How to Apply as an International Student

The University of Redlands welcomes applications from students around the world. Our students represent more than 45 countries of citizenship. Part of what makes Redlands great is the variety of experiences and backgrounds our students bring to our campus community. At the University of Redlands, an international student is an individual of foreign nationality who will be entering, or has already entered, the United States with a student visa.

Our application for Fall 2020 is now available on Common Application and we are still accepting applications.

  First Year   Transfer
Spring 2020 November 1   November 1
(priority deadline)
Fall 2020 November 15 - Early Decision
(binding deadline)
  March 1
(priority deadline)
  November 15 - Early Action
(non-binding deadline)
  January 15 - Regular Decision    

Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Application Checklist - First Year

- 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 guidance/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 score for students whose first language is English
- Students whose first language is not English, may meet English proficiency by one of the following:
550 SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
21 ACT English and Reading Sections
TOEFL minimum 80iBT/550 paper based
IELTS minimum 6.5
iTEP minimum 3.9
- Certificate of Finances and Bank Statement/Letter

Application Checklist - Transfer

Common Application, including the essay and University of Redlands member questions
- $50 application fee
- Official transcripts from each university attended. If coursework was completed outside of the U.S. it must have an IERF or WES evaluation issued to the University of Redlands.
- Official transcripts from each secondary school attended, including proof of high school graduation
- One letter of recommendation from a professor who can speak to your academic ability
-SAT or ACT test scores (only required for students with less than 24 transferable semester units) or TOEFL, IELTS, or iTEP test scores
-Certificate of Finances and Bank Statements/Letter

Students with 24 or more transferable semester units must have successfully completed:
English Composition
Intermediate Algebra

*Students may transfer up to 66 units from a two-year institution or 96 units from a four-year institution.

Academic Merit and Talent Scholarships

All students who have completed an application are considered for merit-based scholarships which are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership, and service.
There is no additional application needed for scholarship consideration.
First Year Students - Merit Scholarships range in value up to $31,000. 
Transfer Students - Merit Scholarships range in value up to $21,000.

Talent scholarships are no longer available for fall 2020.

Standardized Testing

First year applicants are required to submit SAT or ACT scores or other English proficiency exams 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.

Transfer students with less than 24 transferable semester units will need to submit test scores, TOEFL, IELTS, or iTEP.

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.

If you are interested in Johnston, please email Dulce Garcia for more information on the application process. 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.

Letters of Recommendation

First Year
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.

Applicants are required to submit an academic evaluation from a professor. The Common Application has a section for applicants to invite their recommenders.

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

Cost and Financial Aid

Additional international student need based aid may be available. Click here to learn more about tuition and fees for international students.

Conditional Admission

First year students may be offered conditional admission to the University of Redlands through a program with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. Click here to learn more about conditional admission opportunities.

Office of International Students and Scholars

The Office of International Students and Scholars assists international students attending the University of Redlands, providing workshops and events to help you acclimate to campus life and American culture. For more information, please visit their website.

Redlands in Your Language

Fact Sheets
We have translated our fact sheets in the languages below.  Click on one to read more about the admissions process at Redlands.

Chinese Simplified

Dedicated Web Pages

We have information about the university translated in the following languages.

You may find the University of Redlands on School Apply.