La Sierra University

4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA

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La Sierra University, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Riverside, CA, the campus resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The school's Seventh Day Adventists affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's mission. Enrollment at La Sierra University exceeds two thousand yearly.

Students can select from a few areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Education
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions committee. Either the ACT or SAT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to La Sierra University. Scores between 16 to 20 on the ACT or 1240 to 1580 on the SAT are needed to increase your chances for getting accepted. This school accepts roughly 50% of applicants. Of those applicants accepted, about 35% of students enrolled. More information from the admissions office can be found at

The cost of tuition is approximately $30,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's net price calculator to identify their cost of attendance. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements.

The mascot for La Sierra University is the "Golden Eagles", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through oversight by the NAIA. Athletic programs that are available include:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division II)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division II)
  • Soccer (NAIA Division II)
  • Softball (NAIA Division II)

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the candidates La Sierra University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at La Sierra University is about 2,500, with undergraduate students making up about 84% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $29,000-$35,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $800 to $960 per unit
  • On-campus housing and meals are estimated to cost around $8, the price includes the serving of eighteen meals every week

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid100%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships100%$14,203
Receiving Student Loans82%$6,161

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, La Sierra University may provide student services including:

  • Online course work available
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment

Graduation Rates

La Sierra University has an overall graduation rate which is around 49%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years19%
Graduating in 5 Years15%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 1996)
  • Theology (Ministry) Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (since 2012)

Intercollegiate Athletics

La Sierra University is a Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with many of the sports being in the NAIA Division II classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Other)
  • Basketball (Other)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

Visual and Performing Arts

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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2008-2013. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact La Sierra University for official up-to-date information.

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