Veterans Support



The Support You Need to Succeed

UCR wants you to succeed — not only in meeting your education goals but in your personal life and professional career too. That means providing structure, resources, and services to help you overcome barriers that may slow your progress or hinder your achievements.

Explore more than 500 student organizations including UCR's diversity, equity, and inclusion programs united by one common goal: to provide you with a sense of belonging, a feeling of support, and the opportunity for learning in a relaxed and safe environment.

Visit the Veterans Resource Center 

An open door welcomes visitors to UCR's Veterans Resource Center.

125 Costo Hall
7 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Thursday
7 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday
(951) 827-2099

  • Academic Advising

    Whether new to UCR or on your last semester of college, seeking the guidance of an academic adviser will open doors of opportunity that you may not have otherwise known were available. Besides helping you develop a course plan that will fulfill your graduating requirements, they can recommend courses that keep you inspired and help identify programs and opportunities that will better prepare you for your future career.

  • Academic Resource Center

    The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers a wide variety of programs and services to support students in being successful at UC Riverside — many of them free. Take advantage of programs like tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, writing support, and Early Assist to get ahead in your classes. The ARC also has resources to support personal growth and development as well as graduate school preparation.

  • African Student Programs

    Created in 1972, the African Student Programs office enhances academic, cultural, and social development and retains students of African descent. It promotes academic excellence by providing opportunities for students in their maturity as role models, leaders, scholars, and professionals.

  • Asian Pacific Student Programs

    The Asian Pacific Student Programs office promotes a diverse learning environment, providing the UCR community with opportunities to learn from and about the Asian and Pacific Islander student community.

  • Basic Needs Support

    UCR students experiencing basic needs challenges such as food insecurity, housing displacement/homelessness, or financial crisis, reach out to Basic Needs for assistance ranging from the R'Pantry emergency food resource to temporary housing  to emergency grant support through the Economic Crisis Response Team .

  • CARE (Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education)

    CARE (Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education) is UCR’s sexual violence intervention and prevention support program. The program provides direct advocacy, resources, and prevention educational programming related to issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. 

  • Counseling and Psychological Services

    UC Riverside's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provide access to mental health resources that support and promote your academic, career, personal, and social development. Their goal is to help you thrive and achieve success at UCR by providing free, confidential, and professional mental health services.

  • Early Childhood Services

    UCR’s Early Childhood Services (ECS) provides a safe and nurturing environment for children of UCR students, staff, and faculty from birth through 11 years of age. ECS operates year-round, Monday through Friday, and offers infant and toddler services, preschool, kindergarten, after-school care, and summer camp. ECS’s active parent association meets regularly to plan family-oriented events and fundraisers.

  • LGBT Resource Center

    The LGBT Resource Center  provides support, education, and advocacy regarding sexual orientation and gender identity for UCR. Besides a safe and welcoming gathering place featuring a computer lab and quiet spaces, the LGBTRC organizes educational trainings, cultural presentations, and fun activities throughout the year

  • EduNav: Course Navigation System

    EduNav is an online course planning tool for undergraduates. Like a GPS, it adjusts your plan forward as you make progress toward your destination and alerts you to changes that will impact the time to your goal. EduNav also helps you have informed conversations with your Academic Adviser and plan for the path ahead.

  • Housing Services

    Our Housing office  can help you find a military roommate (if desired) and will work with you if your GI Bill payment is late. Explore three housing options – Residence Halls, UCR Campus Apartments, and Family Housing. Each provide you with a convenient, student-centered environment to complement your university education.

  • The Middle Eastern Student Center

    The Middle Eastern Student Center  supports intellectual exchange and encourages the study of Middle Eastern culture and history while promoting the advancement of higher education. MESC fosters relationships to build inclusion, acceptance, and earnest communication with an emphasis on cultural diversity

  • Native American Student Programs

    The Native American Student Programs office provides educational, cultural, and social support for American Indian students. It also plans and implements innovative programs that promote and educate the campus community about the uniqueness of American Indians.

  • Office of Foster Youth Support Services

    The Office of Foster Youth Support Services  provides a network of resources to students who are transitioning from the foster care system to adulthood in order to facilitate their successful pursuit of higher education. The program draws on the resources, strength, and support of our community to provide current and former foster youth aged 16-25 with comprehensive college experiences and opportunities to explore and realize their full potential.

  • Operation VETS

    Operation VETS (Veteran, Employment, Transition, Success) is a career-development program designed for student veterans and service members of all majors and class levels. This nine- to 12-session program features professionals and employers from various industries leading workshops, group discussions, reflective exercises, and cohort team-building activities during the sessions.

  • Recreation/Student Recreation Center

    UCR’s Recreation department  offers Highlanders a healthy option for living active and meaningful lives while working toward their degrees. All UCR students are automatically members of the Student Recreation Center (SRC), a 155,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility for exercise, sports activities, events, and general recreational use.

  • Student Affairs Case Management

    The case managers at Student Affairs Case Management are the path-clearers and problem-solvers for UCR students dealing with mental health, academic, relationship, food insecurity, and other stressful crises. By providing resources, linkage, education and expertise, they empower students to break down barriers, clarify needs, and navigate complex processes to get back on track to reach their goals.

  • Student Disability Resource Center

    The Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) works with academic and support departments at UCR to help ensure that students — including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students — have equal access to university life.

  • Student Health Services

    In addition to providing primary care and treating UCR students for injuries, UCR Student Health Services offers dental and vision care, immunizations, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and more. Although any registered student can visit Student Health Services at UCR, the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) covers more when you access care on campus.

  • Undocumented Student Programs

    Undocumented Student Programs welcomes all DREAMers, students from mixed-status families, and undocu allies! No matter your immigration status or cultural background, you have an equal opportunity at UCR to get a quality education in a safe and friendly environment with resources to help you achieve your goals.

  • The Well

    UCR's student health and well-being promotion department, The Well takes a holistic approach to UCR student success through health education, mental health resources, fitness incentive programs, and more. Their weekly Peanut Butter & Jogging run provides inspiration (and sandwiches) to UCR students, staff and faculty.

  • Women’s Resource Center

    The Women's Resource Center offers campus safety programs, sexual assault and domestic violence support, student leadership opportunities, and special events connected to women's and gender issues. The WRC also offers R'Kids, a student-led community in which students, faculty, and staff with children share resources and encouragement.

“I was surprised at how military-friendly UCR is. I was expecting it to be similar to my community college but UCR offers many more services for veterans.”

Jesus Iracheta Jr.
USMC Veteran

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