Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is there an application deadline?

The University of Redlands processes applications in two phases: Early Action (Nov. 15) and Regular Decision (Jan. 15).  Applications submitted beyond these deadlines will be considered on a space available basis. We strongly encourage you to apply Early Action if you are applying for talent or merit scholarships.

Redlands does not offer early decision (ED); we offer Early Action (EA) which is non-binding.

When will I receive notice of a decision?

Students who apply and complete their applications by the Early Action deadline will be notified by January 10. Students who apply and complete their applications by the Regular Decision deadline will be notified by March 1. Applications that are submitted beyond these deadlines will be considered and notified on a space available basis.

What is the average fall enrollment?

An incoming class consists of approximately 650 freshmen and approximately 100 transfer students. The student body numbers approximately 2,600 students.

What do I need to submit my complete application?

In addition to the application itself, we require an academic instructor recommendation, official high school transcript, official college or university transcripts, and an application fee. For more about applying, please see our pages for:

Is an interview required for admission?

We don't require an interview, but we strongly recommend it. You can find out more on our Visit Campus page.

Is there a required high school or college curriculum?

Redlands recommends a college preparatory high school program that includes four years of English and two or three years each of foreign language, lab sciences and social studies. Three years of math up to and including Algebra II is required.

Transfer students who do not have these requirements from high school can complete these requirements at a college or university prior to applying for admission. We would require Intermediate Algebra, one semester of a foreign language, and Freshman Composition.

May I enter Redlands in either semester?

You may enter in fall or spring.

How many of my credits will transfer?

It varies for each student. The final decision is made by the registrar, but generally students can get a good idea of the transferability of their courses by checking our Articulation Agreements  and meeting with an Admissions Counselor.

Generally, you will be allowed to transfer up to 66 units from a 2-year institution and 96 from a 4-year institution. Credits that will count toward a major or minor may be subject to approval by the department. Some department also limit the number of credits a student may transfer in from another institution that will apply towards major or minor requirements.

How long will it take me to graduate?

This varies for each student. The course catalog requires students to have at least 128 units in order to graduate. These are usually comprised of Liberal Arts Foundations courses, major and minor requirements. Student may go beyond the 128 required units in order to complete major or minor requirements.

The minimum residence requirement for the bachelor’s degree is one year, during which no fewer than 32 credits must be completed successfully.

When will I need to declare my major?

Redlands students generally declare their majors during the sophomore year, but are required to declare a major before the beginning of their junior year. Students transferring in as freshmen or sophomores may have one, two or three semesters before having to declare a major. Those transferring in as juniors or seniors will need to declare a major prior to beginning courses and academic advising.

Will I have to live on campus?

Yes. Unless you're living at home or with a family member in the immediate area, are over the age of 23, are married, or have an extenuating medical or employment condition (supporting documentation required), it's mandatory for all students to live on campus. Upperclassmen and transfer students can petition to live off campus. Currently about 70 percent of our students live on campus. For more information about the types of housing available, please see the Residential Life page.


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