First-Year Student Orientation


You are Invited!

UC Riverside offers nine two-day Orientation sessions for incoming first-year students. These fun-filled, high impact sessions are offered at various times in July and August.


Orientation Programs and Activities 

  • Explore the UCR campus.
  • Tap into UCR's resources such as Housing Services and the Academic Resource Center (ARC).
  • Learn how to use R'Web, the main site that directs students to essential instructional and communication tools, such as R'Mail and iLearn.
  • Connect with academic advisors.
  • Discover classes in your major.
  • Pick up new study and time management skills.
  • Register for Fall quarter classes.
  • Sample over 400 student organizations and campus departments.
  • Experience life in our on-campus residence halls. 
  • Enjoy live entertainment.
  • Socialize with other new UCR students.

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    Travel Accommodations

    • Make sure your travel arrangements encompass a full stay from Check-In on Day 1 until the completion of your Orientation on Day 2. You are expected to remain on the UCR campus for the duration of this event. If travel plans necessitate otherwise, please contact the Highlander Orientation Office in advance via (951) 827-2789, (951) 827-2439 FAX


    Please note that your Highlander Orientation registration is not confirmed until payment has been received.

    • If you have paid with a credit card...
    • Then your registration will be confirmed as soon as the payment is recorded in our system.
    • If you have paid with a check or money order...
    • Then at the end of the online registration process, you can print out your tentative reservation and mail it in with your preferred method of payment.* Any Family Orientation charges will still need to be paid before attending the Orientation.

    * To avoid a registration cancellation, payments must be received within 10 business days of your preferred Orientation date. 


    The Purpose of Orientation

    Highlander Orientation gives you an important head start in preparing for your college career. It will provide the opportunity to meet staff from your academic college and register early for Fall quarter classes.

    The Benefit

    New UCR students who attend Orientation consistently achieve higher grade point averages than those who do not attend.

    What if you don't sign up?

    You must attend Highlander Orientation to be admitted to UCR. Orientation is a provision of admission. Not attending will result in the cancellation of your University admission.

    What if you don't show up?

    Students who fail to attend their confirmed Orientation session will need to call the Orientation Office to reschedule. A date-change fee of $25 will be assessed. 


    We have created two programs: Family Orientation and Spanish Language Family Orientation*. Both offer informative workshops, presentations and tours that will help your family members to learn about UCR and to better understand what you will be experiencing as a first-year college student. Even though Family Orientation is not mandatory, over half of incoming first-year students bring at least one adult family member to this event. 

    * UCR's one-day Spanish Language Family Orientation involves the following:

    • Check-In is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
    • Although students and family members follow different Orientation tracks, you will check in together. 
    • Family Orientation ends with dinner at 7:30 p.m. on the first day of the student's two-day session. 
    • Be sure to discuss Family Orientation options with your family before signing up for an Orientation date.
    • Registration is on a "first come, first serve" basis.
    • The Spanish Language Family Orientation will be offered on July 21, 2018.
    • Brochures detailing the Family Orientation program, Spanish Language Family Orientation session and overnight accommodations for family members will be mailed separately.
    • Please contact our Orientation office at (951) 827-2789, (951) 827-2439 FAX or if you have any questions.

    Depending on their visa status, International first-year students have the option of attending Highlander Orientation. If a student has an F-1 or J-1 visa and is currently living outside of the United States, participation may be impossible. The student is then advised to contact Undergraduate Admissions at (951) 827-3411 or Please include the student's full name and Student Identification Number (SID#) in all communications.

    However, all international students are required to attend a mandatory International Student Orientation. This includes those with an F-1 or J-1 visa, those who attend high school in the United States and those who have already attended a Highlander Orientation. The International Student Orientation will take place at the International Student Resource Center (ISRC). Details regarding this mandatory Orientation will be sent to via R'Mail in May. For more information, contact ISRC at (951) 827-4113 or


    Be sure to have your netID and PermPin ready. These can be found under the MyID tab on your MyUCR account.

    When you log in to the registration website, you will find the Highlander Orientation sessions specific to your major. The number of registered students will also appear. Please be aware that you should NOT register for Sessions 1 and 2 if you do not meet the Priority Population requirements. Students receiving priority registration include the following: