La Sierra University

Private, Four-years School Located in Riverside, CA

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How much is the La Sierra tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, La Sierra's tuition & fees is $35,910.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $53,471 when a student lives on-campus.

La Sierra Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$35,910
Books & Supplies Costs$1,350
On-campus Room & Board$11,325
On-campus Expenses$4,886
Off-campus Room & Board$18,116
Off-campus Expenses$5,715
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$37,686

How Much Does it Cost to Go to La Sierra for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $154,315 at La Sierra. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $307,111. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $233,021.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$36,947$59,226$41,487
Sophomore (2024-25)$38,014$68,631$50,380
Junior (2025-26)$39,112$81,188$62,410
Senior (2026-27)$40,242$98,066$78,745
4 Years Total$154,315$307,111$233,021
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$38,014$68,631$50,380
Sophomore (2025-26)$39,112$81,188$62,410
Junior (2026-27)$40,242$98,066$78,745
Senior (2027-28)$41,404$120,871$100,992
4 Years Total$158,772$368,756$292,527
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$39,112$81,188$62,410
Sophomore (2026-27)$40,242$98,066$78,745
Junior (2027-28)$41,404$120,871$100,992
Senior (2028-29)$42,600$151,809$131,356
4 Years Total$163,357$451,934$373,503
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$40,242$98,066$78,745
Sophomore (2027-28)$41,404$120,871$100,992
Junior (2028-29)$42,600$151,809$131,356
Senior (2029-30)$43,830$193,914$172,871
4 Years Total$168,075$564,660$483,964
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$41,404$120,871$100,992
Sophomore (2028-29)$42,600$151,809$131,356
Junior (2029-30)$43,830$193,914$172,871
Senior (2030-31)$45,096$251,353$229,702
4 Years Total$172,929$717,947$634,921

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, La Sierra' tuition is higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is higher than the average tuition of $23,111.
La Sierra University$35,910
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between La Sierra and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
La Sierra UniversityRiverside, CA$35,910$15,997
University of RedlandsRedlands, CA$57,614$25,072
University of St FrancisJoliet, IL$37,000$14,757
University of MaryBismarck, ND$21,468$11,692
Cabrini UniversityRadnor, PA$35,815$2,355
University of PortlandPortland, OR$54,900$26,100
William Penn UniversityOskaloosa, IA$28,750$10,500
The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaChattanooga, TN$18,208$18,852
Eastern Washington UniversityCheney, WA$25,892$29,102
Nicholls State UniversityThibodaux, LA$9,266$9,347
Colorado State University GlobalAurora, CO$8,400$9,000

Financial Aid and COA

At La Sierra University, 1,255 students (93%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $17,241.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at La Sierra is $36,230 for students living on-campus and $43,850 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 256 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $21,867 and the average amount of student loans is $5,826.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$53,471
COA (off-campus)$61,091
Tuition & Fees$35,910
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$17,561
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$25,181
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$36,230
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$43,850
Average Financial Aid$17,241
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship1,25593%$17,241
Pell Grants62546%$5,293
Federal Student Loan77758%$6,481
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid256100%-
Grants or Scholarships256100%$21,867
Federal Grants13251%$6,000
Pell Grants13251%$5,523
Other Federal Grants4618%$1,369
State/Local Grants11344%$7,776
Institutional Grants256100%$15,341
Student Loan Aid15962%$5,826
Federal Student Loans15962%$5,311
Other Student Loans42%$20,476

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

La Sierra's acceptance rate is 66.07%. A total of 2,726 applicants applied to and 1,801 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 287 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 15.94%.
To apply to La Sierra, 5 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program, Admission test scores and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Acceptance Rate66.07%63.50%67.28%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)15.94%22.34%13.08%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

La Sierra University has a total of 1,614 students including 1,263 undergraduate and 351 graduate students. By gender, there are 684 male students and 1,054 female students attending La Sierra. The school offers online degree programs and 36 students enrolled online exclusively (2.23% of all students).
Total1,738 6841,054
Undergraduate1,351 556795
Graduate387 128259

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered118 Programs
Graduate Program Offered28 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate92.98%
Student Population1,614
Graduation Rate53%
Transfer-out Rate12%
Retention Rate76% (Full-time), 50% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate10 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties93 (Full-time), 118 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs232 (Full-time), 172 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$72,184
Average Staff Salary$50,253