The Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands is one of the most distinctive undergraduate experiences you can choose. It is also one of the most challenging, rewarding, and long-running alternative education programs in the U.S. For many who experience Johnston, they often reflect on how transformative it is.

Is Johnston right for you?

Watch a video on Johnston to learn more.

Experience academic freedom along with responsibility: create your course of study and shape the way you work, what you learn, and the feedback you receive from faculty through contracting 

Gain important soft skills: in the shifting landscape of the job market, a Johnston education will allow you to graduate with the skills you need to succeed no matter what you study: communication, collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, negotiation

Practice self-governance with intention: Johnston is a consensus-based, intentional community where students work together to spend our community budget on speakers, live music events, programming, community and academic projects. We also used a consensus-based restorative justice model to deal with conduct issues and other things that cause harm to the community.

Applying to the Johnston Center

In order to be considered for the Johnston Center, students must apply to both the College of Arts and Sciences and to the Johnston Center. You may apply concurrently, although we recommend that you apply to the College of Arts and Sciences first through the Common Application and indicate your interest in applying in the Academics section of the University of Redlands application. You may apply as a first-year or transfer student*.

To access the Johnston Center Supplemental Application, please click here.

Once a student has been admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences, the Johnston Center Director will review the student’s application and Johnston Center Supplement. Applicants will be notified of their Johnston Center admission decision via their personal admissions portal. We recommend applying to Johnston no later than May 1, 2022.

Connect with us:

For questions about the admissions process, contact Dulce Garcia, Admissions Counselor. Connect with Dulce 1:1 on WebEx:

For questions about setting up a visit or learning more about the program, contact Maggie Ruopp, Resident Director, Admissions and Alumni Coordinator, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies

For questions about Johnston contact Tim Seiber, Ph.D., Director and Faculty Member

Find us on Social Media:

Instagram: @johnstoncenter or @redlandsadmissions

*A Note for Transfer Applicants

It is especially important for transfer students interested in the Johnston Center to contact either the Johnston Director or Maggie Ruopp ( before applying. At this time Johnston does not have the capacity to accept transfer students who have more than 40 transferable credits, unless that student is committed to spending three years in the program when they could graduate in less time in a more traditional program. Also, consider planning a visit to campus or a phone interview to discuss the program. Students may find that not all of their credits will be transferrable to the Johnston Center program. Meeting with a Johnston Center advisor can help clarify these issues for potential transfer students.