La Sierra University

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School Overview

La Sierra University is located in Riverside, California and is directly affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. First established in 1922 as Southeastern California Academy it later changed its name to La Sierra University. In the early 60’s it merged with Loma Linda University, until branching off to become independent in the early 90’s. Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) has recognized La Sierra University as a premier educational institution and the University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

General Information

Admission Office

4500 Riverwalk Parkway

Riverside, CA 92515-8247

(951) 785-2176

(800) 874-5587

Fax: (951) 785-2477



Contact: Faye Swayze

Director of Admissions & Registrar
Main Address

4500 Riverwalk Parkway

Riverside, CA 92515-8247

(800) 874-5587

www.lasierra.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 1,495

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 310

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,442

Graduate enrollment: 404

Setting

Suburban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 55%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 71%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $21,846 $23,354 $24,773 $25,881 +4.47%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,500 $1,605 $1,671 +4.11%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,330 $6,708 $6,990 $7,350 +5.15%
Other $2,934 $2,970 $3,085 $3,156 +2.30%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,288 $10,152 $10,845 $10,863 +0.17%
Other $3,975 $4,209 $4,635 $4,593 -0.91%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $32,496 $34,532 $36,453 $38,058 +4.40%
In-state Off Campus $36,495 $39,215 $41,858 $43,008 +2.75%
In-state with Family $23,232 $24,854 $26,378 $27,552 +4.45%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $23,850
In-state Student Fees $972
Out-of-state Tuition $23,850
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $972

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 297 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 297 98% $3,868,046 $13,024
• Federal grants 111 37% $521,691 $4,700
• Pell grants 111 37% $417,454 $3,761
• Other federal grants 101 33% $104,237 $1,032
State and local government grant or scholarships 82 27% $653,251 $7,966
Institutional scholarships or grants 297 98% $2,693,104 $9,068
Student loan financial aid 172 57% $1,139,919 $6,627
• Federal student loans 169 56% $929,417 $5,500
• Other student loans 18 6% $210,502 $11,695

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 168 99 11 12
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 34
Biochemistry 7
Biology/biological Sciences, General 24
Biometry/biometrics
Biophysics 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 38 65
Accounting 11 10
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Business Administration and Management, General 14 18
Business/commerce, General 3 1
Finance, General 2 24
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration, General 1 10
International Business/trade/commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/marketing Management, General 7 2
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science
Information Technology Project Management
Education 24 11 8
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 7 4
Curriculum and Instruction 13 3
Education, General 11
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4 1
Music Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
English Language and Literature/letters 4 7
English Language and Literature, General 7
English Language and Literature/letters, Other 2
Writing, General 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Spanish Language and Literature 1
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 2
Pre-dentistry Studies 2
History 8
History, General 8
Human Services, General 9
Social Work 9
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 19
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 19
Mathematics and Statistics 3
Mathematics, General 3
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 2
International/global Studies 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 19
Health and Physical Education/fitness, Other 3
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 16
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General
Psychology 11
Educational Psychology
Physiological Psychology/psychobiology 3
Psychology, General 8
School Psychology
Social Sciences
Economics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Sociology
Theology and Religious Vocations 3
Divinity/ministry 1
Pastoral Studies/counseling 2
Theology/theological Studies
Visual and Performing Arts 17 2
Art/art Studies, General 1
Fine/studio Arts, General 2
Graphic Design 6
Music Performance, General 1 2
Music Technology 1
Music, General 6
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.


Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance C

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biometrics B
Biophysics B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Information Sciences/Systems B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

History

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physical Sciences – General B

Psychology

Psychobiology/Physiological Psychology B
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

La Sierra University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (951) 785-2000
Website: https://lasierra.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://lasierra.edu/apply/
Address: 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92505-8247
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,339
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 47%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,337 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $32,778
Out-of-state Tuition: $32,778
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 87%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $22,553

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

La Sierra University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at La Sierra University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 61
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 65
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 3244
Engineering 2
English Language and Literature/Letters 142
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 1251
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 322
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 4
Philosophy and Religious Studies 11
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 21
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 31
Theology and Religious Vocations 114
Visual and Performing Arts 18
Grand total 2558235

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at La Sierra University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $32,778
Out-of-state $32,778
Books and supplies $1,917

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $14,070
Out-of-state $14,070

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 362 87%
Grant or scholarship aid 362 87% $22,553
Student loan aid 259 63% $9,509

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,728 90% $17,736
Federal student loans 1,128 59% $11,903

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for La Sierra University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled La Sierra University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,275 1,512 2,763
Percent admitted 100% 43% 49%
Percent admitted who enrolled 8% 8% 8%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

La Sierra University Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 2,339
Undergraduate enrollment 1,825
Graduate enrollment 514

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

La Sierra University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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