University of California, Riverside

Highlander Early Start Academy



Highlander Early Start Academy


Highlander Early Start Academy: Math & English Courses, Campus Housing Option, Financial Aid Available!

 Important Dates

  • Welcome Event for students and parents - Sunday, July 30th
  • Residence Hall Check-In -Sunday, July 30th
  • First day of class - Monday, July 31st
  • Fees Due- Tuesday, August 8th
  • Math Finals - Saturday, September 16th

Invest in your Success

Highlander Early Start Academy (HESA) is a 7-week intensive study program that combines one English or Math course, your choice of a History or Oral Communications course, and an Early Start Seminar.  HESA will challenge you, give you more confidence in both your personal and academic abilities, provide you with knowledge about the campus, and help you feel at home at UC Riverside.

Benefits of Highlander Early Start Academy

By participating in the program, students will:

  • Be eligible for a Summer scholarship of $250 by earning a 2.5 GPA or higher, attending 6 out of the 7 Early Start Seminar sessions, and completing a non-profit organization service agreement of their choice by the end of the summer program.
    • An additional Fall, Winter, and Spring scholarship ($250 each quarter, $750 total) will be awarded to HESA students who continue to maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher, complete 10 hours of service learning with their selected non-profit partner organization, and attend a quarterly Leadership Academy sponsored by Undergraduate Education. 
  • Receive 4 (Math 6A, Math 9A, English 1A) or 5 units (English 4, Math 5) as well as earn 4 additional units towards graduation (History 20 or English 008).
      • Advance your skills in Math or English to be better prepared for the academic rigors of UCR by the fall
    • Special academic & personal success support designed especially for Early Start students
    • Gain an edge over other incoming freshmen with early access to campus life and resources
    • Be automatically enrolled in their college's freshmen Learning Community

More Information 

General Campus Information

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

Department Information

Highlander Early Start Academy
156 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-3282
Fax: (951) 827-4543
E-mail: earlystart@ucr.edu

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