Welcome Veterans & Service Members

If you're a current or former member of the military, you may be eligible for  special registration considerations as a UCR student, including priority registration.

Many Resources for Veterans:

Informational Module

There's a  lot that student veterans and other military-affiliated students know, so we put all the information together in our new online module that you can go through at any time. Even prospective students can take a look at it and learn about what UCR can offer!

Veterans Resource Center

Take a break, study, or visit with friends in the Veterans Resource Center! Enjoy a hot beverage from the K-Cup coffee machine and relax in comfy chairs with footrests. Use the extra outlets to charge your phone and laptop. The Veterans Resource Center is located in Bannockburn H-108 and is open 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Thursday and 7 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday. There is free one-hour parking in Bannockburn but if you're a full-time student (undergrad or grad) and would like to be put on a waitlist for an actual parking spot there,complete this form.

To call the VRC, our number there is (951)827-2099 or you can email our coordinator Tami Thacker at

Priority Enrollment

UCR offers priority enrollment to all veterans and members of the military beginning with the second quarter of enrollment. This will happen automatically if you have visited Financial Aid to request U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits. Otherwise, please contact our office to discuss the documentation needed to initiate priority enrollment then check your R'Mail for notification of your course enrollment date.

Exemption from Deferred Payment Plan Application Fee (and First Late Fee)

This plan allows you to pay your quarterly enrollment fees in three monthly installments. You can apply on R'Web up to the fee payment deadline. For further information, visit Student Business Services. As a veteran or member of the military, you may be exempted from the $25 processing fee and the first late fee ($50). Waiver of the application fee and first late fee will happen automatically if you were certified for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits through Financial Aid. For questions, please contact us.

Operation Vets

Operation VETS (Veteran, Employment, Transition, Success) is a career development program designed for UCR student veterans and service members of all majors and class levels. The program is free and helps you to:

  • Develop a strong resume, cover letter and CV. (Have it critiqued by professionals.)
  • Understand how to translate military experience into civilian-friendly terms.
  • Learn about the graduate and professional school application process.
  • Participate in mock interviews and practice a 30-second pitch with employers and professionals.
  • Learn how to master LinkedIn for job or internship searches.
  • Connect with employers at networking events. (Previous site visits have included Disney College Program, NBC Universal and Target.)
  • Create a mentoring relationship with employers and professionals.
  • Access an abundance of veteran-friendly job search resources.

Operation VETS is a nine- to 12-session program that meets during the winter and spring quarters. Sessions are led by UCR Career Center counselors and feature professionals/employers from various industries. Workshops, group discussions, reflective exercises and cohort team-building activities are included.

Prompt and consistent attendance is required. You also have the flexibility of making a one-on-one career counseling appointment with program facilitators to review missed material.

Winter Quarter: Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 

Fridays at 1-2:30 p.m. | UCR Career Center

Spring Quarter: Weeks TBD, depending on the needs of the participants 

Fridays at 1-2:30 p.m. | UCR Career Center

Upon successful completion, you will receive a Career Leadership Certificate and padfolio. Operation VETS is a no-credit program and does not appear on college transcripts.

Apply by Jan. 10, 2019!

Questions about Operation VETS and job placement? Contact the Lead Facilitator, Jeannette Ordonez at or (951) 827-3631.

Connect! Get Email Updates, Join our Facebook Group and Meet Your Support Team
  • Contact us to get Veterans and Service Members Email Notifications.
  • Join UCR Student Veterans and Servicemembers on Facebook.

You can always reach our Veterans Resource Center by calling (951)827-2099. If we don't answer, we'll call back soon!