La Sierra University

2014 Quick Stats
4500 Riverwalk Parkway

Riverside, CA 92515

Phone: (951) 785-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jul. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#88 Overall Score: 25 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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La Sierra University is a private institution that was founded in 1922. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,048, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. La Sierra University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 88. Its tuition and fees are $29,103 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

As a community of learning that is also a community of faith, La Sierra University fulfills its mission by engaging in three kinds of activity. It educates undergraduate and graduate students; it promotes research in the areas in which it offers instruction; and it contributes to the good of the larger society.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1922
Religious affiliation Seventh-day Adventist
Academic calendar quarter
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $14,643,533


When applying to La Sierra University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at La Sierra University is $30. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 48.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 48.5%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at La Sierra University is 16:1, and the school has 69.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at La Sierra University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General; Psychology, General; and Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 24%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 24%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 12%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 8%
Psychology, General 7%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 4%

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Student Life

La Sierra University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,048, with a gender distribution of 42.9 percent male students and 57.1 percent female students. At this school, 31 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 69 percent of students live off campus. La Sierra University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,393
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

La Sierra University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. La Sierra University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at La Sierra University, 89 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at La Sierra University.

Students who have cars on campus 89%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At La Sierra University, 78.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,612.

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Tuition and fees $29,103 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,500 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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