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Last Updated on February 10, 2022

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la sierra university application deadline

La Sierra University admissions is selective with an acceptance rate of 57%. Half the applicants admitted to La Sierra University have an SAT score between 940 and 1170 or an ACT score of 17 and 23. However, one quarter of admitted applicants achieved scores above these ranges and one quarter scored below these ranges. The application deadline at La Sierra University is July 15.

Admissions officials at La Sierra University consider a student’s GPA a very important academic factor. An applicant’s high school class rank and letters of recommendation, when available, are considered by admissions officials at La Sierra University.

La Sierra University Admissions Stats

APPLICATION DEADLINEJuly 15APPLICATION FEEN/AACCEPTANCE RATE57%

Tuition and Costs

Traditional Undergraduate Programs

TuitionPer QuarterPer Year*
Tuition for full-time (12–18 units)$11,304$33,912
Tuition less than 12 or more than 18 units$942/unit
Required Fees
General Fee$330$990
Total Cost – Commuting$11,634$34,902
Room
Double Occupancy Room$1,612$4,836
Single Occupancy Room (if available)$2,862$8,586
Meals
All students residing in residence halls are required to have one of the meal plans below:
110 meals total + $125 flex (most popular!)$1,378$4,134
160 meals total+ $135 flex$1,806$5,418
200 meals total + $150 flex$2,163$6,489
Total Cost Tuition & Fees + Residence Hall (double & 10 meals/week)
(Quarter) $14,624(Year) $43,872
Additional Costs
School of Business Fee$50$150
International Student Insurance$725/qtr
Intro-to-College Freshman Fee (fall only)$220
Books and Supplies$450 – $640$1,350
Specific class related fees – see class schedule

* Per year includes fall, winter, and spring quarters. Summer is additional. Amounts are subject to change.

Non-Traditional Undergraduate Programs

English as a Second Language (ESL)Per QuarterPer Year*
Tuition for full-time (12–18 units)$3,936$11,808
Tuition less than 12 or more than 18 units$328/unit
Required fees & additional costs (same as traditional undergrad programs)
Room and Meals: (ESL students can also select any plan from the undergraduate options above)
Double Occupancy Room$1,612$4,836
40 meals/quarter$638$1,914
Music Performance Certificate
Tuition$2,250$6,750
Required fees & additional costs (same as traditional undergrad programs)
ACCESS Program (Evening Adult)
Tuition (per unit only)$471/unit                                                                                               
Required fees                                                         $100                                                       $300
Tour (not included in flat-rate)$942/unit
Audit Rate (per unit)50% off unit cost

* Per year includes fall, winter, and spring quarters. Summer is additional. Amounts are subject to change.

Graduate Programs

TuitionPer UnitPer QuarterPer Year*
College of Arts & Sciences$730/unit**
Divinity School$412/unit
School of Business (MBA)$777/unit**
School of Education – Masters$730/unit**
School of Education – MAT C&I$475/unit
School of Education – BCBA$511/unit
School of Education – PhD$745/unit
Required Fees
General Fee$310$930
School of Business Fee$50$150
Room
Double Occupancy Room$1,612$4,836
Single Occupancy Room$2,862$8,586
Meals
All students residing in residence halls are required to have a meal plan.
40 meals/quarter (Also see room & meals options for undergrads)$636$1,914

Discounted Programs

School District Agreements
(School of Education only)
Tuition (Cannot be combined with any other discount. Standard fees apply. Does not apply to PhD in Leadership.)$548/unit

Summer 2021 Tuition & Fees

Undergraduate$707/unit
Divinity School Graduate $730/unit Net $412/unit (after discount)
School of Education Graduate $730/unit
College of Arts & Sciences Graduate $730/unit
School of Business/MBA$777/unit
ESL$328/unit or $3,936 flat-rate

Tuition and fee costs may be subject to change

* Per year includes fall, winter, and spring quarters. Summer is additional. All amounts are subject to change.
** The Divinity School offers an automatic scholarship of $318/unit. Therefore, the charge per unit is $730 but the net cost of tuition for the Divinity School is $412/unit.
*** Scholarships may be available through Enrollment Services.

Unless otherwise stated, discounted tuition programs are not eligible for additional discounts or institutional awards.

la sierra university application requirements

Freshmen Requirements

High School Seniors:

If you are a high school senior, you need to submit the following documents listed below in order to determine your eligibility for admission to our university.

  1. Start Application
  2. High school transcript with grades through the end of junior year, GED, or California High School Proficiency Examination
  3. SAT and/or ACT results* (optional for Fall 2022 applicants)
    *If your SAT and/or ACT test results are available, you may still submit results to the Admissions Office although not required to do so for Fall 2021 registration.

High School Juniors:

If you are a high school junior, applicants may become be eligible for early acceptance when submitting:

  1. Start Application
  2. High school transcript showing at least 1st semester grades of junior year with a 3.00 GPA or higher
  3. SAT and/or ACT results (optional)

Honors Program and Application (Freshmen)

Beginning undergraduate students with 3.75 or higher high school GPAs and specific SAT/ACT scores may be eligible to participate in the Honors Program. Due to limited space, not everyone who applies is accepted; those who are accepted tend to excel in either their GPA, test scores, and extracurricular activities, or have supplied superb letters of recommendation and a letter of intent.

Transfer Requirements

If you are a transfer student, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00, and at least 8 semester (or 12 quarter) units of transferable college courses to meet the minimum eligibility requirements.

To be considered for admissions eligibility, the following items are needed:

  1. Start Application
  2. All transcripts. This includes a high school transcript* as well as transcripts for all colleges/universities, trade schools, or beauty schools ever attended where you received college credit.

*Applicants who have been awarded an Associate’s or higher degree from an accredited institution, or who transfer with more than 60 semester (88 quarter) transferable college credits, are not required to submit a high school transcript.

Transfer with an ADT

If you are a transfer student earning an Associate’s degree from a California Community College before transferring to La Sierra University, please visit this ADT pathway page for more information on how to apply and how to meet with a counselor.

Honors Program and Application (Transfer)Transfer students or students previously enrolled at the University may apply with a 3.7 or higher college GPA. In addition, transfer students or students previously enrolled at the University are required to have two letters of recommendation from faculty members. A transfer student or student previously enrolled at the University may request entry into the program as late as the beginning of their Junior year (with 88 units or less).

Evening Adult Degree Program Requirements

Students who wish to enroll in the Evening Adult Degree Program must:

  1. Must be 22 years or older
  2. Submit high school transcript*
  3. Submit college transcript(s) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher for all colleges/universities, trade schools, and/or beauty schools ever attended where you received college credit
  4. Must have completed a minimum of 30 semester (44 quarter) transferrable college credits, or have an Associate’s Degree

*Applicants who have been awarded an Associate’s or higher degree from an accredited institution, or who transfer with more than 60 semester (88 quarter) transferable college credits, are not required to submit a high school transcript.

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, MA3.0 Minimum2 Letters (Download Form)Only upon request by SchoolYes

H.M.S. Richards Divinity School Requirements

Transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions are required.

ProgramGPALetters of RecommendationGRE ScoresStatement
Masters in Divinity, MDiv2.5 MinimumOnly upon request by SchoolNo1Personal
Masters Theological Studies, MTS2.5 MinimumOnly upon request by SchoolNo1Personal
Masters of Arts, MA3.0 MinimumOnly upon request by SchoolYes1Personal

1 – GRE can be required if GPA is below the requirement and upon request of the School

School of Education Requirements

Transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions are required.

ProgramGPALetters of RecommendationGRE ScoresStatementInterview
Master of Arts3.0 Minimum1Only upon request by SchoolNo1PersonalYes
Master of Arts in Teaching2.75 Minimum2Only upon request by SchoolNoPersonalYes
Credential Program2.75 MinimumOnly upon request by SchoolNoPersonalYes
Education Specialist, EDS3.3 Minimum1Only upon request by SchoolNo1PersonalYes
Doctor of Education, EDD3.3 Minimum1Only upon request by SchoolNo1PersonalYes
Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership, PHDL43.5 Minimum3Only upon request by SchoolYes5PersonalYes

1 GRE scores can be required by department if applying with a GPA below the minimum requirement.
2 CBEST and CSE scores are required prior to acceptance if applying with and undergraduate GPA below 2.75.
3 GPA from Masters level degree.
4 The PhDL program is a selective program with an intake once a year for the fall term. In addition to above items, it also requires evidence of writing and research skills (thesis, or research-based paper), and current Curriculum Vitae.
5 Analytical writing score must be 4.0 or higher.

Tom & Vi Zapara School of Business Requirements

Transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions are required.

ProgramGPALetters of RecommendationScores
Master of Business Administration, MBA3.0 MinimumOnly upon request by School1Yes2
Masters of Science in Accountancy, MSA3.0 MinimumOnly upon request by School1Yes2

1 – Two academic letters of recommendation (preferable typed) if GPA is below 3.00
2 – If GPA is below 3.0

International Students Requirements

Admission Requirements Overview

ESL
English as Second Language
UndergraduateGraduatePerformer’s Certificate
First Time FreshmanTransfer Students
High school transcripts
College or University Transcripts
ACT or SAT Scores for these tests are required if you are graduating from a High School in the US
TOEFL Scores *
(ITP Scores are not accepted)
See Language Placement Tests * * *
 
GRE/ GMAT **
Recommendation Forms **
Department Interview/ Audition **
Valid Passport Copy

la sierra university scholarships

La Sierra Scholarships & Financial Aid

New & Returning Students 2021 – 2022

New & Returning Students – La Sierra University: Merit Scholarships

Program/NameProgram DetailsAmount
Renewable Merit AwardA renewable award for undergraduate students who first enroll at La Sierra as first-time freshmen. Amounts adjusted annually based on GPA information. Students eligible for the National Merit Award or the La Sierra Achievement Award will get the higher of the two. Not available for off-campus or reduced-tuition programs. First-time freshmen or international students without GPA information (i.e. GED, CHSPE) will be awarded at the 2.75 GPA level. Cum. GPA Scholarship
3.75-4.00: $10,000
3.50-3.74: $8,000
3.25-3.49: $7,000
2.75-3.24: $6,000
2.00-2.74: $3,000
Presidential ScholarOne high-achieving incoming freshman will receive this renewable award annually. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and outstanding citizenship demonstrated though missions, voluntarism, and leadership are required.$15,000
La Sierra Academic Achievement AwardOne-year award for first-year students who demonstrate superior scholastic ability through a nationally  established testing process, but do not qualify for a National Merit Award. Students who score at or above 1270  on the SAT or 29 on the ACT will qualify for this award their first year. Students will get the higher of the National Merit, La Sierra Freshmen Merit Award, or La Sierra Academic Achievement Award Scholarship, not both.$10,000
National Merit AwardAwarded to students named as a finalist, semi-finalist, or commended national merit scholar. Renewable up to 4 years based on satisfactory academic progress. Students who drop below 12 units for more than one quarter will be withdrawn from the program. Students will get the higher of the National Merit or La Sierra Renewable Scholarship, not both.Finalist: 100% of tuition and standard feesSemi-Finalist: 50% of tuition and standard feesCommended: 33% of tuition
Music Performance ScholarshipStudents are selected by the Music Department to audition for this scholarship.$500 to $3,600
Sports ScholarshipAthletics Department recommends students for scholarship, who must participate on their designated sports team.Varies
Student Missionary/ Task Force ScholarshipOne-time award given to students who have given nine to 12 months of mission service prior to their  enrollment or re-enrollment at the university. An adjusted amount is awarded for shorter terms of service.Up to $2,000

La Sierra University: Grants Awards, Discounts, and Matching Programs

Program/NameProgram DetailsAmount
La Sierra Need GrantA need-based award for returning undergraduate students. Must have an official Estimated Family Contri-bution (EFC) per the FAFSA to qualify. Not available for off-campus or reduced-tuition programs.$1,000 if EFC is between  $0 and $12,000
Seventh-day Adventist Membership AwardMembers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church or non-Adventist students who graduate from an Adventist academy receive a tuition discount. This award does not apply to reduced-tuition programs.$2,250 annually/
Up to a $9,000 4-year total
Family DiscountDiscount available when two or more members of a student’s immediate family (from the same household), living at home or in the residence halls, are enrolled in a paying, non-tuition-discounted program.  Coordinated with each student’s financial aid package and prorated for less than full-time enrollment.$300 discount per quarter for each paying family member enrolled full-time
Commitment ScholarshipAvailable to students who meet the financial clearance deadlines. These scholarships are calculated on charges minus all aid (including loans). Students in already discounted (i.e. summer undergrad, Divinity School graduate programs, ESL/ELC, EADP, Music Certificate, cohorts) or off-campus programs are not eligible for these scholarships. The scholarships are prorated over all three terms in the regular school year (fall, winter, and spring). The scholarship is available to Criminal Justice (CJ) students who meet the CJ financial clearance deadlines.7% scholarship for students who pay for the year in advance.
2% scholarship for students who pay for the quarter in advance.
Church Matching ScholarshipRenewable scholarship matching contribution from a student’s congregation or conference. Available  to students who have unmet need after all other student aid has been awarded and may help reduce  loans. Contribution check must be accompanied by signed contract stating funds were processed in  accordance with IRS regulations. Educational Allowance recipients are not eligible. Matching funds not available for reduced-tuition or off-campus programs.Up to $1,000
Adventist Summer Camp Earnings MatchThe university will match students’ certified Adventist Camp earnings for summer prior to Fall enrollment; applied to Fall term accounts. Matching funds not available for reduced-tuition or off-campus programs. Any exceptions must be approved in writing by the V.P. or Associate V.P. of Enrollment Services.Pacific Union:
100% up to $2,000Non-Pacific Union:
50% up to $1,500
Literature Evangelist Earnings MatchThe university will match students’ certified Adventist literature evangelist earnings for summer prior to their Fall enrollment; applied to Fall term accounts. Literature evangelist earnings made during the school year are entitled to be matched as well. Matching funds not available for reduced-tuition or off-campus programs. Any exceptions must be approved in writing by the V.P. or Associate V.P. of Enrollment Services.100% up to $3,000 for the summer. 100% up to an additional $3,000 during school year.
La Sierra/NAD 100% Free Tuition PartnershipCovers any gap between student tuition and general fee and the award received from NAD tuition subsidy, Cal Grant, and institutional aid. Available to students in a degree program on the main campus who live  in a residence hall and whose NAD tuition subsidy is paid directly from the conference or academy at the rate of 70% of La Sierra’s tuition and general fee amount.Varies

Federal and State: Need-Based Financial Aid

Program/NameProgram DetailsAmount
Federal Pell GrantAwarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree.Up to $6,345 per year
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity GrantGranted to undergraduate, degree-seeking students with exceptional financial need.Up to $1,350
California State GrantsCal Grant A and B are available to California residents who meet the GPA, financial need, and deadline requirements. Cal Grant range is subject to change by action of the California State Legislature.Range: up to $9,084 per year
Federal Direct Loan ProgramProvides loans to student and parent borrowers directly through the U.S. Department of Education  rather than through a bank or other lender.Varies
Federal Work StudyPart-time employment offering eligible students the opportunity for work to be arranged  around class schedules. Must be enrolled full-time to be eligible for this program.Varies

Commitment Loan to Scholarship Program

This loan will be converted to a scholarship upon a student’s graduation from La Sierra with their first bachelor degree. Only available to students who begin at La Sierra as first-time freshmen and whose primary degree program is declared as a bachelor degree offered by La Sierra University. The scholarship is also available for the Criminal Justice program. Not available for other off-campus, Digital Learning, and reduced tuition programs such as EADP and ESL/ELC. See the promissory note for repayment requirements and other terms and conditions.

Sophomore

GPAEFC 0-12,000EFC 12,001 and above
2.75 – 3.24$1,000$1,000
3.25 – 4.00$2,000$1,000

Junior / Senior

GPAEFC 0-12,000EFC 12,001 and above
2.75 – 3.24$1,500$1,500
3.25 – 4.00$5,000$3,000

la sierra university sat requirements

The average SAT score composite at La Sierra University is a 1030 on the 1600 SAT scale.

This score makes La Sierra University Lightly Competitive for SAT test scores.

La Sierra University SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 930, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1120. In other words, a 930 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1120 will move you up to above average.

Here’s the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math510460550
Reading + Writing520470570
Composite10309301120

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

La Sierra University ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, La Sierra University likely doesn’t have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 20

The average ACT score at La Sierra University is 20. This score makes La Sierra University Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.

The 25th percentile ACT score is 17, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 23.

Even though La Sierra University likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 17 or below, you’ll have a very hard time getting in, unless you have something else very impressive in your application. There are so many applicants scoring 20 and above that a 17 will look academically weak.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you’re taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school’s ACT requirement of 20 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you’re happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

We did not find information that La Sierra University requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.

Final Admissions Verdict

Because this school is moderately selective, strong academic performance will almost guarantee you admission. Scoring a 1120 SAT or a 23 ACT or above will nearly guarantee you admission. Because the school admits 49.2% of all applicants, being far above average raises the admission rate for you to nearly 100%.

If you can achieve a high SAT/ACT score, the rest of your application essentially doesn’t matter. You still need to meet the rest of the application requirements, and your GPA shouldn’t be too far off from the school average of 3.34. But you won’t need dazzling extracurriculars and breathtaking letters of recommendation to get in. You can get in based on the merits of your score alone.

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