How to Apply as a First–Year Student

We are excited to learn more about what makes you, you. The information below will help you with your application and provide some additional information about applying. If you have any questions about the process you can always contact us.

Application Checklist

- The Common Application, including the personal essay and University of Redlands member questions
- $50 application fee
- Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended
- One letter of recommendation from guidance/college counselor and/or the Common Application Secondary school report.
- One letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your academic ability.
- SAT or ACT scores


Applications must be submitted through the Common Application on the deadline indicated below. 
November 15 - Early Action non-binding deadline
November 15 - Early Decision binding deadline
January 15 - Regular Decision deadline
Supporting documents maybe submitted after the deadline to complete a student's application. However, an application cannot be reviewed until all documents have been received by the admissions office. Applications received after the Regular Decision deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

Academic Merit and Talent Based Scholarships

All students who have completed an application are considered for merit-based scholarships. Ranging in value up to $25,000, merit scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership, and service. Talent scholarships in Art, Creative Writing, Music, and Theatre Arts require an additional application. Instructions for these awards can be found on the Common Application.

Standardized Testing

All test scores must be sent from the College Board or ACT directly. Make sure you send all scores—we superscore! 
Beginning in March 2016, the College Board released a redesigned SAT. This SAT contains two 800 point sections, Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and an optional essay. The University of Redlands does not require the optional essay portion of the redesigned SAT or ACT. We will continue to superscore the SAT, but will not superscore between the old test and the redesigned test.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. One from a college or school counselor or other school official. The second must be from an academic teacher who can comment on an applicant's performance in the classroom. Examples include teachers of science, math, English, history, or a foreign language. We are happy to take additional recommendations from coaches, other teachers, or other sources.

Programs with additional application materials:

The Johnston Center for Integrative Studies

Students interested in the Johnston Center must submit applications to both the University and the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies. Applications can be submitted concurrently. However, a student will not be reviewed for the Johnston Center until admitted to the University of Redlands. Please contact Ashley Morris at for access to the supplemental application. Students will be notified of this decision via mail.

The Johnston Center strongly encourages visiting campus to experience the program’s strong living-learning community. Opportunities include overnight stays, classroom visits, and meetings with the Johnston Center Director, Julie Townsend.

School of Music

An audition is required for admission for those who want to major or minor in Music. For more information, contact Brad Andrews, Director of Music Admissions, at (909) 748-8014 or