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 spring and fall 2021 is available through the Common Application

  First Year   Transfer
Spring 2021 November 1   November 1
(priority deadline)
Fall 2021 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
- Students whose native language is not English, cannot apply test optional and may meet English proficiency by providing one of the following scores:
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 or the free University of Redlands Transfer Application
- $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
- Students whose native language is not English, cannot apply test optional and may meet English proficiency by providing one of the following scores:
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 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

Merit 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
Scholarships are available in the areas of art, creative writing, music, and theatre. Students must plan to pursue an academic major in art, creative writing, and theatre. Students interested in a music scholarship, must either contribute to an ensemble or pursue an academic major or minor. Submissions for consideration must be submitted no later than January 15. For full details and descriptions please visit our scholarship page.

Standardized Testing Policies

University of Redlands adopted a test-optional policy for most applicants beginning with the fall 2021 admission cycle. This means students, whose native language is English, have the option to not submit SAT or ACT scores if they do not believe their test scores truly reflect their potential for success in college. Regardless of their decision to submit, all students will be considered for admission and merit scholarships through a holistic review process. 

Should a student opt to have their test scores considered, please note the following:

1. We will accept self-reported test scores on the Common Application, however should a student choose to enroll, official scores will need to be submitted prior to the start of their first semester.
2. The writing portion for the SAT or ACT is not required.
3.  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 test optional policies, click here.

Students whose first language is not English, may meet English proficiency by submitting one of the following test scores:
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

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, Tim Seiber.

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.

Transfer
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.

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.

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.

Connect with a student

We have a selection of University of Redlands students who look forward to connecting with you to share their experience. Click here to learn more.

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

We have information about the university translated in the following languages.
English
Spanish
Vietnamese

We now offer a landing page in Chinese. Click here to access.