La Sierra University

4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92515-8247

School Details

La Sierra University is a four-year private Seventh-day Adventist university that was founded in1922 in the large city of Riverside, California. After changing name and ownership for many years, La Sierra separated itself to become an independent institution in 1990. The school was named La Sierra based on the large Mexican land grant, Rancho La Sierra, that the school lies on today.  

The University has five different schools, all of which operate on a quarter academic calendar, including: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Religion, Division of Continuing Studies, and School of Education which offer over 120 certificates, undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and doctoral level degrees. Many students continue their medical education at Loma Linda University, which is nearby and has many connections with La Sierra University.

The 150-acre campus in the beautiful La Sierra neighborhood of Riverside has about 2,199 students, 1,897 of which who are undergraduates. A high majority (90%) of students study full-time while the remaining 10% study part-time. The number of females (55%) who attend La Sierra is slightly higher than the number of males (45%) attending the university.  In 2009 U.S. News & World Report named La Sierra University as having the most diverse university of the western United States for the past five years. Hispanic students make up 34% of the student population while the rest of the population is broken into White students (18%), students classified as Non-Resident Aliens (16%), Asian students (16%), African American students (7%), students classified as two or more races (4%), Native Hawaiians (3%), and students whose races are unknown (2%).  The large majority (89%) of students are ages 24 and younger while 11% of the students are ages 25 and over. Most students (90%) are from in-state while 6% are from out-of-state and 3% are from foreign countries. Almost all students(89%) have cars on campus. The average class size is 20 with a student to faculty ratio of 20:1. Faculty members consist of 94 part-time staff and 9 full-time staff. The four-year graduation rate is approximately 17%.

Tuition for the 2012-2013 school year costs $28,314 and an estimated $1,656 for books and other supplies. Students living on campus pay a Room and Board fee of $7,380 per year with an estimated $3,096 of personal expenses. Students who live off-campus pay $10,863 per year with $4,383 in personal expenses. Tuition payment plans are offered to all students.  Financial aid is available to all students who complete and submit a FAFSA form. Almost 80% of students at La Sierra currently use financial aid to help with tuition payments.

To apply to La Sierra University, submit a high school GPA, a high school transcript, proof of completion of a college-preparatory program, admission test scores for SAT/ACT, and admission scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language. About half (47%) of applicants will be accepted into the university. The application fee costs $35 and the deadline for submission is July 1.

The university offers many faith-based events each week including: Thursday University Worship, the student-led First Service held on Friday evenings, weekly worships in residence halls, and small-worship experiences. Mission trips are available all over the world for both short and long-term programs.

Athletic programs are available for all students. Men’s sports include: baseball, basketball and soccer and women’s sports include basketball, softball, and volleyball.

La Sierra University has represented the United States twice (2002 and 2007) and won in the Students in Free Enterprise program. Students have won the national championships six times (1994-1997, 2002, 2007) in the competition and have been first runner up three times (2000, 2001, 2008). These students help to empower people around the globe and encourage other students to participate in mission work around the world. Many classes at La Sierra use service-learning courses to put classroom knowledge to work helping the community.

Teacher certification, distance learning, study abroad, and weekend/evening classes are available to students as well as remedial tutoring, academic/career counseling, employment services, and placement services.

La Sierra University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Adventist Accrediting Association. Specific schools have various department accreditations; The Department of Health & Exercise Science is accredited by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and the School of Religion is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Seventh-day Adventist
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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