University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Education

About Academic Resource Center

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Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center is a team of educators, counselors, and advanced students who provide a variety of services to help students succeed in their college classes. The Academic Resource Center is for all students who are not satisfied with their current grades and/or academic performance. They regularly see first-year students (freshman and transfer) and graduate students, students on academic probation and those on the Dean's List. Any student who wants help can get it, and almost all services are free.

Our Programs

  • Assistance, Counseling, and Encouragement

    Assistance, Counseling, and Encouragement (better known as ACE) is a customized academic support program for students encountering academic difficulty. The goal of ACE is to aid students in the development of essential and lifelong academic skills and study habits that will ultimately help them achieve academic success.

  • Graduate and Professional School Exam Preparation

    The Academic Resource Center Graduate and Professional School Exam Preparation offers reduced-cost seminars to help students prepare for exams required by many graduate and professional schools: the GMAT (business school MBA programs), the GRE (master's and doctoral programs), the LSAT (law schools), and the MCAT (medical schools). [The MCAT Seminar will be offered during Summer Sessions I & II beginning Summer 2015, and will no longer be offered during the Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters.] All classes are held at the ARC in the Surge Building (click for location on the campus map). Please visit our FAQs webpage for answers to common questions regarding the ARC exam prep seminars.

  • Intermediate Algebra Workshops

    Intermediate Algebra Workshop--ARC 35 is offered in the summer, fall, winter and spring. This workshop will help students refresh their math skills and develop a better grounding in the fundamentals needed to be successful in university level math courses. If students successfully complete the workshop they will be eligible to enroll into Math 8A or Math 4 depending on how high a percentage that a student receives.

  • Mathematics Placement Exams

    Placement and Advisory Examinations are used by UCR to assess student readiness for University work and determine the appropriate course placement in Mathematics. Students must satisfy placement requirements before registering for this subject at UCR. Examination results are used for advising and placement purposes only; unit credit cannot be earned with these exams.

  • Study Skills Workshops

    Study Skills Workshops are scheduled on a drop-in basis and “first-come, first served.” The workshop series covers a variety of study skills topics with each workshop offered several times each quarter.

    If you’re looking for ways to strength your study habits and time management skills, you’ve come to the right place. Every term, the Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers a series of study skills workshops, which are free of charge for registered UCR students. We encourage students to attend as many workshops as needed and then to visit with our peer mentors and professional staff for feedback and reflection on study skills development.

  • Supplemental Instruction (SI)

    Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that uses peer-led group study to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses – those with high failure and/or withdrawal rates. SI sessions are regularly scheduled, out-of-class group study giving students an opportunity to meet with classmates to compare notes, discuss readings and key course concepts, develop study skill strategies and prepare for exams. SI takes all the hassle out of managing a study schedule and agenda. Think of it as guaranteed study time.

    UCR offers two versions of SI—Open SI and Learning Community SI—the difference being participation. Students enrolled in a Learning Community are mandated to attend SI twice a week. Open SI follows the traditional tenets of Supplemental Instruction with voluntary participation.

  • The Tutorial Assistance Program

    The Tutorial Assistance Program (T.A.P.) provides tutoring in a variety of subjects and disciplines. Tutoring is free to all UCR students. Our tutors offers broad-based study skills strategies and techniques to promote critical thinking. Students are seen on a walk-in and appointment basis. Most tutoring is offered in small groups and each session lasts about an hour. Click on Tutor Schedule for a day-to-day listing of subject tutors and availability. Call the ARC Front Desk at 951-827-3721 to make an appointment.

  • Highlander Early Start Academy

    Highlander Early Start Academy--Highlander Early Start Academy (HESA) will challenge you, and attending will give you more confidence, provide you with knowledge about the campus, and help you feel at home at UC Riverside.

More Information 

General Campus Information

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

Department Information

Undergraduate Education
1100 Hinderaker Hall

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