Virtual Connections Day Series and New Student Orientation

Summer/Fall 2020

The goal of the University of Redlands’ Virtual Connections Day Series and 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.

University of Redlands Virtual Connections Day Series

Connections Day is the first opportunity you’ll have to meet your new classmates, connect with current students, and learn about academic and campus life resources. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about residence halls, meet future advisors, explore course registration processes, and learn about the many resources available to our students to enhance wellness and develop an engaging social life.

Connections Day is also your family's first opportunity to connect with the University of Redlands by joining you to watch the key speaker session!   

Friday, June 19th

Welcome to Redlands!

Let's celebrate you and the start of building your Redlands community. Meet our Student Affairs team and learn about housing, student organizations, diversity initiatives, activities, recreation, community service. There will also be some entertaining ways to meet with other new students and orientation leaders.

  • Welcome Dr. Donna Eddleman, Dean of Students
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Orientation Leader Meeting

Friday, July 17th

Academic Overview and Support Services

Join us to hear about navigating your myRedlands student portal. This will lead to a session about your academic experience and the support services available related to academics.

  • 3:00 PM Welcome with Dr. Kendrick Brown, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • 3:50 PM Breakout Session 1
  • 4:15 PM Breakout Session 2
  • 4:40 PM Peer Advisor Meeting

You will be emailed when registration is live!

Friday, August 7th

Preparing to Come to Campus

What to expect when you arrive on campus and begin your Redlands journey – we will also review COVID-19 impacts.

  • 3:00 PM Welcome with Student Affairs Associate Deans, Cassandra Morton and Jared Rodrigues
  • 3:50 PM Breakout Session 1
  • 4:15 PM Breakout Session 2
  • 4:40 PM Community Assistant Meeting

You will be emailed when registration is live!

UPDATE! New Student Orientation Dates

Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23

Check-In and Move-In by appointment, Orientation Leader Lead Activities

Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25

Orientation: First-Year Seminar Course Meeting, Advising follow up, registration, Connections Day workshop follow-ups/makeups, learning to navigate campus


If you have any questions, please contact Student Involvement and Success at (909)748-8100 or

Are you an International Student? 

International Students will have their own orientation prior to New Student Orientation. More information and additional details will be forthcoming throughout the summer. US citizens living abroad are encouraged to attend as well. 

Are you a Transfer Student?

Transfer students will have their own virtual orientation during the summer, please refer to this webpage for more specific details.

The Connections Day Series and New Student Orientation will help you:

  • Gain understanding of your new community at the University of Redlands, whether it's in your residence hall room, the classrooms, services available, 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 be prepared to fully participate in all scheduled events.

Mandatory Orientation Registration

All new students are required to check-in at New Student Orientation Registration this will be done by appointment on Saturday, August 22nd or Sunday, August 23rd. 

  • 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 at your scheduled time 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 the 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.


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

Families are encouraged to attend the keynote sessions of the Connections Day Series. These are designed to introduce you to resources available for your student, provide information about how resources work, and offer an opportunity to ask questions.