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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A-
La Sierra is a private, Christian university located in Riverside, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,830 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the La Sierra acceptance rate is 48%. Popular majors include Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, Business, and Pre-Medicine Studies. Graduating 47% of students, La Sierra alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,700.
About La Sierra University...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Other
Address
4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92505

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
48%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
870-1120
ACT Range
16-22
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$25,661/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$17,566/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
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.48 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,830Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
199
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
50%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Respectful
    32%
  • Determined
    29%
  • To themselves
    18%
  • Some nice some not so nice
    12%
  • Diverse
    6%
  • Stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
39%
Poll
74%
of students say they don't have Greek life.58 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.65 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    24%
  • Respectful/ outgoing
    24%
  • Decent
    15%
  • Unsocialble
    12%
  • Builds the better you
    9%
  • Home away from home
    9%
  • Biased and unequal
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
47%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
70%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.27 responses
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The Best thing about La Sierra University is their Criminal Justice Program. I'm a graduate who is currently working in Law Enforcement. The Criminal Justice Program genuinely cares about my success! They train us to be Colleagues not just a graduate. The Core Criminal Justice professors all know their stuff and teach from their real world experiences. I owe my future to them! Best decision I ever made.
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I enjoy attending La Sierra University. I like that the professors are helpful and genuinely want to see all their students succeed. All professors offer office hours, where their time is specifically for students to come in and ask for help, and aren't busy with other work. They are usually available through email, as well. All other staff and faculty are helpful and always cheerful. La Sierra University provides many resources to increase student success, such as the writing center, tutoring center, etc. The writing center will review your work and help you if are doubtful about your writing, thesis, order, and more. The library has a database that makes it easy to find reliable journal articles and more, to which the librarians are glad to teach you how to use it. I also like that La Sierra plans many events for students where food and games are provided. There is a lot of life in La Sierra University.
La Sierra University Criminal Justice is the best decision I ever made. The school is always exciting to be there and learn, it doesn't get old or mundane. Most professors are very interesting and they teach from experience for the Criminal justice classes. I think the best part about the school is the staff. I really feel like we're family and they truly care about my well being and academics here. The Criminal Justice Program has it's own campus complete with a Courtroom, Gym, tactical training rooms, CSI Lab, Police Driving Simulator and Police Shooting simulator. I made a lot of life long friends here who share my passion for Criminal Justice. Who will also be my future colleagues. I'm glad I attend this amazing school!!!