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, 2024.

Connect with us:

For questions about setting up a visit or learning more about the program, contact Tim Seiber, current Director of the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, at

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 Tim Seiber (  before applying to talk through what a Johnston education would like to for you, both in terms of the academic credits you're bringing in and what your academic goals are, and what your timeline through the program will look like.