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UMOJA At UCR

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Continue Your Educational Journey at UCR

The network you developed at your community college will stay with you as you apply to UC Riverside, through enrollment, as you complete your degree, and beyond. Umoja at UCR provides resources and support to students interested in transferring to UCR and transfer students currently attending. Connect with a mentor as you adjust to life at UCR. Take part in weekly study sessions. Attend workshops and presentations on topics including career readiness and financial wellness. Get connected with the variety of resources available on campus just for transfer students, including mentoring programs, tutoring, and career planning. Serve on the Umoja at UCR board and create programming for prospective transfer students.

UCR is among the nation’s top universities for African-American graduation rates (The Education Trust). Students are succeeding thanks to supportive programs including Umoja at UCR, African Student Programs, award-winning faculty, and a range of targeted resources. Learn more about the support and resources available to Black students at UCR by visiting admissions.ucr.edu/black-student-experience or by contacting an Umoja at UCR peer mentor today.

Follow the steps below to chart your journey to UCR and beyond with Umoja at UCR.

 

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Visit the Campus

Umoja at UCR hosts a number of special events throughout the year for transfer students, including the Umoja Summer Leadership Program for prospective and transfer students where you can discover the campus and meet the Umoja at UCR community. If you’re planning to take a campus tour, email rcommunity@ucr.edu  to set up a meeting with our team. You can also reach out to Umoja at UCR to have our team visit your community college. 

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Secure Your Spot at UCR

Complete certain California Community College coursework and meet major-specific eligibility requirements to guarantee your spot at UCR with the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG). Track your progress with the Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) and begin your TAG application at go.ucr.edu/tag.


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Apply to UCR

Transfer students can apply to to UCR for fall admission Nov. 1–30 and for winter admission July 1–31. Don’t forget to identify as an Umoja member on your admissions application! Learn more about transferring to UCR at transfer.ucr.edu.

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Apply for Financial Aid

At UCR, 72% of transfer students received some form of financial aid — and 76% of UCR’s students’ financial aid need was met with need-based aid. To qualify for financial aid, submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by March 2 each year.


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Say Yes to UCR

At UCR, 72% of transfer students received some form of financial aid — and 76% of UCR’s students’ financial aid need was met with need-based aid. To qualify for financial aid, submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by March 2 each year.

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Join Umoja at UCR

Through Umoja at UCR, you can develop as a student and a leader. Connect with a mentor as you adjust to life at UCR. Take part in weekly study sessions. Serve on the Umoja at UCR board and create programming for prospective transfer students. Attend workshops and presentations on topics including career readiness and financial wellness. There are even job opportunities with Umoja at UCR! Learn more about Umoja at UCR via HighlanderLink.


 

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Get the Support You Need to Succeed

Take advantage of the multitude of programs and resources available to transfer students at UCR, including the Transfer Success Zone at the Academic Resource Center, the Transfer Career Plan through the Career Center, the First-Year Mentor Program offered by Student Life, and the transfer outreach programs offered by the schools and colleges. Learn more about the resources and support available to you at transfer.ucr.edu.

Blue, Gold & BLACK Podcast – Amplifying Black Voices at UCR with Dominique Beale

Blue, Gold & BLACK Podcast

The University of California, Riverside presents "Blue, Gold & BLACK," a new podcast dedicated to amplifying Black voices at UCR. In each episode, host Dominique Beale, Community Engagement and Outreach admissions recruiter, interviews students, staff, faculty, leaders, and community allies to explore the intersection of being Black and a Highlander during these history-making times. Listen, like, and subscribe on streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and YouTube.

 

Student Spotlights

Umoja at UCR inspires success and creates leaders in the Black community for the context of the time that we are living in.

Dedrick X
Political Science Major
Transferred from San Diego Mesa College

Umoja empowered me to take up space and help create an environment of growth and relief for future generations.

Michael Paster
Education and Sociology Double Major
Transferred from Mt. San Jacinto Community College

 

 

 

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Life at UCR

Supportive programs, top-ranked academics, brilliant mentors, leadership opportunities, lifelong friendships — your path to success at UCR is filled with all this, and so much more! Discover what UCR has in store for you on the Black Student Experience webpage.

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Student Spotlights

Umoja is where I relearned how to build connections with people, and being a part of this community helped strengthen other aspects of my character.

Salome Nakalanzi
Education Major
Transferred from Riverside City College – Norco

Umoja reorients the minds of Black students which allows us to see our greatness and our place not only on campus but in the world.

Deshawn X
Political Science Major
Transferred from San Diego Mesa College

 

 

 

A Community of Support

Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African Americans and other students. We provide transfer students with the knowledge, tools, and support needed to increase their academic success. While over 60 California Community Colleges have Umoja chapters on their campuses, UC Riverside is the first University of California campus to have an Umoja chapter. Through Umoja, UCR provides a range of programs to both currently enrolled transfer students and community college students planning to transfer to UCR. Learn more about Umoja at UCR by downloading the brochure.

 

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