Welcome to the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences (a.k.a. CNAS)!
We're thrilled to welcome you to our academic community and we can't wait to see you on campus soon! We invite you to use this page in the months ahead to get to know CNAS better. From on-campus and virtual events to opportunities to interact with current students, faculty and staff, you'll find that there's a lot to love about CNAS!
Advice from Current CNAS Students
Our students weigh in on how you can get the most out of your CNAS experience!
Don't miss UC Riverside's in-person open house for admitted students and their families to learn more about our welcoming and inclusive campus!
Connect with inspiring faculty and friendly UC Riverside students and discover academic, wellness, and career resources to prepare and support you through graduation and beyond!
We can't wait to see you on campus!
Check out the following events:
- CNAS info sessions
- CNAS tours with our Science Ambassadors
- CNAS faculty panel and presentations
- Open houses, student programs, and workshops
Highlander Day is a "choose your own adventure"-style open house event. Sessions will be repeated throughout the day so you can pick and choose which to attend and plan your own schedule accordingly!
Choose any of the following dates:
- Thursday, March 14, 2024 from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Pacific Time
- Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Pacific Time
- Tuesday, April 23, 2024 from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Pacific Time
- Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Pacific Time
Learn more about the UC Riverside College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences (CNAS)...from the students themselves!
Join current students, faculty and staff online for interactive webinars designed to introduce new students to CNAS. After presentations from our panelists, we'll have a live Q&A so you can get all of your questions answered about courses, research opportunities, clubs, activities and more!
Registration is required. Please note that all webinars take place in Pacific Time.
We look forward to hosting you online soon!
As you think about attending UC Riverside in the fall, you're probably wondering...what should I bring with me? We asked that very question to students at the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences (CNAS)! Tune in to our new video series, CNAS Go2s, to learn what our current students can't do without, and to get tips & suggestions for your continued success at CNAS! New videos added every other week.
CNAS Learning Communities (LC)
All incoming CNAS students are placed in a CNAS Learning Community (LC) - a small group of CNAS first-years with similar majors and interests, who take their math and science courses together throughout the entire first year.
Our program reserves these courses for our participants, setting them on the right track for a four-year graduation. Our Learning Communities offer incoming students more than just guaranteed classes. Their LC is a built-in support network for their entire first year at UC Riverside.
The LC Advantage:
- Students in LCs tend to have higher GPAs
- LC students receive faculty and professional academic advisor support, plus supplemental instruction
- The opportunity to apply to the Research in Science and Engineering program (RISE), a funded summer research program with tenure-track faculty
- A built-in support network for their entire first year at UC Riverside
- Making friends, forming study groups, and participating in campus activities
- And much, much more!
Introducing The Undergraduate Academic Advising Center (UAAC)
All CNAS students are assigned an academic advisor who provides them with the guidance they need to navigate their degree path as well as the university as a whole.
UAAC empowers students to develop and achieve their academic goals through an individualized, student-centered approach to advising, student success programming, engagement opportunities, and campus resource connections.
UCR Fun Facts
Since welcoming our first class in 1954, UC Riverside (UCR) has been home to inventors and innovators, creators and community leaders, and geniuses and groundbreakers.
This is a university that recognizes students’ impressive accomplishments and vigorous drive, and keeps that same energy pumping as Highlanders work toward their university degrees.
UCR is proud to be home to students with bold hearts and brilliant minds who want to succeed and are excited to make a difference.
Get to know more about UCR through these 54 Facts and Impacts — our academics, people, and student life — and find your place here too!