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La Sierra University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About La Sierra University

Established in 1922, La Sierra University is a 4-year private college affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist church. The school is situated on a 150-acre campus in Riverside, CA. The school has a three-fold purpose: searching for religious truth, actively seeking the divine and helping the community.


The university operates one college and three schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Religion, School of Business and School of Education. Through this college and these schools, it offers 60 undergraduate degree programs, 30 master's, doctoral and credentialing programs, three adult evening degree programs and 27 pre-professional programs. It also offers 11 online degree programs.

The university library houses 206,000 texts and a collection of documents regarding the history of the Seventh Day Adventists. It also holds a large amount of teacher curriculum materials. Additionally, it participates in an exchange network with 40 other libraries in the state to provide students with greater access to research materials.

La Sierra offers small, discussion-based classes averaging about 20 students. There are over 100 full-time faculty members, most of which have doctoral degrees. Many professors are members of the Adventist faith.

Students are required to participate in on-campus Adventist religious services. The school keeps track of their attendance at these services, and students must obtain permission to be absent from them.


Undergraduate applications can be submitted online or by mail. Applications must include ACT or SAT results, undergraduate transcripts and a personal essay. Applications for fall admission are due February 1st.

Graduate applications must include official transcripts, three recommendations, GRE or GMAT scores and an essay. Graduate applicants are interviewed. Applications for admission to a graduate program must be submitted by July 1st.

In 2011, 90% of undergraduate and 64% of graduate students attended classes on a full-time basis. During this same period of time, 90% of students were in-state residents and 89% under age 25.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $27,180. With housing and a meal plan, that amount increased to $35,694 per year. Graduate tuition for that same period was $695 per course unit for all programs except for those offered by the business college, which charged $755 per course.

Merit, athletic and arts scholarships are available. There are also available many small scholarships in varying amounts for students who demonstrate community service or leadership skils. A full scholarship is offered to the student who shows top academic performance.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, post-master's certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation Seventh Day Adventist*
Academic Calendar Quarters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 1,897 undergraduate and 302 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing Two residence halls for women, one for men and a coed hall for honor students are available**
Schools and Programs One college and three schools offering 60 undergraduate degree programs and 30 graduate-level programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:

Bachelor's: biological and biomedical sciences (42)*
Master's: business, management, marketing and related services (78)*
Doctoral: education (10)*

Undergraduate Graduation Rates 32% in four years*
32% in six years*
Admission Rate 47% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 528 in 2012**
First-Year Retention Rates 75%*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2011:
Middle 50% SAT reading and math: 410-520*
Middle 50% ACT composite: 16-20*
Application Due Date February 1 for fall 2013**
Decision Notification Date Rolling admission; decisions are made after submission of all required application materials**
Tuition (2012-2013) $27,180 for undergraduates**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011:
Federal grants (75%)*
State and local grants (38%)*
Institutional scholarships (99%)*
Student loans (82%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 100% in 2010*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **La Sierra University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92515
  • Phone: (800) 874-5587
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