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
UC Riverside was ranked among the Top 100 safest colleges in the United States.
UCR makes student safety a priority by implementing many security measures, such as our:
- Campus Safety Escort Service (CSES) volunteers, who are available to walk students across campus every night.
- University of California Police Department (UCPD), which is on campus and active 24 hours a day. UCPD also runs UCR’s Community Service Officers program, which allows students to take an active role in keeping their campus safe.
- Emergency notification system that sends text alerts directly to the student’s phone.
- No-tolerance policy against sexual violence.
- Secured Residence Halls, which have video surveillance, restricted card access, and live-in staff trained to respond to emergencies.
- Self-defense classes, which are free and offered quarterly by the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) or Student Recreation Center (SRC).
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 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!
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).
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 students’ financial aid need was met with need-based aid.
(Financial Aid Office, 2019–19)
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)
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: freshman, transfer, out-of-state, international, and military.
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.