How To Apply
Every year, a number of international students join our lively and friendly undergraduate community.
Who Should Apply as an International Student?
Students who are not citizens of the United States, or who do not have a U.S. Permanent Resident Visa, must apply as an international student. This includes students who have or will graduate from a high school located in the United States, but are legally citizens of another country. Students attending a high school or secondary school outside of the United States, but are U.S. citizens or hold a U.S. Permanent Resident Visa, do not have to apply as an international student.
When Should I Apply?
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.
However, there are other deadlines for international applicants, mostly relating to scholarships and financial aid.
How Should I Apply?
Step 1: Submit the SAT I or ACT
Take the SAT I or ACT and arrange to have your scores sent to the Office of Admissions. Our Standardized Test school code is 4848 for the SAT and 0464 for the ACT. Please see our English Language Proficiency page for more information.
Step 2: Take an English Proficiency Exam
As an international student, and if English is not your first language, you must submit the results from any of the following exams: TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL, PTE-A, iTEP, University of Cambridge ESOL examinations or the International Baccalaureate Higher Level English exam.
Step 3: Complete the Application
There are two ways to apply to the University:
- You may apply online using the Common Application. If you choose to use the online Common Application you must complete the supplement online.
- You may print the paper Common Application. If you choose to use the paper Common Application, please click here to download the paper version of the supplement.
As part of the application, enclose your application fee. It is $30 for an online application and $40 for a printed application.
Step 4: Submit the “Secondary School Report” Form
The Secondary School Report Form (also called the Counselor Recommendation) should be filled out by an administrative official (director of guidance, counselor, principal, vice principal or dean) and sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
Some high schools are now submitting the School Report Form online through the Common Application system. Please consult with your counselor to see if this is an option for you.
Please note that the Secondary School report is not required for international students who are applying as transfer students, meaning they will transfer in at least 24 semester units from a college or university.
Step 5: Submit a Teacher Evaluation
The Teacher Evaluation form should be completed by an academic instructor, and sent to the Office of Admissions. Academic subjects include math, science, English, history, foreign language, humanities and social sciences. Please note that recommendations from coaches, club advisors, music directors or other extra-curricular advisors are generally not accepted as primary recommendations. You are welcome, however, to submit them as secondary recommendations.
Some high schools are now submitting the Teacher Evaluation online through the Common Application system. Please consult with your counselor to see if this is an option for you.
Please note that international students who are applying as transfer students, meaning they will transfer in at least 24 semester units from a college or university, should use the Instructor Evaluation form.
Step 6: Submit Your High School/Secondary School Transcript
An official, endorsed transcript of your high school work must be sent directly from your school to the university. Transcripts that are mailed or hand-delivered by the student are not considered official. Transcripts should be mailed to the Office of Admissions.
Step 7: Submit Official College or University Transcripts
If you have participated in any for-credit courses at a community college or university, you will need to submit an official, endorsed copy of the transcript to the admissions office. This includes courses taken concurrently while in high school or during the summer. Please note that students who have graduated from high school, but do not have 24 transferrable semester units, will be reviewed as a freshman applicant.
The transcript should be sent directly from the college or university to our office. Transcripts that are mailed or hand-delivered by the student are not considered official. Transcripts should be mailed to the office of admissions.
Step 8: Submit Additional Forms, As Needed
Some students, including those students planning to participate in specialty programs within the University, must submit additional applications or forms. These include:
Step 9: Submit the Certificate of Finances
The U.S. government requires all international applicants to have the financial resources to pay for their school expenses. To fulfill this requirement, you may send us a Certificate of Finances or a bank statement indicating your ability to cover annual educational, living, and travel expenses.
U.S. government and university financial aid programs are not available for international students, but the university does offer merit scholarships to talented students. Our Office of Financial Aid may have additional requirements and aid for international students.
Step 10: Submit an International Student Supplement
The Redlands International Student Supplement is an important document that asks needed questions not found on application for admission. Please note that the University of Redlands form is NOT the generic International Student Supplement found within the Common Application.
Step 11: Schedule a Visit or Take a Virtual Tour
Yes, we know a visit might not be possible. But if it is, we'd love to see you. Or take our virtual tour and see what we are all about.