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We are excited to offer a variety of Academic Immersion, Community Engagement, and Outdoor Experience Trips in 2019!  Each trip offers opportunities for students to get to know their classmates, prepare for their first year at the U of R, and meet current students, administrators and faculty!

Each trip also has its own unique itinerary with specific activities and themes to help prepare you on your journey into college.  These themes are explained in further detail below.



Important Application Due Dates

  • Friday June 14 at 5:00pm:  Applications are due.
  • Saturday July 13:  (Redlands Connections Day) Extended Applications are Due!
  • Saturday, July 13: (Redlands Connections Day):  Initial Paperwork and Payment due*.

*payment and paperwork deadlines will be extended for those applying between June 14th and July 13th

  • For Extended Applications, Take a look at the available trips and submit an application.  Extended Applications are available and will be accepted and assigned on a First Come/First Served basis.


Academic Immersion FYJ's focus primarily on an interdisciplinary introduction to academics at the University of Redlands.  They are based on campus and offer students a chance to engage with faculty while learning about the basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), using history, fiction, and journalism to discover a region, and/or connecting architectural design with Pop Culture.  Students will also spend time outside of the classroom exploring Redlands and participating in local, introductory, outdoor activities like Sea Kayaking and Day Hiking.

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In addition to connecting with your classmates and the University, these trips are a great way to get started on college academics through interdisciplinary studies


Outdoor Experience FYJ's focus primarily on the local mountains, oceans, and deserts surrounding Southern California.  Outdoor Experience FYJ's introduce students to skills such as camping, hiking, and outdoor cooking.  Many also include activities like Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Surfing, Sea Kayaking and Mountain Biking.  Many of our Outdoor Experience FYJ's stay in either frontcountry campgrounds or backcountry campsites.  All Outdoor Experience FYJ's practice Leave No Trace principles.

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In addition to connecting with your classmates, these trips are a great way to explore the local outdoor opportunities surrounding Redlands.  No previous experience is necessary to attend an Outdoor Experience FYJ


Community Engagement FYJ's offer students the opportunity to participate in service learning as a central focus of their journey.  These journeys often times partner up with a local service agency to create partnerships for engaging with the local community.  Community Engagement FYJ's often  include opportunities to explore the local towns, parks, or trails while on course.  These trips also ask students to reflect on their experience to help make meaning of the work they're doing.  Trips are an introduction to our University's C.E.R. requirement.

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In addition to connecting with your classmates at the University, these trips are a great introduction to Community Service Learning at the University