University of California, Riverside


Eligibility, Requirements & Applying

FastStart Students on Campus

Who is Eligible to Apply for FastStart?

The FastStart program is open to incoming first-year UC Riverside students from disadvantaged backgrounds as defined by the University of California system who have a strong interest in a medical or health sciences career.  Students from all majors may apply.

Priority/preference will be given to students who are graduates of Inland Southern California-area high schools.

All students accepted into the program are awarded a scholarship that covers the cost of the program, instruction, and books.

Applications for FastStart for the 2017-18 academic year are open until May 22, 2017.

How to Apply

The FastStart application is an online form that is optimized for use with the Chrome and Firefox browsers. In addition to their personal and contact information, applicants will be expected to write a 300 to 500 word essay as well as a personal statement:

In the essay, you will be asked to write about:

  • Your career goals and what motivated you to choose these goals.
  • How FastStart will help you achieve these goals.
  • The experiences, challenges or barriers that have influenced your goals.

The statement will ask you to describe a community and what contributions you would like to make to improve this community over the next 5-10 years.

As the essay and statement are an important factors in the selection process, you may want to write and spell check them in a word processor, then copy them into the application.

Please note that no letter of recommendation or transcript is required.

Questions? Please contact or call (951) 827-4937.

Requirements of FastStart Participants

  • The FastStart program is a commuter program. There is no on-campus residency component for 2017-18.
  • Students must comply with all program rules and university relations.
  • Students must attend all classes, events, and activities for the entire duration of the FastStart program, including those scheduled during the weekend and in the evening.
    • Students will be unable to work or attend summer school during their time in the FastStart program.
  • Students should plan on attending  one of the UCR Summer Orientation Sessions after July 29 to avoid time conflicts.

Upon acceptance to the FastStart program, students will be provided with information on what they must bring, move-in dates, and other important details.

More Information 

General Campus Information

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

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