About La Sierra University

Founded in 1922, La Sierra University. is a Private college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,963 full time undergraduate students, and 421 full time graduate students.

The La Sierra University Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 113 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at La Sierra University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate45%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range780-1030
ACT Range16-22

Admissions at LSU are considered More Selective, with ,17% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 8 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

72% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 39% were in the top quarter, and 13% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at La Sierra University.

La Sierra University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    53 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    39 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    59 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    59 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    58 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    59 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    59 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    59 Students rated academics 3.7 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of La Sierra University?

26 Students rated La Sierra University

Stephanie - 12/07/2022

La Sierra University Is a great University Its small so we learn more since my Major Is criminal Justice my University is in corona Since it only focuses on that. The teachers are super nice they help you with anything even getting a job and learning more


La Sierra University is exactly how its' known to be; multicultural and friendly, but overall love to have the presence of God in all of our class lectures. I think starting a class with a prayer on an exam day is the best way because it makes us students feel at ease and peace in our hearts. This university is the best school that I could have ever attended and the primary reason is because the campus faculty make us feel accepted for who we are and there is no racism. In my opinion it is an important base that any school should have. I feel safe when I enter and leave the campus on a dark night knowing that there are security officers who will wait until you get in your car and turn on the engine. Safety is also a salient factor they emphasize. I have not come across professors who use aggressive language or actions or any problems with other students. We all are treated the way any human being should be treated and that is what makes La Sierra University a great campus to pursue our career.


I love this school! The staff is very helpful and has helped me throughout my years of college. Without them I could have been lost.


La Sierra University is not an SDA school. They do not show any love or grace that they constantly promote themselves through. Everything is a tactic to make them seem lovable. They swindle freshmen in and take their money. The only good thing about La Sierra is the school of Business and their faculty. The school of business should be a whole separate university. The faculty there care about the well being of students and the potential of students. They do not focus on taking your money. Had I known earlier, I would have stuck with my business major. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL unless you go for a business degree. Try to live off campus. The dorms are atrocious and nasty. They have roaches, snakes, and mold. The deans of the dorms only care about money. It is a business. They make you pay so much money to stay over the breaks. This includes out of state and international students. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Spring, and Summer breaks literally cost so much money. They make you pay small fees here and there for absolutely nothing. ALL THIS SCHOOL CARES ABOUT IS MONEY AND STRESSING YOU OUT. The dormitory deans have zero compassion for the residents and what they may be going through in their personal life. All they care about is money and thinking of new ways to charge students an arm and a leg. All of the deans for the resident halls should be replaced. They do dirty sly things behind the residents' backs to get them into trouble. They watch you like a hound dog and always accuse you of engaging in crazy illegal behavior. Do NOT expect love and compassion in the dorms. You will NOT get it. The only reason you should go here is if you plan on receiving a business degree. the Zapara school of business is outstanding and represents everything the university should represent. This school has a lot of issues. The dorm deans do not care about your well being. There are a number of violation of health codes throughout the building such as roaches and mice. There will be no one for you to talk to if you have personal issues. This school has no grace and love. They are WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING. I wish I was lying, but I am not. So many things are a front. I understand private religious schools need funding from sponsors, but they front to the sponsors as well. They love to put on a show, but they do not care about the welfare of students. Please do not force your child to come here unless they want a business degree. Most students have to stay an extra year and pay so much money. Please try to get a job so you can afford to live OFF CAMPUS. The devil is at work here. The deans of the residency halls are here to hurt you. The Zapara School of Business has been blessed by God. They are well known, prestigious, and make serious impacts. They will give your student great professional connections and help them to be more innovative. They truly love and care. The rest of the campus is very corrupt. choose wisely.

La Sierra University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at La Sierra University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for La Sierra University is 45%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Hello younger me! First things first, study a lot more! Get in the habit of studying for longer periods of time and not just "looking for the answer to homework or test questions", but actually learn, read, soak it in. For each hour of class time, you're supposed to spend 2 hours of studying. Create good habits, especially good eating ones! You do not want to gain the freshman 15! Learn to have a daily workout schedule because it not only makes you look good, but feel revitalized and refreshed. Socialize! College will be a very social period of your lifetime as you have to not only make friends that will help you through classes and activities, but to make long lasting relationships. Humble yourself because you, yourself, & I won't get you through college.

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the diversity of the campus. There are many different cultures and ethnic groups at my school which allows the students to build relationships with those that are different than them selves. My school also has a lot of unity. The students and staff work together so that our campus can be one and make a difference in society.

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  4. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Any christian student.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school is very open to all, whether they're of a different religion or background, anyone who wants to be there will most likely be accepted.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish someone had told me how expensive this school was...these past few years have been so financially challenging

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    La Sierra University is an excelent school. I highly recommend it because the teachers, administrators, and staff are very supportive and caring of the students. There are a variety of very interisting extracurriculum activities on-campus. In addition, the food is excellent, they serve healthfull dishes. The teachers are always well prepared for classes, they are very engaging. The learning environment here at La Sierra is excellent.

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  8. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I feel that the worst thing about my school is how they are so invested in awarding financial aid to freshman to attract them to La Sierra University. Once they have those students in, financial aid is cut from them and used to bring in new and more freshman.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The most impressive thing about my University to me, is the fact that there is a close student professor relationship. I get the opporunity to get to know all the staff. I have even done extensive research with professors and been able to help publish scholorly documents.

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  10. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates like to help each other out if someone is struggling or if clarification is needed. Very good at keeping discussions going, and also accepting of other people's views; while still being able to have a clean debate.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is that they don't serve meat in the Cafeteria. It's a Seventh-day Adventist institution, and the church has certain views on meat eating.

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    La Sierra University is known for its long lasting foundation (since 1920) as an accredited college and Christian school. It inspires students to learn more about God and have his guidance through many different career paths they can take.

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  13. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone who wants a great education would attend this school. La Sierra's sister school is Loma Linda University, so people who want to eventually transfer to Loma Linda University would attend. La Sierra has a program where students can do two years of schooling at La Sierra, then apply to Loma Linda's Undergraduate program. This program is only for certain kinds of majors that the students are pursuing.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

99% of students attending La Sierra University receive some sort of financial aid. 55% were awarded federal grants. While 69% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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