La Sierra University, an institution nationally acclaimed for its diverse campus and its service to others, offers a transformational experience that lasts a lifetime.
U.S. News & World Report named La Sierra University the most diverse university in the western United States the past five years. And in early 2008 the Corporation for National and Community Service selected La Sierra for the Honor Roll with Distinction, part of the 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll program. The award recognized La Sierra’s students for providing nearly 45,000 hours of service. Such efforts included international economic development projects by La Sierra’s World Cup-winning Students In Free Enterprise team, and community projects through La Sierra’s campus-wide Service-Learning program.
The Seventh-day Adventist denomination established La Sierra University in 1922 on acreage formerly part of the Rancho La Sierra Mexican land grant. Today the institution provides more than 120 bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees for about 2,500 students. Programs are offered in the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business, the School of Education, the H.M.S. Richards Divinity School, the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Division of Continuing Studies.
“To Seek, To Know, and To Serve” is the key to the mission that drives La Sierra University, with all areas of campus encouraging students to develop a deeper relationship with God.
LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY, “Where Academic Investigation, Christian Faith and Service to Others Unite,” is widely recognized as an exceptional academic institution providing hands-on learning experiences in a safe, nurturing atmosphere.
Affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, La Sierra is acclaimed for its academic quality, opportunities for research at both the undergraduate and graduate level, community service emphasis, and demographically diverse student body. Students thrive in the small, professor-taught classes where academic topics are investigated and Christian faith is a cornerstone of education.
The 150-acre campus in beautiful Southern California is home to more than 120 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs for more than 2,000 students. Programs are offered in the Schools of Business, Education, and Divinity, the College of Arts and Sciences, and in the Division of Continuing Studies. La Sierra offers an outstanding array of programs in the pre-health professions. Many La Sierra students continue their medical education at nearby Loma Linda University, thanks to La Sierra’s long association with that prominent institution.
Growth Through Service
La Sierra students change the world as they learn. Service-learning courses put classroom knowledge to work helping the community. La Sierra’s internationally award-winning Enactus (formerly SIFE) team has empowered people around the globe. In addition, many students participate in mission work around the world.
- YEAR FOUNDED: 1922
- CHARACTER: Private, Seventh-day Adventist
- LOCATION: Southern California, 60 miles from Los Angeles
- DEGREES OFFERED: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
- ACADEMIC CALENDAR: Quarters
- UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS: 50+
- PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: 27
- GRADUATE AND CREDENTIAL PROGRAMS: 35
- UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (2013-14): 2,105
- GRADUATE STUDENTS (2013-14): 335
- INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: 16.8% of student body
- COUNTRIES REPRESENTED: 40+
- AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: 20
- STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO: 16 to 1
- FULL-TIME FACULTY: 100+