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College Profile: La Sierra University

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Founded in 1922, La Sierra University, formerly known as La Sierra College, is a private, co-educational Christian university located in inland Southern California in the city of Riverside, California. La Sierra University is part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education. In 1967, Loma Linda University and La Sierra College joined their undergraduate programs to form a two-campus university. Although formal ties ended in 1990, the pre-professional programs still benefit from that relationship: La Sierra is known to be a major feeder school for Loma Linda University. La Sierra University's first president following its separation from Loma Linda University was Fritz Guy. He was followed by Lawrence T. Geraty. In 2007, Randal Wisbey, previously president of sister institution Columbia Union College, became president of La Sierra University. La Sierra University comprises the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Religion, and School of Education. The university offers graduate and undergraduate curricula in applied and liberal arts and sciences, business and management, religion, and programs for professional education in fulfillment of requirements for teaching credentials. The university recently opened its $23 million Thaine B. Price Science Complex, which houses mathematics, computer science and biology programs. The highest degree offered is the Ed.D. Nearby are the affiliated Seventh-day Adventist K-12 school, La Sierra Academy, and the unrelated public high school, La Sierra High School. La Sierra University has recently been promoting "going green." In addition to it's already present Service Learning program (involved in local elementary schools and rest homes) many students participated in a community service project on September 15, 2008. The Service Learning Office coordinated with "Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful" (KRCB), which is a volunteer program supported by the city of Riverside and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. La Sierra University has recently started developing the World Museum of Natural History-Palm Springs, located in 575 North Palm Canyon. Affiliated with Canadian University College and operating on the same campus, is La Sierra University Extended Campus Program offering a Master of Arts degree from the La Sierra University School of Education.
4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA
9517852-000-2460 (general)
951-785-2175 (financial aid)
951-785-2176 (admissions)


General Information
Other Names
Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control Private not-for-profit
Size 1,000 - 4,999
Campus Setting City: Large
Calendar System Quarter
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Seventh Day Adventists

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsNo Placement services for completers
No On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
No ROTCYes Distance learning opportunities
No ROTC: ArmyYes Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyYes Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
More info

La Sierra University Website

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy No
Admission test scores Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Required

Applicants (most recent fall period)
Admissions (most recent fall period)
Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
2,643 Student Body SizeYes On-Campus Housing
3,208 Fall Applicants850 Total Dormitory Capacity
1,555 Fall Admissions

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College Levels Offered
No Less than one year certificateYes One but less than two years certificate
No Associate's degreeYes Two but less than 4 years certificate
Yes Bachelor's degreeYes Postbaccalaureate certificate
Yes Master's degreeYes Post-master's certificate
Yes Doctor's degreeYes First-professional degree
No First-professional certificate

All Academic Programs
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