A Day in the Life of a Redlands Student
In the same way that there is no typical Redlands student, there is no typical Redlands experience—or even a typical Redlands day! With such a wide range of academic and extracurricular options from which to choose, no student’s path to graduation is identical to another’s. We’ve collected some resources below to help you get to know some of the ways students experience Redlands. And remember, if you don’t see a particular club or activity, we’re waiting for you to come to campus and make it happen!
Anime and Amnesty International: Clubs and organizations range from those encouraging academic exploration to those focused on social justice and multicultural exchange.
Learning to Speak Greek: With a Greek Life history spanning more than 100 years, fraternities and sororities hold a proud place among the leadership organizations on campus. Members of the University's sororities and fraternities frequently volunteer on campus, and many Greek alumni continue to contribute their time to the University long after graduation.
What About Classes? Of course, an important focus of your time here at Redlands are your classes. While a Redlands education goes far beyond lectures and tests, you can expect to spend several hours a week in class, participating in discussion, working on labs and testing your understanding. While most students take a “full load” of classes (16 units), course choices vary significantly depending on interests, majors and general education requirements. It’s not an exaggeration to say you’ll probably have a very different experience every semester.
What’s For Dinner? One reason the Redlands community is so close-knit is that we meet daily over good food in the dining halls, which are all located in the same place—Hunsaker University Center. We also proudly opened the brand new Bulldog Café on the first floor of the Armacost Library. Our dining services—which include sack meals for those times when you just can't make it to a dining hall during mealtimes—are provided by Bon Appétit, one of the finest names in university dining.
Service Without Borders: The Community Service Learning office is committed to service outreach in a variety of ways. Each year hundreds of students use the office to design their community service activity course (CSAC) or to locate service opportunities as volunteers, America Reads tutors, AmeriCorps participants, work-study placements or interns at non-profit agencies and schools.
Breaking a Sweat: The University’s athletic facilities are available for use by students, faculty and staff, barring conflict with scheduled activities. Currier Gymnasium features two racquetball courts, basketball courts, a dance studio and locker facilities. Across from the gym are the University’s tennis courts. They are available throughout the year outside of scheduled class times and lessons, intercollegiate practice and competition, and community reservations. The Thompson Aquatic Center is a multi-million dollar facility featuring a 75- by 147-foot outdoor pool, deck, spectator area, dressing rooms, vending machines and lounge.
The Great Outdoors: The University supports outdoor recreation and wilderness opportunities in a couple of different ways. The Student Life office organizes wilderness trips, hiking outings, outdoor leadership and more. There is also a limited amount of camping gear available for check-out and rental to university students.
Around the World and Back Again: Where can you go through the Study Abroad program? In some ways, “the world is the limit.” Redlands students can be found studying on all the inhabited continents of the world in a host of program configurations and taking an infinite variety of courses. The most populated program is the Salzburg Semester where some 35 or more students each term gather to study the art, history and culture of Europe.
BBQs and Maya Angelou: Activities on the Redlands campus range from small-scale residence hall movie nights, to intramurals and the major speakers series. Involvement is a key part of the Redlands experience, and you’ll have plenty to choose from as a student.
A Rich Community: With a thriving and diverse community, the City of Redlands offers many recreation and entertainment venues for local residents and students. From the Thursday night farmers market, to the Redlands Bowl and local parks, you’re sure to find fun and relaxing adventures around every corner.
Snow Board or Surf Board? There are few places in the country where you can ski on world-class slopes in the morning, surf pristine beaches in the afternoon and camp under desert stars in the evening—luckily for you, Southern California is one of those places. Blessed with an abundance of beautiful natural landscapes and expansive entertainment options, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.
Life After Redlands: The Office of Career Development offers the following services for students, first through fourth year: Individual counseling/career planning, personality/interest assessments, group workshops on writing resumes, interviewing, conducting a job search, mock interview services, internship placements, graduate school information, placement file services and on-campus recruiting.