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La Sierra University

Riverside, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate57%

La Sierra University Admissions

It is not difficult to get into La Sierra University. The acceptance rate at La Sierra University is 57%. Out of 4,198 applications received in 2023, 2,410 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to La Sierra University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

La Sierra University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of La Sierra University's admissions stats.

La Sierra University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 13%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 86.5%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 27.2%
Waitlist No

La Sierra University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for La Sierra University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes Info Not Available
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes

Considering Applying Early to La Sierra University?

La Sierra University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Some students apply early to boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on La Sierra University Admissions

Transferring to La Sierra University

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to La Sierra University

La Sierra University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does La Sierra University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at La Sierra University

Curious about the factors that are considered by La Sierra University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Interview Considered

Make sure to check with La Sierra University for more information on admission factors.

La Sierra University Application Requirements

To apply to La Sierra University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with La Sierra University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Other Requirements Eligibility Index Table (combination of GPA and test scores)
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into La Sierra University?

Students admitted to La Sierra University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 78% submitted a class rank. At La Sierra University 13% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 42% were in the top 25% and 81% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At La Sierra University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 19%
3.75 and 3.99 18%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 18%
3.00 and 3.24 14%
2.50 and 2.9 14%
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to La Sierra University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

La Sierra University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 86.5% of La Sierra University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 27.2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of La Sierra University students scored 550 or higher and 75% of students scored 470 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of La Sierra University students scored 570 or higher, and 75% scored a 470 or higher.

To be most competitive at La Sierra University, you should strive to earn between 16 and 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for La Sierra University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.

A 16 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for La Sierra University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 16.

More Information on Transferring to La Sierra University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to La Sierra University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in La Sierra University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

La Sierra University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to La Sierra University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to La Sierra University.

Does La Sierra University accept transfer credits?

✅ La Sierra University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. La Sierra University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does La Sierra University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ La Sierra University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to La Sierra University?

✅ La Sierra University is not test optional.

What is La Sierra University's acceptance rate?

✅ La Sierra University's acceptance rate is 57%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at La Sierra University?

✅ La Sierra University offers early decision but the school has not provided an acceptance rate.

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La Sierra University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into La Sierra University? La Sierra University is a less selective institution. The La Sierra University acceptance rate is 57%. This means that the institution accepts 57 out of every 100 applicants.


La Sierra University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

450 - 550


Reading SAT Range

470 - 570

La Sierra University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At La Sierra University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.54. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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