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Undergrad Profile

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
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. More than 30 Freshman Learning Experience (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.

Emphasizing you
La Verne focuses on the individual, believing each student adds unique value to the campus community. It features a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, and 65% of classes have no more than 19 students. Professors are passionate, personally engaged, and committed to helping students achieve their academic and professional goals.

The University embraces diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of students’ lives. 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.

Leopard athletics
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 10 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. 

A highlight of the honors 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 provides excellent preparation for graduate school, professional leadership, and civic responsibility.

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

Founded: 1891

Academics: More than 50 majors

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Average Class Size: 18 students

Student Life: More than 80 student clubs and organizations

Athletics: 20 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