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 and enables 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 fourth 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—that encourage a positive and rewarding life.
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 embedded within 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.
Our University emphasizes you
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, as the University provides an active environment.
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 connecting with others, making a difference, and leaving 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 offers 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. The Honors Program also 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 48th 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.
International student scholarships
La Verne recognizes the contributions that international students bring to our campus, and the University remains committed to awarding high-achieving students with merit scholarships that range from $5,000–$20,000 per academic year.
The University is located approximately 50 kilometers east of downtown Los Angeles in the city of La Verne, California, a vibrant family community with a population of 33,000 featuring tree-lined streets and well-kept homes. Close to three major freeways and an international airport, La Verne is convenient to Southern California’s world-famous attractions (Disneyland, Hollywood, Rodeo Drive) and natural playgrounds (beaches, mountains, deserts).
Type of University: Private, coeducational, Carnegie Level I Research University with four colleges
Size of Campus: 23 hectares in La Verne, California; 50 kilometers from downtown Los Angeles
Number of Students: 2,900 undergraduate students; 1,909 graduate students enrolled on main campus
Number of Faculty: Student-faculty ratio of 14:1; average class size: 19 students; 62% of La Verne classes with fewer than 19 students
Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: More than 55 academic majors
Geographic Diversity: Students enrolled from the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia
International Student Services: The Office of International Student Services offers assistance in transitioning to life as a university student in the United States. Services range from visa support to social activities.
International Student Budget:
Tuition and Fees $38,500
Room and Board $12,200
Financial Aid: Merit scholarships are available for international students who began their first year at the University. Scholarships range from $5,000–$20,000 per academic year. All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarships. There is no separate application process.
Test Score Requirements: A minimum score of 80 iBT, 550 PBT, 213 CBT on TOEFL; La Verne also accepts a score of 6.5 or higher on IELTS, 420 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT, a 58 or higher on the Cambridge English: Advanced, 53 on the P.T.E.
Application Deadlines and Fees: Fall (August): February 1 (freshmen); April 1 (transfers) Spring (February): December 1 (all students)