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A Values-Driven Mission

The University of La Verne, founded by members of the Church of the Brethren in 1891, is known as an educational leader in Southern California for providing its students with a values-based education. The mission of the University of La Verne is not fixed but rather hopes to, through a distinctive and relevant educational experience, create an individual and a community that strives to live dynamically by the four core values upon which the institution was founded.

The University of La Verne's four core values of ethical reasoning, lifelong learning, diversity and inclusivity, and civic and community engagement are the heartbeat of the university. Social activism is such an important part of the La Verne experience that students and alumni often talk about the way that their time at the University of La Verne instills them with the lasting desire to make an impact on their communities through service.

University of La Verne Highlights

  • Ranked as the top private university in the nation in social mobility by the U.S. News & World Report 2020, recognizing the university's success in helping economically disadvantaged students enroll in and graduate from college.
  • Ranked #1 in California (and #11 in the nation) for alumni satisfaction in a study published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs.
  • Called "one of the country's most impressive colleges" by the New York Times for exceeding expected graduation rates.
  • Ninety-eight percent of freshmen receive financial aid.
  • Forty-four percent of traditional undergrad students are first-generation students – the first in their immediate families to attend college.
  • Graduation rates for African American and Hispanic students are typically 15-20% above the national average, due in large part to the engagement of the faculty.
  • The university is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with a diverse community of students, 58% of whom declared themselves minority.