Applying to the University of Redlands

Whether it's your first time applying to college, you're a student looking to transfer or you're looking to study in the US, our admissions office wants to help you.

Below is important information regarding the application process. If you have additional questions, refer to our FAQ section or contact us.

First-year

Are you a high school senior? Have you graduated from high school but have not enrolled at a higher education institution? Then you are a first-year student. This is what you need to know to begin your journey to the University of Redlands today.

Our application for Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 is available on Common Application.

Application Checklist

- The Common Application, including the personal essay and University of Redlands member questions
- $30 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

Deadlines

Applications must be submitted through the Common Application on the deadline indicated below.

November 15 - Early Decision (binding deadline)

November 15 - Early Action (non-binding deadline)

January 15 - Regular Decision

Supporting documents may be 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 $27,000, 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/school counselor or other school official, and a second from an academic teacher (science, math, English, history, or foreign language) who can talk about an applicants performance in the classroom. A Counselor Recommendation form may be submitted in addition to the Common Application Secondary School Report. We are happy to take additional recommendations from coaches, teachers, or other sources.

Programs with additional application materials:

The Johnston Center for Integrative Studies

Students interested in the Johnston Center must first be accepted to the University of Redlands and complete a supplemental application to be reviewed by the Johnston Center Director. 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. Please check back in the fall for audition dates for applicants applying for fall 2017 admissions. For additional information regarding the School of Music and requirements, please contact, Brad Andrews, Director of Music Admissions, at (909) 748-8014 or brad_andrews@redlands.edu.

Transfer

At the University of Redlands a transfer student is someone who has graduated from high school and has completed courses at another institution of higher education. There is no minimum amount of units required to transfer to the University of Redlands. Students may transfer up to 66 units from a two-year institution and up to 96 units from a four-year institution.

Our application for Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 is available on Common Application.

Admissions Requirements

For students with over 24 transferable semester units 

- Graduated from high school or equivalent
- A majority of transferable units completed in academic courses
- Completed two semesters of full time coursework with no less than a 2.0 (C) in any course
- Completed English composition, intermediate algebra or above and 1 semester of foreign language at the college level
- A recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8

 Students with fewer than 24 transferable semester units

- Graduated from high school or equivalent
- Applicants will be reviewed based on their performance in high school
- Official SAT or ACT test scores are required 

Application Checklist

- Complete the Common Application
- $30 application fee
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- Official high school transcript including proof of graduation 
(Transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution in order to be considered official. Transcripts hand-delivered or mailed by the applicant are not considered official.)
- One letter of recommendation from a professor who can speak to your academic ability

 For some applicants the following may be required:

- SAT or ACT test scores (only required for students with less than 24 transferable semester units)
- College Report (only required for students transferring from a four-year institution)
- Official AP Test Scores if applicable

Deadlines

March 1 - priority deadline for fall 2017
November 1 - priority deadline for spring 2017

Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Opportunities to Visit Campus

We encourage one-on-one meetings with Admissions Counselors to discuss your transition to the University of Redlands. You may request an unofficial transcript reviews may be completed during your scheduled one-on-one meeting; please bring an unofficial copy of your college transcripts to your appointment. Click here to schedule your visit.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are available for many two-year institutions in the Southern California area. Find them here and learn more about our Liberal Arts Foundation, or general education requirements.

Transferring to the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies or the School of Music

Because of the unique and specialized curriculum in these programs, we encourage transfer students to set up an on-campus or phone meeting with the program director to discuss transfer of credit, length of program, and pre-requisites.

  • Brad Andrews, Director of Music Admissions

brad_andrews@redlands.edu (909) 748-8014

  • Julie Townsend, Director of the Johnson Center for Integrative Studies

julie_townsend@redlands.edu (909) 748-8616

International Student? Click here to learn more about our International Transfer Student admissions process.

International

The University of Redlands welcomes applications from students around the world. Our students represent more than 32 countries of citizenship. Part of what makes Redlands great is the variety of experiences and backgrounds our students bring to our campus community. At the University of Redlands, an international student is an individual of foreign nationality who will be entering, or has already entered, the United States with a student visa.

Our application for Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 is available on Common Application.

Application Requirements

- The Common Application, including the personal essay and University of Redlands member
- $30 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 score for students whose first language is English
- Students whose first language is not English, may meet English proficiency by one of the following:
550 SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
500 SAT Critical Reading
21 ACT English and Reading Sections
TOEFL minimum 80iBT/550
IELTS minimum 6.5

Click here to learn more about conditional admission opportunities.

Deadlines

November 15 - Early Decision (binding deadline)
November 15
- Early Action (non-binding deadline)
January 15Regular Decision

Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Merit-Based Scholarships

All international students who submit a complete application will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Ranging in value up to $27,000, merit scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership, and service. Additional international student need based aid may be available. Click here to learn more about tuition and fees for international students.

Office of International Students and Scholars

The Office of International Students and Scholars assists international students attending the University of Redlands, providing workshops and events to help you acclimate to campus life and American culture. For more information, please visit their website.

Application Requirements for International Transfers

Common Applicationincluding the essay and University of Redlands writing supplements
- $30 application fee
- Official transcripts from each institution attended
- An IERF evaluation is required for coursework completed outside of the U.S.
- Official transcripts from each secondary school attended, including proof of high school graduation
- One letter of recommendation from a professor who can speak to your academic ability
- SAT or ACT test scores (only required for students with less than 24 transferable semester units) or TOEFL or IELTS test scores

Students with 24 or more transferable semester units must have successfully completed:

English Composition
Intermediate Algebra

Application Deadlines

March 1 - Fall Semester
November 1 - Spring Semester

Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis.

*Students may transfer up to 66 units from a two-year institution or 96 units from a four-year institution.

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