should have to choose between buying books or food. Or pass up an internship opportunity because they can’t afford gas. Or drop out of school to ease the financial burden on their family. But these choices are a reality for many students who attend the University of California, Riverside.
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Board of trustees lead Beyond Brilliant by example
There’s more to university life than filling out admissions forms, showing up for classes, and studying for tests. Erik Anderson, an Inland Empire business leader and philanthropist, wants all students at the University of California, Riverside to take advantage of the world-class education they are being offered. And he’s pledging $5 million to help make that happen.
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It's a three-peat: UCR again tops social mobility ranking
For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has named UC Riverside the top university in the nation for social mobility. The social mobility category considers the degree to which a university elevates its low-income graduates to a higher standard of living. As rankings leaders such as U.S. News have adjusted their formulas in the past few years, they increasingly consider social mobility among the leading measures of higher education success.
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UC Riverside is No. 1 in Pell Grant performance
A dive into Washington Monthly’s recent ranking of 393 four-year universities reveals an important success: UC Riverside is the No. 1 university in the nation for Pell Grant performance. The measure considers how many low-income students a university serves compared with statewide earnings. The Pell Grant is the largest federal grant program offered to undergraduates and is typically awarded to students from households earning less than $65,000 per year.
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We asked graduates what UC Riverside meant to them 

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"I didn’t know my own strength"

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Chicanx/Latinx students on the rise at UC Riverside

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Philanthropists Byron Pollitt ’73 and Teresa Pollitt ’74 Empowering Extraordinary Minds

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Wally Bakare: Supporting African American Student Success at UCR

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Joseph Sanberg: A Grandfather's Legacy

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Cam Calkins: The Secret Ingredient is Love

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Roger and Sheryl Hayes: A UCR Love Story

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