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Hi! My name is Lindsey and I am the Coordinator for the Highlander Early Start Academy (HESA). I know I’m biased, but HESA is such an awesome opportunity to earn units while simultaneously connecting with peers and getting to know the lay of the land at UCR. Through HESA, you will receive hands on, individualized support to help ensure a smooth and successful transition from high school to UCR. As a first-generation college student, myself, I know firsthand how valuable a program like HESA can be. A program that not only sets you up to succeed academically, but more importantly, personally. Why not start this next chapter of your life at UCR with a head start?!  I look forward to meeting you this summer!

Program Overview

The Highlander Early Start Academy (HESA) is a 7-week intensive in-person program between July 29, 2024 to September 14, 2024 for incoming first year students.

HESA allows students to earn up to 8-10 units before starting their first-year Fall quarter.  For detailed information about HESA courses, please click here.

Throughout the 7 weeks, students will also get to know their personalized peer mentor, create a four-year education plan/roadmap to graduation and be introduced and connected with other campus resources!  


Upcoming Events
Virtual HESA Information sessions:
June 5th, 2 PM: 
June 6th, 6 PM: 
June 7th, 12 PM:
July 17th, 2 PM:
July 18th, 6 PM: 
July 19th, 12 PM:
If you're interested in enrolling in HESA, fill out the form below: