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La Sierra University

Riverside, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate57%
Acceptance Rate57%

About La Sierra University

La Sierra University Overview

La Sierra University is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in Riverside, California. La Sierra University was founded in 1922 and the school presently has around 2,278 students per year, including 1,862 undergraduates. La Sierra University offers on-campus housing for up to 850 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 26% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Activities at La Sierra University

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of La Sierra University's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? La Sierra University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

La Sierra University does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? La Sierra University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at La Sierra University on the Student Life page.

2022 La Sierra University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Quarter
Overall Acceptance Rate 57%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED offered but % not available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 86.5%
Tuition $33,912
Percent of Need Met 59.3%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $31,646

Is La Sierra University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how competitive a school is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better view of what La Sierra University offers and if it could be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for La Sierra University

La Sierra University is not difficult to get into. The university admitted 57% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 4,198 applications received in 2022, 2,410 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at La Sierra University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 82% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at La Sierra Universityreturn for the next year. Around 58% of students who started at La Sierra University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for La Sierra University Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from La Sierra University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with La Sierra University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

La Sierra University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of La Sierra University's endowment was $17.2 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $8,751 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at La Sierra University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

La Sierra University meets 59.3% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend La Sierra University full-time are awarded $31,646 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $28,675 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at La Sierra University.

Based on this information, is La Sierra University the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is La Sierra University a good school for you?

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Where is La Sierra University Located?

La Sierra University is located in the suburban setting of Riverside, California, in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

If you are interested in seeing La Sierra University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 91 to Riverside, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Ontario International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what La Sierra University and Riverside are like without leaving home.

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College Info

4500 Riverwalk Parkway Riverside, CA 92505

Campus Setting: Suburban

La Sierra University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to La Sierra University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to La Sierra University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

La Sierra University ACT Scores


ACT Range

16 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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La Sierra University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

450 - 550


Reading SAT Range

470 - 570

La Sierra University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at La Sierra University is like? There are approximately 2,278 students enrolled at La Sierra University, including 1,862 undergraduate students and 416 graduate students. 87% percent of students attend school full-time, 90% percent are from CA and 10% percent of students are from other states.


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