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Apply to UCR in Three Easy Steps

1. Gather Your Information

You will need:

  • Transcripts
  • Test scores
  • Annual income (optional)
  • Social Security number (if you have one)
  • Citizenship status
  • Statewide Student ID (optional).
  • Credit card (or check)
  • Up-to-date browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer 8, Chrome 6, Safari 5)
  • Enable JavaScript

2. Answer Personal Insight Questions

The personal insight questions are an opportunity for you to tell us about yourself in your own words, and an opportunity for us to get to know you better.

Freshmen: You must answer four out of eight questions.

Transfers: You must answer one required question, plus three out of seven additional questions. (There are additional instructions for military.)


  • Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.
  • All applicants will have a chance to add “additional comments.”
  • You should draft your answers in a word processing program first, then copy and paste them into the UC application. (You’re automatically logged out of the UC application after 30 minutes.)
  • The personal insight questions are just one part that we consider when making our admission decision. The important thing is that you express who you are, what matters to you and what you want to share with UCR!

See the personal insight questions for freshmen.

See the personal insight questions for transfers.

Get writing tips.


3. Complete the UC Application

  • Use worksheets in UC quick-start guides to organize your activities and achievements. 
  • Access the online UC application beginning Aug. 1. Submit your application Nov. 1-30. All applications are due Nov. 30.
  • The fee is $70 for each UC ($80 for international/non-immigrant applicants).
  • You can apply for a fee waiver when you fill out the online UC application. You’ll need your family's income and the number of people supported by it.
  • If you have difficulties, email ucinfo@applyucsupport.net or call (800) 207-1710 (US) or (310) 513-2715 (outside US).

After You Apply

  • Print your receipt.
  • Watch for a confirmation email. As soon as you apply, you should recieve one. If you do not, contact ucinfo@applyucsupport.net, (800) 207-1710 (US) or (310) 513-2715 (outside US).
  • Create a My UCR Account and link it to your application to get the most up-to-date information on your admissions status. Freshmen admission notification begins March 1. Transfer admission notification begins March 1.
  • Order SAT/ACT test score reports. If you have your official score report sent to one UC campus, it will be available to all UC campuses to which you applied.
  • Update your application (transfer students). Log in and update your grades and course records by January 31.
  • You can make changes to your phone number, email, mailing address or self-report test scores on the application after you apply! See the UC quick-start guides for instructions.

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