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Monrovia, CA 91016
p. 626-873-2144
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Mt Sierra College

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Located in central California, Mt Sierra College has become one of the premiere colleges in the Monrovia area. It is a private, bachelor’s degree-granting institution, offering degrees in Media Arts & Design, Technology, and Business. The college was established less than twenty years ago, in 1990. The vision at its establishment, which remains in place today, was to develop a higher learning institution that would focus also on allowing students to gain practical skills. Through hands-on learning techniques, Mt Sierra College seeks to ensure that each of its graduates gains a comprehensive understanding of the subject area which they study, as well as of the everyday skills required for succeeding in their desired field. This year, for the first time, Mt Sierra College also offered two back-to-back Community Job Fairs to help students to begin to familiarize themselves with potential employers and the general, current job market situation.


There are three degree programs available to degree-seeking students at Mt Sierra College: business, media arts and design, and technology. There are two components that comprise each of the college’s degree programs: a general education curriculum and a core curriculum. The core curriculum comprises the courses which are specific to each field of study. Much of the emphasis of the core curriculum is on gaining practical experience. Students will thus not only spend time mastering the reading and study material of their chosen field, they will also begin to gain real world exposure to its everyday applications. The general education curriculum focuses on a broader approach to education. Through an interdisciplinary learning format, the general education curriculum seeks to enhance students’ written and verbal communication skills. Strengthening all students’ critical thinking skills is also a central element of the goal of the general education curriculum.

Mt Sierra is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, Arlington, Virginia, and is approved as a degree-granting institution by the Bureau for Private Post secondary and Vocational Education, Sacramento, California. It is also officially authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to offer Federal Loans and Grants to students who may qualify.

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Unique Programs

Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the Mt Sierra College curriculum is the plethora of online degrees offered. The school utilizes the FlexLearn system to ensure that non-traditional students or those with scheduling conflicts can take courses from the convenience of home or work. This approach allows students to integrate classroom learning with online courses, as students may take classes both on the internet and on campus. While many students choose to enroll in the FlexLearn system in order to utilize this integrated approach to learning, a number of students also opt for pursuing online degrees solely through online course learning. Thus for those who may have career or personal conflicts with traditional campus course schedules, Mt Sierra College offers numerous flexible learning options.


Applications for admission to Mt Sierra College are available online at the official school website. The college seeks to admit a diverse student body each year, and, as a result, the student body is composed of people from different races, genders, and backgrounds. While the admissions committee seeks to admit students from various educational backgrounds, a high school diploma is a prerequisite for potential matriculates. Additionally, while no formal standardized test scores are required for submission, applicants are expected to take a math and writing evaluation. Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis; thus while preference is not given to those who apply earlier in the cycle, it is advantageous for students to apply as soon as possible given the limited number of available spots.

Financial Aid

Mt Sierra College maintains a Student Finance Department to help students and potential students to find the right avenue to finance their education. Over the past decade, the college, in conjunction with the Student Finance Department , has worked to help simplify the usually complicated process of applying for financial aid. The school now offers numerous resources, including complimentary consultation services by trained counselors to help guide you through the process. The Mt Sierra College Financial Aid Application is also available for free online at the school’s official website, along with instructions and information for contacting the financial aid office. The school also offers a Spanish version of each of these forms on the official website.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 355th for the average student loan amount.
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Information Summary

Ranks 348th in California and 3824th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 40 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 34 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 150 0.41
Larceny 675 1.82
Vehicle theft 79 0.21

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Monrovia, CA 91016
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population41,050 (40,954 urban / 96 rural)
Households14,707 (2.76 people per house)
Median Household Income$46,468
Families10,077 (3.32 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions focus, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingVery small four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District632

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2702nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $12,492 $12,492 $12,492
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $464 $464 $464
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $347 $347 $347
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $15,461 $15,461 $15,461
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,896 $30,896 $30,896
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $24,254 $24,254 $24,254

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $13,992(N/C) $13,992(N/C) $13,992(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,863 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,059 $4,838
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,532 $9,401

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3595th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $48,752 ($49,263 male / $45,174 female)
Number of FT Faculty 8 (7 male / 1 female)
Number of PT Faculty 56
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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