First-Year Student Orientation

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

Highlander Orientation is Hybrid for 2022!

UC Riverside offers 11 two-day Orientation sessions and 10 one-day virtual academic advising appointments for incoming first-year students. These fun-filled, high impact sessions are offered at various times in July and August.

  • During the two-day mandatory in-person program you will stay overnight in our campus residential halls and learn about UCR’s campus and traditions, connect with other first-year students, discover ways to get involved, and learn about campus resources that will support you in your transition to the university. 

  • During the mandatory virtual academic advising and course registration appointment, you will learn about how to navigate UCR’s student portal, talk with academic advisors, schedule your classes for the Fall 2022 quarter and connect with peer leaders that can support your transition to campus. 

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 500 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 in-person for summer 2022.

    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 15, 2022.
    • Please contact our Orientation office at (951) 827-2789, (951) 827-2439 FAX or if you have any questions.

    ALL International Undergraduate First-Year students are required to attend both the Highlander Orientation and the International Student Orientation. Both of these orientations are being conducted remotely, and will be accessible to you, regardless of your current location. Please register for International Student Orientation on April 1 or later.

    All incoming International Graduate Students are required to attend the International Student Orientation in addition to other orientation sessions hosted by their academic department or the Graduate Division. For more information, contact the International Students and Scholars office by email at or by phone (951) 827–4113. Please register for International Student Orientation on April 1 or later.


    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 if you do not meet the Priority Population requirements. Students receiving priority registration include the following: