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Undergraduate Application Requirements

New Freshmen

Application + Transcript + Scores = Review
Proof of high school completion is provided by your high school transcript, GED, or California High School Proficiency Examination. Your eligibility is determined based on the eligibility index. Your transcript should reflect the A-G & H requirements.
Did you complete high school outside of the US? Refer to your country's profile to get your admissions guidelines. 

Transfers

Application + Transcripts = Review
Minimum GPA of 2.0 and 12 quarter credit hours / 8 semester credit hours of transferable college courses.
If you are transferring more than 88 quarter credits or 60 semester credits, then you are not required to submit your high school transcript.

For Incoming Freshman Not applicable to transfer students

When Should I Submit My High School Transcript?
If GPA 3.10 or higher
If GPA 3.0 and below
After your junior year (11th grade)After your senior year first semester grades are posted
Please note that we will still REQUIRE your SAT/ACT's for placement testing.Please note that we may still need to wait until after graduations to ensure acceptance.Please note that we may still need to receive your second semester grades to determine acceptance.

Application Deadlines

La Sierra University has a rolling application system, and we will accept your application for any future term at any time.

Undergraduate and Graduate Preffered Deadlines

New Freshman Applications: February 1
Transfer Applications: July 15

All Applications: November 15

All Applications: March 1

All Applications: May 1

  • Application Receipt Date: Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, applications that arrive by the preferred deadline will assure an expedient processing of materials.
  • Other Application Items: All specified requirements [i.e., personal statement, transcripts, recommendations, etc.] should also be submitted prior to the preferred application deadlines.
  • Financial Aid/Housing: Early acceptance ensures financial aid assistance and priority reservation in on campus housing.

International Students

Transfer Applications: July 15

All Applications: November 15

All Applications: March 1

All Applications: May 1

All application and Pre I-20 items, must be submitted by the deadlines listed above.  All applications that are incomplete by the quarter deadline will be subject to postponement to a future term.
* July 1 if currently in the United States and eligible to engage in full-time studies.
** March 1 if currently in the United States and eligible to engage in full-time studies.
For more information about International Applications, click here.

Graduate Programs Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions are required.

ProgramGPALetters of RecommendationGRE ScoresWriting Sample
Masters of Arts, MA
3.0 Minimum3 LettersYesYes

H.M.S. Richards Divinity School Requirements

Transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions are required.

ProgramGPALetters of RecommendationGRE ScoresStatement
Masters in Divinity, MDiv
2.5 Minimum3 LettersNoPersonal
Masters Theological Studies, MTS
2.5 Minimum3 LettersNoPersonal
Masters of Arts, MA
3.0 Minimum3 LettersYesPersonal

School of Education Requirements

Transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions are required.

ProgramGPALetters of RecommendationGRE ScoresStatementInterview
Master of Arts3.0 Minimum*Only Upon Request by SchoolNo*PersonalYes
Master of Arts in Teaching3.0 Minimum**Only Upon Request by SchoolNoPersonalYes
Credential Program2.75 MinimumOnly Upon Request by SchoolNoPersonalYes
Education Specialist, EDS3.3 Minimum*Only Upon Request by SchoolNo*PersonalYes
Doctor of Education, EDD3.3 Minimum*Only Upon Request by SchoolNo*PersonalYes

* Recent GRE score is required if applying with a GPA below the minimum requirement.
** Passage of CSET score is required prior to acceptance if applying with and undergraduate GPA below 2.75.

Tom & Vi Zapara School of Business Requirements

Transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions are required.

ProgramGPAGRE Scores
Master of Business Administration, MBA
3.0 MinimumNot RequiredYes1
Masters of Science in Accountancy, MSA
3.0 MinimumNot RequiredYes1

1 - If GPA is below 3.0

International Students Requirements

Undergraduate International Students

Transcript Evaluation

All international undergraduate students are required to have a course-by-course external evaluation through Education Credential Evaluators (ece.org) for all college or university transcripts and examination results from institutions located outside United States. Contact Maritza Aoyagi for details: maoyagi@lasierra.edu.

English Proficiency

Applicants who have completed their primary and secondary education outside of the United States, Australia, New Zealand or the United Kingdom are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

I-20

Contact the pre-I-20 clerk in the Office of International Student Services for further information on the pre-I-20 process.
The email is prei20@lasierra.edu.

Graduate International Students

Transcript Evaluation

All international graduate students are required to have a general external evaluation for all college or university transcripts and examination results from institutions located outside United States. Education Credential Evaluators (ece.org) is the prefered external credential evaluation company used by La Sierra University. Contact Ivy Tejeda for more information: itejeda@lasierra.edu.

English Proficiency

Applicants who have completed their primary and secondary education outside of the United States, Australia, New Zealand or the United Kingdom are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

I-20

Contact the pre-I-20 clerk in the Office of International Student Services for further information on the pre-I-20 process.
The email is prei20@lasierra.edu.

Language Placement International Students

International students are placed into classes by their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IETLS (International English Language Testing System) exams. Scores must be reported from an exam that has been taken within 5 years.

ScorePlacement
500 or belowAll English as a Second Language Classes
500 - 549 ½ ESL and ½ Regular Classes
550 and aboveRegular Classes

Admissions Staff

Eseta Moala
Ivy Tejeda
Jeslyn Leon
jleon@lasierra.edu

Summer Applicants Information

You are an Unspecified Student if:

  • You only plan to take a few classes.
  • You have no intent of pursuing a degree program.
  • You do not need financial aid.

If you want are an Unspecified Studend and want to take classes, please complete the Unspecified Student Registration Form and send it back to us by e-mail, mail or fax.

If you do not meet requirements for the unspecified student program, then fill out an application and submit all required documents.

If you have been accepted to La Sierra University, and you would like to take summer classes, then please contact the Office of Admissions or call 800.874.5587, and request that your terms be opened for summer quarter.