Frequently Asked Questions About Orientation for First-Year Students
1. What are placement tests?
The Accuplacer placement exams are given to determine the level of English and Mathematics a student is eligible to take prior to enrolling for courses at La Sierra University.
International students may be required to take additional language proficiency tests depending on their circumstances.
2. Is testing required? How do I know if I will need to take the English and Math placement tests?
For questions about testing, please call the Learning Support & Testing Center at (951) 785-2453.
The need for placement testing is based on SAT/ACT scores, AP test results, and /or previous college-level English and/or Math.
Any student may choose to initially enroll in the lowest level of basic skills English (ENGL 001) or Mathematics (MATH006) without taking any placement tests.
English: Students will be placed in the following course based on their SAT/ACT scores:
ENGL 001 - SAT Reading below 400; ACT below 10
ENGL 005 - SAT Critical Reading score 400+; SAT Writing Score below 450; ACT 11-20
ENGL 111 - SAT Critical Reading 400+; SAT Writing 450+; ACT above 20
Placement is no longer required for English, but students may challenge their placement by taking the Accuplacer test.
Math: Students will be placed in the following course based on their SAT/ACT scores:
SAT Math score below 580 (or ACT below 23): required to take the placement exam
SAT Math score of 580 (or minimum ACT of 23) are not required to take the Math placement exam.
Students with (SAT minimum of 580 or ACT minimum of 23) would like to try to place in a higher level math course, they must take the math placement exam.
Spanish: A Spanish placement test is required for all students wanting to take Spanish who have not yet completed a Spanish class ont he college level. This test is offered during Orientation or you can contact the World Languages department directly to schedule your test: (951) 785-2257.
Chemistry: A chemistry placement test is required for all students wanting to take General Chemistry who have not yet completed a General Chemistry class on the college level. Go to www.lasierrachem.com for more information.
3. Should I study for the placement tests?
1) Type in your search engine: California Chemistry Diagnostic Test (click on a few of those links to receive example chemistry questions)
2) Find a chemistry text book (from former high school or library) and review
3) Visit www.lasierrachem.com for more information
4. Are accommodations available for students with a documented disability?
Yes. If you are a student with a documented disability and need special accommodations for placement testing, please contact the Office of Disability Services at email@example.com or (951)785-2412 for assistance. Arrangements must be made prior to attending orientation.
5. Is attendance at Summer Orientation required?
Yes for First-Year Students! We offer a $200 scholarship for those who fulfill all aspects of orientation. (All scholarships are awarded according to the La Sierra University packaging guidelines and U.S. Dept. of Education, Title IV regulations, which may result in adjustments to your original financial aid offer).
6. How long is Summer Orientation?
Our Summer Orientation schedule is DAY 1: 8:00am to 5:00pm; DAY 2: 8:00am until registered for classes. Attendance is required! Failure to do so results in loss of scholarship eligibility.
7. What will I do during Summer Orientation?
- Learn about the opportunities and resources at La Sierra University
- Clear registration holds
- Get advised and registered for Fall Quarter courses
- Complete health physical and clear immunizations
- Obtain official La Sierra University ID card
- Secure residential arrangement for Fall Quarter
- Meet your future classmates, La Sierra University administrators, faculty, and staff
- Complete Mathematics and English placement tests.
- Speak to a financial counselor
8. Do I have to spend the night?
No! Overnight accommodations are optional.
Bedding, towels and meals are provided.
9. Where should I go on the first day of Orientation?
Sierra Vista Hall (SVH). We are #13 on the CAMPUS MAP.
10. How do I receive the Summer Orientation $200 scholarship?
Students wishing to receive the $200 scholarship must:
- Attend ALL activities associated with orientation.
- Complete registration of classes by August 31 (if attending Sept. orientation, by end of orientation that student is attending).
- Submit ALL required paperwork to Admissions by August 31.
- Submit ALL required paperwork to Student Financial Services by August 31.
- Submit completed health physical and immunization forms to Health Services by August 31.
- Additional requirement for Sept. orientation attendees: Must register for an orientation by Aug. 31.
Note: Students enrolled in the Criminal Justice program are not eligible for the $200 scholarship. Transfer students transferring 24 units or more to La Sierra University will be eligible for a reduced scholarship depending upon the date of their orientation attendance.
All Admissions, Student Financial Services, and Health Services paperwork/forms must be submitted by Aug. 31 for September attendees to qualify for scholarship.
Scholarships will be available for student use by Winter Quarter. All scholarships are awarded according to La Sierra University packaging guidelines and U.S. Dept. of Education Title IV regulations, which may result in adjustments in your original financial aid offer.
11. What does Summer Orientation cost?
The cost of Student and Parent Orientation is included in the Intro-to-College Freshman fee and will appear on the Fall Quarter financial statement. Transfer orientation fees are also assessed as part of the Fall Quarter financial statement.
12. What should I do before attending Summer Orientation?
- Mail high school official transcripts & official AP, IB, TOEFL, or IELTS scores to Admissions
- Transfer students- Request official transcripts be mailed directly from each college you have attended.
- Complete FAFSA and all other financial documentation for Student Financial Services
- Take placement exams: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (951) 785-2453
- Dorming? Complete the residential application
- Transfer students: Contact the Center for Student Academic Success (C-SAS) for an academic advising appointment. 951-785-2452
13. What should I bring to Summer Orientation?
- Current photo ID
- Copy of diploma OR high school transcript with graduation date
- If not yet received, copy of college transcripts, if any. Although unofficial, this will help with initial advising
- If not yet received, copy of Advanced Placement (AP) scores, if any. Although unofficial, this will help with initial advising.
- Financial documentation requested by the Student Financial Services Department
- Completed health forms and immunization records
- Overnight items (bedding & towels provided)
14. What do I do if I want to reschedule my Summer Orientation date?
Yes, but only once! E-mail email@example.com or call 951-785-2452.
15. Are there any Parent Orientations for Spanish speakers?
Yes! A Spanish Parent Orientation session will be offered on July 16-17 and September 3-4.
16. Can my parents stay in the residence hall during the Orientation?
Yes, $40/night! Separate arrangements can be made by calling Sierra Towers at (951)785-2229.
17. What is IGNITE?
IGNITE is a required event designed to welcome new students to the university community.
18. Is there an Orientation for International Students?
- UNDERGRADUATE FIRST-YEAR (FRESHMAN) INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are encouraged to attend the Summer Orientation sessions specially designed for their needs, scheduled on June 19-20, 26-27, and September 17, 18, and 19.
19. What are registration holds?
Registration holds are departmental blocks that prevent you from registering until you speak to the indicated department and provide necessary information or documentation.
20. Why do I have holds and how do I clear them?
A registration hold is placed on a student’s account when there is an issue that needs to be resolved. Holds may be viewed under “Student Records” in Self-Service. Students should contact the department that issued the hold to find out how to settle the issue and clear the hold.
21. What does Health Services require?
All students are required to have a current health physical (within one year) and up-to-date immunizations. Find the forms here: Health Record and Physical Examination form
22. How do I reserve a residence hall room for Fall 2013?
Students must complete the Residence Hall Application and provide a $100 room deposit.
23. Who is my academic advisor?
For freshman, an academic advisor will guide you during your first two quarters of college from course selection to study tips and time management skills. They co-teach your UNST 100/101 class. They are your greatest resource as you walk the halls of La Sierra University.
For students transferring 24 units or more, your first academic advisor is Erica Bateman, Assistant Director for Academic Advising. She will advise you regaring special transfer student resources as well as fall quarter course selection.
24. When do Fall classes begin?
Classes for all students begin Monday, September 22.