FastStart at the UCR School of Medicine

FastStart is a five-week, commuter-based, intensive program that provides about 24 first-year UC Riverside students with the knowledge and skills needed to have a successful start in their college education. Offered exclusively to incoming first-year UCR students from disadvantaged backgrounds who aspire towards a medical or science-based career, the program consists of classes, workshops and activities that provide students with the foundation that will help them maximize their collegiate experience.

This year, FastStart will take place from June 24 through July 26, 2019. Registration begins in February, with priority/preference will be given to graduates of Inland Southern California-area high schools.

Contact Us

Have a question or comment? Program Director Teresa Cofield can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (951) 827-4935.

FastStart Supporters

FastStart is sponsored by the UCR School of Medicine and grants from the California Wellness Foundation other private sponsors.