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Graphic promo for UCR's Highlander Day on April 13 - An open house for admitted first-year students and their families.

A group of students pose in a line outside at the Highlander Union Building Plaza on the UCR campus. They are leaning against a railing and are wearing UCR T-shirts.

Admitted First-Year Students: April 13, 2024

To register: Check your email for a personalized invitation

Don't miss UCR's in-person open house to learn more about our welcoming and inclusive campus. Students' families are also welcome. 

UCR is excited to welcome you to our beautiful campus for this amazing in-person event! Connect with inspiring faculty and friendly UCR students. Take a variety of unique campus tours. Discover academic, wellness, and career resources to prepare and support you through graduation and beyond!

Access these just-for-you resources:

  • Financial aid and application process
  • Housing and campus resources
  • Colleges, schools, and majors
  • Student panels, clubs, and orgs
  • Student services and transfer resources
  • Celebration for scholarship recipients
  • So much more!

Getting to UCR



Parking is free in Lot 30. On the day of the event, please follow the large directional signs for event parking and the registration area. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.


Dining Options


We hope you'll get a real taste of what it's like to attend UCR, and that includes our students' favorite dining spots! Check out the dining experiences below. Only credit or debit cards are accepted (no cash).

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - logo

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Refreshing ice blended drinks, unique teas, and quality coffees: there's something for everyone at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Chronic Tacos - logo

Chronic Tacos
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Using third-generation recipes, Chronic Tacos' made-to-order menu is customizable; main items served include: tacos, burritos, and bowl-ritos.

The Habit Burger Grill - logo

The Habit Burger Grill
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Habit is a burger-centric fast-casual restaurant that offers a variety of freshly made and flavorful award-winning chargrilled burgers, sandwiches, salads and more.

Halal Shack - logo

The Halal Shack
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The first campus venue to feature an entirely halal menu, The Halal Shack offers Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors inspired by New York City street food.

Hibachi San Japanese Kitchen - logo

Hibachi San
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Using only the freshest ingredients, Hibachi-San prepares all of its entrees on-site and features mouthwatering original recipes from Master Chef, Ming-Tsai Cherng.

Pand Express Chinese Kitchen - logo

Panda Express
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

From traditional Chinese favorites to fresh, new-taste creations, Panda Chefs have worked up a delicious menu with something for everyone to enjoy.

A view inside Scotty's convenience store on the UCR campus.

Scotty's Convenience Store
(HUB location): 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

UCR's personalized convenience store offers a selection of grab-n-go sandwiches, salads, hot/cold beverages, frozen foods, ice cream, and snacks.

Subway - logo

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Get your favorite subs, drinks, chips, and cookies in one place on campus. Visit Subway for breakfast and lunch sandwiches along with healthy and tasty sides!

Explore Life at UCR


The opportunities to engage and explore during Highlander Day are endless. Make the most of this open house adventure and find out why UCR is home to bold and brilliant Highlanders just like you.

UCR alum, Dev Bhatt, looks into a camera for a segment interview on an episode of the 'The College Tour'

Watch UCR's episode of “The College Tour”

Get to know ten UCR students and hear directly from them about their experiences with topics such as:

  • Academics and research
  • How their degree is preparing them for a career
  • Involvement in student organizations
  • Life as a transfer student
  • Utilizing all sorts of campus resources
Watch the entire episode here!