UC Riverside Class of 2027 Official Thread

Welcome prospective Highlanders. It’s that time of year again as the UC application has now opened and submission starts October 1 through November 30. I am @Gumbymom one of the two UC Forum Champions/Moderators. My Co-Forum Champion is @lkg4answers and we are knowledgeable on the increasingly complicated UC admissions process and hopefully we can help any prospective UC applicants with their questions.

UC Riverside like all the UC’s are test blind this admission cycle and will use 13 areas of criteria to review Freshman applicants. Each campus will weight the various areas of criteria differently so one size does not fit all. The UC application website has plenty of information that can help determine if UC Riverside is a good option when applying. Below is some admit information specific to the school.



  • Very important : Academic GPA, Personal Insight questions.
  • Important: Rigor of secondary school record
  • Considered : Character/personal qualities, Extracurricular activities, First generation college student, State residency, Talent/ability, Volunteer work, Work experience
  • Note : A fixed weight point system comprehensive review model that culminates in an Academic Index Score to determine admission for incoming freshmen.

UCR admits by major but alternate choice majors will be considered.

For Business: Freshman students must apply to Pre-Business under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS). The College breadth requirements and the prerequisites for a business major are completed during the Freshman and Sophomore years. An application is submitted at the end of Sophomore year. Upon acceptance, students become Business majors and then advised in the Business Department. Students from any academic major may also complete a Business Minor.

Best of luck to all applicants and here is a link to the Class of 2026 discussion thread: https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/t/uc-riverside-freshman-class-of-2026-discussion


Some preliminary Waitlist data from the UC Counselor conference for Fall 2022. I will be starting a separate discussion thread in February 2023 with additional information on the waitlist.

Waitlist opt in: 5769
Waitlist admits: 2295

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With decisions likely coming today or tomorrow, just checking in on this thread to make sure it’s active and people post when they hear. Good luck everyone!


Why do you say today or tomorrow?

Last two years released on March 2 or 3 which were Wednesdays I believe.

it could be today after 5.30 pm(pst)

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I see. I understand Merced announced at midnight so maybe we’ll hear tomorrow.

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results are out.


Was there an email or just an update to the portal?

Son accepted for Undeclared. We are OOS, 3.86 UW, 4.56W, 4.12 UC Weighted - 10 honors classes, 8 APs with 4 in Senior year. Strong essays and ECs. First UC acceptance for us. :blush:


check portal.

D23 accepted to Data Science today!

GPA: unweighted 3.97, weighted 4.44


12 APs, majority STEM with scores of 4,5 mostly, couple 3s (five APs in progress though)

In state Bay Area, Indian American

Good ECs -
Martial Arts black belt(s)
Club founder for girls welfare
Club president for GWH
Club VP for mental wellness
Won some regional STEM contests
No SIP or Cosmos, but had summer internships during covid and last year (stem related)

Essays: how can I tell? I am a parent and we had no counselor help. To me they looked fine :), without prior experience


Son accepted. Business Economics

UC GPA 4.04 (unweighted, unsure…something over 3.8)

Northern CA


any scholarship info?

S23 accepted Bio Engg Major


DD23 accepted to Biology today!

GPA: unweighted 3.82, weighted 4.14

ELC No, State wide guarantee yes

10 AP/Honors, Mostly 3’s

In State

Very Good ECs - Two shadowing internships, 2 x summer volunteering for needy, club and school travel sports for 3+ years each etc.

Essays: Touched on her career, her passions (creative and professional)


Stats please for future applicants.

Son got accepted to Computer Science

UC GPA: unweighted 4.00, weighted 4.64, weighted and capped 4.36

ELC: Yes

11 APs, 1 Honors with scores of 4,5
1 CC course

In state Bay Area

Decent ECs

Basketball: 4 years (Varsity)
Science Club: 4 years (President for 2 years)
Model UN Club: 2 years
Volunteering: 2 years
GMU ASSIP: 1 year
SWE in a start up since 2 years


UnWeighted GPA 3.90 Weighted - 4.30

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