Statement of Accreditation Status
La Sierra University

4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92505-8247
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported.


Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy.

Religious Control
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer April Summitt Provost asummitt [at]
Board of Directors Chair Ricardo Graham President Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists rgraham [at]
Chief Academic Officer April Summitt Provost asummitt [at]
Chief Executive Officer Joy Fehr jfehr [at]
Chief Financial Officer David Geriguis Vice President of Financial Administration dgerigui [at]
Director Institutional Research Jan Long Director of Institutional Research jlong [at]
OPEID Location Namesort descending City Location Type Status
Castle Medical Center Kailua Additional Active
00121500 Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, MTS Cohort Clovis Additional Active
00121512 Criminal Justice Institute Corona Additional Active
00121514 Criminal Justice Program Rancho Cucamonga Ontario Additional Active
00121515 Eisenhower Medical Center Rancho Mirage Additional Active
00121500 La Sierra University Riverside Main Campus Active
00121502 La Sierra University - Canadian Union University Lacombe Additional Active
00121513 La Sierra University - Union College Lincoln Additional Active
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Acccountancy (MS) Masters 2013 On-Site
Accounting (BS) Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Administration & Leadership (EdS) Masters 1991 On-Site
Administration & Leadership (MA) Masters 1991 On-Site
Archaelogy (BA) Bachelors 2012 On-Site
Art (BA) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Biochemistry: Biochemical Sciences (BS) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Biology: Biological Science (BS) Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Biology: Biomedical Science (BS) Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Biomathematics (BS) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Biophysics (BS) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Business Administration Customized (MBA) Masters 1991 On-Site
Business Administration Finance (MBA) Masters 1991 On-Site
Business Administration General Management - non-concentration (MBA) Masters 1991 On-Site
Business Administration Human Resource Management (MBA) Masters 1991 On-Site
Business Administration Marketing (MBA) Masters 1991 On-Site
Business: Business & Society (BS) Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Business: Finance (BS) Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Business: Health Care Management (BS) Bachelors 2010 On-Site
Business: Human Resource Managment (BS) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Business: Management (BS) Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Business: Marketing (BS) Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Business: Political Economy (BS) Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Chemistry (BA) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Chemistry (BS) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
CMIN: Certificate in Ministry Non-degree 2004 On-Site
Communication: Mass Media Studies (BA) Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Communication: Public Relations (BA) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Communication: Strategic Communication (BA) Bachelors 2011 On-Site
Computer Science (BS) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Counseling (MA) Masters 1991 On-Site
Credential - Administrative Services - SDA Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Credential - Elementary Teaching SDA Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Credential - Guidance & Counseling - SDA Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Credential - Multiple Subjects Teaching - State (CA) Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Credential - Single Subject Teaching - SDA Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Credential - Single Subject Teaching - State (CA) Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Credential-Preliminary Admin Services - State(CA) Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Credential-Pupil Personnel Services/Sch Psych-State(CA) Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Criminal Justice (BS) Bachelors 2010 On-Site
Curriculum & Instruction (EdD) Professional Doctorate 1991 On-Site
Curriculum & Instruction (EdS) Masters 1991 On-Site
Curriculum & Instruction (MA) Masters 1991 On-Site
Curriculum & Instruction (MAT) Masters 2003 Distance Education
Curriculum and Instruction (MAT) Masters 1991 On-Site
Customized Business Major (BA) Bachelors 2000 On-Site
Customized Business Major (BS) Bachelors 2000 On-Site
Divinity (MDiv) Masters 2002 On-Site
Education (EdD) Professional Doctorate 1991 On-Site
Educational Administration (PhD in Leadership) Research Doctorate 2017 On-Site
Educational Psychology (EdS) Masters 1991 On-Site
English (MA) Masters 1991 On-Site
English: Creative Writing (BA) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
English: Literature (BA) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Environmental Science: Natural Science (BS) Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Environmental Science: Physical Science (BS) Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Exercise Science (BS) Bachelors 2014 On-Site
Film & Television: Individualized (BFA) Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Film & Television: Production (BFA) Bachelors 2012 On-Site
Film & Television: Script Writing (BFA) Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Fine Arts (BFA) Bachelors 1997 On-Site
General Studies - CAS Non-degree 2000 On-Site
General Studies - DS Non-degree 2000 On-Site
General Studies - ZSB Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Global Studies (BA) Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Graphic Design (BFA) Bachelors 1997 On-Site
Health Science: Health Administration (BS) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Health Science:Clinical Health Studies (BS) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
History (BA) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Individual Major (BA, BS) Bachelors 1992 On-Site
Information Systems (BS) Bachelors 1992 On-Site
Instructional Leadership (PhD in Leadership) Research Doctorate 2017 On-Site
Liberal Arts (BA) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Liberal Studies (BA) Bachelors 1992 On-Site
Mathematics (BS) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Music (BA) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Music Education (BMus) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Music Performance (BMus) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Near-Eastern Archaeology (MA) Masters 2016 On-Site
Neuroscience (BS) Bachelors 2011 On-Site
Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Communication Sciences & Disorders Non-degree 2011 On-Site
Pre-Dental Hygiene Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Dentistry Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Engineering Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Health Information Management Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Law Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Medical Radiography/Pre-Radiation Sciences Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Medicine Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Nuclear Medicine Non-degree 2014 On-Site
Pre-Nursing Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Nutrition and Dietetics Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Occupational Therapy Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Optometry Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Orthotics & Prosthetics Non-degree 2011 On-Site
Pre-Pathologists' Assistant Non-degree 2016 On-Site
Pre-Pharmacy Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Physical Therapy Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Physical Therapy Assistant Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Physician Assistant Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Respiratory Care Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Seminary Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Psychology (BA) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Religion (MA) Masters 1991 On-Site
Religious Studies (BA) Bachelors 1994 On-Site
School Psychology (EdS) Masters 1991 On-Site
Social Work (BSW) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Sociology (BA) Bachelors 2002 On-Site
Spanish (BA) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Student Life and Development (MA) Masters 2016 On-Site
Theological Studies (MTS) Masters 1999 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Fall 2021 Interim Report

Interim Reports focus on specific issues of concern identified as part of the comprehensive review process, annual report submission, the complaint process, substantive change, or other interactions with the Commission. The purpose of Interim Reports is to ensure that institutions continue to meet the Core Commitments and Standards with respect to the identified areas of concern.

Spring 2022 Mid-Cycle Review

The Mid-Cycle Review (MCR) is a review of each institution near the midpoint of its period of accreditation, focusing particularly on student achievement. The Review is performed by WSCUC staff, and draws on evidence from an update of the institution’s Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators and retention and graduation data, as well as any trends emerging from Annual Reports to surface any potential issues across the Standards. The overall purpose of the Mid-Cycle Review is to "identify problems with an institution's or program's continued compliance with agency standards" while "tak[ing] into account institutional or program strengths and stability" (U.S. Department of Education, §602.19(b)).

Fall 2025 Offsite Review
Spring 2026 Accreditation Visit

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