First-Year Student Orientation

A group of incoming students relax outside the UCR campus bookstore with their leader at Highlander Orientation.

Highlander Orientation Is Going Virtual for 2020!

UC Riverside offers 10 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 

  • 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 450 student organizations and campus departments.
  • Meet and interact with other new and current UCR students.

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    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 attend?

    Students who fail to attend their confirmed Orientation session will need to contact the Orientation Office at to reschedule.


    Family Orientation and Spanish Family Orientation will be held virtually for summer 2020.

    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 have at least one adult family member attend this event. 

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

    • The Spanish Language Family Orientation will be offered on July 17, 2020.
    • 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 password 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: