University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center



About UCR Palm Desert


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The University of California has been active in the Coachella Valley for nearly 100 years, initially supporting the agriculture industry and more recently impacting modern growth issues through research in areas such as transportation, air quality and energy and water conservation.

Established in 2005, the Palm Desert Center serves as:

  • A base for several UCR research programs.
  • A host to international academic conferences, continuing education and a variety of public service programs.
  • A resource to extend the reach of UCR by providing outreach efforts in local schools to promote and improve college-going rates in the Coachella Valley.

Our Goals

UCR Palm Desert Center aims to:

  • Increase the number of students in graduate degree programs.
  • Attract even more research by UCR and UC faculty to UCR Palm Desert.
  • Engage the community in responding to the real and emerging needs of the region.

Learn about the University of California, Riverside.

About Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley

Scenic golf coursesThe city of Palm Desert is about 11 miles east of the city of Palm Springs and about 66 miles east of the UC Riverside campus. The Palm Desert/Palm Springs metropolitan area lies along the south side of Interstate 10 in northern Coachella Valley.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UCR Palm Desert Center
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Tel: (760) 834-0800
Fax: (760) 834-0796
E-mail: palmdesert@ucr.edu

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