The Johnston educational process seeks to give students extensive ownership of their education. In Johnston, students forge individualized educational paths in the context of an intentional community. To achieve this, Johnston brings together bright, creative, independent, and active students with a genuine interest in academic and civic pursuits—it is a place where diversity is cherished and ideas are debated. Today some 200 talented and passionate Redlands students live and learn together in the Johnston complex, which includes two residence halls, faculty offices, a coffee house, classrooms, and community spaces.
Johnston is based on the idea that you should love what you are learning and that you should share your learning process with the people around you.
Shape your own educational path in an inspiring community.
"Johnston breaks down barriers. Here there is no hierarchy between students and professors. Education here is mutual… students and professors academically support one another and explore subjects together." - Devin Wright ‘15
Study abroad, co-teach with a professor, lead an activist project, or complete an internship... at Johnston your passions shape your education.
Imagine an education that connects you to a world of meaningful ideas, projects, and actions.
"Here you pursue what your passionate about. I don’t have to limit my interests to one area of study. Johnston supports the many ways that each student will learn something. I love it. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else."–Sam Mower ‘15
Johnston's intentional, consensus-based community brings students together with faculty and staff.
In Johnston, learning is as likely to happen in a conversation on the Bekins porch as it is to happen in class.
"The extent to which Johnston embraces the ideal that living and learning are not mutually exclusive activities, but rather vitally intertwined endeavors, seems to be a pretty unique perspective amongst academic institutions, and a key element that drew me to this program." -Anonymous
Whether you play music, write poetry, meditate, ride skateboards, paint murals, organize protests, edit news articles, or explore nature, you'll find fellow travelers in Johnston.
Join a community of alumni who have chosen to invent rather than follow a path.
"Before coming to Johnston I didn’t really know what being a part of a community meant. But after coming here, I understand why it is such an important part of Johnston... we are all a part of this community, so it is our job to look out for one another in whatever ways we can."
-Kamal Bilal ‘18
Johnston Graduation Contract Meetings and Graduation Reviews are two of the ways that we celebrate students' individual contributions to our living-learning community.
"Johnston seemed so open so natural, it was a perfect fit. You’re not just going to college, taking classes, and taking orders. Here you are living your degree. Johnston’s quirkiness attracted me. The quote that comes to mind is ‘I can just be me’."- Zach Adler ‘18
Johnston and the University of Redlands Study Abroad Office sponsor an Integrated Semester travel trip to Oaxaca, Mexico and Guatemala every two years (next trip, Spring 2012). This trip is distinctive to Johnston since it is designed to encourage Johnston and non-Johnston students to work together to integrate their travel and study abroad into their emphasis or major.Learn More About Oaxaca!
Each Johnston student follows a unique path, yet fulfills the Johnston learning outcomes through breadth, depth, cross-cultural experience, and community interaction.
Students should plan to apply to both the College of Arts and Sciences and to the Johnston program. You may apply concurrently, or you may first apply to the College of Arts and Sciences and then to the Johnston Center. You can apply as a freshman, transfer or international student.
You must be admitted to the university before you can be admitted to the Johnston Center. The Johnston Center Supplement can be found here. The supplement cannot be submitted electronically, so please plan to mail or e-mail the form back to the Office of Admissions. You can e-mail your supplement to firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn More