La Sierra University, formerly La Sierra College, is a private, co-educational Christian university located in Riverside, California. Founded by Seventh-Day Adventists in 1922 on a plot of land that was formerly part of the Rancho La Sierra Mexican land grant, La Sierra College joined forces with Loma Linda University in 1967 to form a two-campus university that offered undergraduate and pre-professional programs. This collaboration ended in 1990 and today, La Sierra University continues to provide its over 2,000 students with Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees through its four distinguished schools and colleges: School of Business, School of Education, School of Religion and College of Arts and Sciences.
Total tuition cost and fees for attending La Sierra University in academic year 2009-2010 for traditional undergraduate programs is US$24,573 for commuting students and US$31,563 for resident students, the additional charge being for on-campus room and board. Apart from tuition and the mandatory fees, there are other attendant costs (i.e., books and supplies, student insurance, etc.) that a student may need to earmark funds for at an average cost of US$450 per quarter. For graduate programs, cost of tuition is US$657 per unit for on-campus MBA programs and US$605 per unit for other courses. Fulltime graduate students who want to live on campus need to pay room and board at a rate of US$5,250 per year.
On campus housing via residential halls is available at La Sierra in keeping with the university’s belief that having students live togather as one community is a way of training them to deal with various types of people.