First-Year New Student Orientation

Welcome to Bulldog Nation!

On behalf of the entire orientation team, Och Tamale!  We are elated you have chosen to join the Bulldog family as you continue your academic journey. Your successes and hard work have brought you to our community, and we look forward to helping you make Redlands your home. 

Your time at U of R will be transformational, provided you make the commitment to get engaged, to meet new people, and to say “yes” to unique opportunities to grow understanding, capacity, and potential. To get the most out of your undergraduate experience, we encourage you to get involved with student organizations, attend campus events, and get to know the entire campus community – faculty, staff, alumni, and peers. We are certain if you get connected you will build strong and valuable relationships, some that will last a lifetime.   

Your Bulldog Nation journey has already begun (we hope your New Student Checklist has lots of checks!!) and New Student Orientation (NSO) is just around the corner. NSO is an informative, engaging experience designed for you to meet other first-year students, as well as returning students who serve as Orientation Leaders, faculty, and staff.  You will learn more about campus resources, participate in community education sessions, register for your remaining courses with guidance from your First-Year Seminar Faculty, and attend social events with your peers and Orientation Leaders.  New Student Orientation programming will continue into the first few weeks of the fall semester to ensure you feel more confident as you transition to college life at the U of R.

We are here to support, guide, and help you build your community and your confidence, so do not hesitate to reach out! And, of course, we are also here to help build school spirit so, I and many others welcome you with all the excitement held in the title of our school chant song, and a phrase you will come to know well…. 

Och Tamale!

Erin E. Sanborn

Director, Student Involvement and Success (SIS)

First-Year New Student Orientation At-A-Glance

  • Sunday, August 29 - Move-in, Family Programing, Welcome Dinner, and Program with President Newkirk 
  • Monday, August 30 - Advising and Registration
  • Tuesday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 1st - Community Education
  • Thursday, September 2 - Classes Start 
  • Friday, September 3 - All School Dinner and Involvement Fair and 1st Year Program: 5 Steps to College Success with Ken Nwadike, Jr. - The Free Hugs Project

Click on the NSO Schedule below for the latest program and event updates. 


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New Student FAQ

Below are a variety of frequently asked questions. We will be updating this information throughout the summer, so please check back here.

Do I need to register to attend New Student Orientation?

No, you do not need to register or pay a fee for New Student Orientation. Your attendance is mandatory, and we will be expecting you to check in at your scheduled move-in time. If you are a commuter, you are expected to check-in before the Welcome Dinner on Sunday, August 29, 2021.

When is Move-In Day?

All first-year new students will move in by appointment on Sunday, August 29th. More information will be sent directly to the student about their move-in date and time from the Residence Life and Housing team. 

*Some in-season athletes will arrive early and will be coordinated by their coaches. 

Here are all move-in dates: 

August 29

Class of 2025 Students arrive/Orientation begins

August 30

Class of 2024 Students arrive/Orientation begins

August 31

Continuing students arrive

   

Can my family attend New Student Orientation? 

Yes! We invite families and guardians to attend on Sunday, August 29, 2021, for a special family session hosted by University Dean Donna Eddleman and enjoy Dinner on the Quad with you before the President’s Convocation.

Residence Life and Housing

Residence Life and Housing has compiled a great list of frequently asked questions which you can access here. Should you have additional questions, you can email them at RLH@redlands.edu.

When do first-year students register for classes?

In addition to the FYS, all incoming students will be pre-registered into an introductory course in their prospective majors, what we call “FYS + 1 course.” That course selection is determined by the student’s responses on the Academic Interest Survey that they fill out on the New Student Checklist.

All incoming first-year students will be pre-registered into half of their schedule via these pre-registrations. The rest of the fall 2021 schedule will be determined through individual meetings with FYS faculty advisors during advising sessions in the week before courses start. 

What is a First-Year Seminar?

First-Year Seminars (FYS) is a required foundation course for every incoming first-year student. In these seminars students develop a close personal relationship with a full-time faculty member who not only teaches the course but also serves as academic advisor and mentor, introducing students to college-level skills and helping them in planning their academic programs.  Most seminars are interdisciplinary in focus, and students are encouraged to select seminars according to their broader intellectual and personal interests, not as a foundation course in a possible major.

When will I meet with an advisor (counselor) to choose my schedule?

The University of Redlands is proud that all students are advised by full-time faculty in the College. FYS faculty serve as the academic advisor to the students in their seminar until students formally declare their major(s), usually in the spring of their sophomore year. Students will meet with their faculty advisor during the weeks before classes begin and will choose the rest of their schedule, usually two more courses, in those individual meetings.

Why was I placed in an FYS that has nothing to do with my intended major?

The First-Year Seminar (FYS) is the foundation course for all new students in the Liberal Arts Inquiry general education model at the University of Redlands and introduce students to foundational academic skills and the richness of a liberal arts and sciences curriculum. 

The “+1” course into which each student is pre-registered alongside the FYS is the course that relates to intended academic major(s).

Do all students have to take a language or can they test out of it?

All students are required to fulfill our general education language requirement of two semesters at the lower-division or one semester at the upper-division.  Certain AP/IB scores will earn credit toward the overall graduation credit total in some languages, but do not exempt students from taking language courses at the University.  Students who are bilingual or have advanced fluency can earn their language requirements through topics courses  in literature, culture, politics and other areas that are taught in that language.

I have some questions about Financial Aid. Who do I reach out to?

Should you have questions about your student's account balance, how to pay your bill, or any other financial inquiries, please email sfs@redlands.edu. Please note that due to the heavy volume of calls and emails, there may be a slight delay. We encourage you to watch this webinar, as it may answer some of your questions.

Can I have a car on campus?

Students are allowed to have a car on campus. There is no charge to park, however students must register their car with Public Safety and will need to display a placard whenever parked on campus.

What is Student Involvement and Success (SIS)

Student Involvement and Success (SIS) is the administrative office at Redlands serves to enhance the overall student experience through programs intended to develop, educate, and entertain.  SIS serves to provide every student with opportunities to engage and contribute to their Redlands community starting with New Student Orientation. SIS does this with the objective of developing successful students who lead meaningful lives.  We believe learning goes beyond the classroom and being involved in student clubs and organizations, student government, or other types of student leadership programs are one of the most important and valuable aspects of the college experience.

Does Redlands have a student government?

Associated Students of the University of Redlands is the student government on the University of Redlands. There are many different ways to get involved in ASUR, even as a first-year student! Branches include Cabinet, Senate, and Judicial Council. ASUR is based on the pillars of representation, engagement, enhancement, and leadership, and believes that a true student government is one run for students, by students. The organization represents students on issues including academics, university policy, student affairs, and other areas that directly affect the experience of students. Moreover, ASUR provides high-quality programming and special events that reflect the interests and needs of the student body. Email asur_president@redlands.edu for more information. 

Is there a place for my student to learn more about the clubs and organizations offered at Redlands?

View the list of over 100 clubs and organizations here. There is also an involvement fair hosted the first week of classes. Students have the opportunity to learn more about each club that they are interested during this fair. Encourage your student to be on the look out for this event.

Can my student join a fraternity or sorority their first semester?

Students who have completed 28 colleges credits, have a GPA of 2.5 and higher, and are in good standing with the University are eligible to participant in Rush. Click here for more questions directly related to Greek Life.

Welcome to Redlands

Nestled near the San Bernardino Mountains, our campus offers natural beauty combined with small-town charm—all within 60 miles of Los Angeles. View places to stay, restaurants, and recommendations in Redlands to enjoy while you're here. 

Places to Stay

Hotels and University of Redlands Special Rates

During certain times of the year, we have special rates at the Ayres Hotel in Redlands and the Hampton Inn & Suites in San Bernardino. Please share that you are with the University of Redlands at the time of your booking.

Ayres Hotel Redlands (2.0 miles)
1015 W Colton Ave
Redlands, CA 92374
(909) 335-9024

Hampton Inn & Suites (7.0 miles) 
895 E Hospitality Ln
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 890-0600

Other Recommended Hotels
Although we don't have special rates, we also recommend the following hotels.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites (5.5 miles)
25222 Redlands Blvd
Loma Linda, CA 92354
(909) 796-1000

Residence Inn (6.0 miles)
1040 Harriman Pl
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 382-4564

Homewood Suites (7.0 miles)
335 E Hospitality Ln
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 799-6500

 

Places to Eat in Redlands

Food - it is what brings us together. Experience some of our local restaurants and coffee shops. Below is a list of places not to miss!

Caprice Cafe $$$
104 E. State St.
A large menu featuring salads, grilled seafood, pasta, handmade pizza, and organic steak.

Citrone $$$
328 Orange St.
California nouvelle cuisine, meat, fish, pasta, salad, and homemade desserts. Vegetarian friendly. 

Eureka Burger $$
345 Pearl Ave.
Authentic, one-of-a-kind burger bar experience serving a wide selection of fresh Angus Beef burgers, gourmet salads, and signature hand-cut fries

Gourmet Pizza Shoppe $
120 E. State St.
They offer over 75 different pizzas and 120 toppings.  Their dough is made fresh daily.  Vegetarian friendly. 

Jersey’s Pizza $
214 Orange St.
A great place to catch a game or meet a friend. The menu features a selection of pizza and sandwiches.

Mu $$$
309 W. State St.
Cozy restaurant offering Thai cuisine. The outdoor patio is available. Vegetarian friendly. 

Rok N Fondue $$
25 E. State St.
A bar and restaurant that specializes in indulgent cheese and chocolate fondue. 

Romano’s $$
330 Orange St.
Family Italian restaurant and Chicago pizzeria. Menu offers an extensive selection of pasta entrées, pizzas, appetizers, sandwiches and salads. 

The Eating Room $$
107 E. Citrus Ave.
Fresh, homemade bread, pastries, soups, salads, and sandwiches.

The State $$
22 E. State St.
The State is know for their creative burgers.

Darby’s American Cantina $$
1 E. State St.
Catch a sports game on television, and enjoy their eclectic menu offerings.

Taco Shack $
510 E. State St.
Tacos and burritos are just some of the options at this casual Mexican restaurant. Sit outside on the patio to enjoy the beautiful California weather.

Dhat Island Caribbean Creole Cuisine $$
313 W. State St. 
Authentic Caribbean Cuisine.  You should finish off the meal with their beignets.

Crepes of Wrath $
31 E. Citrus Ave.
Freshly made crepes with plenty of filling options to choose from.

A La Minute $
19 E. Citrus Ave.
Not your normal ice cream shop - this unique organic ice cream is made with liquid nitrogen to make it extra creamy.

Olive Ave. Market $
530 W. Olive Ave.
Although it is not located near State Street, this local market is not to be missed. Sandwiches are made daily, along with coffee and baked goods.  Stop by and enjoy eating with locals.  You’ll also have the chance to see historic Redlands homes. 

Price Range:
$ - Inexpensive - under $10   
$$ - Moderate - $11 - $30   
$$$ - Expensive - $31 and up

Things to See and Do in Redlands

This could be your home for the next four years, so while you're visiting leave some time to explore.  Below is a list of some of our favorite places in Redlands.

A.K. Smiley Public Library
125 W. Vine St.
Established in 1894, the A.K. Smiley Public Library, a state historic landmark, has served generations of patrons in the city of Redlands and beyond. Visitors go back in time when they walk through the library’s doors, thanks to the historic architecture, including a curved staircase, timber arches, stained glass windows, hardwood nooks and artifacts from the Redlands of yesterday. 

Downtown Redlands
State St. and Citrus Ave. between Orange and 9th
Take a stroll down historic State Street and Citrus Avenue in downtown Redlands, where restaurants, bars, boutiques, jewelers, specialty stores and bakeries are plentiful.  

The Footlighters
1018 Barton Rd.
This community theater provides rewarding entertainment and creative productions of live theater. The Footlighters Theatre seats 300 guests in a house offering a variation on the theme of Theater in the Round. The all-volunteer cast performs five productions annually.

Historical Glass Museum
1157 Orange St.
The Historical Glass Museum is home to more than 7,000 glass pieces from the 1800’s to today. Displays include candlesticks, kerosene lamps, milk glass, stems, bowls, compotes, and historical plates from the Heisey, Cambridge, Fenton, Fostoria, and Sandwich factories, as well as those that produced depression-era glassware. The museum is inside of a 1903 Victorian-style home that once belonged to Emma Cryer, daughter of early Redlands settlers Jerome and Martha Seymour.

Kimberly Crest House & Gardens
1325 Prospect Dr.
This beautiful estate sits on 6.25 acres of land in south Redlands. John Alfred and Helen Cheney Kimberly, who created the Italian Renaissance gardens, purchased the Victorian Château house in 1905. When their daughter, Mary Kimberly-Shirk, died, she donated the property to the “people of Redlands.” The home remains decorated in the style of Mrs. Kimberly-Shirk’s time with antique furniture, and the gardens contain the fountain “Venus Rising from the Sea,” ponds with lily pads and fish, roses, magnolia trees and more.

Lincoln Memorial Shrine
125 W. Vine St. 
The Lincoln Memorial Shrine is the only museum and archives west of the Mississippi River dedicated to the study of President Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War. Originally designed by noted architect Elmer Grey in 1932, the Shrine houses an extensive collection of manuscripts, artifacts, uniforms, quilts and other pieces of history, as well as an original Norman Rockwell painting. 

Redlands Bowl
25 Grant St.
Home to the internationally renowned, oldest continuously running free summer music festival in the U.S. - The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival features 16 to 18 programs, including classical and semi-classical concerts, opera, ballet, symphony productions, folk dancing and musical performances on Tuesday and Friday nights.

Redlands Market Night
Thursday nights.  Set up on State street between Orange and 9th  
Pick up locally-grown fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, bakery items and more at this popular Thursday night open air market. More than 150 different food and merchandise booths, as well as fun activities for kids, are set up on State Street between Orange and 9th.

Redlands Symphony Association
Visit www.redlandssymphony.com/concerts for upcoming performances
The mission of the Redlands Symphony is to inspire, entertain and educate by providing outstanding musical performances that enhance our cultural environment. Performances take place in the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel during the fall and winter, bringing the quality of a big city symphony to Redlands.

Prospect Park
Cajon St. and Highland
Home of the Redlands Theatre Festival, Prospect Park is 11.4 acres and offers walking trails and picnic areas.

Redlands Theatre Festival
Located in Prospect Park
The Redlands Theatre Festival has been entertaining audiences since 1973. Performances take place under the stars in the RTF Theatre inside of Prospect Park, with the season beginning the second week of July and ending the third week of August. Each season is centered around five plays, from major Broadway musicals to contemporary dramas, and every seat in the house is within 50 feet of the thrust stage.

San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Lane
A regional museum with exhibits and collections in cultural and natural history. The museum seeks to inspire the public to understand our history through responsible collection and preservation of artifacts. Enjoy rotating special exhibits, as well as the popular Exploration Station, live animal discovery center.

University of Redlands Special Events
Visit www.redlands.edu, and search public events for schedule
There is always something happening on the University of Redlands campus, from a drama production in Frederick Loewe Theatre, a concert in the Memorial Chapel, or an art show in the Gallery. There are also annual events that draw crowds from the city and surrounding areas, including the Multicultural Festival every spring and the Feast of Lights, a service of worship celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in spoken word, tableaux, song and orchestral offering, in December. 

 

Regional Airports

Regional Airports

There are several regional airports we advise you to check use when booking your flights to the area!

Ontario International Airport (24 miles)
2500 E Airport Dr, Ontario, CA 91761

Palm Springs International Airport (41 miles)
3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

John Wayne Airport-Orange County (47 miles)
18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707 

Long Beach /Daugherty Field (59 miles)
4100 E Donald Douglas Dr, Long Beach, CA 90808

Bob Hope Airport (68 miles)
2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Los Angeles International Airport (70 miles)
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045