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 29th
  • Residence Hall Check-In -Sunday, July 29th
  • First day of class - Monday, July 30th
  • Fees Due- Tuesday, August 7th
  • Math Finals - Saturday, September 15th

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 (ESS) sessions (must attend week 7 ESS), attend 3 out of 4 mandatory activities and use 2 Academic Resource Center (ARC) services. 
    • 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 12 units and attend a minimum of 5 ARC services per quarter.
  • Receive 4 (Math 6A, Math 7A, English 1A) or 5 units (English 4, Math 5) as well as earn 4 additional units towards graduation (History 15 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

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