What is your overall opinion of this school?
Since my first day on campus as a freshman, I have been extremely happy with my choice to attend Redlands. All my classes are small and I maintain good relations with my professors. Outside of class the OP (Outdoor Programs) center runs trips every weekend to a variety of destinations. For example, I went to Zion, Utah for my "First Year Seminar". I met 8-10 other freshmen and we stayed in the park for about 3 days. During our stay we hiked, road mountain bikes and played fun sports and games. My sophmore year I signed up for OP's fall break trip to San Diego. There, the group surfed , wakeboarded and water skied, and rode bike downtown. Besides the great OP program the school has a solid social atmosphere with many clubs and organizations on campus not including Greek life. Basically whatever your interests are you can find it here at Redlands.
What are your classes like?
Classes are small and interactive.
My largest class I have taken here was Intro to Psychology. It had about 30 students. Now, as a senior, my upper division business classes range anywhere between 10 to 20 students.
I enjoy my classes because the professor knows me and what I am capable of when it comes to tests, homework, group projects, individual assignments, etc.
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?
One stereotype at our school revolves around the Johnston program. Rumor has it that Johnston students are lazy hippies. This is in fact not true.
To disprove the fact, Johnston students are in charge of their own education the first day they come to school. It is their responsibility to design their major, negotiate a contract system, and set course goals and objectives throughout their 4 year college career.
The Johnston school has graduated prominent students that have gone on to work for NASA, TOMs and other well known businesses.
What are the most popular classes offered?
It all really depends on the student's major. Since I am a business major I can say from personal experience that the most popular classes are marketing and human resources. Those classes tend to fill up very quickly.
I also know that intro to psychology is a very popular course for all students.
Lastly, the most popular classed at Redlands are usually offered during our May term. Since students take 1 class during the month of May, those classes gravitate towards "specialty" classes such as Mother Earth Chemistry, the science of making beer and wine.
What are the most popular student activities/groups?
I think the most popular student activities/groups on campus are Greek life, OP (outdoor programs), sports, intramural teams, Big Buddies, Habitat for Humanity, Con-vocational lecture series, concerts, Multicultural festival and Fallfest or Springfest.
Describe the students at your school.
Walking around campus one will notice the friendliness of the student population. With the sun constantly shining students can't help but smile. Everyone does their homework on the quad or by the pool. Students get together for lunch and congregate to the outside tables. Personally I enjoy the weather and laid back atmosphere. The school is small enough to be familiar with the many faces but large enough to constantly meet and make friends with the new faces.
What are the academics like at your school?
As a business student I feel my courses are challenging and insightful. Not only do I learn basic theories from the professors and text books but I have had the opportunity to get real world experience out in the field. In my BUS 226 class I acted as a health inspector for some local restaurants in the area. After the inspection I put together a business strategy to help the restaurants avoid critical issues in the future. In my junior year my adviser and Career services helped land an internship in the summer with one of the largest privately held companies in the world. With a business administration degree from the University of Redlands I am confident that I will launch my career upon graduation.
What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?
At a liberal arts college, such as Redlands, a diverse group of students attend this university to become critical thinkers and responsible doers. I would not say there is a certain stereotype on the Redlands campus. We have students from 44 different states outside California. These students study business, psychology, communicative disorders, international relations, government, music, and many other majors offered on campus. And if a major is not offered, students can design their own education in the Johnston program.