How to Apply as a First-Year Student

Are you a high school senior? Have you graduated from high school but not enrolled at an institution of higher education? You are a first-year student. This is what you need to know to begin your journey to the University of Redlands today.

The Common Application for Fall 2020 is online and we are accepting applications for the following deadlines:

Applications must be submitted through the Common Application. 

We are still accepting applications for fall 2020.

Supporting documents may be submitted after the deadline to complete a student's application. However, an application cannot be reviewed until all documents have been received by the admissions office.

Applications received after the Regular Decision deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Application Checklist

- The Common Application, including the personal essay and University of Redlands member questions
- $50 application fee
- Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended
- One letter of recommendation from school/college counselor and/or the Common Application Secondary school report.
- One letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your academic ability.
- SAT or ACT scores

Academic Merit and Talent Scholarships

All students who have completed an application are considered for merit-based scholarships. Ranging in value up to $31,000, merit scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership, and service.

Talent scholarships are no longer available for fall 2020.

Standardized Testing

SAT or ACT scores are required for admissions consideration.  The writing portion of the SAT or ACT is not required.
Students who self-report their test scores on the Common Application, and we have not received official scores from the testing agencies will be reviewed with their unofficial scores.  If a student is admitted and enrolls in the institution, official scores must be submitted before the start of school.  We encourage students to submit all scores, as we superscore!  Superscoring means if you took the ACT or SAT two times, we would use the highest scores from each section to create your score.

For a more in depth look at our testing policies, click here.

Beginning for Fall 2021 applicants, students will have the option to apply test optional. More details about this option can be read here.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation - one from a college/school counselor or other school official, and a second from an academic teacher (science, math, English, history, or foreign language) who can talk about an applicants performance in the classroom.

A Counselor Recommendation form may be submitted in addition to the Common Application Secondary School Report.

We are happy to take additional recommendations from coaches, teachers, or other sources.

Johnston Center for Integrative Studies Applicants

Students interested in the Johnston Center must submit applications to the University of Redlands and the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies. Applications can be submitted concurrently, however a student will not be reviewed for the Johnston Center until admitted to the University of Redlands.

Please contact Dulce Garcia at for more information on the Johnston application. Students will be notified of this decision via their application status portal.

The Johnston Center strongly encourages visiting campus to experience the program’s strong living-learning community. Opportunities include overnight stays, classroom visits, and meetings with the Johnston Center Director, Julie Townsend.  

School of Music Applicants

An audition is required for admission for those who want to major or minor in Music. For additional information regarding the School of Music and requirements, please contact Brad Andrews, Director of Music Admissions, at (909) 748-8014.

Financial Aid

To be considered for need-based financial aid, submit the FAFSA by March 2. The FAFSA is available at starting October 1.

In order for the admissions office to match your FAFSA with your application, we will need your Social Security Number. Due to the sensitive nature of this information, please include it on your Common Application, or call Student Financial Services at (909) 748-8047 to provide it via phone. Please never email this information.

For more information on financial aid, please visit our Student Financial Services.