You don't actually have to join a frat or sorority to be social on campus. Redlands has All School Parties every weekend almost that are amazing themed parties in U-hall. We also have great guest speakers like Ben & Jerry who gave us free Ice Cream! We have great communities inside the halls. We have an un-official open door policy which means if you're just hanging out in your room, or doing homework, leave your door open and people will pop by. I've had 2 hour conversations with people who stand in my doorway the whole time because my door was open. There is always someone awake on campus, you just have to find them! Now, with the 24-hour study space, it's really great for the Night owls and insomniacs to go there and hang out rather than trying to find someone they know who's awake across campus. (There is an unspoken Redlands Tradition that students will run from the Chapel, to the Administration building, and back to the Chapel naked. Called a "Chapel Run". ***I've done a few***)
Redlands students are so involved, and there are so many clubs that it is hard to list the most “popular” ones. About 18% of our students are involved in our local, social sororities and fraternities. We have a strong Invisible Children club, Students for Environmental Action, Big Buddies and our own Outdoor Programs. OP is my all-time favorite organization. It’s open to everyone on campus, and student leaders will lead trips every weekend to go rock climbing, go to the beach, and hike and camp in Joshua Tree, just to name a few. Students here are extremely social; it’s almost impossible to not find something to do, although it seems the freshman who previously posted here doesn’t know about these great opportunities. It’s so easy! We have a lot of signs all over campus promoting so many different ways to get active and involved! People are almost always at the pool, playing on the Quad, or hanging out.
There are too many clubs and organizations to list. I'm involved in outdoor programs, which leads trips hiking, climbing, skiing and snowboarding, and kayaking, rafting, and more. I'm also involved in community service programs like Big Buddies which is a mentoring program for kids from the community. Both outdoor programs and community service are really strong, important programs on campus. There are frats and sororities, which have parties and such, but I don't go to many of them and I don't think they dominate the social scene at all. There are definitely people who drink and party every single weekend, but there are also lots of people who don't, and I can go to a party or just chill little kick-back and still have fun while not drinking. on nice days (which is almost everyday) you'll see tons of people out on the Quad playing frisbee or sitting in the sun, or at the pool just hanging out.
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.
I am a member of Alpha Sigma Pi and, though not for everyone, joining a my soroity was a great choice. I didn't make a lot of freinds my first semester, because I was a local so I had people close by to spend time with. So it gave me a chance to connect with the poeple on campus. However some people end up becoming life long friend with there roomates. As far as partying goes there is always something happening on the weekend. With Greek row there will alwasy be someone throwing a party. If Greeks aren't your scene there are always the non-Greek orgainizations who throw a great party too. during the week there are always speakers who come on campus are while they aren;t always great we have had some great poeple come speak to us, my favorite so far is Ben and Jerry, two guys with a great story interesting thoughts and free ice cream, what more could you ask for?
Some of our most popular clubs at Redlands are the ones that deal with giving or helping the community. The greek life at Redlands is relatively small. We have less than 30% of our students participating in greek life. All of our fraternities and sororities are local, we have no big nationals. They all tend to throw parties on the weekend and students do like to go to them, but that does not define our party scene. We have OP (outdoor programs) which is an office here on campus that organizes different trips to essentially get you off campus and into the environment. If you like hiking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, camping, canoeing, kayaking, etc, then you will like OP.
There are over 100 clubs and organizations on campus, and a good majority of the students are involved with more than one. The biggest groups are Greek Life and Intramurals. Community service organizations are vast and very popular including Big Buddies and Habitat for Humanity. Also I feel that students are really good about supporting each other when it comes to sporting events and Social Affair events (Redlands Got Talent, etc). Personally I am involved with Greek Life, Tom's Club, Chemistry Club, Denominators, Admissions Host, and Order of Omega (Greek Honors Society).
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.
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.
There are so many activities and groups on campus that its hard to say. Most students are involved in 5 or 6 different organizations on campus, however, about 20% of our student body is involved in Greek life which is probably largest group.