University description (as per official university website)
La Sierra University is a Christian coeducational institution located in inland Southern California and is part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education.
The University offers graduate and undergraduate curricula in applied and liberal arts and sciences, business and management, religion, and programs for professional education in fulfillment of requirements for teaching credentials.
Intellectual pursuits are facilitated by the University Library, museums, Observatory, Arboretum, Brandstater Gallery, MICOL computing laboratory, Learning Support and Testing Center, Hancock and Stahl Centers, and other campus resources. Physical fitness is encouraged on campus by such activities as intramural and varsity sports, physical education courses, and by three swimming pools, a fitness center, and tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts.
The University buildings are on a gentle slope looking eastward over the Riverside valley, with its world-famous citrus and walnut groves and its palm-lined boulevards. The approximately 100 acres owned by the University allow, during the winter months, the snow-clad peaks of the surrounding ranges to be seen rising above the rolling open fields--a view of rare beauty from the campus, truly a scenic part of the Inland Empire.
The convenient access to Southern California’s wide range of both participatory and spectator activities enables the University to offer a multitude of unique cultural and educational experiences appropriate for the responsible student.
La Sierra University, an institution nationally acclaimed for its diverse campus and its service to others, offers a transformational experience that lasts a lifetime.
U.S. News & World Report named La Sierra University the most diverse university in the western United States the past five years. And in early 2008 the Corporation for National and Community Service selected La Sierra for the Honor Roll with Distinction, part of the 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll program. The award recognized La Sierra’s students for providing nearly 45,000 hours of service. Such efforts included international economic development projects by La Sierra’s World Cup-winning Students In Free Enterprise team, and community projects through La Sierra’s campus-wide, Service-Learning program.
The Seventh-day Adventist denomination established La Sierra University in 1922 on acreage formerly part of the Rancho La Sierra Mexican land grant. Today the institution provides more than 120 bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees for about 2,000 students. Programs are offered in the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Religion, the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Division of Continuing Studies.
“To Seek, To Know, and To Serve” is the key to the mission that drives La Sierra University, with all areas of campus encouraging students to develop a deeper relationship with God.