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We are excited to offer a variety of updated trips in 2020!  These trips are currently being adapted to ensure that we can follow health and safety guidelines from the CDC, state, federal, and University level.  Each trip will still offer 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. 

When you're ready, fill out an FYJ Application!


Important First Year Journey Application Dates

  • Friday, June 19th, 2020:  Website is updated and a new FYJ Application is available!
  • Wednesday, July 8th, 2020:  Applications are due
  • Friday, July 10th, 2020:  Trip Assignments are sent via email
  • Friday, July 24th, 2020:  Payment for Trips are due
  • Friday, August 7th, 2020:  All Paperwork is due
  • Saturday, August 15th, 2020:  New Students Arrive on Campus.


On-Campus Experience FYJ's are based on campus and offer students a chance to get to know Redlands engage with faculty, staff, and administrators along with each other.  Students will get an in person introduction to on-campus life through activities and discussions, as well as take spend several days (and one-night) off-campus front country camping and hiking along with learning how to Surf!

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In addition to connecting with your classmates and the University, these trips are a great way to get to know the faculty, staff, and campus better!


Front Country Experience FYJ's focus primarily the many outdoor opportunities within a day's drive from campus.  Front Country Experience FYJ's introduce students to skills such as camping, hiking, teamwork, and caring for the environment.  Front Country means that you will often times have access to restrooms, running water, and will be camping near basic facilities.  You will be participating in activities based around your campground.  All Front Country 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 introduce yourself to opportunities throughout the Southwest.  No previous experience is necessary to attend a Front Country Experience FYJ.


Multi-Sport Experience FYJ's offer students the opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor modalities.  These journeys include several nights of front country camping with a one-night, introductory backpack.  They also offer students the chance to try other outdoor activities like stand up paddle-boarding!  Multi-Sport Experiences are great for students who are interested in learning new skills and trying a variety of outdoor activities.


In addition to connecting with your classmates at the University, these trips are a great opportunity to try several of the many outdoor activities that the local outdoor areas have to offer!


Backcountry Experience FYJ's offer students the opportunity to spend multiple nights in the backcountry.  Students will work together as a team to backpack into a wilderness setting where they will set up camp away from many front country facilities.  This empowering experience offers opportunities to learn new skills, visit remote and peaceful locations, and be a part of a wilderness team!

There is no experience required for backcountry FYJ's.  Gear such as backpacks, sleeping bags, etc. are available to borrow.  These trips typically offer more physically challenging hikes!