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Getting Started

  • When can I apply?

    You may access the online UC application beginning August 1. Submit your application November 1-30. Learn more about how to apply to UC Riverside.

  • Where do I apply?

    You may apply to UC Riverside using the University of California’s online application system. For more detailed directions, see our Apply Now page.
  • How much will my application cost?

    The application fee is $70 for each UC campus to which you apply. For international applicants, the fee is $80 for each campus.

    Fee waivers are available for up to four campuses for eligible United States citizens and permanent residents. You can apply for a fee waiver within the online application and will be notified immediately whether or not you have qualified.

  • What happened to the personal statement?

    We’ve replaced the personal statement with the new personal insight questions for the fall 2017 application. We hope this new format will give you clearer guidance and more flexibility in the kind of information you want to share with us. Learn more about the new personal insight questions.

  • What are the 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 must answer four out of eight questions.

    Transfers must answer one required question, plus three out of seven additional questions.

    Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.

    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.

  • What about test scores?

    Official ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests and TOELF scores must be ordered from the appropriate testing agency and may be sent to one UC campus, and will be available to all UC campuses to which you applied.

    Official AP and IB scores are only required if you accept our offer of admission. Then, the scores must be sent to us from the testing agency – you can't email or fax them to our offices.

  • How will I know if I have been admitted?

    After you receive notification that we have received your application, you should set up a MyUCR account at My.UCR.edu and link it to your application. Admission decisions will be posted on MyUCR starting March 1 for freshmen and transfers. Check your MyUCR account frequently to ensure that you respond immediately to any alerts and/or document requests from your admissions counselor.


Freshman Admission

  • I’m a freshman. What are my admission requirements?

    As a freshman applicant, you must complete “a-g” high school courses, take certain exams and earn a minimum GPA. Get the details and see all freshmen admission requirements here.

  • How can I find out if my high school class is an “a-g” class?

    Visit www.ucop.edu/doorways to see your school’s UC-approved “a-g” course list.

  • How do I appeal an admission decision?

    You can access instructions for submitting an appeal here.

    Appeal Deadlines:

    Late Application Appeal Deadline (for all applicants who missed the November 30, 2015 application filing deadline): March 31, 2016

    Decision Appeal Deadline (for freshmen applicants who are appealing their admission decision): April 15, 2016

    SIR Appeal Deadline (for freshman applicants who missed their SIR deadline): May 15, 2016

    Final Transcript Appeal Deadline (for freshman applicants who missed the July 1, 2016 transcript deadline): July 10, 2016

    Final Document Appeal Deadline (for freshman applicants who missed the July 15, 2016 deadline): July 25, 2016


Transfer Admission

  • I’m a transfer student. What are my admission requirements?

    As a transfer applicant, you must complete certain classes, earn a minimum GPA and meet selection requirements for your intended major. Get the details and see all transfer admission requirements here.

  • What is the Transfer Admission Guarantee?

    UC Riverside’s Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program guarantees highly qualified California community college students admission to UCR. Students must meet TAG eligibility requirements and complete the online TAG application, which also serves as a course planner. Submit your TAG application September 1-30 for the following fall entry term. Learn more about TAG.

  • How do I appeal an admission decision?

    You can access instructions for submitting an appeal here.

    Appeal Deadlines:

    Late Application Appeal Deadline (for all applicants who missed the January 4, 2016 application filing deadline): March 31, 2016

    Decision Appeal Deadline (for transfer applicants who are appealing their admission decision): May 15, 2016

    SIR Appeal Deadline (for transfer applicants who missed their SIR deadline): June 15, 2016

    Final Transcript Appeal Deadline (for transfer applicants who missed the July 1, 2016 transcript deadline): July 10, 2016

    Final Document Appeal Deadline (for transfer applicants who missed the July 15, 2016 deadline): July 25, 2016

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900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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