Nestled along the foothills of Southern California’s picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, the University of La Verne has established a reputation during its 125-year history of challenging students to broaden their minds, test their limits, and explore their values.
Today La Verne continues to accentuate learning and leadership, enabling graduates to achieve more than they ever imagined!
Home to nearly 2,900 traditional undergraduate students and offering 55 undergraduate majors, La Verne is rated in the top 10% of national universities by U.S.News & World Report and fifth among the category’s private schools located in Los Angeles County. It is also one of only 55 institutions across the country to receive the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.
The University comprises four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Organizational Leadership, the College of Business and Public Management, and the College of Law. As an institution, it is founded upon a mission to provide opportunities for students to achieve their educational goals and become contributing citizens to the global community by promoting four core values—ethical reasoning, diversity and inclusivity, lifelong learning, and community and civic engagement—encouraging a positive and rewarding life.
The University campus is located just 31 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the heart of the city of La Verne’s historic Old Town district. Close to three major freeways and an international airport, La Verne is just a short drive from Southern California’s world famous attractions (Disneyland, Hollywood, Rodeo Drive) and natural playgrounds (beaches, mountains, deserts).
A place to learn and grow
Learning and personal growth are the cornerstones of the collegiate experience. Education is about more than teaching individuals how to answer questions. It is about exposing students to diverse viewpoints while challenging them to ask questions, push boundaries, formulate ideas, interact, and fully participate in the learning process.
The La Verne Experience is infused with student studies, activities, and interests and grounded in the community and civic engagement component of the University’s mission statement. The Freshman La Verne Experience (FLEX) enhances students’ educational experiences among a community of scholars. More than 30 FLEX Learning Communities place incoming freshmen with similar interests into the same set of three classes designed to lay the foundation for success in and outside the classroom. FLEX’s unique educational opportunities help students engage with faculty and classmates in three linked classes—two distinct disciplines and a smaller writing class.
La Verne focuses on the individual, believing each student adds unique value to the campus community. It features a student-faculty ratio of 14:1, and 62% of classes have no more than 19 students. Professors are passionate, personally engaged, and committed to helping students achieve their academic and professional goals.
It is how the University embraces diversity and inclusivity that makes it stand out from other institutions. There are cultural clubs and organizations, sororities and fraternities, student government, and academic clubs as well as recreational and social activities. La Verne’s First Generation Student Success Program supports those who are the first in their families to attend and graduate from college. And during commencement season, graduates and their families join with the community to take part in a wide variety of ethnic and cultural celebrations.
Beyond the classroom
Immersion into campus life at La Verne through activities speeds development and expands awareness. Whether living on campus or commuting, student involvement is simply a matter of taking the time and making a commitment. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in more than 80 student clubs and organizations on campus.
The Office of Community and Civic Engagement promotes a key core value by developing mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between the University and its community partners. When students learn and engage with their community, it broadens their own experiences while they connect with others, make a difference, and leave the world a better place. Participation in community engagement activities at La Verne helps students develop into civically engaged leaders.
La Verne is an NCAA Division III member school and competes within the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). With a sports tradition spanning more than 90 years, the University fields nine men’s and 10 women’s varsity teams with rosters buoyed by more than 550 student-athletes.
Honors Program advantages
Intellectually curious and creative Honors students engage in activities that venture beyond traditional academics, delving into the region’s rich resources such as film studios, technology centers, museums, concerts, exhibitions, and lectures. Honors seminars, team-taught by talented professors from various disciplines, encourage students to think outside the box.
A highlight of the La Verne program is the freshman sequence, which introduces participants to some of the pillars of scientific, literary, and philosophical thought and incorporates a once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunity to the Galapagos Islands. Key advantages Honors students enjoy include early registration, Honors housing, January travel scholarships, attending national Honors conferences, engaging in publication and research opportunities, and much more. And the Honors Program provides excellent preparation for graduate school, professional leadership, and civic responsibility.
La Verne continues to garner attention from those who measure the quality and impact of higher education on the national level. Publications and organizations that rate the country’s top institutions continue to recognize La Verne among the country’s best.
Washington Monthly ranks La Verne 58th on its national universities “Best Bang for the Buck” list. Forbes places it in the top half of its “America’s Top Colleges” rankings, which recognizes the top 20% of the nation’s undergraduate universities. U.S.News & World Report again has La Verne in Tier I of its “America’s Best Colleges” national universities category and rates the University’s online undergraduate programs 13th nationally and #1 in California.
Location: 31 miles east of downtown Los Angeles
Enrollment: 2,900 undergraduates
Academics: More than 55 majors
Student-Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Average Class Size: 19 students
Student Life: More than 80 student clubs and organizations
Athletics: 19 varsity sports; NCAA Division III; Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) member
Diversity: Among a select group of colleges and universities nationwide to receive the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
Study Abroad: China, Greece, India, England, Japan, and more