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If you have any questions regarding the submission of the online application contact the Office of Admissions directly via email (admissions@lasierra.edu) or telephone:

 

951-785-2176 (Office of Admissions)

1-800-874-5587 (Front Desk)

Application Deadlines

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, however it is highly recommended that the following deadlines be observed:

Summer Quarter

All applications

May 1

Fall Quarter

New Freshman applications
Transfer applications
Graduate applications

February 1
July 1
July 1

Winter Quarter

All applications

November 15

Spring Quarter

All applications

March 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.

    

Application Deadlines for International Applicants

Summer Quarter

May 1

Fall Quarter

June 1*

Winter Quarter

November 15

Spring Quarter

February 15**

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.

Application Deadlines for International Applicants

Summer Quarter

May 1

Fall Quarter

June 1*

Winter Quarter

November 15

Spring Quarter

February 15**

All application items, including preI20 items, must be submitted by the deadlines listed above.  Complete files not received by the deadline may result in postponement for the next quarter.

*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 Admission/Application Procedures

 Three ways to apply for Graduate Admission:

  1. Free online application for admission (click here).

  2. Download the Graduate Application form (Adobe Acrobat PDF format).

  3. Request a printed application be sent by postal mail to you.

Admission requirements vary from program to program. A completed graduate application may need to include some or all of the following:

  1. College Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts can be used to expedite the admissions process. Official transcripts are required to process requests for financial aid and complete your admissions file. To be considered official, transcripts must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office from each school attended. Transcripts that are hand carried, faxed or sent by students, even if in sealed envelopes, will not be considered official.

  2. Recommendations. For graduate programs through the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education & School of Religion-three recommendations are required from professional people (not related to you) who can evaluate you on your (a) character; (b) academics; (c) job performance-one recommendation per category.

    For the MBA program through the School of Business, you will be notified if you need to submit one or more recommendations.

    Download Recommendation form and instructions

  3. Graduate Admission Test Results required for:

Credentials (other than teaching credentials)

Requires GRE General scores

Master of Arts in English    

Requires GRE General scores

Master of Arts in Religion  

Requires GRE General scores

Master of Arts in Education programs 

May requires GRE General scores if GPA is below 3.00

Master of Business Administration degree

May requires GMAT or GRE scores if GPA is below 3.00

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree

Requires GRE General scores

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree

Requires GRE General scores

  1. Department Interview.  Required for most School of Education programs.  Schedule an appointment with the chair in your program’s department.

  2. Writing Sample. Master of Arts in English applicants are required to provide a piece of recent academic writing, that is preferably literary in nature, or otherwise displays the applicant’s analytical skills. The essay should reflect upper division course work or an equivalent effort, demonstrate the applicant’s best writing skills, and be between 2,500 – 5,000 words long. The essay can be emailed to admissions@lasierra.edu, faxed to (951) 785-2477, or mailed to the Office of Admissions.

 

Graduate Admission Requirements>>

Graduate Admissions Requirements

All four schools at La Sierra University offers graduate programs. Admissions requirements are listed below.

  • 4 Year Baccalaureate degree
  • Recommendations from three professional people (excluding MBA programs)
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) differs between programs

Cum GPA of 2.50 or higher

  • MDiv
  • MTS
  • Certificate in Ministry

Cum GPA of 2.75 or higher

  • MAT
  • Teaching Credential

Cum GPA of 3.00 or higher

  • MBA – GMAT scores required if cum GPA is below 3.00
  • MA – GRE scores required (excluding School of Education unless cum GPA is below 3.00)
  • SDA Certification in Guidance & Counseling – GRE scores required

Cum GPA of 3.30 or higher

  • EDS – GRE scores required
  • School Psychology & Counseling Credential – GRE scores required

Cum GPA of 3.50 or higher

  • EDD – GRE scores required

  • Department Interviews / Approval is required from the following programs:
    • Credentials in Administration & Leadership
    • Credentials in Psychology & Counseling
    • Master of Arts (excluding HMS Richards Divinity School)
    • Specialist in Education (EdS)
    • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Writing Sample
    • Master of Arts in English applicants only
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 or MTELP of 90 percentile for international applicants. If score is below this level, ESL courses will be provided and required.

For more information regarding the program, please visit the school’s website:

  • College of Arts & Sciences MA ENGLISH – contact Dr. Sam McBride (951) 785 – 2290
  • Tom & Vi Zapara School of Business – contact Heather Miller (951) 785 – 2225
  • HMS Richards Divinity School Graduate Studies – contact Dr. Warren Trenchard (951) 785 – 2108
  • School of Education

Questions regarding Graduate Admissions should be directed to Eseta Moala.

International Application Procedure

An international applicant is one who is not a United States Citizen or a United States Permanent Resident.

Follow regular application procedures

Information specifically for International Applicants

Application Deadlines for International Applicants

Summer Quarter

 

May 1

Fall Quarter

 

June 1*

Winter Quarter

 

November 15

Spring Quarter

 

February 15**

All application items, including preI20 items, must be submitted by the deadlines listed above.  Complete files not received by the deadline may result in postponement for the next quarter.

*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


Academic Requirements by Country

For access to admission requirement information by country click here.


Transcripts

Must be submitted in the original language (and if not English, an English translation must be attached

Applicants who have completed secondary school outside the United States must present high school completion as outlined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers(AACRAO) guidelines for the particular country.  [Refer to the Admission Profile for your country]


Transcript Evaluation

All international transcripts and/or examination results are initially reviewed by the Office of Admissions.  In some cases, to determine acceptance eligibility transcripts and/or examination results may need to be evaluated by an external credential evaluation service.  For undergraduate applicants however, after acceptance, all college or university transcripts and examination results are required to have an external evaluation—a course-by-course evaluation. 

The external credential evaluation service currently used by La Sierra University is Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE).   A fee is charged by ECE for this service.   The ECE website is:  http://www.ece.org/.  Follow the instructions for submitting a request for a course-by-course evaluation.  The evaluation must be done on all college or university transcripts and examination results.  Failure to include one of the institutions attended, may require another evaluation with additional fees.  Indicate that the evaluation results need to be mailed to:  Office of Admissions, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA  92515.  If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Maritza Aoyagi, Records Specialist, in the Office of Admissions.  Her email is maoyagi@lasierra.edu.


English Proficiency

Applicants who were educated in a country other than the United States [excluding Canada, the UK, Australia, or New Zealand], must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)˜test must have been taken within the last five years. If no scores are submitted, the applicant will be tested prior to enrollment. If the TOEFL score is below 550 or 90%ile average on the Michigan Language Test, English as a Second Language courses will be required. Those applicants who have taken the GCE O level or equivalent examinations and have received a passing grade with credit in English will be eligible for regular English placement testing rather than ESL testing.


I-20 Form


The I-20 Form for the Student Visa will be issued once the applicant has been formally accepted by the University and all preI20 items are received and approved.  Contact the PreI20 clerk in the Office of International Student Services for further information on the preI20 process.  The email is prei20@lasierra.edu.

Undergraduate Admission/Application Procedures

Three ways to apply for Undergraduate Admission:

  1. Free online application.

  2. Download the Undergraduate Application form (Acrobat PDF format). .

  3. Request a printed application be sent by postal mail to you.

All Undergraduate applications (including online apps) require the following:


  1. High School Transcript.  An unofficial transcript showing your date of graduation can be used to expedite the admissions process. If you are still attending high school, then a copy of your transcript at least through the junior year. If you have taken the GED, a copy of the results is also required. An official and final high school transcript will be required to complete your admissions file. To be considered official, the transcript must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office from the graduating high school. Transcripts that are hand carried, faxed or sent by students, even if in a sealed envelope, will not be considered official.  If applying as a New Freshman, refer to Admission of New Freshmen.

    International Applicants.
    Applicants who have completed secondary school outside the United States must present high school completion as outlined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO) guidelines for the particular country.  [Refer to the Admission Profile for your country]

    Exception: Any transfer applicant who has been awarded an AA degree OR has completed 88 quarter units or more of transferable college credit may not be required to submit the high school transcript.

  2. College Transcripts (if applicable). Unofficial transcripts can be used to expedite the admissions process. Official transcripts are required to process requests for financial aid and complete your admissions file. To be considered official, transcripts must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office from each school attended. Transcripts that are hand carried, faxed or sent by students, even if in sealed envelopes, will not be considered official.

  3. Test Scores. New freshmen applicants graduating from a US high school need to provide either the ACT or SAT scores. Refer to Admission of New Freshman.

New Freshmen Admission Requirements >>


Undergraduate Transfer Admission Requirements >>

Transfer Admission Requirements

To fulfill transfer student admission requirements students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and have completed 12 quarter (8 semester) units of transferable college credit

A student applying to transfer from another college or university must submit transcripts from studies taken at the high school and college levels. Any transfer applicant who has been awarded an AA degree OR has completed a minimum of 88quarter units of transferable college credit may not be required to submit the high school transcript. If the appropriate College English and College Math classes have not been completed, then La Sierra University placement testing will be required before registration.

Students placing into pre-foundational classes must be enrolled in appropriate class each quarter until all required pre-foundational requirements are completed.

Honors Admission Requirements

The Honors Program serves undergraduates of outstanding intellectual and creative ability in all schools of the University. For transfer eligibility, contact the Honors Program Coordinator at (951) 785-2310 or email honors@lasierra.edu. The Honors Program student takes a series of four interdisciplinary core seminars between the freshman and senior years. Other honors activities, a junior colloquium and a senior honors project round out the Honors Program. For more info, click here.

New Freshman Requirements

New Freshmen graduating from a United States High School

The following factors are considered in determining eligibility for admission:

  • High School Subject Requirements
    New Freshmen applicants graduating from a high school in the United States must complete with grades of “C” or better a 15 unit pattern of courses during high school to fulfill the subject requirements in the “A-G” subject areas with an additional unit, up to 4 units “H” for each year of attendance at a Seventh-day Adventist high school.  Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area.  Early admission may be based on work completed through the junior year of high school and indication of courses to be taken during the senior year.  [Refer to the “A-G” & “H” Subject Requirements].

  • TEST SCORES
    ACT or SAT Critical Reading/English and Math sections will be used for calculating admission eligibility. 

  • ELIGIBILITY INDEX Table
    An Eligibility Index table for new freshmen applicants uses the selective GPA [“A-G” high school subject requirements] and the total SAT 1 [Critical Reading + Math] or ACT Composite score to determine academic eligibility.  Academic eligibility does not guarantee admission to the University.  [Refer to the Eligibility Index Table].

  • COMMUNITY STANDARDS FORM
    The Community Standards Form is part of the application and does not need to be filled out separately unless that portion of the application was incomplete-in which case, the applicant will be informed.

    Community Standards Form (PDF file help)

  • PERSONAL STATEMENT
    Applicants must submit a personal statement of no less than 250 words describing their achievements, academic goals, and why they have chosen La Sierra University for their studies.Email to personal.statement@lasierra.edu.

 

New Freshmen completing high school outside the United States

Applicants who have completed secondary school outside the United States must present high school completion as outlined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers(AACRAO) guidelines for the particular country.  [Refer to the Admission Profile for your country].

 

New Freshmen completing high school with a GED or California High School Proficiency Examination

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Summer Undergraduate Application Process

Unspecified/Non-Degree Status “One-Stop” Summer Registration
To take one or more classes with no interest in pursuing a degree or pre-professional program at La Sierra University.

Requires:
Unspecified Student Registration Form completion and submission to the Office of Admissions Front Office along with the required tuition and fees.

You may submit by faxing to (951) 785-2447 to begin the registration process.

Any questions about this form and the “One-Stop” Summer Registration Process, contact the Office of Admissions Front desk at (951) 785-2176 or email registrar@lasierra.edu

 

Regular Degree/Pre-Professional Program Status
To take summer classes and begin studies in a degree/pre-professional program at La Sierra University.

Requires:
Completion of the undergraduate online application form. Appropriate additional items as listed at the above link must be submitted to the Office of Admissions.

Once all items are received and file is reviewed, an email will be sent to the applicant indicating admission status with instructions regarding registration.

Any questions about this process, contact the Office of Admissions Front desk at (951) 785-2176 or email admissions@lasierra.edu.

Apply For Admission

Select and complete the appropriate application above and submit for processing.

The online application is transmitted via secure server from your web browser directly to us at La Sierra University. If you feel uncertain about transmitting your information via the internet, please click here to download, fill out, and submit via postal mail, our regular application form. Please note that while there is no processing fee for the electronically submitted online application, there is, however, a $30 USD processing fee if you choose to instead submit a printed application for admission.

Undergraduate Application


  • Online Application. Click here to apply online for an undergraduate application.

    Please Note:
    You will be taken to a page where you will set-up your user name and password in order to enter the application information.

  • Paper Undergraduate Application. Click here to download and fill out a printable (PDF) application form.

  • Request Undergraduate Application to be mailed. Call 1-800-874-5587 to request a hard-copy application form by mail, - or -Click here to request a hard-copy application form by mail.



Off-Campus School of Business Programs

  • Application for Off-campus School of Business programs are only available online.
  • Apply for the PMBA (Graduate) program.

Click here to download and fill out other printable admissions documents.

Admission Profile by Country

These printable information sheets (pdf format) will give more information about admission requirments specific to your country's education system.

[Additional profiles will be added on a regular basis.]





If you do not see your country listed above or have any questions regarding the admissions process, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@lasierra.edu.

"A-G" & "H" Subject Requirements

New Freshmen applicants must complete with grades of “C” or better a 15 unit pattern of courses during high school to fulfill the subject requirements in the “a-g” subject areas with an additional unit, up to 4 units, [“h”] for each year of attendance at a Seventh-day Adventist high school. Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area. Early acceptance may be granted based on courses completed through the junior year and proposed courses for the senior year.

Area

Subject

Years/Units

A.

History/Social Science
Two years of history/social sciences, including one year of world history, cultures and geography; and one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of Civics or American government.

2

B.

English
Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature. Not more than two semesters of ninth-grade English or no more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.

4

C.

Mathematics
Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry . Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that the high school includes on the transcript with grades and units.

3*

D.

Laboratory Science
Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in two of these three core disciplines: biology (which includes anatomy, physiology, marine biology, aquatic biology, etc.), chemistry and physics. The final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program may be used to fulfill this requirement. Not more than one year of ninth-grade laboratory science can be used to meet this requirement.

2*

E.

Language, other than English
Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. Courses in language other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if the high school transcript includes the course, with grades and units. Sign Language can fulfill this requirement.

2*

F.

Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)
Two semesters of approved art courses from a single VPA discipline: dance, drama/theater Music or visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, film or printmaking)

1

G.

College Preparatory Electives
One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in “a-f” above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory level courses), history, social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for “e” requirement or two years of another language.

1

H.

Religion
In addition to the required “a-g” above, students may choose to include up to four years of Religion. Students attending a Seventh-day Adventist high school must have completed an additional unit, up to 4 units, for each year of attendance at a Seventh-day Adventist high school.

1-4

*An additional year is recommended in addition to the required year(s) stated.

Contact Us

Location:

Our office is located in room 122 on the lower level of the Administration Building.

Postal Mail Address:
Office of Admissions
La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92515

Days:

Hours:

Monday - Thursday

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

(Thursdays, and alternate Tuesdays closed from 11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. for chapel and assembly.)

Phone Numbers:

Office (Toll Free):

(800) 874-5587 (Enrollment’s Front Desk)

Local/Long Distance Toll:

(951) 785-2176 (Office of Admissions)

Fax:

(951) 785-2447

Email:

admissions@lasierra.edu

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