Sandoval, UCR Admissions Staff to Visit Perris HS for “Achieve UC” on October 18

UC system-wide program designed to help students on a path towards a college education


Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs James Sandoval makes a presentation to a group of students.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — University of California, Riverside Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs James Sandoval and members of the UCR Admissions Office will visit Perris High School on Thursday, October 18  to deliver the message to high school students that a college education is achievable as part of the system-wide “Achieve UC” program.

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James Sandoval, vice chancellor for Student Affairs

Achieve UC is the first coordinated effort to connect high school students with leaders across the UC system, and is expected to reach some 10,000 freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Senior leaders and admissions staff from each of the nine undergraduate campuses, as well as UC President Mark Yudof, will visit schools from historically under-resourced communities and with lower-than-average college going rates to inspire students to aim for college, then arm them with the academic and financial information they need to get there.

Students will have the opportunity to meet with advisors who can help them assess their preparation for college and learn about scholarships designed to make college affordable to all Californians, including the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, which covers the full cost of tuition for students whose families earn $80,000 a year or less.

“I am looking forward to going out and meeting the students at Perris HS and letting them know that a college education is not a dream, it is a goal that they can reach,” Sandoval said. “Outreach programs like Achieve UC reach students at a critical juncture in their high school career and help guide them to take the courses they need to be prepared for a post-secondary education.”

Following an assembly that will feature an address from Sandoval, UCR undergraduate admissions staff will meet with 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students and will provide them with personalized assessments that highlight the specific courses they need to be eligible for admission to California’s public four-year colleges or, alternately, transfer into these schools through a community college. A separate seminar for parents will discuss the four types of higher education and the importance of sending students to college. Finally, Sandoval will host a discussion between UCR and Perris HS senior leaders, dignitaries, teachers and counselors.

Sandoval will be joined in his visit by Melina Duarte, the statewide manager for the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science at the UC Office of the President. She is past chairwoman of the National Advisory Council for Educational Excellence for The Society of Mexican American Engineers & Scientist (MAES).

“One or two courses at this stage can make a huge difference in a student’s future,” said Yvette Gullatt, UC executive director of Education Partnerships.  “Once students realize that they are on track or close to on track with their coursework, they will often apply themselves to their studies, sign up to take the SAT and be inspired to see college as a part of their future.”

Event schedule

  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch with principal, local dignitaries and students including valedictorian, salutatorian and ASB president.
  • 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Assembly with keynote speaker James Sandoval, UCR mascot Scotty Highlander.
  • 1:50 p.m. – Workshops with 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students, parents, and senior leadership, including UCR and Perris HS administrators, invited dignitaries and high school teachers and counselors.

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