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Highlander Early Start Academy Overview

The Highlander Early Start Academy (HESA) is a 7-week intensive program for incoming first-year students.

Student that participates in the Highlander Early Start Academy will have the opportunity to choose one primary course – Math OR English, they will be enrolled in a secondary course - English 008 (Oral communication) or Education 42, as well as partake in HESA 001 (College Success Course). Students will also participate in mandatory weekly community building activities.

Primary Course Secondary Course College Success Course Units Earned
English 1A English 008 HESA 001 9 units
English 4 English 008 HESA 001 10 units
Math 5A English 008 HESA 001 10 units
Math 6A English 008 HESA 001 9 units
Math 3 Education 42 HESA 001 8 units

HESA will challenge you, give you more confidence in both your personal and academic development, provide you with knowledge about the campus and resources in order to allow you to achieve the goals you have set for yourself.


Important Dates

Welcome Event 

HESA Virtual Welcome Event is for students and parents only

Saturday, July 27th 

The Journey Begins

First day of class 

Monday, July 29th

Financial Commitment 

HESA Fees Due

Tuesday, August 6th

HESA Finals

Friday, September 13th – English Finals 

Saturday, September 14th – Math Finals

Meet the Staff

HESA 2024 Peer Mentor Staff coming SOON!


Contact Us



Academic Resource Center
156 Skye Hall
University of California, Riverside



Monday – Thursday
8:00AM – 7:00PM
8:00AM – 5:00PM