What is a First-Year Journey?

First-Year Journeys offer a variety of adventures, the chance to build community, and an opportunity learn about life at Redlands before New Student Orientation.

Applications are available and the deadline to apply has been extended to July 13th, 2019. 

Choose an academic immersion, outdoor adventure, or community engagement trip by looking at our available trip options and connect with a group of 10-12 new students for five days of exploration and discovery. Together you will discover new places and hone new skills, while building memories and friendships along the way.

Budget tight? No problem.

We've got scholarships that can partial or full cost. For more information, contact Andrew Hollis, director of recreation, at 909.748.8098.

When you go on a First-Year Journey, it broadens your world...

Deciding to go on a First-Year Journey was the single most beneficial decision I’ve made in my entire life. It gave me a whole new perspective on life, the wilderness and myself. I met my very best friends on my First-Year Journey and it introduced me to the Outdoor Programs family—a family which is supportive of everybody it meets. My time in college would not have been half as enjoyable if I had not gone.

Leah Cotton ‘15
Newton, MA

My First-Year Journey completely changed my experience of starting college. It introduced me to the most incredible people, who remain my close friends today, so I didn't have to worry about not knowing anyone at Redlands.

Sophia Steilen ‘17
Santa Monica, CA