La Sierra University: Narrative Description

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45 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92515
Tel: (951)785-2000
Free: 800-874-5587
Admissions: (909)785-2176
Fax: (951)785-2901
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Seventh-day Adventist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1922. Setting: 630-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $10.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $15,582 per student. Total enrollment: 1,924. Faculty: 186 (92 full-time, 94 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,399 applied, 52% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 43% from top quarter, 69% from top half. Full-time: 1,385 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 200 students, 55% women, 46% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 51 other countries, 17% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 27% Hispanic, 10% black, 23% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 10% international, 14% 25 or older, 11% transferred in. Retention: 66% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: biological/life sciences; business/marketing; health professions and related sciences. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Loma Linda University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations. Required for some: interview. Placement: SAT or ACT required; SAT II: Writing Test required for some. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to Seventh-day Adventists.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $24,327 includes full-time tuition ($18,432), mandatory fees ($651), and college room and board ($5244). Part-time tuition: $512 per unit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 23 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Association of LSU, Korean Student Association, Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), Ole Club, Black Student Association. Major annual events: Christmas Candlelight Concert, Festival of Nations, La Sierra Live Weekends. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 850 college housing spaces available; 771 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. University Library plus 1 other with 251,632 books, 353,000 microform titles, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $968,236. 125 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of California Riverside.

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