646 reviews
  1. Riverside, CA
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  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
    A-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B
La Sierra University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Adventist
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Other
Address
4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92515

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
41%
SAT Scores Range
800-1070
ACT Scores Range
16-23
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for La Sierra University

Cost

Net Price
$24,027/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $20,027/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,315/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,984/ year
  • $76-110k
    $29,156/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,249/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.39 responses
85%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.40 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.40 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,899Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
59%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Determined
    38%
  • Respectful
    35%
  • To themselves
    19%
  • Some nice some not so nice
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
54%
Poll
74%
of students say they don't have Greek life.50 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.57 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Respectful/ outgoing
    32%
  • Friendly
    28%
  • Unsocialble
    16%
  • Builds the better you
    12%
  • Decent
    8%
  • Biased and unequal
    4%

After La Sierra University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
50%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
70%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.27 responses

La Sierra University Reviews

646 reviews
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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.
La Sierra is a Seventh-Day Adventist University, and it fosters a wonderful Christian environment. As Christian myself, I appreciate this greatly. However, although it is a religiously-based University, the curriculum of the professors is also wonderful in that it doesn't throw religion in the faces of those who aren't religious. The professors still do amazing research with really no noticeable religious bias. I work as an archaeology lab assistant (as a I am an archaeology undergraduate student), and I have witnessed that the science programs at La Sierra are very extensive and reputable. Research for science as well as religion courses is conducted in a respectable way, exploring all worldviews and cultural contexts.