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Highlander Week Live Online
Experience Highlander Days!
Join us for Highlander Days, UCR’s virtual open house for admitted and prospective students and their families.

Watch live webinar presentations from Undergraduate Admissions, UCR colleges, Financial Aid, Housing, and more — all from the comfort of your home! Plus, you’ll be able to ask questions via live chat.

New UCR Photo/Zoom Backgrounds! Add yourself to a variety of UCR backgrounds to show that you’re a Highlander at heart. Also makes a great background for your next Zoom meeting, class, or call!

Highlander Days

Freshmen | April 6–8 | Webinars begin daily at 3 p.m. Pacific Time
Transfers | May 6–7 | Webinars begin daily at 3 p.m. Pacific Time

Admitted Student Contest

 

Digital illustration promoting the Highlander Days Admitted Student Contest with UCR mascot Scotty the Bear and prizes that admitted fall 2021 students could win.

Highlander Days Admitted Student Contest

Earn multiple entries for more chances to win an iPad, laptop, or other great prizes!

The contest runs April 6–May 1 for freshmen and May 6–June 1 for transfers, and is only open to freshman and transfer students who have been admitted to UCR for fall 2021. See official rules.

Prizes

  • Apple iPads 128GB – Silver with Navy Blue Cases
  • Lenovo Chromebook C330 11.6" Laptops
  • $50 Amazon Gift Cards
  • $50 DoorDash Gift Cards
  • $50 Chipotle Gift Cards
 

 


 

Get Ready to Earn Contest Entries

Earn entries by submitting your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), attending Highlander Days webinars, and engaging on social media during these contest entry periods: April 6–May 1 for freshmen and May 6–June 1 for transfers.

Earn 10 entries:

  • Submit your SIR between March 1–May 1 for freshmen and March 1–June 1 for transfers.

Earn 3 entries each:

  • Post photos on Instagram tagging @lifeatucr and #iamucr.
  • Use UCR GIPHY stickers and/or UCR filters in your Stories — be sure to tag @lifeatucr and #iamucr.

Earn 2 entries each:

  • Like and tag friends on Highlander Days-related Instagram posts.
  • Respond to a Twitter question.

Earn 1 entry each:

  • Attend a Highlander Days webinar in full — earn one (1) entry for every webinar you fully attend!
  • Follow @lifeatucr on Instagram and/or TikTok.
  • Follow @ucradmissions on Twitter and/or Facebook.

 

Agenda

 

Check out the freshman agenda or transfer agenda below. Sessions will be hosted in Zoom and Hopin’s main stage and breakout rooms. If you can't make it to every session of interest, access session recordings on this page one week after the event.

Freshman Agenda (April 6–8)

Sessions will be hosted in Zoom and Hopin’s main stage and breakout rooms. Be sure to register for the webinars you wish to attend, as you can earn multiple contest entries for every webinar you fully attend and engage in! See official rules. Then check out special coupons for discounts and a FREE poster!

 

Tuesday, April 6

  • 3–4 p.m. – Financial Aid, School of Business, Humanities

    Sessions will be hosted in Zoom and Hopin’s main stage and breakout rooms. Many sessions are repeated throughout the event, so check the full agenda before registering to maximize your schedule. Be sure to register for each webinar you wish to attend, as you can earn multiple contest entries for every webinar you fully attend and engage in! See official rules.


    Money Matters: A Guide to Financial Aid at UCR

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Money should never get in the way of your education goals. Learn how grants, scholarships, work study, and loans can help you achieve your dreams.

    School of Business

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Get an overview of Business, how a business degree can benefit you, and how you will move through the business administration major at UCR.

    Welcome to CHASS

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Get to know the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), its majors, and how the CHASS F1RST: First-Year Experience Program will help you succeed.

  • 4:30–5:30 p.m. – Housing, Education Abroad, Academic Resource Center
    Housing Information Session

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Deadlines, contracts, rooms, roommates, and dining plans — reserving campus housing can be intimidating. This session prepares you to navigate the housing process between now and Move-In Day.

    Education Abroad

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    The UCR Education Abroad Office is the global gateway for UCR students to participate in international education opportunities. Find out how you can get involved, expand your worldview, and impact your academic, professional, and personal goals.

    Academic Resource Center

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Learn about workshops and resources that will sharpen your study skills and keep you on the path to academic success.

  • 6–7 p.m. – Next Steps to Enrollment, Parent Program, LGBTRC

    Sessions will be hosted in Zoom and Hopin’s main stage and breakout rooms. Many sessions are repeated throughout the event, so check the full agenda before registering to maximize your schedule. Be sure to register for each webinar you wish to attend, as you can earn multiple contest entries for every webinar you fully attend and engage in! See official rules.


    Next Steps to Enrollment

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Congratulations on being admitted to UCR! Not sure what to do next? We’ll walk you through your next steps to enrollment.

    UCR Parent Program Information Session

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Hear from the director of Parents Programs as she discusses tips for helping your student transition into college. You’ll also learn about engagement and volunteer opportunities, as well as parent-specific resources.

    Spill the Tea With the LGBTRC: LGBTQ+ On Campus

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Join the LGBT Resource Center (LGBTRC) for an open and honest conversation about the LGBTQ+ community on campus. Learn about sexual orientation and gender identity resources, upcoming LGBTQ+ happenings, Stonewall Hall and Gender Inclusive Housing, Queer Studies, The Out List, scholarship opportunities, and queer and trans student organizations. Bring your tea, coffee, and questions as LGBTRC pro staff and student leaders welcome you into our QT campus community.

Wednesday, April 7

  • 3–4 p.m. – Next Steps to Enrollment, Engineering, Public Policy
    Next Steps to Enrollment

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Congratulations on being admitted to UCR! Not sure what to do next? We’ll walk you through your next steps to enrollment.

    The Bourns Identity: BCOE

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) offers opportunities for you to meet the challenges and solve the problems of our increasingly technological society. Get a detailed overview of what it means to be an engineer and why BCOE is the place to be.

    SPP: Solutions for the Region, Solutions for the World

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Learn how the School of Public Policy (SPP) will help you bring innovative policy solutions to complex societal problems.

  • 4:30–5:30 p.m. – Financial Aid, Freshman Admissions, International Admissions

    Sessions will be hosted in Zoom and Hopin’s main stage and breakout rooms. Many sessions are repeated throughout the event, so check the full agenda before registering to maximize your schedule. Be sure to register for each webinar you wish to attend, as you can earn multiple contest entries for every webinar you fully attend and engage in! See official rules.


    Money Matters: A Guide to Financial Aid at UCR

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Money should never get in the way of your education goals. Learn how grants, scholarships, work study, and loans can help you achieve your dreams.

    Undergraduate Admissions Information Session

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Discover UCR's freshman admission requirements and find out how to meet selection criteria for specific majors.

    International Admissions Information Session

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Meet UCR’s International Admission Specialists and learn about nonresident admission requirements and the I-20 process.

  • 6–7 p.m. – Undergraduate Education/Research, Student Panel
    Student Engagement: Undergraduate Education and Research

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Find out how the Office of Undergraduate Education will empower you to become a leader, an engaged global citizen, and a lifelong learner.

    Freshman Student Panel

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Hear how current UCR students transitioned from high school to college. Questions welcome.

Thursday, April 8

  • 3–4 p.m. – Housing, Education, Sciences
    Housing Information Session

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Deadlines, contracts, rooms, roommates, and dining plans — reserving campus housing can be intimidating. This session prepares you to navigate the housing process between now and Move-In Day.

    Welcome to Education

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    The Graduate School of Education (GSOE) invites you to explore how education can be a critical tool to transform communities, society, and ourselves.

    CNAS: Sciences for a Healthy World

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Find out what makes the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) so unique.

  • 4:30–5:30 p.m. – Honors, Next Steps to Enrollment, Health Professions
    University Honors

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    University Honors values the highest levels of scholarship. Learn about this unique experience and how it will empower you as a next-generation scholar and leader.

    Next Steps to Enrollment

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Congratulations on being admitted to UCR! Not sure what to do next? We’ll walk you through your next steps to enrollment.

    Preparing for a Career in the Health Professions

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    The Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) will offer an overview of the services available to students in all academic areas who wish to pursue a career as a physician, pharmacist, dentist, or healthcare team member. An admission representative from UCR School of Medicine will discuss the Thomas Haider and Thomas Haider Early Assurance Programs.

  • 6–7 p.m. – Financial Aid
    Money Matters: A Guide to Financial Aid at UCR

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Money should never get in the way of your education goals. Learn how grants, scholarships, work study, and loans can help you achieve your dreams.

  • 6–7:30 p.m. – R'World Community Event
    R'World Community Event

    Location: Hopin Main Stage

    Get an overview of how UCR’s Diversity and Ethnic & Gender Programs build bridges. Then join the program’s breakout session(s) below that most interests you.

    • First-Year Survival Guide: Declassified With African Student Programs (ASP) – Join this insightful discussion about the real Black scholar experience at UCR and how to thrive during your time on campus.
    • Get to Know Asian Pacific Student Programs (APSP) – Get to know this resource center for Asian American and Pacific Islander students and any students interested in learning about the culture, history, and issues affecting these communities. Meet APSP staff and students.
    • Chicano Student Programs (CSP): Welcome to the UCR Familia – Learn how CSP increases the academic success of students, staff, faculty, and community through various educational, social, and cultural programs, events, and initiatives.
    • Spilling More Tea With the LGBTRC – Join LGBT Resource Center (LGBTRC) to discuss LGBTQ+ life on campus. Find out how to get involved, find support, and explore Queer Studies, scholarship opportunities, Stonewall Hall, Trans inclusion, and big queer traditions on campus. Continue conversations from the Spilling the Tea With the LGBTRC webinar on April 6. Then stick around to watch the online drag show, Dragalicious Drag Ball, hosted by Queer Alliance, a student organization.
    • MESC: Your Place for Community – Learn how the Middle Eastern Student Center (MESC) serves students with an emphasis on Middle Eastern, Arab, and Muslim culture, programming, and education. All are welcome.
    • Native American Student Programs (NASP) Welcome – Learn about NASP, its student resources, and the community we’ve built within this diverse university.
    • Transition to UCR: A Workshop for Students with Disabilities – Join the UCR Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) to learn about the process for obtaining accommodations and services at UCR.
    • Tips and Advice for Undocumented Highlanders: Your Journey Into Higher Education – Explore services offered by Undocumented Student Programs (USP) and the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center. Learn about AB540 eligibility, the Statement of Legal Residency (SLR), and Financial Aid, as well as how to find community, win swag, and meet USP staff, student mentors, and students.
    • Military-Connected Students: Veteran's Resource Center (VRC) – Learn how the VRC provides step-by-step guidance to veterans, service members, and their families regarding the GI Bill, Cal Vet Fee Waiver, and Financial Aid. Speak with the School Certifying Official.
    • Women's Resource Center (WRC) – Learn how the WRC addresses women’s and gender issues, and offers opportunities for campus community empowerment.

 

Transfer Agenda (May 6–7)

Sessions will be hosted in Zoom and Hopin’s main stage and breakout rooms. Be sure to register for the webinars you wish to attend, as you can earn multiple contest entries for every webinar you fully attend and engage in! See official rules. Then check out special coupons for discounts and a FREE poster!

 

Thursday, May 6

  • 3–4 p.m. – Engineering, Business, Humanities
    The Bourns Identity: BCOE

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    MThe Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) offers opportunities for you to meet the challenges and solve the problems of our increasingly technological society. Get a detailed overview of what it means to be an engineer and why BCOE is the place to be.

    School of Business

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Get an overview of Business, how a business degree can benefit you, and how you will move through the business administration major at UCR.

    Welcome to CHASS

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Get to know the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), its majors, and how the CHASS F1RST: First-Year Experience Program will help you succeed.

  • 4:30–5:30 p.m. – Housing, Education, Financial Aid
    Housing Information Session

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Deadlines, contracts, rooms, roommates, and dining plans — reserving campus housing can be intimidating. This session prepares you to navigate the housing process between now and Move-In Day.

    Welcome to Education

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    The Graduate School of Education (GSOE) invites you to explore how education can be a critical tool to transform communities, society, and ourselves.

    Money Matters: A Guide to Financial Aid at UCR

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Money should never get in the way of your education goals. Learn how grants, scholarships, work study, and loans can help you achieve your dreams.

  • 6–7 p.m. – Next Steps to Enrollment, Honors
    Next Steps to Enrollment

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Congratulations on being admitted to UCR! Not sure what to do next? We’ll walk you through your next steps to enrollment.

    University Honors

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    University Honors values the highest levels of scholarship. Learn about this unique experience and how it will empower you as a next-generation scholar and leader.

  • 6–7:30 p.m. – R'World Community Event
    R'World Community Event

    Location: Hopin Main Stage

    Get an overview of how UCR’s Diversity and Ethnic & Gender Programs build bridges. Then join the program’s breakout session(s) below that most interests you.

    • You Transferred Too?: African Student Programs (ASP) – Transferring from a community college to a UC is not an easy feat! Find out what it’s like to be a Black transfer student, how to make friends, and how to successfully navigate the transfer experience as a Black transfer scholar.
    • Get to Know Asian Pacific Student Programs (APSP) – Get to know this resource center for Asian American and Pacific Islander students and any students interested in learning about the culture, history, and issues affecting these communities. Meet APSP staff and students.
    • Chicano Student Programs (CSP): Welcome to the UCR Familia – Learn how CSP increases the academic success of students, staff, faculty, and community through various educational, social, and cultural programs, events, and initiatives.
    • Spilling More Tea With the LGBTRC – Join LGBT Resource Center (LGBTRC) to discuss LGBTQ+ life on campus. Find out how to get involved, find support, and explore Queer Studies, scholarship opportunities, Stonewall Hall, Trans inclusion, and big queer traditions on campus.
    • MESC: Your Place for Community – Learn how the Middle Eastern Student Center (MESC) serves students with an emphasis on Middle Eastern, Arab, and Muslim culture, programming, and education. All are welcome.
    • Native American Student Programs (NASP) Welcome – Learn about NASP, its student resources, and the community we’ve built within this diverse university.
    • Transition to UCR: A Workshop for Students with Disabilities – Join the UCR Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) to learn about the process for obtaining accommodations and services at UCR.
    • Tips and Advice for Undocumented Highlanders: Your Journey Into Higher Education – Explore services offered by Undocumented Student Programs (USP) and the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center. Learn about AB540 eligibility, the Statement of Legal Residency (SLR), and Financial Aid, as well as how to find community, win swag, and meet USP staff, student mentors, and students.
    • Military-Connected Students: Veteran's Resource Center (VRC) – Learn how the VRC provides step-by-step guidance to veterans, service members, and their families regarding the GI Bill, Cal Vet Fee Waiver, and Financial Aid. Speak with the School Certifying Official.
    • Women's Resource Center (WRC) – Learn how the WRC addresses women’s and gender issues, and offers opportunities for campus community empowerment.
    • Tips and Advice for Undocumented Highlanders: Your Journey Into Higher Education (The Transfer Edition) – Explore services offered by Undocumented Student Programs (USP) and the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center. Learn about AB540 eligibility, the Statement of Legal Residency (SLR), and Financial Aid, as well as how to find community, win swag, and meet USP staff, student mentors, and students.

Friday, May 7

  • 3–4 p.m. – Next Steps to Enrollment, Financial Aid, Public Policy
    Next Steps to Enrollment

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Congratulations on being admitted to UCR! Not sure what to do next? We’ll walk you through your next steps to enrollment.

    Money Matters: A Guide to Financial Aid at UCR

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Money should never get in the way of your education goals. Learn how grants, scholarships, work study, and loans can help you achieve your dreams.

    SPP: Solutions for the Region, Solutions for the World

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Learn how the School of Public Policy (SPP) will help you bring innovative policy solutions to complex societal problems.

  • 4:30–5:30 p.m. – Academic Resource Center, Sciences, International Admissions
    Academic Resource Center: Transfer Success

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Learn about workshops and resources that will sharpen your study skills and keep you on the path to academic success.

    CNAS: Sciences for a Healthy World

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Find out what makes the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) so unique.

    International Admissions Information Session

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Meet UCR’s International Admission Specialists and learn about nonresident admission requirements and the I-20 process.

  • 6–7 p.m. – Undergraduate Admissions, Student Panel, Health Professions
    Undergraduate Admissions Information Session

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Discover UCR's transfer admission requirements and find out how to meet selection criteria for specific majors.

    Transfer Student Panel

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    Hear how current students successfully transferred to UCR. Questions welcome.

    Preparing for a Career in the Health Professions

    Location: Zoom Main Room

    The Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) will offer an overview of the services available to students in all academic areas who wish to pursue a career as a physician, pharmacist, dentist, or healthcare team member. An admission representative from UCR School of Medicine will discuss the Thomas Haider and Thomas Haider Early Assurance Programs.

Get a Taste of Life at UCR

 

While we aren't able to provide in-person tours at this time, we hope you’ll take a few minutes to explore UCR’s beautiful and vibrant campus with these student-led video tours.

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There's a lot more to explore in Riverside!

If you've never visited Riverside, you’ll discover a vibrant college town that welcomes a diverse community. Explore art, adventure, nature, music, comedy, sports, and just about anything else you can think of to feed your mind, body, and soul in sunny Riverside, California.

 

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