Build Your Future at UCR!
Turn your passion into purpose as part of the UCR family. Our award-winning faculty will mentor you. Our diverse campus community will embrace you. And our freshman-specific resources will help you build your future!
We've been waiting for a Highlander like you. Apply to UCR today!
Applying to UCR
As a top-ranking university, UCR sets high admission standards. Incoming students are selected based on a wide range of criteria, including academic performance and the potential for success as an undergraduate.
Minimum GPA Requirement
Enrolled Academic Years to Degree Completion (UCR Institutional Research Campus Statistics, 2016–17)
UC Riverside will not consider SAT or ACT scores for admission or scholarship purposes through fall 2024. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, they may be used as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after you enroll. Details regarding UC’s testing policy can be found here.
Comprehensive review is the process by which UC Riverside (UCR) evaluates freshman applicants, who meet minimum UC requirements, using multiple measures of achievement and promise, while considering the context in which each student has demonstrated accomplishment. UCR will calculate an Academic Index Score (AIS) for all freshman applicants. The faculty of UCR have designated the measures described below to be used to calculate the AIS.
High School GPA—The strength of an applicant’s high school GPA is the strongest indicator that a student will be successful within an academically challenging UC environment. The capped GPA is calculated on the basis of all completed “a-g” courses with extra points added for UC-approved honors courses taken in grades 10 and 11, capped at 8 semesters. A capped GPA considers the extra points earned for honors-level courses and may exceed 4.0 for some students.
Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses—AP and IB courses prepare students for college-level coursework. Therefore, students who take and do well in these courses tend to have a high probability for success within the UC environment.
Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC)—The Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) program recognizes the individual accomplishments of students in light of the opportunities offered by their particular high school.
Low Family Income—Students who demonstrate high academic achievement, despite low socioeconomic status, are likely to exhibit persistence, maturity, and insight. Low family income is determined based on total family members and household income.
First-Generation University Attendance— UC-eligible applicants who are the first in their immediate family to attend college are apt to have personal strengths that will contribute to their academic success. Students whose parents have not graduated from a four-year college or university are qualified for first-generation university attendance.
You must earn a grade of C or better in all “a-g” courses and complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory (“a–g”) courses
To meet minimum requirements, you must earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher (3.4 for non-residents) in “a–g” courses taken during grades 10 and 11 (including summers before and after), weighted by a maximum of eight semesters of UC-approved honors points.
Extra Points for Honors Courses
- A=5, B=4 and C=3; D or F=0 extra points.
- Approved honors-level courses may also include acceptable AP classes, higher- (and some standard-) level IB classes and transferable college courses.
Resources & Support
UCR is dedicated to your success, and offers a range of programs and resources to support you along your path to degree. Get guidance from faculty and student mentors. Excel in your courses with the help of a tutor or study group. Connect with a wellness department to take care of your physical, mental, and emotional health. Develop as a leader in a campus organization.
Make a smooth academic transition to UCR with the guidance of faculty and student mentors through first-year programs offered by our colleges and schools.
- Engineering First Year Learning Community (EFLC)
- CHASS F1RST: First-Year Experience Programs
- CNAS Freshman Scholars Learning Communities (FSLC)
Freshman students can also register for Student Life's First Year Mentor Program and connect with experienced/trained student leaders who answer questions and provide support throughout your first year at UCR.
If you're admitted to UCR, you can ensure a smooth transition by following the next steps for incoming freshman students.
Safety is a top priority at UCR. We have a 24/7, on-campus police department, an emergency notification system that sends text alerts, a no-tolerance policy against sexual violence and secure residence halls with video surveillance, restricted card access and live-in staff. At night, our Community Service Officers patrol halls and parking lots, and Campus Safety Escorts accompany students across campus.
Every quarter, the Career Center offers over 70 events, including career fairs, skill-building workshops, employer information sessions, and networking meet-ups with representatives from top companies. Take advantage of programming and resources, such as the Career Center's HandShake tool to search for jobs and internships on campus and off, and the R’Professional Career Closet for professional attire.
Ethnic & Gender Programs
Discover community, find mentors and develop as a leader with the eight offices that make up Ethnic & Gender Programs:
- African Student Programs
- Asian Pacific Student Programs
- Chicano Student Programs
- LGBT Resource Center
- Middle Eastern Student Center
- Native American Student Programs
- Undocumented Student Programs
- Women's Resource Center
Participate in service projects, educational initiatives, and campus celebrations by joining a cultural organization. Learn more about UCR’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As a parent/guardian of a UCR student, you have access to many resources that will help you to support your student during this journey. Learn how to get involved and stay connected, and find out how we will keep your student safe, happy and healthy.
Student Health & Wellness Services
UCR focuses on all facets of well-being. We offer many campus resources to help you meet all of your goals, such as support groups, tutoring, community service, employment, emergency food resources, sports and health care — which is all included in your tuition.
Have fun and make friends! Student Life offers incredible social opportunities with concerts, music festivals, fun fairs, cultural celebrations, guest speakers, film series, theater productions, poets, performers and more than 450 student organizations!
UCR students can travel Riverside county for free on RTA buses — just show your R'Card! Learn about campus parking, alternative transportation, accessible parking and more from Transportation Services.
Undergraduate Education cultivates student success by providing academic support, experiential learning and research opportunities. Challenge yourself in our rigorous University Honors program. Participate in research projects with our renowned faculty. Intern for a government agency or NGO in Sacramento or Washington, D.C. Create and facilitate your own 1-unit course with R'Courses. Ace your classes and prep for graduate school exams with help from the Academic Resource Center.
Parent and Guardian Brochure
54 Facts & Impacts (Viewbook)
Finish in Four
Puente Connection Brochure
Black Student Experience Brochure
Middle Eastern Student Experience Brochure
Chicano/Latino Student Experience Brochure
Native American Student Experience Brochure
Student Veteran Success Guide
Freshman Dates & Deadlines
Find the dates of instruction at registrar.ucr.edu.
Access the UC application
Submit your UC application
Admission notifications begin
Access the next steps to UCR for admitted freshman students
Housing contracts become available
Deadline to submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)
Deadline to submit housing contract and first payment
Deadline to register for Highlander Orientation
Deadline to submit your final, official high school transcript
Deadline to submit your official AP, IB, and A-Level exam scores
Fall quarter begins
Access the California Dream Act Application at dream.csac.ca.gov (UCR school code: 001316)
Deadline to submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application, and verify that a certified GPA was submitted to the California Student Aid Commission by your high school
Meet Your Counselor
For Freshman Students
Assistant Director of High School
Recruitment and Evaluation
Northern and Central Valley
Freshman Admissions Counselor
East Los Angeles County
Freshman Admissions Counselor
Orange County and San Diego