La Sierra University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$33,912
2.06% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$25,076
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.36%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
91.9%
1,878 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
1,614
86.7% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
49.5%
102 Graduates

About

La Sierra University is a higher education institution located in Riverside County, CA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at La Sierra University were Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (53 degrees awarded), Other Health Preparatory Programs (40 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (33 degrees).

In 2022, 532 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at La Sierra University. 56% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (237 degrees), 2.28 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (104 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at La Sierra University is $33,912, which is $9,916 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at La Sierra University is $33,912, which is $9,916 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $25,076.

In 2022, 93% of undergraduate students attending La Sierra University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 58% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$33,912
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at La Sierra University was $33,912. The cost of tuition at La Sierra University is $9,916 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$25,076
2022 Value
0.61%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 La Sierra University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $25,076. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of La Sierra University grew by 0.61%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,022
Room and Board
$1,125
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at La Sierra University was of $13,022 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 20.3% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,125. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 16.7% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

93%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
58%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

93% of undergraduate students at La Sierra University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 4.49% with respect to 2021, when 89% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.36%
2019 Default Rate
10
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at La Sierra University was 1.36%, which represents 10 out of the 736 total borrowers.

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Admissions

La Sierra University received 1,878 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 31.1% annual growth. Out of those 1,878 applicants, 1,725 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 91.9% acceptance rate.

There were 1,614 students enrolled at La Sierra University in 2022. 25% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

La Sierra University has an overall enrollment yield of 19.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

91.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
1,725
Accepted Out of 1,878

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of La Sierra University was 91.9% (1,725 admissions from 1,878 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 66.1%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 31.1%, while admissions declined by −4.22%..

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SAT Scores

25%
Submission Percentage (2021)
71
Scores Submitted (2021)

25% of enrolled first-time students at La Sierra University in 2021 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

La Sierra University had a total enrollment of 1,614 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at La Sierra University is 1,399 students and the part-time enrollment is 215. This means that 86.7% of students enrolled at La Sierra University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at La Sierra University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 47.5% Hispanic or Latino, 16.4% Asian, 12.6% White, 6.63% Black or African American, 5.08% Two or More Races, 0.682% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.372% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at La Sierra University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (34.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (17.7%) and Asian Female (8.91%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (25%), followed by White Female (16.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (9.91%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

86.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at La Sierra University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,614 students. The full-time enrollment at La Sierra University is 1,399 and the part-time enrollment is 215. This means that 86.7% of students enrolled at La Sierra University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

76%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at La Sierra University was 76%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), La Sierra University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    767 enrolled students
  2. Asian
    265 enrolled students
  3. White
    203 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at La Sierra University is 47.5% Hispanic or Latino, 16.4% Asian, 12.6% White, 6.63% Black or African American, 5.08% Two or More Races, 0.682% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.372% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 6 students (0.372%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 64 more women than men received degrees from La Sierra University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at La Sierra University is hispanic or latino (237 degrees awarded). There were 2.28 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (104 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at La Sierra University is Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (53 degrees awarded), followed by Other Health Preparatory Programs (40 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (33 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at La Sierra University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Protective Services (53 degrees awarded), Theology (5 degrees), and Education (60 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at La Sierra University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,599,979 people), Registered nurses (1,455,922 people), Secondary school teachers (457,195 people), Education administrators (278,726 people), and Social workers, all other (220,090 people).

The most specialized majors at La Sierra University in 2022 are Protective Services (53 degrees awarded), Theology (5 degrees), Education (60 degrees), Health (170 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (16 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at La Sierra University are Surgeons, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at La Sierra University are Protective Services (53 degrees awarded), Theology (5 degrees), Education (60 degrees), Health (170 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (16 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at La Sierra University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,947,957 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,654,912 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (401,259 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (374,375 people), and Outpatient care centers (337,812 people).

The most specialized majors at La Sierra University are Protective Services (53 degrees awarded), Theology (5 degrees), Education (60 degrees), Health (170 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (16 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by La Sierra University.

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at La Sierra University was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 53 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

234
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
298
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 234 degrees were awarded to men at La Sierra University, which is 0.785 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (298).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 26 degrees were awarded to men at La Sierra University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.36 times more than the 11 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 34 degrees were awarded to men at La Sierra University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 1.79 times more than the 19 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

35%
100% Completion Time
57%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 35% of students graduating from La Sierra University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 57% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 58% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at La Sierra University is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.98% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    237 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    104 degrees awarded
  3. White
    59 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at La Sierra University is hispanic or latino (237 degrees awarded). There were 2.28 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (104 degrees).

1.69% of degree recipients (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    143 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    94 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    55 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at La Sierra University is hispanic or latino female (143 degrees awarded). There were 1.52 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (94 degrees).

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Operations

La Sierra University has an endowment valued at nearly $22.5M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−76%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, La Sierra University had a total salary expenditure of 69.7M. La Sierra University employs 33 Associate professors, 31 Assistant professors and 21 Professors. Most academics at La Sierra University are Male Associate professor (18), Male Professor (16), and Female Assistant professor (16).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at La Sierra University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 68 employees, Management, with 46 employees, and Service with 29 employees.

Endowment

$22.5M
2022 Endowment
4.21%
decline from 2021

La Sierra University has an endowment valued at about $22.5M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of La Sierra University declined 4.21% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $24.1M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Small Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$23.2M
2022 Salaries
6.27%
growth from 2021

In 2022, La Sierra University paid a median of $23.2M in salaries, which represents 33.2% of their overall expenditure ($69.7M) and a 6.27% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$7.04M
Instructional Salaries
97
Number of Employees

In 2022, La Sierra University paid a total of $7.04M to 97 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
33 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
68 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at La Sierra University were Associate professor with 33 employees, Assistant professor with 31 employees, and Professor with 21 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at La Sierra University were Office and Administrative Support with 68 employees, Management with 46 employees, and Service with 29 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at La Sierra University was Male Associate professor with 18 employees, Male Professor with 16 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 16 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at La Sierra University.

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