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University of Redlands

Service, Commitment, Life and the World

The University of Redlands is a four-year, independent, non-profit university located in Redlands, California. The university was established in 1907 and emphasizes academic rigor, personal development and interdisciplinary studies. Students at Redlands learn equally about service, commitment, life and the world. As a pioneer in the field of spatial learning, the University of Redlands integrates spatial learning across academic disciplines. At the innovative Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, students have the opportunity to design their own custom major.

Some of the traditional bachelor’s degree programs for which the University of Redlands has been nationally recognized are Music, Communication Arts, Creative Writing, Pre-Medicine, Communicative Disorders and Education.

Less than two hours from downtown Los Angeles, the university’s 160-acre main campus is an oasis of beauty with historic New England-styled buildings as well as state-of-the-art facilities.

Study abroad opportunities also abound at the university, with students spending a year or semester abroad at such prestigious European universities as Oxford and Cambridge. Students can spend a semester in Salzburg, Austria, where they reside in a 500-year-old Renaissance building near the Austrian and Bavarian Alps.

The University of Redlands School of Music makes for culturally exciting student life. World-renowned jazz and classical ensembles play regularly at the university’s performance halls. There are also two theatres where the school’s drama students perform their own works as well as time-honored favorites.

On the athletic front, 21 teams of the Redlands Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).

Adults may continue their education with programs tailored for working professionals at the Schools of Business and Education, offering evening degree-completion and graduate programs at 10 Southern California locations. 

The university’s Continuing Studies offers many valuable course and certificate options, all with transferable units.

Quick facts:

  • 2012-2013 Enrollment: 4,956 students

  • Student-Faculty ratio: 12:1

  • Location: Southern California

  • Type: Private

  • Size: Medium (2,000 to 5,000 undergrad)

  • Mascot: Bulldogs

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  • On-Campus Housing Available: Yes

  • Retention Rate: 86%

  • Year Established: 1907

  • President: Ralph W. Kuncl

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  • Forbes List of America's top 5% Best Colleges

  • 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges, One of Higher Ed’s Best Kept Secrets

  • US News & World Report A+ School and a Great Price

  • Top 15% of America’s Four-year colleges in the Princeton Review

  • Listed at No.9 for institutions where class discussion is encouraged

  • No.19 for great financial aid, based on students' assessments of how satisfied with their financial aid package

  • Washington Monthly listed the University of Redlands at No.30 among master's universities. This ranking landed the university in the top 5 percent nationally for institutions noted for their contributions to the "public good."

  • Institute of International Education names the University of Redlands among top 10 master’s classification universities in the nation for highest undergraduate participation rates in Study Abroad.

  • The University of Redlands Speech-Language Pathology program was recognized in the 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News Media Group.

  • Top 15% nationally as a Military-Friendly School by GI Jobs