Prospective Students

Information for Guidance Counselors

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First, let us thank you for visiting the University of Redlands’ web site. We know your time is precious, and we appreciate the effort it takes to guide your students through the admission process. We’ve designed this page to provide succinct information about our process, programs and campus.

As always, if you don’t find your answers here, feel free to contact us directly.

Student Profile

So who does well at Redlands? In some ways, that’s a difficult question to answer. Our students are diverse and eclectic, and in many ways defy definition. There are a few consistent characteristics however. Step foot on our campus and the first thing you’ll notice is the friendliness of our students. Campus visitors often say that it seems like the tour guides know everyone!

Our students are community-focused. We are a highly residential campus, with approximately 70% of the student population residing in campus housing. Students are committed to the idea that learning happens in community, and embrace discussion-based classrooms and service learning projects.

Many would also describe our students as entrepreneurial—they like to try new things and take charge of their education. Flexibility is built into the curriculum here at Redlands, and our students take advantage of it. Many students become involved in our extensive outdoor programs, join clubs and organizations, and participate in study abroad programs that span more than 100 nations.

Our admissions profile can aid you in more facts about our school.

Popular Majors and Programs

Business continues to be our largest major, followed by Psychology, but it’s important to note that ALL of our students come in as undeclared freshman. We encourage a great deal of exploration through the Liberal Arts Foundation (general education) requirements, and most of our students do not declare their majors until the middle or end of their sophomore year. The School of Music continues to provide an outstanding and rigorous conservatory-style program, while the Creative Writing program is arguably one of the best in the nation.

We are also the proud home to the distinctive Johnston Center for Integrative Studies. Johnston offers students the chance to not only design their own major, but to design their own four-year experience. Contract-based learning and negotiation are hallmarks of this unique and innovative program. Students do need to submit an additional Johnston Supplement, in order to apply for the program. Students interested in Johnston are strongly encouraged to visit campus or schedule a phone interview.

High School Curriculum

Redlands recommends a college preparatory 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. Please see our Tips for High School Juniors page for more information about preparing for the admission process.

Application Requirements

Redlands is an exlusive user of the Common Application. Freshman applicants must submit:

  • Online Common Application
  • Common Application Supplement
  • ACT or SAT I scores
  • Secondary School Report or Counselor Recommendation
  • Academic Teacher Recommendation
  • Official High School Transcript

Students may need to submit additional documents depending on their specific situation. For complete information on the application requirements, please see our Apply as a Freshman page.

Students with financial need may be able to receive a waiver of the application fee from our office. Please Contact a Counselor directly to discuss this option.

Important Dates and Deadlines

We offer fall admission 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. Here are some dates to keep in mind:

  • Nov. 15: Early Action application deadline for the Fall Semester. Students applying for talent or merit scholarships are encouraged to apply by this date.
  • Dec. 1: Application review begins for Fall Semester.
  • Jan. 15: Regular Decision application deadline for the Fall Semester. Students seeking "need-based" financial aid and fall admission are encouraged to apply by this date.
  • March 1: Deadline for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The University's U.S. Department of Education Institutional Code is 001322. All Freshman and Transfer applications should be submitted by this date. Freshman applications must be complete by this date.
  • May 1: Freshman reply date. The $350 non-refundable tuition deposit may be sent any time following an admit decision but it must be received in the Office of Admissions by this date to secure your place in the entering Freshman fall class. Transfer applications must be complete by this date. Transfer applicants who pay their $350 deposit by this date will be eligible to attend the May Transfer Day.
  • June 1: Transfer reply date. The $350 non-refundable tuition deposit may be sent any time following an admit decision but it must be received in the Office of Admissions by this date to secure your place in the entering Transfer fall class.  

Our Requirements and Deadlines page contains a complete list of application deadlines.

Visiting Campus

Redlands really is one of those campuses you have to see to believe. We’re proud to say that our best photographs don’t do us justice, and we encourage students to visit whenever possible. We offer several visit options:

  • Campus Tours: Tours are generally offered at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm daily from Monday through Friday, and at 11 am and 1 pm on Saturdays. Tours for school group can occasionally be accommodated as well.
  • Counselor Interviews: Informal interviews with an admissions counselor is encouraged but not required. These are often scheduled before or after a campus tour, but may also be arranged by phone.
  • Day and Overnight Visits: Students who would like to spend a day with us can arrange a personalized visit, including a campus tour, meeting with faculty, sitting in on a class and eating in the dining commons. These should be arranged at least three weeks in advance with our Visit Coordinator.
  • Admitted Students Day: Students admitted prior to the event will be invited to participate in our visitation event, Admitted Students Day. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know more about the school, academic departments, and extracurricular activities.
  • Students many arrange any visit by calling us at 1-800-455-5064.

Meet the Admissions Counselors

Our counselors are assigned to specific territories, so each school is handled by a specific person. Our staff travels extensively during the fall, visiting high schools, doing regional interviews, and attending college fairs. You can find your assigned admissions counselor by visiting our Meet the Counselors page. Generally, questions can also be directed to our main number at 1-800-455-5064 or to

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