First Year Journeys

First-Year Journeys Are Back!

It's so good to be able to offer First Year Journeys for incoming First Year Students (Class of 2025).  FYJ's are offered prior to the start of fall New Student Orientation. Each trip offers a variety of adventures, building community, and creating an opportunity to learn about the University of Redlands and our extended community before beginning your first semester.  

Take a look at this year's trips and please fill out an FYJ Application!

A separate application will be posted in July for the class of 2024 (rising Sophomores) for Fall Break opportunities (October 9th-12th).

Redlands is an access point to many incredible outdoor locations, and this year's First Year Journey Trips highlight our favorite mountain, ocean, and desert areas and activities.  Trips are designed to support students from all backgrounds and experiences (no prior experience necessary).  Take a look at the FYJ Trips that we're offering in 2021 before submitting your application.

Budget tight? No problem.

While money is a reality, we do everything we can to keep it from being a barrier to participating in this program.  FYJ Scholarships (partial and full) are available for every trip, and students can choose to apply for a scholarship at the end of their FYJ Application.

When you go on a First-Year Journey, it broadens your world...

Deciding to go on a First-Year Journey was the single most beneficial decision I’ve made in my entire life. It gave me a whole new perspective on life, the wilderness and myself. I met my very best friends on my First-Year Journey and it introduced me to the Outdoor Programs family—a family which is supportive of everybody it meets. My time in college would not have been half as enjoyable if I had not gone.

Leah Cotton ‘15
Newton, MA

My First-Year Journey completely changed my experience of starting college. It introduced me to the most incredible people, who remain my close friends today, so I didn't have to worry about not knowing anyone at Redlands.

Sophia Steilen ‘17
Santa Monica, CA