La Sierra University (La Sierra or LSU) is a Seventh-day Adventist co-educational university located in Riverside, California
La Sierra University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level degrees and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA).
Founded in 1922 as La Sierra Academy, it later became La Sierra College, a liberal arts college, and then was merged into Loma Linda University in 1967. In 1990, La Sierra separated from Loma Linda University to become an independent institution.
Since becoming independent in 1990 it has won multiple national and world titles in the Students in Free Enterprise competition. In the late 2000s and early 2010s, controversy arose involving the teaching of evolution in La Sierra’s science curriculum. La Sierra has also been the subject of controversy due to its students’ low CPA exam pass rates and high levels of student debt after graduation.
La Sierra University is composed of the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Religion, and School of Education. The university offers undergraduate and graduate curricula in applied and liberal arts, sciences, business and management, religion, and programs for professional education in fulfillment of requirements for teaching credentials. The highest degree offered is the Ed.D.