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Getting Started When does UC Riverside accept applications? The UC application is available beginning August 1. Submit your application November 1 through November 30 for the following fall quarter. Applications are due November 30. UC Riverside is not open to new applicants for the winter or spring quarters. Learn more about how to apply to UC Riverside
Getting Started How do I apply to UC Riverside? You may apply to UC Riverside using the University of California’s application. Get more detailed instructions on how to apply here.
Getting Started How much does it cost to apply? The application fee is $70 for each UC campus to which you apply. For international applicants, the fee is $80 for each campus.
Getting Started Can my application fee be waived? Fee waivers are available for up to four campuses for eligible United States citizens and permanent residents. You can apply for a fee waiver within the online application and will be notified immediately whether or not you have qualified.
Getting Started What happened to the personal statement? We’ve replaced the personal statement with the new personal insight questions for the fall 2017 application. We hope this new format will give you clearer guidance and more flexibility in the kind of information you want to share with us. Learn more about the new personal insight questions.
Getting Started What are the personal insight questions? The personal insight questions are an opportunity for you to tell us about yourself in your own words, and an opportunity for us to get to know you better.

Freshmen must answer four out of eight questions.

Transfers must answer one required question, plus three out of seven additional questions.

Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.

You should 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.)

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 freshmen.

See the personal insight questions for transfers.

Get writing tips.

Getting Started What about test scores? Official ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests and TOELF scores must be ordered from the appropriate testing agency and may be sent to one UC campus, and will be available to all UC campuses to which you applied. Official AP and IB scores are only required if you accept our offer of admission.Then, the scores must be sent to us from the testing agency – you can’t email or fax them to our offices.
Getting Started How will I know if I have been admitted?

You will be notified via your MyUCR admission portal account. Log in to MyUCR regularly to check your admission status, respond to important messages, and track dates and deadlines, too. Admission notification begins in March.

Freshman Admission I'm a freshman. What are my admission requirements? As a freshman applicant, you must complete “A-G” high school courses, take certain exams and earn a minimum GPA. Get the details and see all freshmen admission requirements here.
Freshman Admission How can I find out if my high school class is an “A-G” class? Visit ucop.edu/doorways to see your school’s UC-approved “A-G” course list.
Freshman Admission How do I appeal a freshman admission decision or explain missing a deadline?

You can access instructions for submitting an appeal here.

Appeal Deadlines:

Late Application Appeal Deadline (for all applicants who missed the November 30, 2016 application filing deadline): March 31, 2017

Decision Appeal Deadline (for freshmen applicants who are appealing their admission decision): April 15, 2017

SIR Appeal Deadline (for freshman applicants who missed their SIR deadline): May 15, 2017

Final Transcript Appeal Deadline (for freshman applicants who missed the July 1, 2017 transcript deadline): July 10, 2017

Final Document Appeal Deadline (for freshman applicants who missed the July 15, 2016 deadline): July 25, 2016

Transfer Admission I’m a transfer student. What are my admission requirements?

As a transfer applicant, you must complete certain classes, earn a minimum GPA and meet selection requirements for your intended major. Get the details and see all transfer admission requirements here.

Transfer Admission Will my classes transfer to UCR?

California community college students can use ASSIST.org to obtain information regarding University of California transfer course agreements. Contact a transfer admissions counselor if you have coursework from a four-year, out-of-state or international school.

Transfer Admission What is the Transfer Admission Guarantee?

UC Riverside’s Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program guarantees highly qualified California community college students admission to UCR. Students must meet TAG eligibility requirements and complete the TAG application, which also serves as a course planner. Submit your TAG application September 1-30 for the following fall entry term. Learn more about TAG.

Transfer Admission How do I appeal a transfer admission decision or explain missing a deadline?

You can access instructions for submitting an appeal here.

Appeal Deadlines:

Late Application Appeal Deadline (for all applicants who missed the January 4, 2017 application filing deadline): March 31, 2017

Decision Appeal Deadline (for transfer applicants who are appealing their admission decision): May 15, 2017

SIR Appeal Deadline (for transfer applicants who missed their SIR deadline): June 15, 2017

Final Transcript Appeal Deadline (for transfer applicants who missed the July 1, 2017 transcript deadline): July 10, 2017

Final Document Appeal Deadline (for transfer applicants who missed the July 15, 2017 deadline): July 25, 2017

Out-of-State Admission I’m an out-of-state student. What are my admission requirements?

As an out-of-state applicant, you must complete certain required classes, earn a minimum GPA and meet requirements for your intended major. Get the details and see all out-of-state admission requirements here

International Freshman Admission I’m a freshman international student. What are my admission requirements?

As a freshman international applicant, you must complete a rigorous college preparatory program, take specific exams and reach a certain level of academic achievement. Get the details and see all international freshmen admission requirements here.

International Freshman Admission Does UC Riverside offer conditional admissions? No, UC Riverside does not offer conditional admissions. All applicants must prove their completion of college-preparatory courses, meet examination requirements and demonstrate English proficiency
International Freshman Admission Do you require TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students?

Yes. If you are an international student applying to UCR from a country where English is not the language of instruction, you must pass either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 80 or higher (iBT) or you must pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.5 or higher. Official TOELF scores must be ordered from the testing agency and may be sent to one UC campus, and will be available to all UC campuses to which you applied.

International Freshman Admission What tests are required for admission for international students?

Incoming international freshmen must take either the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test, no later than December of their final year of secondary school. UC Riverside focuses on the highest total score from a single test date (or single sitting) for the ACT Plus Writing and SAT Reasoning Test.

International Freshman Admission Are SAT Subject Tests required for international students?

UC Riverside does not require SAT Subject Tests, but some academic departments and highly competitive majors recommend them. Applicants should take the Math 2 Subject Test and either Chemistry or Physics if they are interested in Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) or the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS).

International Freshman Admission What are external examinations?

External examinations are tests given by third-party organizations intended for international students. The exams include A-levels, GCSE, IGSCE, CBSE, ICE, Standard X/XII and SPM/STPM.

International Freshman Admission How should external exam courses and grades be listed on the UC application?

The international applicant is required to report all completed external exams and predicted scores (such as O- and A-levels) on the International External Exams page in the Test Score section of the application. The applicant must select the grades and/or marks received exactly as they appear on the certified results sheet rather than the marks assigned by the instructor at the end of the course.

If the applicant’s exam was scored using a grade scale not listed on the International External Exams page, select “Other” and manually enter the results. If the applicant took the same course more than once, each grade must be entered.

International Freshman Admission How should a British System college be listed on the UC application?

If the grading system of the applicant’s school is not listed, choose “Other” from the drop-down menu. Then enter the school's grading system. Do not select “Other” if the only differences are plus and minus letter grades.

The applicant is asked to not convert any grades that come from a school located outside of the U.S. Our international admissions counselors specialize in international coursework and grade conversions.

The applicant is required to enter the marks exactly as issued by the school. If the applicant attends school in Korea, which uses a ranking system (1-9), they can report both the rank and raw scores for each course. Grades should be reported as follows: rank/raw score (Example: “2/94”).

International Freshman Admission Are the incoming international students required to submit official transcripts from their foreign school or university?

Yes. UC Riverside Undergraduate Admissions requires that all incoming students provide official transcripts, in a sealed envelope, issued directly from all attended schools. Plan ahead, as receiving transcripts from international schools can be a lengthy process. The document deadline is July 1.

International Freshman Admission How are score reports submitted to UC Riverside?

The applicant will need to order score reports from the appropriate testing agency for AP, SAT, ACT and IB exam scores. The applicant cannot email or fax score reports directly to Undergraduate Admissions as we only accept them from testing agencies.

International Freshman Admission What are the school codes for UC Riverside?

TOEFL / AP / SAT: 004839 ACT: 0456

International Transfer Admission I’m an international transfer applicant. What are my admission requirements?

As an international transfer applicant, you must complete certain required classes, earn a minimum GPA and meet requirements for your intended major. You may also need to take an English-proficiency exam. Get the details and see all international admission requirements here.

International Transfer Admission How are international transfer students notified if exam score reports are needed?

Transfer students will be notified on their MyUCR account if any exam score reports are required.

International Transfer Admission What is the SEVIS code for UC Riverside?

UC Riverside’s SEVIS code is LOS214F00177000.

International Transfer Admission What is the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)?

The Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program guarantees eligible California community college students admission to UC Riverside. TAG applications can be submitted September 1-30 for the following fall quarter. The UC Transfer Admission Planner tracks coursework and monitors the applicant’s admission progress. This tool does not replace in-person advising with an International Admissions Counselor. Use ASSIST, an online student-transfer information system, to determine whether any California community college classes are transferable.

International Transfer Admission How will international transfer applicants know if they have been admitted to UC Riverside?

Students are notified of admission status via their MyUCR admission portal account. Applicants should check MyUCR regularly to see admission status and respond to any messages or document requests. Admission notification begins in March.

English Proficiency Requirements What are the English proficiency requirements?

Applicants who have completed some high school or secondary school where English was not the language of instruction, will be required to demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following options:

  • Pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 550 or higher (PBT) or 80 or higher (iBT).
  • Pass the International English Testing Language System (IELTS) with a score of 7.0 or higher.
  • Achieve a score of 560 or higher on the “Writing” section of the SAT Reasoning Test.
  • Achieve a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Exam in English Language and Composition, or English Literature and Composition.
  • Achieve a score of 5, 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examination in English (Language A).
  • Complete a transferable college course in English Composition with a C grade or better.
English Proficiency Requirements When should the English Proficiency Exams be completed?

The applicant must complete one of the English Proficiency Exams by December of the final year of high school or secondary school. The scores must be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions by the following January.

English Proficiency Requirements How are score reports submitted to UC Riverside?

The applicant will need to order reports from the appropriate testing agency for AP, SAT, ACT and IB exam scores. Please do not email or fax score reports to Undergraduate Admissions as we only accept them from testing agencies.

Paid Agents and Credentialing Services Does UC Riverside partner with paid agents and/or credentialing services?

No. UC Riverside does not partner with paid agents or credentialing services for the purposes of recruitment or enrollment. These third-party entities are not representatives of UC Riverside and do not have a contractual agreement with the university.

UC Riverside does not endorse the engagement of paid agents or credentialing services to administer any part of the application process. Should the applicant have questions regarding any stage of the application process, please contact an international admissions counselor.

Paid Agents and Credentialing Services Can a paid agent or credentialing service be used to complete an application?

No. UC Riverside expects that all applicants complete the application process without the use of paid agents or credentialing services.

The use of paid agents or credentialing services violates university policy, and may lead to the rejection of an application, the withdrawal of an admission offer, the cancellation of an applicant’s admission, or a student’s dismissal from the university.

UC Riverside expects applicants to submit their own work, and that the information provided is truthful, accurate and complete. Should the applicant have questions regarding any stage of the applicationprocess, please contact an International Admissions Counselor

Academics How do I check if my major is open?

You can review current open and closed majors here.

Academics How does UC Riverside compare to other schools?

UC Riverside is a university of choice. We are nationally and internationally ranked for our commitment to academics, research, diversity, value and impact. Learn more about our academic programs

Academics Does UC Riverside have an academic catalog?

Yes. Because of our commitment to sustainability, the UC Riverside General Catalog is only available online. Our searchable PDF and ebook formats offer easy access to course descriptions, departments, programs and services.

Academics Does UC Riverside have a Student Special Services department?

Yes. Student Special Services provides services for students with disabilities, ROTC referrals, and U.S. military veterans and their eligible family members.

Cost of Attendance How much does it cost to attend UC Riverside?

Your actual cost to attend UC Riverside may vary depending on your residential status, room and board, scholarships and Financial Aid awards. Discover just how affordable it is to attend UC Riverside.

Cost of Attendance Does UC Riverside offer financial aid?

Yes! UCR’s Financial Aid Office is committed to making UCR possible for all admitted students, regardless of income. UCR offers a variety of grants, scholarships, work-study programs and loans. About 83% of UCR undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid, and of those students, 70% had their full fees covered with grants and/or scholarships. Use our cost estimator to see how much financial aid you would get if you chose UCR.

Cost of Attendance Will I qualify for financial aid as an undocumented student?

Maybe. US citizens, US nationals, permanent residents, refugees, asylees, other eligible noncitizens, and other non-immigrant students who meet the provisions of AB 540 are eligible for financial aid. Learn more about AB 540.

Cost of Attendance Are international students eligible for financial aid?

Federal and state laws require students to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to qualify for federal, state and UC financial aid. Undergraduate international students or noncitizens may qualify for third-party scholarships.

Cost of Attendance Are scholarships available for international students?

Yes. Merit-based scholarships can be awarded to international students. The application for scholarship consideration is the same as the UC admissions application. Undergraduate international students or non-citizens may also qualify for third-party scholarships.

Cost of Attendance Can an international student work at UC Riverside?

Contact our International Student & Scholars Office (ISSO) to determine an applicant’s eligibility for legal employment in the U.S.

Cost of Attendance Can scholarships or U.S.-based employment be factored into the application?

No. An international applicant should not rely on scholarships or U.S.-based employment to meet the total financial obligation. Applicants are required to prove sufficient financial resources for the entire academic year. View additional financial requirements

Orientation What is Highlander Orientation?

Highlander Orientation is a high-impact, two-day summer event designed to give first-year students a head start on their college experience and introduce them to UCR. Students meet with staff from their academic college, receive academic advising, register for fall quarter classes, tour the campus and make new friends. There are nine sessions to choose from. Because of visa regulations, international students may not be able to attend Highlander Orientation (there is a mandatory International Student Orientation in September). Orientation details are sent via email in May. Learn more and contact us for more information.

Orientation Is there an international student orientation?

Yes. All incoming international students are required to attend the mandatory International Student Orientation hosted by the the International Student Scholar Office (ISSO) in September. Discussion topics range from how to maintain immigration status to health and safety procedures. Details regarding the orientation will be sent via email during the month of May.

Orientation What is Highlander Orientation for Transfers?

Highlander Orientation for Transfers is a one-day summer event designed to help transfer students get a head start at UCR. Academic advisors assess students’ academic history, provide guidance for their intended major, and share campus resources for academic and social success. Details regarding orientation are sent via email during the month of May.

Orientation Does every transfer student need to attend Highlander Orientation for Transfers?

Yes. All incoming transfer students are required to attend the mandatory Highlander Orientation for Transfers. In addition, all incoming international students are required to attend the mandatory International Student Orientation in September.

Orientation Can my family attend orientation?

We offer two optional family events: Family Orientation (in English) and Spanish Language Family Orientation. Only students can attend First-Year Student Orientation and Highlander Orientation for Transfers

Student Life Does UC Riverside offer any student organizations?

Yes! UC Riverside offers over 400 student organizations, including academic organizations, community service groups and social clubs.

Student Life What on-campus activities are offered?

UC Riverside enhances the university experience with arts and cultural events, intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports, Residence Hall activities, outdoor excursions and student organization outings. Performances include Heat, Spring Splash and frequent shows at The Barn. You can see many student events at rside.ucr.edu.

Student Life What off-campus activities are offered?

Riverside, California has a wealth of theaters, restaurants, shopping, museums, parks, cultural activities and sporting events. Public buses and trains are available in every direction, including short trips to Los Angeles, Hollywood, Disneyland, winter resorts and California’s famous beaches.

Student Life I want to talk to current UCR students. Where can I go?

Scheduling a student-led campus tour is a great way to get a UCR student's perspective. You can also connect with the writers of the student-run Life at UCR blog.  

Student Life Does UC Riverside have fraternities and sororities?

Yes, UCR offers social, cultural and academic fraternities and sororities.

Student Life I’m interested in being recruited for Highlander Athletics. Who do I talk to?

Learn all about becoming a UCR student athlete here.