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, with your choice of one breadth 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:

  • Receive a $500.00 scholarship towards the HESA program tuition and fees. An additional $250.00 scholarship will be awarded to participants who earn a 2.5 GPA during the summer.
  • Receive an additional $250.00 in the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters for each quarter that you enroll in 15 units and maintain a 2.5 GPA.
  • Receive 8 (Math 6A Academy) or 9 units (English 4 and Math 5 Academy) as well as fulfill a graduation requirement course (History).
      • Be College Level English ready by fall
      • Be Calculus ready by fall
    • Special academic & personal success support designed especially for Early Start students.
    • Gain an edge over other incoming freshmen with early access to advising, 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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