Prospective Students

What To Do Your Senior Year

Students study in Heritage Lounge


  • Summer is a great time to plan campus visits and begin to narrow down your college choices in earnest.
  • It’s also a great idea to begin thinking about your admissions essay. Take a peek at our Tips for Successful College Essays page for some helpful pointers.


  • Contact your guidance counselor or the Admissions Office to inquire when a representative will be in your area for a high school visit or a college fair. You can also check our online College Fair and High School Visit calendars.
  • Check the registration deadlines for the SAT I and ACT exams.
  • Plan and reserve a day to visit the campus. Three weeks notice is required.


  • Fill out an application online or through the Common Application.
  • Attend financial aid nights and college fairs offered by your school or by organizations in your community.
  • Apply for outside scholarships and funding.


  • Complete your application and essay.
  • Confirm that your SAT I and/or ACT scores have been sent to the University of Redlands. Our school code for the SAT is 4848 and for the ACT is 0464.
  • Obtain a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from your guidance counselor or complete one online.
  • Verify that your application packet is complete (application fee, essay, letters of recommendation, official transcripts and official SAT I and/or ACT test scores.)
  • If you decide to apply for Early Action, submit your completed application by Nov. 15. This deadline is encouraged for applicants seeking merit-based or talent awards. 


  • Verify that your counselor and teacher recommendation forms have been sent to the Office of Admissions by visiting the Application Status page.
  • Continue applying for outside funding and scholarships.
  • Complete the FAFSA PIN through the Department of Education.
  • If requested, ask that your high school Mid-Term Report be sent to Redlands.


  • Submit your completed FAFSA as soon after Jan. 1 as possible. Keep a copy of the completed form for your files.
  • If you decide to apply for Regular Decision submit your completed application by the Jan. 15 deadline strongly encouraged for applicants seeking need-based financial aid and/or admissions for the fall term


  • Verify that your FAFSA has been submitted.
  • Ask your guidance counselor about Advanced Placement (AP) examination dates and registration.


  • Plan an overnight visit to campus, if you haven't already done so.
  • Expect your FAFSA results to arrive as the Student Aid Report (SAR). Make any corrections immediately to avoid a delay in processing your financial aid.


  • Admitted students should plan on attending our Admitted Students Day.
  • Expect a financial aid award letter to arrive.
  • Contact the Financial Aid Office or your Admissions Counselor with any questions about your financial aid offer.
  • Sign the Conditions of Financial Aid Award and Acceptance Form and send it to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Submit your non-refundable $350 tuition deposit before the May 1 deadline.


  • Fill out and return housing, first-year seminar and health forms from your New Student Welcome Packet.
  • Return loan applications and other financial aid documents sent to you by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Verify that your high school will send your final transcripts (including graduation date) to the Admissions Office.

The University has a long tradition of encouraging and supporting study abroad.

More than 47 percent of Redlands undergraduates participate in study abroad programs.

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