University of Redlands

University of Redlands


Where your dreams become aspirations and your aspirations become achievements—that is the Redlands experience. Since our founding in 1907, we haven’t wavered from our promise: a transformative education in an environment of academic rigor and personal responsibility, where you can blend what you learn in the classroom with life skills that will help you affect positive change in the world. We are Redlands, where curiosity finds inspiration; where selflessness becomes service; where small classes encourage debate and debate sparks insight; where creativity and innovation open doors and change lives; and where diversity enriches us all. We are Redlands, where we care more about who you will become than who you used to be; where we take good students and turn them into great people.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach I'm Going To College

The “I’m Going to College” Program is an initiative of the Office of Campus Diversity and Inclusion geared to educate first generation and underrepresented students about higher education. Our mission is to work with children from a young age to plant the idea of college so that by the time they are high school students, they are already preparing for their college career. This program addresses the lack of awareness among first-generation college students about their opportunity to gain a first class, individualized education at the University of Redlands and similar institutions. Learn more about I'm Going To College

Pre-College Prep & Outreach College2Go & Finding Your Path

“Finding Your Path” (FYP) is a new initiative that complements our “I’m Going to College” Program in order to continue our commitment to enhancing access and awareness to higher education. FYP volunteers travel to local schools and coordiante presentations for K-12 students in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination - a college readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges). Learn more about College2Go & Finding Your Path

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Supporting, Educating & Empowering Diverse Students

The Supporting, Educating and Empowering Diverse Students (S.E.E.D.S.) Mentorship Program is a collaborative initiative between local high schools and the University of Redlands. U of R students started this program after visiting a local high school campus and finding a lack of support for students from first-generation and under- served communities. U of R student mentors work with sophomores and juniors to enhance their academic abilities and social skills. Learn more about Supporting, Educating & Empowering Diverse Students

Summer Bridge & Orientation Summer Bridge

This program is an exciting pre-college program designed to provide incoming first generation and/or financial aid-dependent students with important information before they begin classes at the University. The program will afford students the following opportunities: • A chance to meet other incoming students • A thorough exposure to the Redlands campus, various facilities and resources • Access to University of Redlands faculty and staff members • A broad introduction to and overview of proven academic strategies Learn more about Summer Bridge

First-Year Experience & Transition Students Together Empowering Peers

Students Together Empowering Peers (STEP), formerly known as PUEDE, is one of the most highly efficient mentoring programs offered at the University of Redlands. The mission of the STEP program is to provide resources and support for first semester, first generation college students in order to ease their transition into higher education. Learn more about Students Together Empowering Peers

Student Life & Support Book Lending Program

The Book Lending Program is an initiative to ensure the academic success of every student. Funded through alumni donations, this program provides books for students who could not otherwise afford to purchase them. Books are returned at the end of the course, to be used by other students the next semester. When needed, the program may cover other classroom necessities, such as lab fees. The program works alongside the library and faculty members to ensure the availability of books and classrooms materials. Learn more about Book Lending Program

Student Diversity

  • 2,613
  • 42/58
  • 36%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 6%
  • 3%
    Black or African American
  • 24%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 52%
  • 5%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 3%

Student Success

  • 87%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 74%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 90%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 65%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 187
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business Administration, Johnston (individualized degree), Psychology, Communicative Disorders, Music

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    First Generation Student Programs, LGBTQ Programs, Gender Programs, Religious and Cultural Awareness Programs, Native American Student Programs, Multicultural Center, Women's Center, Pride Center, International Student Center


Cost of Attendance

  • $47,722
  • $47,722
    In-state Tuition
  • $350
    Required Fees
  • $13,862
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • n/a
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • n/a
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 29%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • n/a
    Students with financial need
  • 90%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • n/a
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 5,191
    # of applicants
  • 66%
  • 3.62
    Average HS GPA
  • 25
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $30
    Application Fee
  • $30
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/15
    Early action application closing date