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University of Redlands
Founded in 1907, University of Redlands is a private, nonprofit, regionally accredited institution in...

University of Redlands

Redlands, California

A private liberal arts and sciences institution in the heart of Southern California, University of Redlands is committed to educating the hearts and minds of its students through an emphasis on service, study abroad, and experiential learning. In addition to more than 50 programs of study in the arts and sciences, University of Redlands also offers impressive pre-professional opportunities in pre-health, pre-law and education. Home to the second-oldest School of Music in California and the alternative Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, University of Redlands classrooms are personalized, collaborative, and mentorship-focused.


University of Redlands sits on 160 green acres and is home to a diverse and active student body from California and around the world. Redlands students are engaged in the world around them, thriving as participants in a nationally recognized leader in community service, college radio programming, and DIII varsity athletics.

Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
2,402 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
42% male — 58% female
34% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
169 full-time faculty
139 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
89% of first year students live on campus
66% of all students live on campus

School Location

University of Redlands is located in the heart of Southern California, just between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. At the base of the snow-capped Mount San Gorgonio, the University provides easy access to the beaches of Orange County, winter adventures in Big Bear, and places to go rock climbing within Joshua Tree National Park. The award-winning 160-acre residential campus features orange groves, architectural landmarks, a palm tree-lined main street, and Outdoor Programs trips nearly every weekend. Redlands, a city of 70,000 people with small-town charm, is home to many coffee shops and eateries as well as a weekly farmers’ market.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


87% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)


74%% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 25%
Black or African American 3%
White 52%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


Home of the Bulldogs, University of Redlands athletes compete in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Sports include: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, water polo, men’s baseball, men’s football, women’s lacrosse, women’s softball, and women’s volleyball. Maroon and grey fill the stands of the Ted Runner Stadium and Thompson Aquatic Center, and chants of “Och Tamale” fill the air.

Other Information

The University of Redlands, founded in 1907, is a private, nonprofit, co-educational institution that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Academic Programs

Accounting, Art History (minor), Asian Studies, Astronomy (minor), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, Engineering 3-2, English: Literature and Writing, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Financial Economics, French, German, Global Business, History, Human-Animal Studies (minor), International Relations, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, Latin American Studies, Liberal Studies, Management, Mathematics, Media and Visual Culture Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education (minor), Physics, Political Science, Prelaw, Premed/Prehealth, Psychology, Public Policy, Race and Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish, Spatial Studies (minor), Studio Art, Theatre Arts, Theatre Business, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

More Distinctions

  • A “Top Producer of Fulbright Students” in 2015-2016

  • Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Honor Roll Presidential Award since 2006 for commitment to outstanding service by an institution of higher education

  • One of So-Cal’s Top College Towns by AAA Westways Magazine

  • One of Higher Education’s Best Kept Secrets by the Fiske Guide for Colleges

  • Best Bang for the Buck in the West by Washington Monthly

  • Over 50 SCIAC titles for Bulldog athletics in the past decade

  • Top 5% of all colleges in the nation for great career prospects for alumni, high graduation rates, competitive national postgraduate awards, and low levels of debt upon graduation by Forbes

University of Redlands places high importance on experiential learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Popular experiences include study abroad, May Term, community service, and summer science research.


Redlands strongly encourages its students to study abroad. And currently, more than 50 percent of undergraduates take advantage of a study abroad program.  At University of Redlands, cross-cultural learning is an integral component of a liberal arts education that encourages students to explore the world. Since 1960, the University has had its own program in Salzburg, Austria. Students live in the Marketenderschössl, a nearly 500-year-old Renaissance building overlooking the historic city of Salzburg.


May Term is an optional, one-month semester in which students take one immersive, hands-on class. Students can choose to stay on campus and take a unique academic course, get involved in a community service project, or embark on a travel course with a faculty member and small group of fellow students. May Term 2017 courses include Service Learning in Cambodia; Policy Making in Washington, D.C.; and Baseball, Business, and American Life.


Every year, University of Redlands students extend their learning beyond the classroom by completing more than 120,000 hours of community service. From mentoring local youth to building houses for homeless families in Mexico and raising disaster relief funds, students immerse themselves in endless opportunities to make the world a better place. These experiences broaden students’ awareness, empower their contribution, and strengthen their connection to the larger community.


The annual Summer Science Research program gives Redlands students the opportunity to focus on a research project alongside a faculty mentor. They spend 10 weeks of their summer on campus researching topics such as “Distribution and Behavioral Analysis of Marine Mammals in Southern California” and “New Ruthenium complexes for Anticancer Activity: Synthesis, Spectroscopic Characterization, and Reactivity with CT-DNA.”

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  
Yearbook X


Every first-year student at University of Redlands enrolls in a first-year seminar, designed to be an academic bridge between high school and college. In addition to being their initial academic advisors, first-year seminar professors help students grow their critical thinking, reading, writing, and communication skills. Recent seminar offerings include Global Issues for American Business; The Science of the Sea; and Harry Potter and the Widely Applicable Skillset.


Liberal Arts Foundation requirements (LAFs) ensure all students obtain a breadth and depth of knowledge during their time at University of Redlands. LAF categories range from Writing Across the Curriculum to Human Behavior to State and Economy. Students can fulfill each requirement with a variety of courses, allowing them to pursue coursework that’s always of interest.


Students are mentored by caring University of Redlands faculty members, such as Scott Randolph, Assistant Professor of Business Administration. “Redlands students understand that as an institution we truly value teaching, and even when classes are difficult—and mine are—they want and respect that and reward it,” says Randolph. “That’s the true honor, that our students made this decision. What more could a professor want?”


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Cross-Cultural Studies, Dominance and Difference


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 84 232 161 39 9 1 0 526


University of Redlands is a campus full of community, school spirit, and tradition. It is a vibrant school where the majority of students live on campus. With more than 120 clubs and organizations, it’s easy for students to get involved. Clubs and organizations range from local Greek life and varsity Division III athletics as well as diversity, social justice, fine arts, service, and sustainability groups, among others. On a regular day, students might find themselves cheering on the football team to a championship title, going on an Outdoor Programs trip to Joshua Tree National Park, listening to a guest speaker such as activist Gloria Steinem, or heading to downtown Redlands for weekly Market Night.


Redlands students and alumni find themselves chanting the Och Tamale as a greeting or congratulatory cheer. It starts, “Och Tamale Gazolly Gazzump, Deyump Deyatty Yahoo…” The nonsensical chant was written in the 1910s as a rebuttal to a rival school’s Latin chant and has been a tradition ever since. Students learn it on their first day of orientation, and it’s not easily forgotten!

Members of the University have been known as the Redlands Bulldogs ever since the first official live bulldog mascot, Deacon, joined the community in 1946. There have been four other official mascots since then, and the community recently commemorated Deacon with a statue on campus. Students like to rub his nose for luck on their way to a sporting event or challenging test.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing X
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  


University of Redlands students thrive post-graduation, with on-campus support as a significant contributing factor. To develop the skills to succeed in the real world, students can take advantage of services from Community Service Learning and Professional Development as well as support from faculty and other mentors.


Prior to graduation, all students complete a capstone project that is the culmination of their academic accomplishments. Capstone courses typically vary, but all offer students a way to synthesize their knowledge of their field of study, whether that be in the form of a 30-page paper or a research project. Students find their senior capstone useful when applying for graduate schools or seeking employment.


In a recent poll, more than 90% of Redlands graduates were satisfied with their overall undergraduate experience, and more than 90% were employed or pursuing an advanced degree one year after graduation. Employers include Apple, Google, ESRI, Deloitte, Tesla, Disney, Microsoft, NPR, and many others.



4,562 Total Applicants
3,410 Total Admissions
591 Total Freshmen Enrollment

74.75% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Jan 15
Priority date: Nov 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA

Rigor of secondary school record
Standardized test scores
Application Essay

Class rank Interview
Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 490 590
SAT Math 490 600
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


  • Common Application
  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic instructor
  • Letter of recommendation or School Report from a high school counselor




Tuition $47,722
Fees $350
Total $48,072
Room and Board (on campus) $13,862
Estimated Total On Campus $61,934


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 Final

$34,212 First year students
$28,598 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 Final

83.3% on average, the percentage of need that was met
25% of financial need students that had need fully met

$28,598 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$6,556 Average need-based loan


All applicants are considered for merit scholarships, which are based on the review of the application. They range in value up to $27,000. Talent scholarships are also offered for Theater, Creative Writing, Music, and Art through an additional application. Families interested in applying for need-based financial aid will need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).