What is your overall opinion of this school?
I love Redlands and part of what I love most about it is that everyone loves being here too. The people you see everyday are excited to see you and excited to be a Bulldog. School is school and not everyone loves every single one of their classes but I don't know a single person that doesn't like being here. I think a lot of the times people at bigger state schools feel like they have to be there because of convenience and try to graduate early. At Redlands, most people stick to a four year plan and each one of those four years just adds to the Bulldog experience and makes students excited to be a Bulldog for life. It doesn't matter if you are a music student, an athlete, a member of a Greek organization, a Johnston student, or a regular student you feel like a part of a community.
Tell us about the sports scene on campus.
Although we are a small division III school, people still get really excited for our sports teams. Probably around 20-25% of students compete for one of our 21 sports teams. Fall season just wrapped up with men's soccer reaching the sweet 16, men's water polo competing at the Western Water Polo Association tournament, and football getting a playoff bid. Many of our sports teams consistently place in the top three of our conference, the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).
I am a member of the swim team and work for the sports information office so I see a wide variety of sports and I think all the sports teams get a lot of support from the students. We also have a few athletic clubs such as Ultimate Frisbee and Men's lacrosse that are not NCAA varsity teams. We also have an intramural sports program that runs year round with various sports such as flag football, beach volleyball, basketball, softball and even life jacket water polo.
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.
The University of Redlands is such a picturesque campus. As you drive down Colton Avenue, you drive right through the middle of campus and you immediately see palm tree's lining the street. To the left is our luscious quad surrounded by dorms on either side and the Chapel sitting at the end. To the right is the original administration building, with tall Greek columns sitting atop a small rose garden and hedge bushes that spell out REDLANDS. As you continue driving down Colton Avenue, you will hit a third stop light and to the left is Hunsaker plaza. Here is the campus post office, campus bookstore, the Irvine Commons Plaza Cafe and University Club that provide food to students. There is a fountain right next to the road and down Hunsaker plaza you see the newly renovated entrance to Armacost Library. To the right is Currier gymnasium, another one of the historic and original buildings on campus. Past Hunsaker plaza you can see the orange groves, tennis courts, and back side of Stauffer Complex which houses the science and math halls. Walking through campus you will see a mixture of historic, classic looking buildings in addition to more modern and sustainable looking buildings. Last year our campus was presented an award for having an arbor friendly campus and with all the different species of trees just on our campus, you will understand why. Our groundskeeping crew works hard to keep the grass green, plants pruned, and tree's trimmed. With the San Bernardino mountains in the background, our campus actually looks like something you would see on a postcard.
What are your classes like?
My classes are typically upper division classes. As a junior I am starting to take upper level courses for my major and minor. I am currently taking a Research Methods for Psychology course and a course on Gender Psychology for my psychology major. I am also taking a physical education class titled Scientific Concepts of P.E. and Sport, which is very similar to an exercise physiology class that is a requirement for my physical education and athletics minor. To cap off my schedule, I am taking an Introduction to Philosophy course to cover one of my core class requirements. I typically have anywhere from 10-30 pages of reading per class a couple nights a week. My research methods has homework assignments from the chapter that are usually only a question or two. Other than that, keeping up with lecture notes and Powerpoints make my classes very manageable.
What are the most popular student activities/groups?
College is one of the greatest opportunities to get involved and Redlands students are well aware of the many outlets the University provides. Just this past fall, the Greek community welcomed 100 new members and each of the eleven Greek organizations have anywhere from twenty to sixty active members. Additionally, there are professional and service oriented Greek organizations A lot of students are also involved in one of our twenty one varsity athletic programs. I am a member of the swim team and have met the majority of my friends through the swim team I am also involved with Maroon and Grey Student Ambassadors, Big Buddies, and 2013 Society. Other popular clubs and organizations include Outdoor Programs, ASUR our governing student body, Social Affairs, CHAMPS, Habitat for Humanity, Academic Honors Societies, among others. There is always something to do and be a part of.
What are the academics like at your school?
One of the great things about being at a small liberal arts college is the small class sizes. I can say with confidence that as a junior, each of my professors has known my name and the majority of them still recognize me around campus and ask how I am doing. With small classes, students don't get lost in the mix and class participation actually means something. I am a psychology major with a minor in physical education and athletics. I declared my major after taking Introduction to Psychology and as I was turning in my declaration my professor was in the psychology office. I later found out she would be my advisor and she has been extremely helpful in providing me with resources and keeping me on track to graduate. Professors are great at offering their time outside of class and being as helpful as they can.
My favorite class so far has been Instructional Strategies for Physical Education. The class was for my minor and I expected it to be an easy class that would teach me how to be a P.E. teacher. The class was so much more than that. Professor Scott Kerby taught us way beyond being just a P.E. teacher but being an educator and what that means to students, parents, and fellow educators. That class changed my perspective on what I wanted to do with my future and I think the change is for the better.
What's great and unique about academics at Redlands is the flexibility. The Johnston program allows for students to create their own major or emphasis. Outside of Johnston, advisors and professors are great about working with students to make sure they can get what they want out of their time spent in class. For instance, I want to end up with a master's degree in sport psychology. Although there are not sport psychology courses consistently offered, I have talked with my professors about what I want to do and they are very helpful in allowing me to steer my assignments toward sport psychology. Overall, classes are what you get out of them but professors make it very easy to get the most out of their class.