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UCR Welcomes Students Displaced by Hurricane

UC Riverside to Accept Students Displaced by Hurricane Katrina

(September 2, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. � � UC Riverside has opened its doors to fully enrolled undergraduate and graduate students from Gulf Coast universities stricken by Hurricane Katrina.

Eligible students include those attending Tulane University, Loyola University, Dillard University, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Southern University, the University of New Orleans and Xavier University. These students may now enroll and attend classes at UCR, where the fall quarter begins Sept. 29.

�We join many in the higher education community to help institutions that Katrina has affected,� said Chancellor France A. C�rdova. �Our campus opens its doors to displaced students from these institutions so they can continue their education this fall. We will do everything possible to ease their transition.�

Already, UCR has received several calls from freshmen and transfer students inquiring about admission to the campus. Most of the inquiries have come from local residents who are currently enrolled at either Tulane University or Xavier University.

The university is working with eligible students to complete the applications, and has waived the application fee. To assess eligibility, UCR officials are requesting any available documents. Campus services such as Housing, Financial Aid, Registrar�s Office and College Offices are attempting to accommodate the needs of the students to the extent possible.

Applicants requesting student housing will be accommodated in the available spaces in the residence halls on campus. The university also will provide students with resources to search for off-campus accommodations. In addition, limited space is available through UC Riverside Extension�s International Education Homestay Program, which places students with local families.

UCR officials encourage interested students to contact the university as soon as possible. Undergraduate students may contact Merlyn Campos at 951-827-3895 or; graduate students may contact Dallas Rabenstein at 951-827-4302 or

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