UC Riverside Freshman Class of 2026 Discussion

Welcome prospective Highlanders. It’s that time of year again as the UC application has now opened and submission starts November 1. 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. Best of Luck.

2020 Capped Weighted UC GPA Middle 25-75 percentile for admitted students: 3.65-4.11

Application review:

  • 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.