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University of La Verne: Narrative Description


1950 Third St.
La Verne, CA 91750-4443
Tel: (909)593-3511
Free: 800-876-4858
Fax: (909)593-0965
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates (also offers continuing education program with significant enrollment not reflected in profile). Founded 1891. Setting: 26-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Total enrollment: 4,021. Faculty: 389 (183 full-time, 206 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,654 applied, 59% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 69% from top quarter, 94% from top half. Full-time: 1,554 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 96 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 25 states and territories, 7 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 38% Hispanic, 9% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 3% 25 or older, 32% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 88% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Elizabethtown College, Juniata College, McPherson College, Bridgewater College, Manchester College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 2/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. One-time mandatory fee: $110. Comprehensive fee: $31,910 includes full-time tuition ($22,800) and college room and board ($9110). College room only: $4490. Full-time tuition varies according to course load, degree level, location, and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $650 per unit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, degree level, location, and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 31 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 7% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Latino Student Forum, African-American Student Association, Associated Students Federation, Alpha Kappa Psi. Major annual events: Homecoming, International Fair, Spring Formal. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, whistle program. 536 college housing spaces available; 501 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Wilson Library with 215,000 books, 4,500 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

La Verne is a suburban area approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Pasadena, Beverly Hills and Hollywood. MetroLink railroad system and the Metropolitan Bus Lines provide access in and out of Los Angeles. La Verne is overshadowed on the north by the snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains, which rise to a height of 10,000 feet. La Verne is within easy driving distance of the beaches and mountains which provide both summer and winter recreational activities.

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