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.
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.39 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.48 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses
Most Popular Majors
Criminal Justice and Safety Studies58 Graduates
Pre-Medicine Studies22 Graduates
Social Work and Youth Services19 Graduates
Health Service Preparatory Studies18 Graduates
Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Medicine16 Graduates
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies16 Graduates
Healthcare Management14 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science13 Graduates
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.58 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.65 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.27 responses
La Sierra University Reviews
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.
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!!!