The 2010 Welcome Letter

Welcome to the University of Redlands

I am sure the founders of the University of Redlands in 1907 could not have imagined what the University has become—a distinctive, nationally respected liberal arts and sciences university. Yet, as I reflect on their original intent—to educate both the “head and the heart”—I can affirm that we have retained this core value.

I would state it somewhat differently.

We want our graduates to be able to respect rigor as a way of seeking truth, to search deeply for meaning, to read and understand, to write clearly and persuasively.

Yet, we also hope they will practice tolerance and humility, empower people around them and serve to the benefit of others in their places scattered across the globe.

We celebrate more than a century of offering a transformative educational experience to all qualified students regardless of background, ethnicity, or individual characteristics. In a nutshell—we admit good students and help them become great people.

We are proud that our 160-acre oasis-like campus with cutting-edge facilities is, in a way, a symbol of the quality of the academic program. We cherish the personalized approach that characterizes the work of our skilled faculty. We can claim world-renowned centers of distinction and opportunities for global study. And we like to have a good time along the way.

Whether you enter this website as an alumnus scheduling your reunion, a prospective student or parent, one of our educational colleagues or just to see what we are all about, I do welcome you. Take a good look—I think you’ll like what you see.


President James R. Appleton

University of Redlands students contribute more than 100,000 hours of community service annually.
students helping the community

All as part of our time-honored tradition of putting their passion, knowledge and heart to work for the betterment of the world.

Bulldogs in Service »