Resources for Parents of Student-Athletes

Resources for Parents of Student-Athletes

Welcome to Redlands!  We are excited that your son or daughter is interested in becoming a Bulldog for Life!  We strive to provide our student-athletes with an opportunity to compete successfully in an intercollegiate athletic program that is also an integral part of their educational experience.  With the help of our dedicated and knowledgeable coaches, incredible support staff, and passionate fans, we consistently achieve a winning environment for our student-athletes in all facets of their college life.

We look forward to gaining your support in the Bulldog student-athlete experience!

Go Bulldogs!

 

How to become a great Bulldog fan:

Get involved.  Join the Bulldog Bench to show your enthusiasm and support for the Maroon and Gray.  

Stay connected with Bulldog Athletics through Social Media. Follow the Bulldogs through Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram:  

Cheer from near or far: 

 

The time has come for your son or daughter to enter college.  It’s scary, exciting, and fun. Here are a few things to know about becoming a student-athlete at Redlands:

Paying for school:  One of the cornerstones of the NCAA DIII experience is that all financial aid must be need and academic-based.   More than 90% of University of Redlands students receive financial aid assistance through your student’s academic profile, scholarship, grants, loans, and work-study awards. We encourage all students to submit the FAFSA to apply for financial aid after January 1 but before the deadline of March 2.  Redlands will work to make this educational opportunity affordable for your family based on many variables.

It is realistic for your son or daughter to succeed academically and athletically while utilizing his/her work-study award?  The answer is yes, although many student-athletes chose to work only when they are not in season.  Jobs are available both on and off campus, and are limited to 10 hours per week during the academic year.  Qualified students should attend a Student Employment workshop at the start of the fall semester and go through the hiring process even if they don’t plan to work until later in the academic year. 

We take the concept of student-athlete very seriously.  Your son or daughter’s academic success is our top priority.  It is important for you to know that the 500 or so student-athletes on our campus, competing in 21 programs perform at a higher academic rate than the non-student-athlete, they retain at a higher rate than the non-student-athlete and they graduate in four years at a higher rate than the non-student-athlete.  Historically, we recognize about 20% of our student-athletes each year as Redlands Scholar-Athletes, which means that they have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and lettered in at least one sport.  Tutoring, time management, writing skills, academic planning and more are available for all students.

In addition to the coaching staff and the services previously noted, our Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) are here to assist your student-athletes throughout their academic journey.  FARs serve as confidential resources to student-athletes for information, support, and counseling regarding any issues or concerns they have about academic life at the University.  FARs encourage student-athletes to communicate early and often with faculty regarding the interplay of academic and athletic schedules.  When academic-athletic schedule conflicts cannot be worked out between a student-athlete and their professor, a FAR can facilitate communication towards a solution. FARs write letters of recommendation and/or nomination for student-athletes for post-graduate honors and scholarships, and for graduate school applications.  Encourage your son or daughter to reach out to a FAR for assistance in balancing the athletic and academic demands of being a Bulldog:

  • Les Canterbury – Librarian, scorekeeper extraordinaire, and overall Bulldog fan 
  • Wes Bernardini – Sociology & Anthropology professor, archaeologist, and soccer dad

Our favorite day of the year is Commencement! Your son or daughter can and should graduate from the University of Redlands in four years.  Prior to their arrival to the university, they will be placed in a First-Year Seminar (FYS) program and their FYS faculty member will also serve as their academic advisor for at least their first year.   They will meet one-on-one with that academic advisor and a peer advisor (fellow student) to create an academic plan and course schedule.  Plenty of classes are available, but avoiding the 8 a.m. time slot may not be feasible, especially for freshman student-athletes while in season.  Please know that class registration is currently the same for all students.  Encourage your son or daughter to adhere to the class registration procedures for an optimal experience each semester.