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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
    C
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    A-
4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92505
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
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From La Sierra University

At La Sierra University, we believe in curiosity, mentorship, and the discovery of transformative and life-changing opportunities. That’s why nearly 2400 students choose La Sierra every year, where they benefit from small class sizes, caring faculty, a spiritual atmosphere, and an emphasis on undergraduate research. We go beyond the classroom, empowering students to change the lives of others through our nationally recognized service learning and mission outreach programs. We invest in each student’s academic and personal success, whatever their background and whatever their dreams. And above all, we encourage each member of our community to find a life that is personally and spiritually fulfilling. Come, #changeyourworld at La Sierra University.

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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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
47%
SAT Range
910-1150
ACT Range
16-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$25,414/ 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
$21,342/ 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
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.39 responses
84%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.49 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.49 responses

Majors

Bachelors of Science in Marketing

The Zapara School of Business offers you an engaging experience in the study of marketing. Students graduating from La Sierra's marketing program are strong candidates for a wide range of well-paying jobs in advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, just to name a few. Whether you have an interest in research, sales, or brand development, a rewarding career path is waiting for you.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,630Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
195
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
53%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
  • Respectful
    36%
  • Determined
    30%
  • To themselves
    18%
  • Some nice some not so nice
    12%
  • Stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
40%
Poll
75%
of students say they don't have Greek life.59 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.66 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
  • Friendly
    26%
  • 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

    La Sierra University Reviews

    724 reviews
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    The best thing about the school was it’s campus. It was well maintained. Wish I could say the same about the dorms. Larger than my friends but sometimes smells and leaks water into dorms. No greek life. Very few programs that are interesting and don’t conflict with time. The food was okay, all vegetarian thanks to seventh day Adventist.

    They attempt to track most of your movements. They have curfews and mandatory check ins at 10pm. No opposite gender in dorms. It’s less about safety and more keeping us “straight and narrow.”

    The teachers were the best thing about the campus. Some admins were okay- others less savory.

    The academics were quite poor and I was forced to leave because I knew my major would never be fulfilled successfully here. (pre-law)

    Free buses in Riverside but it’s better to have a car. Safe but homeless from LA occasionally slip in.

    TL;DR: Save your money and go to a university of California school nearby!
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    The academic aspect is very strong. I find my classes to very interesting and the professors are well educated. There are many resources to help me with papers, research, and etc. The professors are willing to help outside of class and will work with you. However, the school only serves vegetarian food and not taking into consideration that not everyone lives this kind of eating lifestyle. This causes me having to go off campus to find something to eat and taking away time I could be studying . Then there is a mandatory once a week chapel that requires me to take time out of my day to attend when I could be doing homework or something else. This should be optional and not forced to take in the religion. Another thing is the tuition is extremely expensive and even with going online the price stayed the same. Lastly, the school offers very little scholarships and the ones they do offer have certain requirements making it very difficult to even qualify and receive if you're not SDA.
    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.