Relative difficulty as far as quizzes, tests and papers is hard for me to judge, since Redlands is the only University I've gone to. I can say that I'm glad that I went here rather than a Cal State or UC. Underclassmen courses at the UC's and Cal States are large lectures with very little direct interaction with the professor. Classes at Redlands are small and personal discussion driven classes. The largest class I've had at Redlands has been about 20 people, most classes are smaller than that. With more professor interaction, Redlands might be easier.