University of Redlands Visit Report by alohalivin

Visit to University of Redlands in March 2019 by alohalivin
(Parent of Student)
(Member since March 23 2019 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - Good overview of the school, admissions, abroad and their merit/financial aid. Emphasized smaller class sizes and discussion based (versus lecture) for many classes. Both presenters were alumni.

Campus Tour: Yes - Thorough tour. We were stunned by the size and beauty of the campus and buildings. Sprawling, green and beautiful - just like the photos. D said she would want a bike. I think 55 acres.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We only met the student tour guides because school was not in session.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I felt like I was being informed, not sold, which was really nice.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Beautiful and well kept.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Went inside several buildings - some old and some new. All good.



Dormitories:
Did not get to go into any rooms. Common areas seemed typical. Odd that some don't have AC, given the fall climate.



Security/Safety:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Tour guide was female and said she felt very safe. Security has retired police officers. I'd like to see how it looks in the dark, walking to dorms from library, when in session.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Honestly blown away. We live near Stanford and my daughter commented that it looked like parts of Stanford campus. All buildings and cafeterias we saw were nice.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
I was a bit nervous about the immediate area, but my daughter prefers a grittier(vs affluent) feel...



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We thoroughly enjoyed State St. There was a farmers market and live music. D was excited about further exploring this area.

Campus Visit Notes for University of Redlands


Visit Description:

D was very impressed with the campus. Also loved that there is so much flexibility in crafting a personalized major. I think D loves the UCSD/UCI big campus feel, but needs smaller classes and Redlands checked both boxes. It was emphasized that you will know your professors (and they you)and the students in your class, because of the class sizes. Tour guide said getting classes is not difficult and you immediately get an advisor who you regularly interact with and sets up your 4 year course plan, D really wants to be close to LA and with traffic, Redlands is not, but she liked it so much that she's willing to consider the trade off. Sounds like a newer rule where they want kids to live on campus all 4 years (unless home is less than 30 miles away). I like this for two reasons - I think it helps create a tighter student community, plus I didn't love the immediate area and would prefer she's on campus. Security is retired police officers. Don't understand why some of the dorms are without AC given the Sept/Oct temps. Redlands encourages study abroad, and tuition is the same for that semester (not extra fees out side of spending money). Honestly, we visited Whittier and Redlands because they were extremely generous with merit scholarships, but was thinking we would likely cross them off the list after seeing them due to size or location.. She was also admitted to Chapman, which had been her top choice. Turns out, D really liked both but said she LOVED Redlands and wants to go back to experience the Admitted Students day. Tour was great, but she needs to get a feel for the student body, which was not possible over the holiday.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Stayed at Ayres Redlands which was quiet despite being next to the freeway (I did request an interior facing room which looked out at the pool). Very nice, and very similar to the Aryes in Orange.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

The State Pub was excellent. Cold in the winter - I was freezing w/ door open & metal chairs, but would definitely go back. Carolyn's Cafe was fantastic for breakfast w/yelp check in reducin