University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Education


  • Honors Convocation
    Honors Convocation is an awards ceremony that recognizes high-achieving students in University Honors.
  • Student Success
    Student Success houses a variety of initiatives and activities. It provides support for the First Year Learning Communities, the ARC Supplemental Instruction and Early Warning Programs, the research activities within the Undergraduate Research in the Community Program, the Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Undergraduate Research Journal, and has contributed to UE’s success in receiving outside grant support with the subsequent grant management for the several campus programs (e.g., STEM Pathway CCRAA grant, CHASS Connect Evaluation FIPSE grant, and California Campus Compact Students In Service grant).
  • WASC Re-accreditation
    WASC Re-accreditation provides a range of support services intended to maximize UCR students' competitiveness for prestigious awards. The office works with students at all academic levels to create effective strategies for securing scholarships, fellowships, and awards.
  • UCR Undergraduates Win Strauss Scholarships for STEM-related Projects
    May 7, 2015
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    RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Undergraduates at the University of California, Riverside are on a success roll. First, two students won Goldwater Scholarships, announced last month. Now three undergraduate students have been named winners of prestigious scholarships from the Donald A. Strauss Foundation. Highly competitive, the Strauss Scholarship is a public service scholarship given to university students in California.

    UCR Today Article

  • Two UCR Students Selected for the CORO Fellowship
    April 16, 2015

    For the fourth year in a row UCR will be represented in the CORO Fellowship Program. Coro trains ethical, diverse civic leaders nationwide. Over 10,000 Coro alumni currently serve as leaders in local, regional and national/global businesses, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and elected public office. This year two students have been selected to participate in the nationally competitive public service/leadership opportunity. "

    Sean Fahmian

    Sean Fahmian
    Sean Fahmian will be graduating from UC Riverside with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. As an undergraduate he was involved as an Orientation Leader, a WELL Peer Team Lead, and a Common Ground Facilitator. His most treasured accomplishments were working as an ASUCR Senator for the Bourns College of Engineering, where he received the Michael T. Sullivan Outstanding Student Representative Award. He is currently working as a Research Assistant in the Chemical Engineering Department, working as the Chair of the Highlander Union Board of Governors, and as the Vice Chair of the Student Services Fee Advisory Committee (SSFAC). His future goals include learning from Coro the connection between engineering and the local and state government and the effects that engineering will have on the local/state communities.

    "Engineers will be working closely with politicians in the near future to tackle problems such as water and energy production and I hope to be there when they do."

    Aaron Johnson

    Aaron Johnson
    Aaron Johnson will be graduating from UC Riverside with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Affairs. Since discovering his passion for politics in high school, he has considered himself to be a politics enthusiast. Aaron enjoys following our nations competitive elections and staying informed about both domestic and international events by consistently reading and watching the news. As an undergraduate at UC Riverside, he served the student body for two terms first as a CHASS Senator from 2013-2013 and secondly as President Pro Tempore from 2013-2014. As President Pro Tempore, he led the student senate to pass more legislation than any other prior elected group. In summer 2014, served as a Mentor for UC Riverside’s EAOP Senior Summer Mentorship Program, which helps the I.E’s best high school students prepare for the college application process.

    "After the Coro Fellowship, I hope to obtain an entry-level position in the communications or public sector. Looking towards the long-term future, I aspire to one day hold an elected office on either the state or federal level."

  • UE Awarded $284,000 grant from Gates Foundation to support University Innovations Alliance
    April 16, 2015
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    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded UE $284,000 to administer projects on campus related to the University Innovations Alliance (UIA). UIA is a collaboration of 11 large public universities to improve graduation rates, particularly among low-income students. UIA has chosen predictive analytics as the first scale project. Scale projects involve learning from institutions that have adopted an effective innovation to improve graduation rates and then using their experience to implement the innovation in a cost-efficient and effective way. Predictive analytics are tools that provide information to advisors that help them to predict a student's likely trajectory. They improve the advising process by providing information advisors need to work with students. Vice Provost Steven Brint is chairing a committee that is making recommendations to the provost about strengthening advising, including evaluation of and recommendations about predictive analytics systems.

  • UE Launches Global Issues Forum
    April 16, 2015
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    In conjunction with Provost Paul D'Anieri and UCR's award-winning Model UN Club, UE will be launching a Global Issues Forum (GIF) in Fall. As UCR becomes a more international institution, sending and receiving international visitors, UE has decided to contribute to undergraduates' knowledge about current events and issues in the world. Among the topics that GIF is considering for programs next year are the following: What Happened to the Arab Spring? Will the European Union Survive; and South Africa 20 Years after Mandela. The faculty and staff advisory committee includes Professors Jana Grittersova (Political Science), Perry Link (Comparative Languages and Literatures), Yolanda Moses (Anthropology), and Susan Ossman (Global Studies). Beth Thrush will coordinate the program with students from the Model UN Club.

  • UE Receives $266,000 Grant to Enhance Summer Bridge Program
    April 16, 2015
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    The ECMC Foundation has awarded UE a $266,000 grant to enhance its Summer Bridge program. Summer Bridge allows students to take courses and an introductory to college life course prior to fall matriculation, with an option to live in the residence halls. The ECMC grant will allow the Academic Resources Center to add another course to Summer Bridge, so that Bridge students will have an experience that more closely resembles fall term. It will also allow for the hiring of advisors and additional peer educators. Students will be chosen to participate on the basis of a lottery. Those admitted to the program will receive scholarships to facilitate their involvement in the program and will receive small scholarships during the year if they keep their grades up. Andi Carter of the Academic Resources Center will coordinate the new Summer Bridge program, which has been renamed Highlander Early Start Academy.

  • UE-sponsored Internships Take Off
    April 10, 2015
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    Undergraduate Education has launched a new major-specific academic internship program, where students are provided the opportunity to be placed in an internship relating to their major, and enroll in a course that links the internship with academic work. These courses have between 12-20 students and include site visits, speaker series, and the opportunity for students to be mentored by faculty. UE partnered with five departments to successfully place over 75 students in academic internships for the spring quarter 2015. The students are placed in both on-campus groups as well as off-campus organizations including unions, schools, non-profits, advocacy groups, and museums. This academic internship program is constructed to serve as a method for students to cultivate their professional development, as well as to enhance their academic experience at UCR. The educational significance is demonstrated through research, student learning objectives, professional and academic guidance from a faculty advisor and internship site supervisor, and the opportunity to successfully link theoretical knowledge from a class-room to real-world work experience.

  • R’Courses Continue to Generate Student Interest
    April 10, 2015
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    During Week 1 of Spring quarter, eleven UCR undergraduate students swallowed their nerves and stepped in front of their own classes with lesson plans and materials ready. These students worked with faculty mentors during the fall and winter quarters to develop their own original syllabus to offer to other undergraduates as part of the R"Course initiative. The topics, ranging from Microfluidics to Harry Potter (see the full list at the student-created website here:, generated enormous interest from students. All 11 courses are successfully up and running, and student facilitators from English, Media and Cultural Studies, and Electrical Engineering found themselves with the need to create waiting lists. The R"Course program, approved by Academic Senate in December 2014, offers 1 unit of S/NC credit to students who complete these courses. Undergraduate Education will soon begin accepting proposals from students who will take the preparation course in Fall 2015 and offer courses in Winter 2016.

  • UE welcomes the University Innovation Alliance fellow for UC Riverside
    April 9, 2015
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    Joey Mavity has been awarded the University Innovation Alliance Fellowship position for UC Riverside beginning February 6, 2015. UC Riverside is committed to improving the 4-year graduation rate for all students and as an ethnic, economically, and ideologically diverse campus is pleased to work with other major universities to help their graduation rates, as well. The University Innovation Alliance is a major vehicle for this change and its goal is to help build repeatable and scalable approaches to improving graduation rates across higher education institutions in the United States.

    Joey has a history of developing programs to improve access for traditionally underserved student populations. Additionally, his leadership in technology and academics brings valuable experience as UC Riverside looks to implement an analytic system that can help identify students who would most benefit from more intensive assistance in their college experience. Prior to joining UC Riverside, Joey worked as the IT Architect at Azusa Pacific University where he also served as the Director of Debate. Most recently he worked in the private sector as a software developer for supply chain and courier services.

  • Undergraduate Research Portal
    April 3, 2015
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    The Undergraduate Research Portal is a one-stop shop for students to find and participate in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities. UCR offers research opportunities to all undergraduates, including freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students. Students can get connected to faculty in arts, business, engineering, humanities, and sciences. Opportunities are available for course credit, paid and volunteer work. Undergraduate Research Portal

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UCR's Graduation Rate Initiative

Last June, EVC/P Dallas Rabenstein appointed a task force to look into the causes of UCR's comparatively low graduation rates and to make recommendations to increase the campus's 4 and 6-year graduation rates.  In January, the Graduation Rate Task Force submitted its final report.  The report has been endorsed by Chancellor Kim Wilcox, EVC/P Rabenstein, and the College deans.

In the coming months the campus will post an implementation plan and reports on the implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force.

The purpose of a university is to produce "more intelligent members of society" by fostering "cultivation of the mind."

John Henry Newman, *The Idea of a University*

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Undergraduate Education
321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-7750
Fax: (951) 827-7745