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Admissions to UCR: Parents/Guardians



You’re Part of the UCR Family Too!

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. This is a special time for both you and them, and we want to assure you that your student is in good hands. Our award-winning faculty will mentor them. Our diverse community will embrace them. And, as a team, we will all nurture their passions and dreams. We can’t wait to see you someday soon at their commencement ceremony!

How UCR Will Support Your Student

We'll Keep Them Safe


UCR students pose in the UCR Letters
UC Riverside was ranked among the Top 100 safest colleges in the United States.


Alarms.org, 2017


Safe Campus

UCR makes student safety a priority by implementing many security measures, such as our:

Safe Transportation

UCR also offers safe, secure, and convenient transportation options, such as the Point-to-Point Shuttle Service, which provides students with a one-way trip from campus to their off-campus home within the service area. (There is a pick-up every 30 minutes on every weeknight.) There is also free bus transportation, provided by the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) — offered to anyone with a UCR student ID card.

We’ll Keep Them Healthy & Happy

UCR Chancellor, Kim A. Wilcox speaks with a smiling student
“UCR Healthy Campus is a comprehensive approach to elevate health and well-being at UCR. We are committed to the health of our faculty, staff, and students, and embrace an environment that both supports and encourages the health and well-being of our campus community.”


Kim A. Wilcox


Smooth Transition into College

UCR recognizes the unique concerns that attending college may entail, such as intimidating workloads and unfamiliar surroundings. That is why the campus has dedicated advisers spread throughout various student organizations and programs — such as the counselors at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and peer mentors at The Well — to help students transition safely and as stress-free as possible. Remind your student that they can always contact their admissions counselor for references.

Automatic Health Insurance

All students are automatically enrolled into UCR’s Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP). It provides your student with access to on- and off-campus doctor/nurse visits, X-rays, lab work, medicine, vision, dental, and mental health services during each school year that tuition is paid.

Wide Variety of Healthy Food

On-campus restaurants and food trucks serve up healthy, high-quality international cuisines and American favorites, with options that include vegetarian, vegan, Halal, and gluten-free fare. Students can even grow their own fresh produce and learn about sustainability at UCR's R'Garden. For students who are experiencing food insecurity, we offers many resources for free or affordable food.

Ways to Unwind on Campus

UCR’s Student Recreation Center (SRC) gives your student access to a 9.75-meter climbing wall, cardio machines, fitness and recreation classes, intramural sports, an Olympic-sized pool, weight-lifting areas, and trips to Southern California beaches, mountains, and deserts. The best part is that SRC membership is already included in student fees!

Learn more about the resources available at UCR to all first-year, transfer, out-of-state, and international students.


For International Parents:

UCR recognizes the unique concerns that studying in another country may entail. That is why the campus has an entire team of dedicated advisers at the International Students and Scholars (ISS) Office to help international students transition as safely and stress-free as possible. Learn more about international student safety and community here. The city of Riverside also has international grocery stores that carry a wide selection of snacks, produce, drinks, seasonings, and dietary staples from many countries. A small international convenient store is within walking distance from the campus (1 km from UCR), and a larger international supermarket is a short drive away (24 km).


One of America’s Best Universities
We'll Support Their Success While They’re at UCR

Your student will be supported by award-winning scholars and researchers, such as the two Noble laureates we welcomed to our faculty — Richard Schrock (chemistry) and Barry Barish (physics). Among 1,000+ of the university’s scholars and researchers, 98 percent hold Ph.D.’s from prestigious institutions like Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.


of UCR undergraduate students received some form of financial aid.


of those who receive financial aid have their full fees covered by grants and/or scholarships.

(Financial Aid Office, 2019–20)

We'll Support Their Success After They Graduate

UCR graduates work for high profile companies including Amazon, Apple Inc., Caltrans, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EY, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, LinkedIn, Microsoft, PepsiCo, SpaceX, and The Walt Disney Company. (Career Center Annual Report, 2018-2019)

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How YOU can support your student:

Give Them Friendly Reminders

Here is a list of important dates and deadlines. Familiarize yourself with the major must-do’s to help your student keep up during this busy time in their life. We created these handy checklists to help your student stay on track throughout the admission process: first year, transfer, out-of-state, international, and military.

Get Involved

Make sure you attend the annual Highlander Family Orientation before the fall quarter, where the entire family can tour the campus, meet staff and faculty, learn about campus policy and procedures, and much more. You can also join UCR’s Parents Association and participate in activities that can earn you highly coveted “reserved seating” at commencement.

Stay Connected

Read up on UCR News and keep the college-life conversation going with your student.

Follow Life at UCR on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube to get a view of campus life from the perspective of UCR students.


Most importantly, remember to keep communication open and let your student know they can share all of their campus experiences with you.


How much does UCR cost?

As a reminder, 90% of undergraduates at UCR receive some form of financial aid — but parents/guardians who want to know the cost breakdown and financial aid options for their student can visit these dedicated pages: first-year, transfer, out-of-state, international, military, or former foster youth.

How can my student get admitted to UCR?

You can find requirements and checklists specific to your student on any of the admissions websites. Just choose which group your student fits into: first-year, transfer, out-of-state, international, military or former foster youth

What are the next steps to UCR for admitted students?

Access the next steps to UCR for admitted first-year students, fall transfers, and winter transfers

Can I access my student’s grades/records?

It's understandable that you are interested in your student's progress; however, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) gives college students the right and responsibility to control access to their educational records, including their grades and financial statements. If your students chooses, they can grant you access to their records. Visit the Registrar's website to learn more.