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University of La Verne
The University of La Verne is a demographically diverse, student-oriented learning environment that offers...

University of La Verne

La Verne, California

Located outside Los Angeles, California, the University of La Verne is one of the oldest colleges in the state. Founded in 1891, the campus is home to 2,800 undergraduate students who study a variety of academic majors. The university’s liberal arts, education, business, and science programs prepare graduates for lifelong learning.


La Verne fields eighteen NCAA division III varsity sports, has over 50 student run clubs and organizations, and has 8 fraternities and sororities.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
5,214 undergraduate students
72% of undergrad students are full time
42% male — 58% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
272 full-time faculty
440 part-time faculty
17 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

45% of students live on campus. Students have a choice of 4 residence halls to live in.

School Location

The University of La Verne is located in Southern California only 35 miles east of Los Angeles, 30 miles from Orange County beaches and 20 minutes north of Disneyland.

Retention Fall 2015

85% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

64% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 49%
Black or African American 6%
White 22%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 11%


NCAA division III (Athletic Division). 18 varsity sports.
Football; Baseball; Softball; Volleyball; Soccer; Swimming & Diving; Water Polo; Basketball; Tennis; Track & Field; Golf; Cross Country

Mascot: Leopard
Colors: Green and Orange

Other Information

The University of La Verne is located in Southern California only 35 miles east of Los Angeles, 30 miles from Orange County beaches, and 20 minutes north of Disneyland.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Athletic Training, Behavioral Science, Biology, Broadcasting, Business Administration, Business Management, Chemistry, Child Development, Communications, Comparative Literature, Computer Science and Computer Engineering, Criminology, Diversified Teaching Credentials, E-Commerce, Economics, English, Environmental Biology, Environmental Management, Ethnic Studies (minor), French, History, Honors Program, Human Resources Management, International Business and Language, International Studies, Journalism, Latin American Studies (minor), Legal Studies, Liberal Arts, Liberal Studies, Marketing, Mathematics, Movement and Sports Science, Music, Natural History, Organizational Management, Philosophy, Photography , Photojournalism (concentration), Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Reading Certificate, Religion, Religion and Philosophy, Social Science, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Communication, Theatre, Prehealth programs

A Program for Everyone

The University of La Verne is comprised of four colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business & Public Management, College of Education & Organizational Leadership, and College of Law.

La Verne offers over 70 undergraduate majors that empower students to combine their academic interests with potential career choices. Many majors like criminology, Kinesiology, child development, movement and sports science, or e-commerce are uncommon at other universities. The flexibility to double major, minor, or establish a concentration allows La Verne students to choose from all of the academic offerings at the University. No matter what, they are certain to be prepared for successful and productive lives after college.

Off-Campus Learning

Whether studying abroad, performing original research in the sciences, or engaging in hands-on internships, students often find themselves in stimulating environments that foster a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Honors Program

Intellectually curious and creative honors students engage in activities that venture beyond traditional academia. They delve into the rich resources of greater Los Angeles, including film studios, technology centers, museums, churches, concerts, exhibitions, and lectures.

Caring, top-notch faculty invite students to challenge themselves intellectually to “master the possibilities” and fully engage in their own academic growth.


La Verne students have the opportunity to not only pursue their academic interests, but also to gain tangible and valuable experiences in their future careers. Faculty renowned in their respective fields work closely with students to guide and mentor them through their professional endeavors. For example, Mike Bennett, an internationally known percussionist credits much of his success to his time spent with his La Verne music professor.

Examples like this abound in various programs at the University of La Verne. The strong one-on-one and small-group interactions between faculty and students are the backbone of what makes any University of La Verne student successful.


The University of La Verne is located in beautiful Southern California. While it enjoys a rich 120-year history, it is vibrant, spirited, and forward-thinking, creating an atmosphere that feels brand new. Excitement is in the air, and history is being made at the University of La Verne. In 2011, Dr. Devorah Lieberman was installed as the first female President of the University.

Campus Diversity

Diversity is an integral component of life at La Verne, making it stand out from other institutions. More than 50% of undergraduate students enrolled at the University identify themselves as Hispanic, African American, or Asian American. In addition, international students from all over the globe enhance the campus community.

Student Activities

La Verne students participate in over 50 student clubs and organizations, including sports teams and fraternities and sororities.

Alumni in Every Field

La Verne alumni can be found in every state of the union and in 66 countries across the globe, distinguishing themselves in nearly every field. Thirty-four judges hold a J.D. from the College of Law. Additionally, many alumni are business owners, CEOs, or presidents who serve national and international corporations. City managers, police chiefs, city and county department heads, and many public management and law enforcement officials hold public administration degrees from La Verne.

Reflecting the high value the University places on service, many alumni are teachers, ministers, psychologists, and counselors. As a recognized leader in education since the 1920s, the University is proud to have produced 25% of California school superintendents.

There are distinguished alumni in the performing arts, many of whom have made significant contributions to the arts both in the classroom and in professional performance. Many alumni involved in communications fields hold positions in broadcast and print media in the competitive Los Angeles/Southern California market and include television and radio personalities. A number of former student-athletes have gone on to professional playing careers, with many more enjoying coaching careers spanning from prep to collegiate to pro competition.


Admissions Fall 2015

8,179 Total Applicants 
3,859 Total Admissions 
724 Total Freshman Enrollment

47.18% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 470 560
SAT Math 470 570
SAT Writing 460 560
ACT Composite 20 24
ACT Math 19 25
ACT English 19 25
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $37,100
Fees $1,460
Total $38,560
Room and Board (on campus) $12,510
Room Only $6,580
Board Only $5,930
Estimated Total On Campus $51,070


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
76% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$24,377 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,669 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates