Freshman Admission

You are considered a freshman applicant if you are still in high school or have not yet enrolled at a college/university after graduation (excluding the summer immediately after graduation).


“A-G” courses are the required classes you need to take in high school in order to qualify for UC admission.

You must complete 15 yearlong, UC-approved, A-G high school courses with a grade of C or better — at least 11 of them prior to your senior year.

You must have a GPA of 3.0 or better (3.4 for nonresidents) in the A-G courses, with no grade below a C.
As a top-ranking university, UC Riverside seeks extraordinary students and admission is competitive. Using the measures described below, we calculate an Academic Index Score (AIS). The higher your AIS; the more likely you are to be admitted. However, final admission is always determined within the context of campus enrollment goals.

We consider:
  • Your GPA
  • Your scores on the ACT with Writing, SAT or SAT with Essay
  • Your completion of AP/IB courses with grades C or better

We give extra consideration to:
  • First-generation college students (neither parent has a four-year college degree)
  • Low-income students (as determined by household size and income)
Learn more about how UC applications are reviewed.


How to Apply

You will need:

  • The personal insight questions are your opportunity to tell us about yourself in your own words, and our opportunity to get to know you better.

  • Draft your answers in a word processing program first, then copy and paste them into the UC application. (You’re automatically logged out of the UC application after 30 minutes and will lose your work otherwise.)

  • Freshman applicants must answer four out of eight questions.

  • Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.

  • The personal insight questions are just one part that we consider when making our admission decision. The important thing is that you express who you are, what matters to you and what you want to share with UCR!

  • See the personal insight questions for freshman students.

  • Get writing tips.
  • You will complete the UC Application to apply to UCR.

  • The fee is $70 for each UC. You can apply for a fee waiver when you fill out the application. (You’ll need your family's income and the number of people supported by it.)

  • You can access the UC Application beginning August 1. 

  • You can submit your application November 1-30. 

  • The application deadline is November 30.

  • If you have difficulties, email or call (800) 207-1710 (US) or (310) 513-2715 (outside US).
  • Print your receipt.

  • Watch for a confirmation email. As soon as you apply, you should receive one. If you do not, contact, (800) 207-1710 (US) or (310) 513-2715 (outside US).

  • Watch for an email from UCR Undergraduate Admissions with instructions on how to access your MyUCR admission portal account. Log in to MyUCR regularly to check your admission status, respond to messages, and track important dates and deadlines. Admission notification begins in March.

  • Order SAT/ACT test score reports. When you send your official score report to one UC campus, it becomes available to all UC campuses to which you applied. Report scores no later than July 15.

  • You can update some information on your application after you apply, such as contact information or self-report test scores. Learn more.