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 students per year on average.
Students can select from a few areas of study, including but not limited to:
- Business And Marketing Studies
- Biological And Biomedical Sciences
- 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. Additional information from the admissions office can be by calling the school or requesting information here.
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)
Students should visit the school's lasierra.edu to view additional information.
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
The total student enrollment at La Sierra University is about 2,500, with undergraduate students making up about 85% 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 is estimated to range between $29,000-$35,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
- The estimated tuition for part time students is around $820 to $980 per unit
- On-campus housing and meals are estimated to cost around $9,400, 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||99%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||99%||$17,897|
|Receiving Student Loans||74%||$7,223|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
La Sierra University has an overall graduation rate which is around 49%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||19%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||15%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||4%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: La Sierra University
- Music Program
- * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 1996)
- Theology (Ministry) Program
- * Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (since 2012)
Campus: Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
- Theology (Ministry) Program
- * Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (since 2016)
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)
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.
Get more information about the programs offered by La Sierra University by clicking the request information to the right.
(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
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
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 2010-2016. 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.