Riverside’s local colleges and universities have again set record high enrollment numbers for the 2013 school year. With three Universities and one Community College, the City of Riverside boasts a student population of 48,718.
The University of California, Riverside total enrollment for the 2013 school year grew to 21,297. The University also welcomed the inaugural class of the School of Medicine this fall with 50 students donning their white coats in front of a crowd of 700 parents, family members, faculty and community supporters for the School’s first White Coat ceremony.
California Baptist University also launched a new program this year with the launch of the Aviation Science program and opening of the Flight School under that program. California Baptist “posted the largest one-year numerical increase in the institution’s history, with an 18 percent increase above the fall 2012 enrollment figure.”
La Sierra University also set new records as the university “reached the highest enrollment in its history, with 2,478 students enrolled for the Fall 2013 term as of October 4. This is the fourth year in a row that La Sierra has seen an enrollment increase. Over that time, the student body has grown by 33 percent”. La Sierra University held the grand opening of the $16 million, 60,200-square-foot Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business. “For La Sierra this is a remarkable moment that connects the needs of one of the university’s most dynamic schools with the passion and vision of alumni and donors who are personally invested in the mission of the School of Business,” said La Sierra University President Randal Wisbey. The business school will also feature two “Start Up Garages” and an Innovation Lab where students will be able to test their entrepreneurial abilities and try out new ideas.
Riverside City College experienced a boost in enrollment for the fall with 17,801 students attending this year. Included in this year’s enrollment are 384 students who signed up for the Completion Counts Two Year Guarantee, a program that is now in its second year and provides students with early registration, access to impacted English and Math courses, a Two Year Student Education Plan and other resources to help them successfully graduate or transfer to a four year university in two years.
The growth in enrollment at the colleges and universities in Riverside is an incredible asset to the City to provide an educated workforce and further strengthen Riverside’s regional competitiveness and long-term economic growth.