Redlands, CA
University of Redlands


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The University of Redlands is a private, independent university centrally located from the beaches, mountains and desert in the heart of southern California.

Recognized for having one of the highest study abroad participation rates among our peers, Redlands students travel the world, choosing from more than 100 programs.

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Recent Reviews

Alec
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Redlands is the students that are here. With only 2400 students in the entire school it is very easy to ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Redlands is the students that are here. With only 2400 students in the entire school it is very easy to see many students all of the time. So then when you see all of these people you get introduced either by yourself, them saying hello, or the people you know introduce you. it is very easy to get to know the campus of students and it makes things easier when going to dinner you will see people that you know so that you can eat with them or just walking by you can have a good conversation with new friends.

Describe the students at your school.

No students are really out of place there is a wide variety of students around here there are jocks, normal kids, crazy kids, independent kids, many different races, party kds, non party kids. I think we have about every sterio type you could think of that goes to our school so you will find a place here. and some people even start there own steriotype so that is a possibility also.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No they are not for everyone, some students are benefited financially but many are not. I am one of those are not students living from paycheck to pay check and me and my mother are trying to get by with what we have and hopefully this will pay off in the end.

What are the academics like at your school?

the academic life is like any other school you have to put in the time and effort if you want to make it here. Professors are not going to just let you slide by but i am an average student and i plan to be better in the future and anyone can do it. All it takes is you though no one is going to hold your hand but every professor is there if you need help with somehting during office hours and there is tutoring available for any department if you need extra help.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Student life here is very active. There is usually something going on every day of the week. It could be a sporting event because many of our teams are ranked among the nation or it could be just a fun activity in the dorms. I participate in cross country and track and field and we have very close teams on both ends. Guest speakers are always coming here we have had many out standing speakers come from all over. there are many options that come with the school.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That we are kind of a rich school with snobby students

Janet
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Princeton Review is a good place to start when applying. Make sure you think about it thoroughly and make a decision that works well for the student primarily, after all this is the time for the student to start becomming independent and to become and adult. Also, check out the school before signing up. You want to make sure that you are comfortable with the area, the campud and the vibe of the school.

Geoffrey
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A private institution with a modest student body of about 2500, the University of Redlands was founded in 1906; each of its s...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A private institution with a modest student body of about 2500, the University of Redlands was founded in 1906; each of its schools carries the traditions of the 20th century into the 21st, most notably the Johnston school, which offers students the opportunity to form their own fields of study (emphases) from the wide variety of available standard curricula and community-based events; a campus able to cater to both traditionalists and modernists, the University of Redlands continues to develop a program that is relevant and impactful, in the immediate San Bernardino area and outward.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The University of Redlands is best known for its Music department, as well as its Business department, particularly at the graduate level.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Parents ought to do their utmost to determine what their sons or daughters are really looking for; that is to say, what their interests really are. While college certainly presents its students with a time for dramatic change and self-searching, parents can do worse than act as guides in this initial way. I would not advise suggesting "dad's good-old alma mater" for the single reason that it is "dad's good-old alma mater"; this reason alone may not stand up to the individuality of the prospective student. Guidance is better than delegation in this respect, though the cost of education can be high. Students ought to heed the advice of their parents, but to take it with a grain of salt would not be rash. They are not the ones going off to college (though they may at first be the ones paying for it). This is the student's education; and to the extent which the student is willing to take ownership of her future, to that same extent ought she to value the selection process. Don't settle! Apply everywhere you might want to go. You might get in somewhere you didn't expect.

Jenna
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I recommend KNOWING what you want. That is the easiest way. Do you like to be around people all the time? Is it important ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I recommend KNOWING what you want. That is the easiest way. Do you like to be around people all the time? Is it important to have your car as a freshman? Do you want someplace that emphases community service? KNOW it. Then find something that fits that description. Then visit. I don't think the scheduled visits with overnight stays are ever that much more helpful--I liked to just go on my own, take a campus tour, and get the feel of the place. You want to feel safe where you go to school, and nothing will tell you that until you visit. Visits also let you know if there's people you think you want to meet there. I think it's important to be far enough from your parents so that you are independent (you aren't going to grow up if you have your parents to do your laundry, and you aren't going to make new friends if all your high school friends are right there), but not so far so that you can't get home during a family emergency . I think anywhere from 300 to 1500 miles is good.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who is outgoing, friendly, ready for fun experiences. You should want personalized attention from your teachers (they will know your name, so don't count on never going to lectures!). You should want to be involved, both in school activities and in the community. You should be willing to work hard for your education. You should like the heat!! You can either like going out or staying in--Redlands has both, by being a small town in the middle of Southern California with everything close by!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The rigorous academics in the business department--they pushed us hard but I got an awesome education and I know a lot! I brag about how beautiful the campus and the town are--like an oasis in the desert, by the mountains AND the beach! I brag about how we're so cohesive--one alumni relations person told me she compared Redlands alumns to the West Coast Mafia in how much we help each other out and support each other! I brag about how fun it was, and what amazing friends I made so quickly.

Krystal
Describe the students at your school.

Most are independent and not too friendly, but the small classroom size allows us to know one another by name and eventually...

Describe the students at your school.

Most are independent and not too friendly, but the small classroom size allows us to know one another by name and eventually freiendships form. We have people from Hawaii, mostly californians but some international students and some from the eat coast. Most work hard to get the grades.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Live on campus for the first year if it's not a commuter school. The experience of being on your own, making friends, being able to stay up as late as one wants is amazing. Not having parental rules helps one create or enhance their own. Go with your gut, if it feels like the right school then it probably is. Go to class, it's essential for learning concepts.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That i had the opportunity to study abroad so i could have started saving money. so I didn't have to take out another student loan.

David
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would just suggest not to go into any schools with any sort of bias or prior opinion. You can really feel it when you find ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would just suggest not to go into any schools with any sort of bias or prior opinion. You can really feel it when you find yourself on the right campus. The tour of Redlands really sold me, and I've loved my time here.

What's unique about your campus?

The academics, campus, and teaching staff.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

If you don't have access to a car you really dont have a whole lot of options for what to do over the weekend, as there is not a whole lot that goes on around the school.

Heather
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Let the student make their own decision. Parents think they know what is right but when it comes down to it, the student wil...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Let the student make their own decision. Parents think they know what is right but when it comes down to it, the student will be their living and having to fit in and live their own life. If possible, visit the schools and decide where you feel most comfortable. And when you decide on a school, really get involved. Whether it is clubs, sports, Greek life, within your academic area of interest, or somewhere else, try to get involved in something on campus! Also, try a school that is well balanced. Social needs are very important to your growth as a person, as are academic. People often overlook social because they think it is not what you are in college for. Quite the contrary, social growth (including relationship experience-friendly and romantic) during college is very important.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who isn't afraid to get involved. In order to fit in at the U of R you need to put yourself out there! Whether that's getting involved in your dorm, clubs, Greek life, sports, or anything else you can think of, get involved and you won't regret it!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

My sorority. The bonds I created at the U of R because of my sorority (or friends I met through sorority sisters) are everlasting. None of my friends had social experiences like I did, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

Corianna
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The prospective student should determine first and foremost whether or not they would prefer a college with enormous class si...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The prospective student should determine first and foremost whether or not they would prefer a college with enormous class sizes, or smaller class sizes (in which you get more individual attention and more accessibility to professors). Knowing exactly what tuition will cost, and the availability of on and off campus housing is also very important. Location of the college is also an important, but sometimes overlooked factor. If the campus is far from home, gas/plane tickets will occasionally need to be purchased. Rural areas might be too boring, big and lively cities might be too distracting. Go to each campus and take every tour possible. Some colleges will have the prospective student and/or family sit and talk with a counselor of some sort- have all your questions prepared. Definitely make a stop by the financial aid office to discuss potential scholarship or grant offers. If at all possible, walk around the campus unaccompanied by the tour guides and see if you can run into some students that are willing to answer questions: they will give you more honest responses about the quality of on-campus housing, receptiveness of professors and school administration, off-campus entertainment and social activities.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who expect to party at college like you see in the movies. Most of people's social lives revolved around frat/sorority parties, but due to it being a small campus, they weren't massive (or even massively entertaining). Also during my tenure, due to some hazing issues, it's now a dry campus at frat/sorority parties. Also, any student who wants to get "lost in the crowd" of an enormous campus/class sizes shouldn't attend the UofR. Classes there compared to the big UC's are extremely small, so more student discussion/class participation is expected.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Admittance of more students, but not offering enough classes to keep class sizes small. I had to stay an extra semester because they only offered them one semester per year. Sometimes they seem to be more concerned with money than with hiring on amazing professors to compensate. Also, the big draw is studying abroad: I was not able to study abroad, due to many reasons (ex: stated above). My advice: make sure YOU stay on top of study abroad meetings, creating wiggle room in your plan, or being prepared to stay an extra semester if you want to study abroad.

Ashley
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

As a young person, I understand what most teenagers want to go to college for......partying. My advice would be to find out w...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

As a young person, I understand what most teenagers want to go to college for......partying. My advice would be to find out which schools are the "party schools" and which ones focus more on academics. Choose schools that have more of a conservative background if partying is a concern. (That is what I did myself). While you can never escape a party scene, if desired, it would be easier to find friends who focus on other things besides partying. That is very important for finding success in a college atmosphere.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would have known that students can be somewhat clicky, so it is hard to come in as a transfer student and fit in with groups that have already formed.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who isn't motivated by learning.. We have a few of those people already attending and it is sad that they are wasting that money if they don't want to take school seriously.

Elizabeth
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Amazing--best choice I ever made, absolutely excellent!

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Amazing--best choice I ever made, absolutely excellent!

Describe the students at your school.

Hard working, cooperative, friendly, enthusiastic individuals.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students need to feel absolutely comfortable and content with where they decide to go to college. As long as they feel comfortable they will have the confidence to branch out and meet new people. It's important for parents to encourage their children in the transition from high school student to college student. Parents should not hinder their child's growth but provide them with the tools necessary to succeed in college. Deciding on the right school is so important and will be a decision that affects their life so do your research--visit the campuses--stay overnight in a dorm--attend classes to help make the right decision! In the end, pick the school that feels right for you...the student!

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