Incoming Students

Incoming Students

Dedicated to Your Health, Well-being, and Safety

The mission of Health, Well-being & Safety is to raise awareness and empower students to develop lifelong health, well-being, and safety practices. This work begins from the moment you enroll at UCR. Explore this page to learn about our departments and how they'll support your health, well-being, and safety, plus learn more about the health requirements you have to meet at UCR.

Health Coverage Requirements

Health insurance is mandatory for all registered UCR students. All UCR students are automatically enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UCSHIP), one of the most comprehensive and affordable plans available. The cost of UCSHIP coverage is included in your student fees. Students may apply to waive enrollment in UCSHIP if they already have qualifying health insurance. Please contact health@ucr.edu if you have questions about UCSHIP or applying for a waiver. UCSHIP is administered by Student Health Services (SHS). Please visit studenthealth.ucr.edu/insurance to learn more about student insurance requirements and UCSHIP.

Immunization Requirements

The University of California is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our students. As part of our ongoing commitment to campus-wide health and safety, all incoming UC students are required to obtain certain vaccines and complete the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire. Please visit the SHS immunization webpage to learn more about these requirements and how to fulfill them.

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for University of California students. Learn more at studenthealth.ucr.edu/covid-19.

Our Departments

Get to know the nine departments that make up HWS and how each can contribute to your safety and well-being during your time at UCR.

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Basic Needs

As a UCR student, you can turn to Basic Needs for emergency assistance with critical food, housing, and financial issues.

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Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE)

Reach out to CARE for direct advocacy, resources, and prevention educational programming related to issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.

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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Reach out to CAPS for counseling and psychiatric services. All UCR students are entitled to eight individual therapy sessions each academic year.

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Healthy Campus

Healthy Campus collaborates with campus and community partners to create a campus culture. Connect with Healthy Campus to learn about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and project grants.

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Student Affairs Case Management

Case Managers help UCR students dealing with academic, financial, medical, psychiatric, psychological, and social issues brainstorm solutions to their problems and connect with essential resources.

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Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC)

The SDRC will help you get equal access to campus life by providing accommodations to students with permanent and temporary disabilities.

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Student Health Services (SHS)

Before you start at UCR, connect with SHS to meet your immunization requirements. When you're on campus, the SHS is your go-to clinic for a range of health care services. SHS also manages the UC Student Health Insurance Program (UCSHIP).

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UC Police Department, Riverside (UCPD)

Contact the UCPD for assistance in a safety emergency by phone or by using one of the blue emergency call boxes located around campus. Community Service Officers are available for late-night walking escorts.

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The Well

Visit The Well online or in-person to take part in health education events, get involved with our peer groups, book a Health Coaching session with a professional or peer health educator, or make an appointment to pick up health-supporting resources, including period products, safer sex supplies, sleep kits, face coverings, and more.