University of California, Riverside

CHASS FIRST - First Year Experience

About Us


Mission Statement

Welcome to CHASS F1RST: First Year Experience in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Our priority is success. CHASS F1RST provides students with the tools, opportunities, and experiences to be successful at UCR and beyond. We offer a broad range of Academic Learning experiences including First Year Learning Communities such as the National Award Winning year long Chass Connect program, to the Fall only Fall Transitions, Exploratory Scholars for Undeclared students and PRBS Path for Pre-Business majors. Our programs fulfill college breadth requirements while preparing you for success.  Please explore our website and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 951-827-2742 or email You may also stop by and visit our office in HMNSS 1614.

Our Goals

Diversity and Community

We want to foster an understanding of the diverse backgrounds, knowledge, and views among the students at UCR. First year students will be aware of their responsibilities and connections as members of the UCR community. Students will have developed the ability to work as team members in diverse groups.

Intellectual Curiosity

Students will be exposed to the broadest aspects of a university education. CHASS F1RST will help students analyze arguments, assess evidence, and make reasonable and informed decisions within the campus community and beyond.

Life Possibilities

When students leave CHASS F1RST they will have the necessary tools to develop their personal potential, make productive choices, and will be able to explore the multiple possibilities for their major, career and life options.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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