New Student Orientation (Fall)

The goal of the University of Redlands’ New Student Orientation is to welcome new students and their families and to begin the process of integrating new students into the University’s intellectual, cultural, social and personal opportunities.

View the entire NSO Schedule Here!

View NSO Family Program Schedule Here!

View the Johnston Center O-Week Schedule Here!


Meeting Spaces:

Orientation Group Meeting Locations

First-Year Seminar Locations 


New Student Orientation will help you:

  • Settle into your new community at the University of Redlands, whether it's in your residence hall room, the classrooms, the Commons or the library.
  • Connect with your fellow classmates, faculty and student leaders.
  • Immerse yourself in this new experience, and familiarize yourself with your new surroundings and all the resources available to you.

Orientation programs are important and many are mandatory. You should come prepared to fully participate in all scheduled events.

Mandatory Orientation Registration

All new students are required to check-in at New Student Orientation Registration in the Orton Center between 8am and 10am on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

  • Your University of Redlands official Student ID card will be given to you.
  • The Public Safety Office will be present to issue parking permits or a bicycle registration sticker to those students who register a car and/or bike.
  • Various vendors will also be on-site for students and families.

Once you complete Orientation Registration, you can proceed to your residence hall and begin to move in if you are living on campus.

Mandatory Forms and Online Check-In

In your deposit confirmation letter, you will receive your "user ID and password." You should visit and log in to verify your status and monitor your progress on clearing the mandatory forms. Remember to frequently check your University email and your my.Redlands account to see which outstanding items (e.g., bill, immunizations, loan documents, etc.) still need to be completed.

Starting in mid-August, new students can access the "online check-in" site, which informs the University a student is attending. You must complete the online check-in process by the end of your first week of classes.

First Year Seminar Class

One of your most important classes in your first year starts during Orientation: The First Year Seminar (FYS).  Mandatory for all Freshmen, it allows you the chance to meet other first-year students with similar academic interests and become acclimated slowly, with the help of one professor, to the academic environment. Your FYS professor also serves as your academic advisor and will assist you with class registration during New Student Orientation.  Your FYS also has a Peer Advisor, a knowledgeable upper-class student, who is trained to answer your questions and help your academic planning throughout your first semester.

Parents and Families

The University welcomes parents, guardians, and families of our first-year students! We are pleased that your student decided to join the Bulldog family.

There is a day-and-a-half program during New Student Orientation designed to introduce you to resources available for your student, provide information about how resources work and offer an opportunity to ask questions.