Anonymous asked: I got a 1370 on my SAT and I didn't take my ACT. Should I retake the SAT or is that score fine? And would it increase my chances of getting in if I did take the ACT?
You don’t have to take the ACT. It wouldn’t hurt to take both if you can, but I definitely recommend retaking the SAT at the very least — not because of your score, but because most students get a higher score their second time taking the exam.
Do students really sleep in the library during finals week?
Yes. And in the HUB. At Coffee Bean. On benches. In hallways. There used to be a Tumblr devoted to capturing images of people sleeping in the library, but it seems to have been taken down. Short answer: Yes. People sleep wherever they can.
Anonymous asked: Is it true that UCR students cannot take summer classes at a community college? Sounds absurd, but that's what my friend told me :(
Your friend LIED.
Just kidding. It all depends on the class and your particular college. You can check Assist.org to see if the course transfers over, and you can also explore the coursework at other UC campuses thanks to a thing called “simultaneous enrollment” for UC students. However, the only surefire way to determine which method will work for you is by meeting with your academic adviser. He or she will be able to let you know if your major allows for off-campus coursework, and will be able to let you know which forms you need to fill out.
Anonymous asked: Hi! I'm a freshmen at ucr this year and i'm freaking out because I couldn't enroll in 12 units. i managed to only get 4 units during my enrollment slot and i know theres second pass but what if i don't get the required minimum 12 units then.... I had such a hard time trying to get even random classes during my enrollment slot and all the classes filled up so quickly.
Contact your academic adviser! They’ll be able to help you find enough classes to get you to 12 units. Second pass begins Dec. 9, so you’ll be able to potentially register for more classes then, but you’ll need to register for those 12 units as soon as you can — before Dec. 13, when fees are due, at the absolute latest.
Anonymous asked: as a transfer student applicant, if i dont fulfill the prereqs of my intended major, does that mean my application is automatically thrown out? if im only missing 1 class, can i take it during the summer before starting fall?
It depends on the class, but generally, yes. You might be able to take the course in the summer, which would mean your admission is conditional on your completion. I definitely recommend speaking with a transfer admissions counselor; as long as you communicate any goings-on in your coursework, they’ll be able to advise you. Call Admissions at 951-827-3411 and ask to speak with a transfer counselor.
what are some of the safest apartments near ucr or around ucr?? me and my friend are trying to look for an apartment
Our followers are more than welcome to offer suggestions in the comments, but the on-campus apartments are largely safe (Note that Bannockburn was one of the sites among a string of crime alerts back in April. You can view crime alerts on and around campus here.) I haven’t heard of any issues at University Towers or Sterling, as well as the area down Blaine around Copper Canyon. There have been crime alerts on Linden in the past, but if you ever feel unsafe, keep in mind that there are campus escort options you can take. What do you think, followers?
Anonymous asked: I am a freshman at UCR this year. I took 3 classes during fall quarter (13 units) and I've registered for 3 classes again this winter quarter (13 unites). Is this an alright set up? Or will this cause problems in the future? Thank you!
That should be fine, as long as you’re meeting with your academic adviser. Most students take a smaller courseload their first quarter to get used to the 10-week system, so I wouldn’t say you’re behind — as long as you balance those lighter quarters with heavier quarters (16 - 18 units) down the road as needed. This also depends on your major, so I’d definitely recommend meeting with your academic adviser to see if he or she can help you organize a four-year battle plan.
I currently have junior standing and I was wondering when I can take english 1c. I thought it was open to seniors AND juniors but I wasn’t able to sign up for it. Soo…will it be open to juniors during spring quarter or will I have to wait til next year?
To my knowledge, it’s usually reserved for freshmen and seniors. You can take other classes that meet the English 1C requirement, though — if you take a class with a “W” after its name, that means the class offers enough of a writing component to meet the requirements of English 1C. Professor Tomoff is offering HIST020W - World History: Twentieth Century next quarter, for instance, which would satisfy English 1C. You can view other replacements here.
when’s open enrollment?
Dec. 9 - 13. The add/drop period is Dec. 18 - Jan. 17. All these dates are available on the academic calendar.
Anonymous asked: what is pass no pass grading and how do you do that or why would you want to do that?
Pass/no pass grading is officially called Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC). It changes the grading basis of a course. Instead of receiving a traditional letter grade, you would only receive the unit credit for the class as long as you pass with at least a C. This means that your GPA will be unaffected by a low grade, but you’ll still receive the credits toward your degree.
You’re only allowed to do this with classes that are not required for your major, which makes S/NC an option if you’re struggling in a breadth course. As long as you receive a C in the class — the minimum passing grade, basically — you’ll still receive credit for having taken the course, but your GPA won’t be impacted at all.
To view the deadlines to change the grading basis of a course each quarter, click over to the academic calendar. Speak with your academic adviser if you have any questions about changing the grading basis of specific classes — and to make sure a class isn’t required by your major.
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Anonymous asked: I'm in CNAS and winter quarter i am planning on taking chem(5 units), bio(5 units), math(4 units) and eng(4 units), since there is a 16 unit cap does that mean i will have to wait to sign up for probably english? since with the other 3 classes i'll already have 14 unnits? and what are my chances that i'll be able to get the english 1b if i do have to wait for that 2nd pass?
Yes, you’ll have to wait until second pass before you can register for more than 16 units. The unit cap lifts Dec. 9 - 13. You’ll also be able to register during the first week of classes, which is a good time to keep checking classes.ucr.edu. Lots of students adjust their schedules during this time, which means that even if you can’t snag a spot in English 1B during second pass, you have another chance between Dec. 18 - Jan. 17.
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Anonymous asked: I've tried emailing my advisor and she said to check the catalog. and my registration is tomorrow so I don't think making an appointment is ok or going for her drop in hours
Hm. That’s not very helpful for you. I’m sorry your adviser wasn’t able to provide any more information. I’ve never used the catalog to determine when courses will be offered because it normally only provides class descriptions, not information on when the class is offered (especially since course availability varies depending on a professor’s schedule).
Register for 12 units to meet financial aid standards, and then meet with your adviser in person when you can. Other than that, log into Growl and perform a degree check. That’ll allow you to view which classes you may be able to take toward your major besides the ones that conflict.
Anonymous asked: im trying to plan out my courses for the next few quarters and i ran into a hiccup where two of the classes i need to take next quarter are offered at the same time. im looking at the catalog for 2013-2014 and im having trouble understanding when exactly certain courses are offered. can you explain this please?
Oof, the same thing happened to me this quarter. As opposed to the catalog, your best bet is to speak with your academic adviser because he or she will be able to let you know whether the classes you want are also offered during another quarter. Or, alternately, your adviser can recommend alternate classes to consider.
Anonymous asked: Hi, so I withdrew from UCR during Winter Quarter 2013 (I was a freshment). Since then I have been attending Community College (in San Diego). I would like to go back to UCR for Fall 2014. My question is: do I do readmission or apply as a transfer? Also, is there any way an advisor from UCR can see me to see if I am on check to go back to UCR, considering the classes I have been taking at community college? Please help me :)
Hi! Since you have community college credit, I believe you would apply as a transfer. I recommend calling Undergraduate Admissions at 951-827-3411 and asking to speak with a transfer admissions counselor to get the process rolling.
Your site has been very helpful & informative! I’m receiving invites to different Honor Societies, do you recommend any or how do I find out which one(s) “look good” on resumes or can help with my future? Thanks for all the work & answers here! :)
Thank you! The best honor societies to join are those that are most active. Visiting a general meeting is a great way to get a feel of the organization, how many students are returning, and what the organization does to carry out its mission statements and positively impact its members. I’m not sure if any specific names stick out, but if you’re receiving any invitations to organizations that closely align with your interests, those are great places to start. I know that Golden Key is pretty active, and they have an active Facebook presence, as does Alpha Lambda Delta and NSCS. Check out the mission statements of our official student orgs on this page and filter your interests from there. Good luck!