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).
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 take either the ACT with Writing, the SAT or the SAT with Essay by December of your senior year.
- We don't require SAT Subject Tests, but you may want to take them to satisfy an A-G
requirement or apply for a major that recommends them. For example, the Bourns College of Engineering and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences recommend Math Level 2 and either Chemistry or Physics.
- Report your test scores right away (and no later than July 15).
- Learn more about the UC exam requirement.
- 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)
How to Apply
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, (800) 207-1710 (US) or (310) 513-2715 (outside US).
- Create a MyUCR account and link it to your application to get the most up-to-date information on your admission
status. Freshman admission notification begins March 1.
- 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.