Move-In by Appointment
8:00 AM-2:00 PM, Holt Lobby
If you are living on campus, move into your residence hall at your appointed time. Community Staff & Anthony will check you in and issue your keys!
NSO Check-In and Welcome Session (M)
9:00-10:30 or 11:00-12:00 or 1:00-2:30, Orton Center
Incoming students and families should choose a session to attend that fits with their schedule. Mandatory, attendance will be taken.
At your convenience, before 2:00
Enjoy lunch on your own in downtown Redlands or on campus at The Table in Irvine Commons (11am – 1:30pm). Families can eat at the Commons, but will need to pay because meal plans don’t begin until Thursday morning.
9:00-2:00 PM, Memorial Chapel
Explore the Redlands Campus by joining the Orientation Leaders as they lead campus tours that highlight important resources and spaces around campus. Tours will begin at the top of every hour.
Student Athlete Orientation
2:15-3:15 PM, Memorial Chapel
Incoming student athletes should join this info session to learn about resources available to new student athletes.
Johnston Welcome Circle (M)
3:30-5:30, University Hall
The Welcome Circle is a long-standing Johnston tradition to welcome new students into our community. Join us in University Hall and bring your family!
*NOTE: If you are a commuter student or live in another residence hall, you may choose to attend the welcome session for your own Residence Hall or the Commuter Orientation for the 3:30-4:30 hour and then join the Welcome Circle.
5:30-7:00, The Quad
The campus food service provider, Harvest Table, has catered a free dinner for new students, staff, and families on the Quad!
7:00-8:00 PM, Memorial Chapel
Meet your Orientation Leaders at 6:50 PM on the quad for the official induction of the class of 2026.
8:00-8:30 PM, Memorial Chapel Steps
Orientation Leader Check-In (J)
8:30-9:00 PM, Holt Lobby
Meet your class! Learn names, pronouns, and do some ice-breakers with the Johnston Orientation Team.
9:00 PM, Frosh Quad
Playfair is a high-spirited, high-energy event that allows new students to engage and laugh with one another as a large group, as well as in many quick-changing breakout groups. If you want to attend, meet one of your Johnston Orientation Leaders in Holt Lobby at 8:55.
9:00 PM, Holt Lobby
If Playfair doesn’t sound like quite your speed, join your Johnston O-Team for cup decorating, crafts, low-key hang-out time, and more opportunities for everyone to get to know each other.
New Student Sunrise & Class Photo
6:00 AM-7:00 AM, Admin Steps
Watch the sunrise and take part in your class photo on the admin steps. This event is “challenge by choice”! It’s only mandatory if you want to take part in your class photo. Coffee and pastries provided.
7:00-8:00 AM, The Commons
First Year Seminar (FYS) Course Meeting (M)
8:30-10:00 AM, Holt Lobby
Have your first class meeting with your FYS in Holt Lobby. We’ll get to know each other and discuss what the Johnston FYS will look like this year.
Advising or Optional Academic Orientations
10:30 AM-12:00 PM, starting in Holt Lobby
If you have not yet had an advising meeting, you will stick around in Holt Lobby with Julie Townsend and your peer advisors for an advising session. If you’ve already been advised, you either have free time or you can attend one of the optional academic orientations. Meet an orientation leader ten minutes before the session in Holt Lobby to head to the session together.
Business Admin/Management: 11:00-12:00, Casa Loma Room
K-12 Education: 11:00-12:00, Hall of Letters 100
Pre-Health/Pre-Med; Biology; Chemistry; Biochemistry; Physics; Engineering 3-2; Health, Medicine, Society; Computer Science; Mathematics: 10:30-11:30, Orton Center
11:00 AM-1:30 PM, The Commons
Armacost Library Open House
12:00 PM-4:00 PM, Armacost Library
Optional, drop-in open house to discover the resources that our lovely campus library has to offer.
12:00 PM- 5:00 PM, Holt Lobby, BRING YOUR COMPUTER
Join your peer advisors in Holt Lobby to register for classes at your appointed time.
Registration Time (based on the last digit of your ID number)
Calm Your Mind Lawn Time (J)
1:30-3:30 PM, Bekins Lawn
Relaxing activities to hang out and take a break from the orientation & registration madness.
Dinner with O-Team
5:00-7:00 PM, the Commons
We’ll meet in Holt Lobby at 5:15 to head over to the Commons together. Indoor & outdoor options available!
8:30-10:00 PM, Memorial Chapel
If you wish to attend the magician performance in the Chapel, we’ll meet in Holt Lobby at 8:20 to head over together.
Game Night (J)
8:30 PM, Holt Lobby
If you don’t want to see the magician, drop in anytime for a chill evening of various types of games.
7:00-9:00 AM, The Commons
Foundations of Community (M)
9:00-10:15 AM, Holt Lobby
Foundations of Community is a mandatory event for all new students at the University of Redlands, in Johnston, it means getting you acquainted with our unique policies, processes, vocabulary, and what the heck a “community meeting” actually is.
Title IX & Equity Orientation (M)
10:30 AM-12:00 PM, University Hall
Your Orientation Leaders will head to the mandatory Title IX & Equity Orientation to hear a presentation & engage in a conversation about consent, collective responsibility, and equity.
12:00-1:30 PM, The Commons
Outdoor Programs Info Session
12:00-1:00, OP Shop in the Currier Gym
Meet Outdoor Programs Leaders from Johnston after the Title IX orientation to check out OP together.
Student Employment Information Session
1:00-2:00 PM, Memorial Chapel
If you receive work study as part of your financial aid award and are interested in working, you should attend this workshop, where you can learn all you need to know about Student Employment opportunities. Meet an Orientation Leader in Holt Lobby at 12:50 to head over to the chapel together.
*If you are unsure whether or not you receive work study aid, please ask Maggie Ruopp!
Becoming a Bulldog Workshops
2:15-3:25 PM, Various Locations
Pick from any of the following workshops to learn more about opportunities & resources available to you as a new Bulldog! Topics include Outdoor Programs/Intramurals/Club Sports, Native Student Programs, E-Sports, Community Service Learning, Academic Success and Accessibility, Campus Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of Career and Professional Development. If you need help finding anything, Orientation Leaders will be available starting at 2:00 in Holt Lobby.
Mock Community Meeting (J)
3:45-4:45 PM, Holt Lobby
We will put into practice the information from Foundations of Community in an example community meeting.
5:00 -6:45 PM, The Commons
7:00-10:00 PM, Chapel Steps
Cool down with your fellow Bulldogs and enjoy various water events and activities!
10:00 AM-2:00 PM, The Commons
9:00 AM-3:00 PM, Hunsaker Plaza
We are bringing the city of Redlands to your doorsteps. What better way to start off your day than to visit a Farmers Market. We present the iconic Redlands Market to campus and come meet local vendors.
Get Involved with ASUR
11:00-11:45 AM, Bulldog Room
Join current Associated Students of University of Redlands (ASUR) to learn about ways you can get involved in student government.
Pride Center Reception
1:30-2:30 PM, Pride Center
Meet Maggie & various Orientation Leaders at 1:25 in Holt Lobby and walk over to CDI to learn more about the Pride Center.
1:30-2:30 PM, Bulldog Room
Join the people headed to the Pride Center Reception in Holt Lobby at 1:25 to meet the members of the student-run organization, Bulldog Votes! In this session, you’ll learn how to get involved within this organization and the local community.
Roommate Date (J)
3:30-4:30 PM, Holt Lobby
Get to know your roommate better with some helpful prompts that will help you write your roommate contract later in the week. If you’re living somewhere other than complex, come get to know the space and make sure you have a TB16 key!
5:00-6:30 PM, The Commons
7:00-10:00 PM, The Quad
Movie Night (J)
8:30 PM, Holt Lobby
Come chill out with a classic film and some great snacks!
10:00 AM-2:00 PM, The Commons
Theatre and Dance Department Open House
11:00 AM-12:30 PM, Glenn Wallichs Performing Arts Center
Meet in Holt Lobby to head over together at 10:50 if you are interested in the Theatre department. Whether you plan on being a major, a minor, or just want to be involved - stop by and meet with current students and faculty. Ice cream may be available.
School of Business and Society 4+1 Pathway Preview
11:00 AM-12:30 PM, Hall of Letters 205
Join to learn about opportunities associated with the School of Business and Society’s 4+1 Pathway.
11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Hunsaker 2nd Floor
Come join us in Hunsaker Lounge for a relaxing time of low-key socializing! We’ll have video games, board games, and drawing supplies. Feel free to pop in and out throughout the day.
Water Fight and Lawn Games
12:00 PM-2:00 PM, South Quad
Let loose and stay cool on the quad with some games and a big water fight! Be sure to bring your own towels or lawn blankets!
12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Join intramural sports for everyone’s favorite- kickball! Two teams, four bases, a big red ball and YOU! No signups necessary, come play!
Floor Meeting (M)
3:00-4:00 PM, various floors on complex
Meet with your CA & other residents on your floor to come to consensus about norms for the year. If you are a commuter or off-complex student, Anthony will run a meeting for you in Holt Lobby!
5:00-6:30, The Commons
Pool Party Palooza
7:00-9:00 PM, Thompson Aquatic Center
Cool down orientation week by hanging out at the pool and playing water games before fall semester begins on Monday.
Open Mic (J)
8:00-10:00 PM, Bekins Lawn
Open Mic is a Johnston Orientation tradition! Come to see fellow community members perform and/or perform yourself! Open Mic is a fun, exciting, informal way to meet people and start off the year strong.