Location: La Verne, CA
Size: 2,682 undergraduates
Percent of Women: 59%
Tuition (one year): $36,744
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing, Social Sciences, Education, Psychology, Biology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 34%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit La Verne’s website at www.laverne.edu.
Why Choose La Verne?
"I chose La Verne because I feel like everyone is extremely nice and it is like a second family. I could tell that I would belong to this family from the moment I stepped foot on campus."
"La Verne gives a lot of financial aid, which helps me and my parents afford an education at a private university."
"I can be a big fish in a small pond at La Verne since the campus is so small. It is easy to get involved and meet a lot of people. My high school counselors encouraged me to consider La Verne because my academics and leadership skills would blossom at a small University."
"La Verne was my safety school, and turned out to be the best back-up plan I ever made."
"The central Southern California location is the reason that I chose La Verne. It is driving distance to everything from Disneyland to the beach."
"The Student to professor ratio is awesome when trying to establish a professional relationship for recommendations."
"It’s a small campus, but if you engage yourself into student life, your academics, and the community, you’ll find a place that will suit who you are and where you can develop the skills and characteristics to become the greatest version of yourself.”
“The University of La Verne has helped me grow as a person. I love how small the campus is and the amazing connections between students, and professors and students.”
"If you have ever visited La Verne you know about The Rock. It's fun to paint it with your sorority sisters or club, and to see what people paint on it."
"At ULV we have awesome student organizations like CAB and ASULV that make it possible to really be involved with the University, but also meet a lot of new people. Being invloved makes for a fulling college experiance."
“The on-campus facilities (cardio room, dining hall), as well as parking availability could be improved for the growing student population.”
"Our little university has grown a lot over the last few years, which in many ways has been positive. Some of the buildings, however, were not equipped to handle the growing number of students, particularly the dining hall."
"I have never had a professor that I didn't like here, and most of them I have loved, but I think the adminstration/staff is disorganized."
"I don't like the lack of accessability to fitness classes. I think we should be able to take classes like pilates and yoga without having to be registered for it as a class. Students have a hard time fitting thoses classes into their schedules."
"It's really annoying when they close the shuttle lot during big campus events like the homecoming football game. Students that live here still need a place to park!"
New Collegiette on Campus
"Being a freshman on campus can be hard especially if you are a commuter. It is important to get involved and meet people right off the bat. I wish I had gotten started earlier."
"Orientation is one of the craziest weeks. There are non-stop activities and the Orientation Week Leaders are all super cool and get you pumped. It is awesome because only freshman and OWLS are on campus at this time so you get to know everyone and feel comfortable. My orientation had a trip to Boomers and a movie premiere which was cool."
"You can always spot a freshman by their orientation lanyard."
"Making friends in college just requires putting in the effort. La Verne is primarily a commuter school so it is all about figuring out the heartbeat and rhythm of activities and figuring out how to strategically make friends with dorms who will let you stay over on late nights!"
"The OWLS really help freshmen integrate into the rest of the student population instead of just sticking to themselves. Everyone knows everyone in La Verne. There aren't many age separations."
All About Academics
"Majors that are really popular on campus are communications, biology, athletic training and psychology. Students are all usually super engaged with the department they are a part of. Sometimes people even say they live in certain buildings since that is where all of their classes are."
"People are always studying around campus. Outside on the green tables, inside the campus center and inside the library you are always sure to see someone with their laptop ready to get down to memorizing and writing."
"Everyone takes a lot of pride in their major. It is cool to see. I like how academics shape the circle of people you get to know and usually you have a lot in common with people who take the same classes as you."
"Usually getting classes is rough, but definitely not as bad as some of the horror stories I hear from friends at other schools. Honors, student government and campus activities all get priority so everyone else follows in seniority order."
"Every department has some kind of senior project or thesis, it just depends. For Political Science, there is a thesis that is around 40 pages long and a presentation that goes along with it."
"Getting good grades isn't too hard at La Verne, there are a lot of places like the Learning Enhancement Center that get you tutoring you need."
Learn from the Best
"La Verne has amazing faculty and staff. Since we are such small school you never have to worry about professors not knowing your name. They are able to make your education personal and you aren't just a number in a lecture hall."
"My favorite classes are my major classes. The communications department has amazing faculty that are experienced in their field and know what they are talking about."
"Jake Huberman is a student-favorite professor for film classes and Gitty Amini is a professor everyone loves for political science."
"Students are able to get to know professors really well since they are so accessible. A lot of my professors have given their cell phone numbers to our classes so that we can reach them when we are working on assignments."
"Everyone knows Jay Jones, walking around campus in his lab coat, preaching about preserving resources...you have to love those professors that are just known on campus."
Interests & Involvement
"There is a lot to get involved in on campus. Greek life, clubs, sports, Residence Hall Association. Whatever road you take will help you build leadership experience."
"A lot of schools have stereotypes of Greek life, but at La Verne it is different. It is smaller and you focus on becoming a better person and getting to know all of your sisters instead of just partying all the time."
"Since La Verne is so small it has helped me get involved with what I actually care about. There are like 70 clubs on campus and so it is pretty much impossible not to find a group that you fit in with and can grow with."
"A lot of people hear all the time that there is only CAB and ASULV, the activities board and the student government, to get involved with. They are great to get involved with but if that isn't your thing, there is a lot more. Really they just help other groups get started and are there to support everyone by putting on big events and providing clubs with support."
"There are clubs that range from women's empowerment groups all the way to religious groups to acapella groups. It just takes effort to get involved."
Recently, LA Times writer, Bill Plaschke wrote about attending a football game at ULV. His article truly encapsulates the essence of athletics at La Verne.
"I love going to volleyball games on campus. A good amount of people go, and the crowd gets really into it. Plus we have a really nice athletic pavilion."
“I just heard our football team sucks. I’m not really into sports either, so that’s why I don’t follow them.”
"La Verne is a division III school, so we do not have the strongest overall sports teams. There are, however, a lot of talented and dedicated athletes at ULV."
"Students are proud to support La Verne, but we don’t have the most school spirit when it comes to sporting events."
"Homecoming is by far the most attention grabbing sporting event on campus, but in terms of regular sports games we don’t really draw in large crowds."
"A lot of student organizations are headed by women. For the past two years ASULV, student government, has had women Presidents. The Campus Times also has a woman as editor in chief this semester, and there are great leadership opportunities for women through Greek life."
"There should be more guys on campus. I mean it is kind of weird with about 60 percent women, but at the same time I am glad that so many women are getting degrees."
"The fact that we don't have a women's studies program is horrible, especially since we are a women dominated campus."
"Opportunities for women are definitely emerging. A new SPARK leadership conference on campus to empower and educate women definitely highlights that. As well as clubs like Shades of Essence that help to inspire and build skills that women can use for the future."
"Guys are definitely lacking sometimes. I feel like I see the same ones all the time, and girls are everywhere!"
Food & Drink
"We have one dining hall and a small café on campus. The food ranges from mediocre to good depending on the day. They do make an effort to spice things up with specialty items like tortas or stir fry in addition to the regular hot food items."
"If you are more health conscious, like myself, it can be difficult to keep your diet exciting. The healthy food options are always the same, so it's good to stalk up on healthy snacks in your dorm for when you get bored of the dining hall."
"There are really close fun local places, but they are pricey. It's not like they are super high-end, but on a college student budget it's more like a treat."
"Since we are a big communter school, it's mostly freshman and sophomores that eat in the dining hall regulary, and then of course some of the upperclassmen that live on campus."
"Cooking on campus can be a bit of a chore. There is only one full kitchen in Vista and one in Stu-Han. Other than that its microwave cooking."
"I think ULV has a unique social scene that is ideal if you take advantage of all it has to offer. There are lots of events where you can meet people and get connected."
"There are a lot of night life opportunities like restaurants, Disneyland, the mountains and of course there are always different parties to attend."
"I like that there are so many social events that are free on campus. Magicians and comedians are booked regularly and it is fun to go at night with friends to meet new people and it gives you something fun to do in college instead of just studying."
"There are certain parties people are always really excited to go to, like the Phi Delta Theta Toga Party or the Sigma Alpha Epsilon White Party, that happen mostly every year."
"As a freshman it is awesome because the social scene kicks off with an activity packed orientation. That is really where it all begins, at Boomers with the Orientation Week Leaders and all the freshmen students."
Vista La Verne Dormitory
"I liked living on campus a lot. Being in a more communal floor in Oaks as a freshman was good to meet and bond with other people who are just starting out college."
"I lived in Stu-Han my first year here. There is no AC, which is probably the biggest disadvantage of living there. It's one of the older dorms, but it is also a fairly social dorm if you leave your door open."
"Vista La Verne is only a couple years old, and the nicest dorm. There are some freshman and sophomores in the building, but generally its juniors and seniors. Vista is the only dorm that you can have a single. All the rooms are suite style, so it's more like an apartment building. My room is tiny, but the privacy is worth it! Plus I have my own bathroom."
"Brant gets crazy cause of all the people. It can be fun, and a good experience if you are a freshman."
"This year there are rooms available at the Sheraton that's close by the school. It's a really nice hotel, so your room is really nice too. The only real downsides are you are far from the dinning hall, have a different meal plan, and you have to commute."
Exploring La Verne
"The University itself is located in the heart of old downtown La Verne. Within a couple blocks of the sleepy old downtown there is a pub with great food and drinks, a couple Italian restaurants with good reviews, Japanese, Mexican food, a hip new/American restaurant, and an old-school diner."
"It's easier if you have a car. It's a small quiet environment. If you need an urban atmosphere it can be stifling."
"We have a super cute woman’s clothing store, Duds and Doodads. About a mile from the University (totally within biking or driving distance) there are all your typical shopping locations: Target, Vons, Marshalls, Ross, and pretty much anything else you can imagine within driving distance. We are in Southern California, after all!"
"La Verne is a small town made up of mostly retirement homes, families, and La Verne Students. Claremont is just down the road, and Pasadena isn't too far for a day trip if you can drive."
"If you don't mind testing out new restaurants, fitness centers, and just walking around a little you can find a lot of great little gems in La Verne."
HC's Complete College Guide: University of La Verne
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