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About CHASS F1RST

CHASS F1RST First-Year Experience Programs support students in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences during their first year at UCR. We support both frosh students and new transfer students. Our priority is success. We provide students with the tools, opportunities, and experiences to be successful at UCR and beyond. We help students earn higher grades, feel a sense of belonging, and stay in school. 

We help through:

  • Award-winning learning communities in which students take courses with other students in their major
  • Programs that connect students with faculty and staff
  • Personalized advisement
  • Workshops
  • Peer support
  • Courses that help students to fulfill college breadth requirements
  • All-around support for first-year students and new transfer students
  • Our Vision

    CHASS F1RST, First-Year Experience Programs, prepares students for a successful transition into a large research university environment that promotes academic and student success.

  • Our Mission

    CHASS F1RST provides first-year frosh and transfer students with the tools, experiences, and opportunities to be successful at UCR and beyond. The program encourages student academic achievement, social integration, and cultivates self-development along with a strong supportive network of peers, staff, and faculty.

  • Our Goals

    CHASS F1RST will accomplish our mission through the following goals:

    Achieve Academic Excellence

    Develop academic pathways and strategies to increase student success through transitioning successfully to a university setting.  

    Foster a Sense of Community Engagement

    Become familiar with the campus culture, navigating resources, and foster positive relationships by engaging with faculty, staff and other students in a diverse college environment and beyond.

    Preparation for Life Possibilities

    Prepare to become self-sufficient by establishing personal goals, making productive choices, and exploring different majors, careers and life options.

  • Our Programs
    Frosh Program

    Our Frosh Program is designed for students transitioning from a high school setting to a research university. We offer two types of programs, CHASS Connect and a Learning Community Workshop Series. The CHASS Connect Learning Community is a year-long themed program which engenders an interdisciplinary educational experience by exposing you to faculty from different disciplines in the college. The Learning Community Workshop Series aims to connect students to resources for developing skills, expanding possibilities, fulfilling individual goals, and personal growth. A major component of the frosh program involves a 2-unit College Success Workshop “CHFY 007,” where students are taught strategies to succeed academically, personally, and professionally.

    Transfers F1RST Program

    Our Transfers F1RST Program is a student-led program that offers workshops, resources, and mentoring to transfer students entering CHASS. Transfers F1RST quarterly workshops are structured to help transfer students avoid transfer shock, learn about UCR resources, and build meaningful relationships. Incoming CHASS transfer students who opt to participate in our quarter-long mentorship program are paired with transfer mentors who are leaders within the mentorship program. In addition to helping incoming transfer students transition to our large research university, the Transfer Mentorship Program offers leadership opportunities to transfer students as Transfer Mentors and Ambassadors.

    Department Courses
    • HASS 001 in the Fall- We offer transfer students the opportunity to enroll in a 2-unit course HASS 001 (Step-by-Step to College Success for First Year Students) to develop and strengthen their critical thinking, studying, writing, and communication skills.
    • HASS 001 in the Winter- We offer our first-year students who are having difficulties adjusting to college life their first quarter at UCR a 2-unit course HASS 001 (Step-by-Step to College Success for First Year Students) to  help them explore a wide range of academic disciplines and campus support services.
    • CHFY 020 Theory and Practice of Peer Instruction Course- Provides an intensive examination of study development theory, retention models, and pedagogy related to peer-to-peer instruction.
    • CHFY 198I CHASS F1RST Individual Internship Course- Provides on-campus opportunities in the CHASS F1RST office to acquire skills and experience for future endeavors.

Meet Our Staff

Christina Acoff

Dr. Christina Acoff

Director
christina.acoff@ucr.edu
(951) 827-7831

Nelly Cruz

Nelly Cruz

Assistant Director
nelly.cruz@ucr.edu
(951) 827-2745

Shellee Stewart

Shellee Stewart

Academic Specialist 
shellee.stewart@ucr.edu 
(951) 827-4323

Contact Us

Contact us at (951) 827-2742 or chass1st@ucr.edu. You may also stop by and visit our office in HMNSS 1614, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

**Due to the current situation with the pandemic, staff are working remotely and are not answering the office telephones. To contact CHASS F1RST staff, please email chass1st@ucr.edu as your primary contact.