The university ranked eighth in the nation on a list of 50 universities and colleges lauded by the magazine for adding the most value to students’ education. “What’s impressive is when a college can help students do far better than you’d expect based on their academic and economic backgrounds and the mix of majors at their schools. These 50 schools do just that,” the magazine said.
In their specific analysis of La Sierra’s placement, the magazine noted the university’s six-year graduation rate of 59%, “which is 18 percentage points higher than comparable schools,” its 50 majors including the relatively recent additions of archaeology, criminal justice, environmental science, film production, neuroscience, and physics, and the high achievements of the university’s Enactus team which has won six national titles and two world cups. “Community service also plays a big role on campus, and students can take international mission trips,” the magazine commented.
La Sierra is the only Seventh-day Adventist institution on the top 50 list, and one of three recognized in the Inland Empire region. The University of California, Riverside placed 11th on the ranking and the University of La Verne placed 46th.
In addition, La Sierra ranked 216th on Money’s Best Colleges list of 736 higher education institutions around the country rated on the best value for tuition dollars. La Sierra was one of two Seventh-day Adventist universities to make the cut – Andrews University placed 367th on the ranking. Local faith-based institutions ranked by Money include the University of Redlands at 361, Azusa Pacific University which ranked 458th, Point Loma Nazarene University which came in at 516, Chapman University which placed 608th, Biola University which came in at 620, and California Baptist University which placed 656th.
“I am grateful for the manner in which the university family continues to encourage our development as a learning community. It is indeed a wonderful thing to see that our university is being recognized for our commitment to our core mission,” said La Sierra University President Randal Wisbey.
The Money Magazine Best Colleges list can be accessed at this link: https://best-colleges.time.com/money/full-ranking#/list
The Money Magazine list of 50 colleges that add the most value can be accessed at this link: https://best-colleges.time.com/money/more-rankings/the-50-colleges-that-add-the-most-value#/list
La Sierra strives to nurture and develop its students through programs that include the Center for Student Academic Success which helps first-year and continuing students identify goals, strengthen study habits, plan careers, and manage money, and through the Career Services Center in the Zapara School of Business which offers individual career counseling, assessment and preparation including mock interviews and salary negotiation strategies. Additional programs also propel students toward graduation and success such as the business school’s Meet the Firms event which links seniors with regional businesses, and Student Life’s annual Ignite program for freshmen in which new students are organized into family groups led by upper-level students.
The list of college rankings is the second edition for Money Magazine, which joins a rankings pool dominated by U.S. News & World Report. According to a July 13 column in the Washington Post, Money strives to provide the most relevant information desired by prospective students and their parents, such as graduation rate, net tuition price, and level of career preparedness offered. “Money tries to crack the code on answering the ROI question,” wrote contributor Jeff Selingo, “and of all the rankings out there, comes the closest.”
This ranking helps La Sierra and Riverside become ‘location of choice‘ for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.