University of La Verne

www.laverne.edu

The University of La Verne, a four year, comprehensive, private university, was founded in 1891. This Carnegie 1 Research Institution is located in northeast Los Angeles County in Southern California, just minutes away from Los Angeles, Pasadena and Orange County.  The University is ranked by Forbes Magazine among the top 10% of “America’s Best Colleges” and in U.S. News and World Report, La Verne is in Tier I of national universities and fourth among the category’s private schools located in Los Angeles County. In addition, La Verne is heralded as one of the top 20 most diverse universities in the country.  La Verne is a vibrant, family-oriented community with a safe, small-town atmosphere that cherishes both its history and its vision for the future.

Nestled in the green foothills of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, the University is just a short excursion away from world-class surfing beaches, challenging ski slopes and desert recreation areas.  The location of the campus makes visits to renowned museums, cultural events, amusement parks and shopping centers easy.

The University’s mission to provide a people-centered, values-based, quality education has remained unchanged since its founding, nearly over 120 years ago.  Whether a recent high school graduate, a transfer student or an advanced degree seeker, international students are welcomed and valued members of the student community.

Student demographics

Total Enrollment: 8,300 students

Enrollment by Degree

  • Bachelors: 56%
  • Masters 35%
  • Doctorate 9%

Enrollment by Gender

  • Female: 60%
  • Male: 40%

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic: 38.4%
  • White: 30.7%
  • Black or African American: 8.7%
  • International/Non-resident: 7.3%
  • Not reported: 5.2%
  • Two or more races: 2,2%
  • American Indian/Alaskan: .5%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: .5%

Countries represented:

China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Syria, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Poland, Nepal, Iran, Sweden, Poland, Norway, Germany, Russia, Ecuador, Brazil, Yemen, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Hong Kong, Mongolia, El Salvador, Brazil, Peru, Mexico

ESL program and/or support services

ELS Language Centers is the largest campus-based intensive English language provider in the United States with over forty centers throughout the U.S. in addition to international locations. Of the many schools that teach English, ELS Language Centers is the largest and most experienced.  You will find that our experienced teachers, effective teaching materials and proven methods of instruction will allow you to reach your language learning goals quickly.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to practice English not only in the classroom, but also through planned social activities and daily interaction with residents of the community.

  •  Free tutoring available to students in our Learning Enhancement Center
  • Graduate Success Center for all graduate student services
  • Office of International Student Services

 Student Housing options

4 residence halls on campus for students to choose from.

Application deadlines

Undergraduate First Year Admission

  • Fall – 1 Feb
  • Spring – 1 Dec

Undergraduate Transfer Admission

  • Fall – 1 April
  • Spring – 1 Dec

Graduate Admission

Deadlines vary by program.

All programs recommended deadline is 6 weeks before start of term.  College of Business and Public Management: MBA, MSLM, MSG, MHA – preferred deadline is 6 weeks before the start of the term

Admission requirements for first year and transfer students

First Year Students

  1. A completed La Verne Application OR Common Application (Only fill out ONE)
  2. $50 (USD) application fee
  3. Official high school transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary schools and universities
    1. Official transcripts and certificates (with notarized translations into English where appropriate) from all secondary schools, colleges and universities attended. Students transferring from a post-secondary institution must submit copies of transcripts to a certified credential evaluation services for an official evaluation of transferable credit. Many accredited services can be reviewed by accessing the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Web site.
  4. A Personal Essay allows us to get to learn a little more about you.  Essay prompts are located in the application and are submitted at the time of application submission.
  5. SAT or ACT exam results sent directly from the testing agency to the University of La Verne
  6. TOEFL or IELTS exam results sent directly from the testing agency to the University of La Verne
  7. One letter of recommendation

Upon admission and to begin the I-20 process, students must also submit:

  1. La Verne financial statement
  2. Copy of the passport photo page
  3. Official bank statements.  These must come directly from the bank; fax or photocopies will not be accepted.

Transfer Students

  1. A completed La Verne Application OR Common Application (Only fill out ONE)
  2. $50 (USD) application fee
  3. Official university transcripts
    1. Transcripts from foreign colleges and universities must be submitted for evaluation to a recognized credential evaluation service.
    2. The University of La Verne requires a subject breakdown, with letter grades and upper or lower division equivalencies.  Please note that most evaluation services charge additional fees each time a document is reviewed, so it is in the student’s best interest to request a complete evaluation during the first application to the foreign credential evaluation service.  The evaluation service’s recommendations will be regarded as advisory only, as the final decision regarding the articulation of this coursework rests with the faculty and the Office of the Registrar.  For an up to date list of approved Foreign Credential Services, please refer to the NACES website.
    3. In order to have foreign coursework reviewed for General Education applicability (as opposed to elective credit), students must also submit notarized translations of course descriptions.  IERF is one company that offers this service.
  4. A Personal Essay allows us to get to learn a little more about you.  Essay prompts are located in the application are and submitted at the time of application submission.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS exam results sent directly from the testing agency to the University of La Verne
  6. One letter of recommendation
  7. University of La Verne Transfer Form

To expedite the I-20 process students must also submit:

  1. La Verne financial statement
  2. Copy of the passport photo page
  3. Official bank statements.  These must come directly from the bank; fax or photocopies will not be accepted.

International Student visas issued

  • F1

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Undergraduate Tuition (13-14)

  • $35,000 Tuition and Fees per year
  • $12,240 Room and Board

Masters

  • $29,978 Estimated Yearly Expenses

Doctorate

  • $33,795-$62.516 Estimated Yearly Expenses

Varies by program

International Student Scholarships available for first-year applicants only ranging from $5,000-$15,000 renewable annually.

Internship opportunities

Internships vary by academic department.

All undergraduate students must complete a senior project for graduation.  An internship may help fulfill this requirement.  Rules vary by department.

Student activities and campus life

Students who want to become active and get to know others who are interested in similar types of co-curricular activities can join one of the 50+ active student clubs and organizations on campus.

Categories of clubs include: academic, business, cultural, governing, Greek, and special interest. These groups offer students a chance to network with faculty, staff, classmates and community members who have similar interests and experiences.

Some academic and business organizations are either closely affiliated with academic areas at the University of La Verne and/or have national professional affiliation. Student organizations are an integral part of the student life on campus and reflect the diverse interests and activities of our student community.