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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B+
La Sierra is an above-average private, Christian university located in Riverside, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,780 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the La Sierra acceptance rate is 46%. Popular majors include Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, Business Administration and Management, and Health Service Preparatory Studies. Graduating 52% of students, La Sierra alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,600.
About La Sierra University...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Other
Address
4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92515
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La Sierra University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
46%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
780-1030
ACT Range
16-22
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$23,414/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $19,448/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,136/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,087/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,772/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,352/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.39 responses
83%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.42 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.42 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,780Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
55%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Determined
    36%
  • Respectful
    36%
  • To themselves
    18%
  • Some nice some not so nice
    11%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
47%
Poll
73%
of students say they don't have Greek life.52 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.59 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Respectful/ outgoing
    30%
  • Friendly
    26%
  • Unsocialble
    15%
  • Builds the better you
    11%
  • Decent
    11%
  • Biased and unequal
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
52%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
70%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.27 responses
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La Sierra University provides a wonderful class environment with professors who care about your concerns and troubles. The classes are challenging and help you grow academically and personally. They accept a large variety of people which helps students to become aware of the outside world around them. The campus is beautiful and serene; where nature can be observed and admired. The local area is resourceful with many stores and fun locations to visit. The food follows a vegetarian diet, however, they have many options to chose from. La Sierra University involves all their students to take part of fun events that happen frequently. For an example, during dead week they provided puppies to take away the stress. Overall, La Sierra University is wonderful. The only thing I would like to see change is reconstruction on their dorms and some of their buildings.
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La Sierra University is a very inviting, welcoming, and easy-going campus. The teachers are great, paying attention to the needs and desires of every student. The atmosphere is also beautiful, with views of both Mount San Jacinto and the San Bernardino Mountains. The campus is extremely diverse with people from all over the world. It is a great place to be yourself and express yourself without having to hide. It is also a very religious campus with a large emphasis and focus on God and a person's relationship with God. Overall, the school is pretty good, I would recommend it!
This is my first year at La Sierra University! I am a part of the the athletic program. I absolutely love La Sierra. The food isn't great but the students are exceptionally nice and the professors are extremely helpful. The two things I wish would change would be curfew and the no meat policy. Since this school is seventh-day Adventist there is no meat sold on campus. This sucks but you're still able to eat meat on campus, just not cooking meat and there will be no meat sold on campus. The other thing I oppose is the curfew. Depending your age determines how late you get to stay out and if you don't follow this your curfew will keep getting shorter and shorter. Besides this La Sierra is a very beautiful and welcoming University.