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See why so many students follow their hearts to UCR!
Join us for Highlander Day — UCR’s open house for admitted and prospective students and their families to learn more about our welcoming and diverse campus community.

Freshmen April 4, 2020 | Transfer May 2, 2020

Connect with inspiring faculty and friendly UCR students. Explore UCR’s colleges, housing, and dining. Discover academic, wellness, and career resources to prepare and support you through graduation — and beyond.

Admission and parking are free!

Freshman and Transfer agendas coming soon.

LOCATED IN SUNNY RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA

 

Parking is FREE

From the 60 Freeway, take exit 32 for University Ave. or exit 31 for Martin Luther King Blvd. Look for the directional signs for this event, placed around the exterior/interior of campus. Parking attendants will be on-hand to direct you to available parking.

 

Save on Accommodations and Experience Riverside Attractions!

 

Hotel Accommodations

All promotional rates are subject to change and are based on hotel availability.

Hyatt Place Riverside Downtown

Code is UNIR for online or phone bookings
1 (888) 492-8847
$120/night

Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Reference the “UCR Friends and Family Rate”
Call the reservation line at 1 (800) 843-7755
$142/night

Ayers Hotel & Spa- Moreno Valley

Book your stay using this website: UCR Guest at Ayers
Promo code automatically applied.
$109/night


Also available for Transfer Highlander Day (May 2, 2020)*

UCR Extension

Single Occupancy Room
$70.00/night
*18 and over only. Must place reservation a minimum of 2 weeks in advance.

Mission Inn, Downtown Riverside

There's a lot more to explore in Riverside!

If this is your first time visiting, 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.

 

ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS

 

EVENT FAQs

  • WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

    Highlander Day is a chance for prospective students, who are interested in UCR, to preview our campus.

    Each year, UCR welcomes all admitted and prospective students (and their friends/family) to our beautiful campus for an opportunity to connect with the UCR community and discover everything our university has to offer.

    Activities Include:

    • Spend a sunny day on our parklike campus discovering for yourself why UCR is America's fastest-rising ranked university. (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)
    • Learn about UCR's most popular schools and colleges: College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS); College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS); Graduate School of Education (GSOE); Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE); School of Business; and School of Public Policy.
    • Get important details about the UC application process, UCR's admissions requirements, financial aid options, and helpful student resources.
    • Take a tour of our lush campus and some of its cutting-edge facilities.
    • Speak directly with advisers from different student organizations, programs, and departments.

    Note: Most sessions are held indoors. However, the Information and Resources Fair will be held outside on Pierce Lawn. We suggest you check the local weather as we get closer to the event date, so you can dress comfortably.

  • DO I HAVE TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE?

    Yes.

    To help us plan the best event possible, your early registration is greatly appreciated. Registration comes with free parking and a UCR tote bag. Complete the Freshman or Transfer online reservation form to let us know you will be attending and how many guests you will be bringing with you.  

  • WHAT IF I ARRIVE LATE?

    Don't stress it too much.

    While we do encourage you to arrive on time (so you can take full advantage of the day’s events) many of our tours and information sessions are offered more than once during the day. We also recommend using the UCR Guides app (search Highlander Day) to create a customized agenda to help you organize your day.

  • IS THERE A COST TO ATTEND?

    No.

    This event free for all guests.

  • IS THERE A FEE FOR PARKING?

    No. 

    When you register in advance, PARKING IS FREE in select lots. Look for event parking signs and attendants to direct you to available parking.

  • WHERE DO I PARK FOR THIS EVENT?

    From the 60 Freeway, take exit 32 for University Ave. or exit 31 for Martin Luther King Blvd. Look for the directional signs for this event, placed around the exterior/interior of campus. Parking attendants will be on-hand to direct you to available parking. Parking at any other lot, may require you to purchase a day permit.

  • ONCE I PARK, WHERE DO I GO?

    UCR Bell Tower.

    Check-in will be at the UCR Bell Tower, which is located at the center of campus. You can see the bell tower from almost any point on the campus by looking up at the sky. (Why?  Because, it's the tallest landmark on campus and stands 161 feet tall.)

    Upon leaving the parking lot, walk down Martin Luther King Blvd. towards Canyon Crest Dr. (you'll pass under a bridge). After crossing the street, you'll be on campus.

    You can also arrive there by entering "UCR Bell Tower" into your navigation system.

    We'll also have signs directing you from the parking lot to the bell tower. 

    Note: It is a short 7 minute walk from lot 30 to the bell tower.