CNAS Freshman Scholars Program



How do I join this awesome program?

  • Applications to join the CNAS Scholars Learning Community program will be available during the summer Highlander Orientation for Freshmen that takes place in July/August. Learning Community students should contact cnasscholars@ucr.edu regarding any questions before contacting any other resources on campus.

What information do I need in order to enroll?

  • After listening to the Dean's presentation at Highlander Orientation, students may submit an application. In order to enroll, you will need to have taken the Mathematics Advisory Exam, or have another Math placement through AP/Transfer credit. Please visit placementtest.ucr.edu for more information on the placement test. The program accepts applicants on a first come, first serve basis.

Can I change my major while I'm part of the program?

  • Student's LC enrollment may be affected depending on what major you intend to change into. Each of our communities is designed with specific majors in mind, and this affects the classes tied to those communities every quarter. If a student is considering a change of major during their participation in the LC program, they should first meet with their academic advisor. After meeting with their academic advisor to confirm a major change, students should then meet with the LC coordinators to see if any changes need to be made. 

Can I participate in both the Learning Community Program and the Honors Program?

  • Students can participate in both programs, and are highly encouraged to do so. 

How do I know which classes CNAS Scholars enrolls me in?

  • As soon as you opt into the CNAS Scholars program, we will give you the majority of your fall schedule. You will then follow your academic advisor's suggestions to enroll in your English and/or breadth courses as appropriate. For Winter and Spring quarters, you will receive the schedule from us via email approximately 2-3 days prior to the start of enrollment, and you will enroll in the seats we've reserved for you when you enroll in the rest of your classes.

How do I submit a course plan, and should my LC courses be included in it?

  • Your Learning Community courses must be included in the course plan that is submitted on Growl in fall and winter quarters. For steps on how to submit a course plan, please click on this link . Additionally, when you log into Growl to register for classes for winter and spring quarters, you will see a screen that asks you to confirm your enrollment in the CNAS Freshman Learning Community, see here.

How do I get updates and information about the Learning Community program once I'm enrolled?

  • We will email you regularly with updates. You should be in the habit of checking your UCR email at least once a week as it is the official form of communication from campus departments. Check your email filters and junk mail to make sure you are getting emails from on campus. You may also ask your FSLC classmates.

Which class will I get Supplemental Instruction (SI) for as part of the Learning Community? What is the CHEM Workshop?

  • Your SI session will appear on your class schedule each term (as CHEM or MATH or BIOL workshop, as appropriate). The designation of which class gets SI is predetermined and cannot be changed. However, you are always welcome to attend additional SI for other courses. These SI sessions are classes designed to support you in what is typically the hardest class for your group that quarter. Please keep in mind that SI sessions do not meet during Week 0 of classes (i.e. Thursday and Friday of the first week of Fall). Also, as a reminder, attendance at all of SI and all of the other components of your Learning Community schedule is mandatory.

Do I need special call numbers to enroll in the CNAS Scholars program?

  • We've designed CNAS Scholars enrollment to be as easy and convenient as possible for you. For Fall, Winter, and Spring you will accept all of your LC courses at once in an "LC Block" during your official enrollment period.  Once you enroll in your LC courses, you will then be able to enroll in your English and/or breadth courses as appropriate. 

What happens if I don't pass one of my Learning Community classes? Will I be dropped from the program?

  • If you are unable to maintain enrollment in one of the CNAS Scholars classes for the upcoming quarter based on a failing grade you just received, then you will not be able to continue in the Learning Community program. The LC coordinators will reach out to you and guide you through any enrollment adjustments you might need to make. You should focus entirely on doing the best you can do in each of your classes.

Do all of the Learning Community classes have Discussions or Labs?

  • Once you're in the program, we will give you everything you need for the lectures you're being enrolled in. For now, please do not worry about the specifics of your courses. You should expect a Discussion for all Math, Chemistry courses, and Biology 5A (the next two Biology courses do not have discussions, and labs for Chemistry and Biology.

How many units will the Learning Community give me? What if I don't have enough units after I enroll?

  • The number of units varies, but is approximately 8-10 units each quarter. Financial aid requires 6 units for enrollment and 12 units for full time student status by the 3rd week. We encourage you to enroll in at least 12 units during the first pass of enrollment. Students should try to enroll in courses that fit their college and major requirements.

I have some questions about RISE, how do I find out more?

  • Who is eligible? Any student that completes 3 quarters as a CNAS Learning Community student. 
  • When do I apply for RISE? Students can apply mid spring quarter. The application will be available on the CNAS Scholars website.
  • What can I do to better prepare to apply for RISE? It is always wise to look for faculty and subjects that students may be interested in working with early on.

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E-mail: cnasscholars@ucr.edu