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Welcome to Transfer Orientation

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Registration for Transfer Highlander Orientation is now open and is available here.

We are excited to announce that Highlander Orientation for Transfers will be delivered in a hybrid format for 2022! Highlander Orientation is mandatory for all of our incoming students. This year's program will consist of a mandatory one-day in-person program, followed by a virtual half-day academic advising and course registration* appointment. 

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodation, please contact Orientation at (951) 827-2789 or orientation@ucr.edu. Requests should be made at least two weeks prior to the event so the university has sufficient time to arrange reasonable accommodations.


Transfer Orientation Session Dates - Fall 2022 Admits:

  • Highlander Orientation is a mandatory program that consists of a one-day on-campus orientation session followed by a half-day academic advising and course registration appointment.
  • The sessions are separated according to colleges and majors. Plan for both a one-day session and a half-day appointment that corresponds accordingly.
  • Attending the mandatory Highlander Orientation program is a provision of UC Riverside admission. Failure to attend both an in-person session and a virtual advising appointment will result in the revoking of a student's admission to the University.
  • An optional one-day Family Orientation program will take place during each of the in-person Orientation sessions (dates listed below).
  • The one-day in-person Spanish Language Family Orientation program will take place only on Friday, August 19, 2022.

One-Day In-Person Campus Orientation Session Dates: 

  • Session 1: Monday, August 15, 2022 - Bourns College of Engineering, School of Business, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, School of Public Policy, School of Education
  • Session 2: Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - Bourns College of Engineering, School of Business, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, School of Public Policy, School of Education
  • Session 3: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - Bourns College of Engineering, School of Business, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Session 4: Thursday, August 18, 2022 - Bourns College of Engineering, School of Business, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, School of Public Policy
  • Session 5: Friday, August 19, 2022 - School of Business, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Half-Day Virtual Academic Advising Appointment Dates:

  • Advising Appointment 1: Monday, August 29, 2022 - Bourns College of Engineering, School of Business, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, School of Public Policy, School of Education
  • Advising Appointment 2: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - Bourns College of Engineering, School of Business, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, School of Public Policy, School of Education
  • Advising Appointment 3: Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - Bourns College of Engineering, School of Business, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Advising Appointment 4: Thursday, September 1, 2022 - Bourns College of Engineering, School of Business, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, School of Public Policy
  • Advising Appointment 5: Friday, September 2, 2022 - School of Business, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Registration & Cost of Attendance

  • Registration and Fee Information below is for 2022. 
  • We recommend registering early as Orientation space fills up quickly. By mid-May, only a limited number of available spaces will remain.   
  • The Highlander Orientation fee for incoming transfer students is $100.
  • The registration fee will be billed to student's Fall Statement of Account in August. Payment is due Sept. 15, 2022. Any payments not made by Sept. 15 will be assessed an additional $100 late tuition payment fee. 

Family Orientation

  • Guest Fee: The registration fee for guests for the 2022 program is $35 for guests ages 16+, $30 for guests ages 4-15, and free for guests ages 3 and under.
  • Spanish Language Family Program Fee: The registration fee for guests for the 2022 Spanish Language Family Program, which will be held on August 19, 2022, is $35. 
  • Payment is due at time of registration for guests. Payment may be paid by credit card or check. 
  • Register early as space is "first-come, first-served" and there are limited spaces available. 
  • A $25 change fee will be assessed for registrations made or changed less than 10 business days prior to the orientation session. 

Cancellations & Refund Policy

  • If you register for Highlander Orientation and decide not to attend UCR, please notify our office that you, and any registered family members, will not be attending Orientation. You will also need to contact the Admissions Office directly to make your cancellation official. Family Orientation and Spanish Language Family Orientation refunds are not given if you cancel your guest reservation within 10 business days before the scheduled Highlander Orientation session date. 
  • Cancellations must be made 10 business days in advance of your registered Orientation session. If you need to request a change or cancel less than 10 business days prior to your registered orientation session, contact orientation@ucr.edu

Date Change Fees

  • If you wish to change your scheduled Orientation date, you must submit your request at least 10 business days (two weeks) prior to the confirmed date. If there is a vacancy in your preferred session, you will be added.
  • If you submit a request to change the date of your Orientation within 10 business days of your confirmed Orientation date, a date-change fee of $25 will be added to the Orientation registration fee.

Payment Methods

Student Orientation fees will be automatically billed to your UCR Fall 2022 Statement of Account. Payments are due Sept. 15, 2022. Any payments not made by Sept. 15 will be assessed an additional $100 late tuition payment fee. 

Family and Spanish Family program registration must be paid at time of registration by credit card or check.  


One-Day Orientation Activities

  • Network with faculty and staff from your academic college
  • Discover classes in your major
  • Access UCR's online registration system, R'Mail and iLearn
  • Attend workshops to learn about campus resources
  • Connect with other transfer students
  • Tap into UCR's many resources 
  • Learn UCR traditions!