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Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I apply?
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
I’m a freshman international student. What are my admission requirements?
As a freshman international applicant, you must complete a rigorous college preparatory program, take specific exams and reach a certain level of academic achievement. Get the details and see all international freshmen admission requirements here.
I’m a transfer international applicant. What are my admission requirements?
As an international transfer applicant, you must complete certain required classes, earn a minimum GPA and meet requirements for your intended major. You may also need to take an English-proficiency exam. Get the details and see all international admission requirements here.
Do you require TOEFL or IELTS scores?
Yes. If you are an international student applying to UCR from a country where English is not the language of instruction, you must pass either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 80 or higher (iBT) or you must pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.5 or higher. Official TOELF scores must be ordered from the testing agency and may be sent to one UC campus, and will be available to all UC campuses to which you applied.
How can I check if my major is open?
Do you have an academic catalog?
Yes. Please see catalog.ucr.edu
I’m a transfer student. Will my classes transfer to UCR?
California community college students can use ASSIST.org to obtain information regarding University of California transfer course agreements. Contact a transfer admissions counselor if you have coursework from a four-year, out-of-state or international school.
Do you have a Student Special Services department?
Yes. Our Student Special Services office provides services for students with disabilities, veterans and their eligible family members and ROTC referrals.
How does UCR compare to other schools?
UCR is a university of choice. We believe in supporting our students, broadening our horizons and welcoming unique perspectives. Because of this, UCR has been recognized nationally and internationally as a top-tier university by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Forbes and more.
We are a Top 25 Best Value School, the 8th most diverse university in the country and ranked 9th in the nation for social mobility, research and public service.
When you combine our rankings with our diverse student body , award-winning faculty and incredible research opportunities, we have a lot to be proud of. But really, there’s only so much we can tell you online. We encourage you to visit our beautiful campus anytime during the year. Go to visit.ucr.edu for more information about scheduling a tour.
Paying for School
How much does UCR cost?
Do you offer financial aid?
Yes! UCR’s Financial Aid Office is committed to making UCR possible for all admitted students, regardless of income. UCR offers a variety of grants, scholarships, work-study programs and loans. About 83% of UCR undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid, and of those students, 70% had their full fees covered with grants and/or scholarships. Use our cost estimator to see how much financial aid you would get if you chose UCR .
Will I qualify for financial aid as a nonresident?
Maybe. US citizens, US nationals, permanent residents, refugees, asylees, other eligible noncitizens, and other non-immigrant students who meet the provisions of AB 540 are eligible for financial aid. Learn more about AB 540.
Does UCR offer any student organizations?
Absolutely! UCR offers a diverse array of student organizations ranging from academic organizations to community service groups to social clubs. Browse our official Student Org Network to see them all.
I want to talk to current students. Where can I go?
Touring campus is a great way to interact with current and prospective UCR students. We offer many tour options and it’s easy to schedule a tour . If you are a transfer student, feel free to stop by the Transfer Resource Center to talk with Transfer Link mentors (former California community college students who are currently UCR students). You can also contact the staff at Life at UCR, a student-run blog about student life as a Highlander! View their blog at LifeatUCR.tumblr.com
I’m interested in being recruited for Highlander Athletics. Who do I talk to?
Learn all about becoming a UCR student athlete here.
What fun activities happen on and around campus?
UCR hosts plenty of concerts and performances each quarter, including Block Party, Heat, Spring Splash and frequent performances at the Barn. Plus, intramural sports competitions, residence hall activities , and student org outings are always occurring around campus. From cheering at a game to snowboarding with Outdoor Excursions to exploring entertaining arts and events, UCR is a fun place to be.
Downtown Riverside is also home to a thriving arts scene, and many students frequent open mic performances, free museums and cozy cafes throughout the city. Learn more about Riverside.
Does UCR have a Greek community?
Yes, we offer social, cultural and academic Greek organizations. Learn more about Greek life at UCR.