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University of La Verne
Established 1891 (as Lordsburg College)
Type Private
Endowment US $32,097,827 (2010)[1]
President Steve Morgan (Retiring June 2011)
Location La Verne, California, United States
Campus Suburban, 26 acres
Colors Green and Orange
Mascot Leopards

The University of La Verne is a private, doctoral research university in La Verne, California (about 35 miles east of Los Angeles), founded in 1891. The university is composed of the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business & Public Management, College of Education and Organizational Leadership, College of Law, and a Regional Campus Administration that oversees seven regional campuses.

The University offers a full spectrum of degrees, including bachelors, masters, doctoral and law.


Mission Statement

It is the mission of the University of La Verne to provide opportunities for students to achieve their educational goals and become contributing citizens to the global community. This is accomplished by offering high quality degree programs to both traditional-aged and adult learners; providing liberal arts and professional programs from undergraduate to doctoral levels; and delivering programs to students at the central La Verne campus as well as regional campuses and satellite class locations throughout California.

The University provides a student-centered, values-based, and diverse learning environment. It takes pride in offering small class sizes in a highly personalized setting. The University encourages effective teaching, research, scholarly contributions, and service to the greater community by sharing its academic, professional, and individual resources.

Values: The University of La Verne shares four core values that promote a positive and rewarding life for its students through fostering a genuine appreciation and respect for: A Values Orientation - The University affirms a philosophy of life that actively supports peace with justice, the health of the planet and its people. Therefore, in light of this affirmation, it encourages students to become reflective about personal, professional, and societal values. It also encourages values-based ethical behavior.

Community and Diversity - The University promotes the goal of community within a context of diversity. Therefore, it encourages students to understand and appreciate the diversity of cultures that exists locally, nationally, and internationally. It also seeks to promote appreciation and preservation of biodiversity by helping students understand the impact/dependence of human beings on their environment.

Lifelong Learning - The University commits itself to promoting education that facilitates lifelong learning. Therefore, it teaches students how to learn, to think critically, to do constructive research, and to access and integrate information in order to prepare them for continued personal and career growth.

Community Service - The University believes that personal service is a primary goal of the educated person. Therefore, it encourages students to experience the responsibilities and rewards of serving the human and ecological community.[1]


The University of La Verne was founded in 1891 as Lordsburg College by members of the Church of the Brethren. Both the surrounding agricultural community and the College were renamed La Verne in 1917. The College reorganized in 1977 as the University of La Verne. At present, the structure of the University consists of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the College of Education, the College of Law, and Regional Campuses.

The school conferred its first master's degree in 1965 and began an adult education program in 1969. ULV awarded its first doctorate in 1979. In 1981, the University founded a campus in Orange County and has since opened campuses throughout southern California.

The University of La Verne is an independent, nonsectarian and non-profit institution.

Building on Excellence Campaign

Founder's Hall

In January 2007, university President Steve Morgan announced that La Verne had raised more than $33 million toward its five-year Building on Excellence Campaign, which runs from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2008.

The goals of the advancement initiative include:

  • Enhance the campus by updating facilities and infrastructure
  • Increase and encourage research
  • Provide vital financial assistance to those seeking to further their education
  • Strengthen La Verne's intercollegiate athletic program
  • Expand the university's leadership and legacy in the field of education
  • Sustain the growth and development of the College of Law

Part of the funds secured during the campaign's initial two years includes the $17.8 million raised as part of the $21 million Campus Center Project.

The Campus Center Project features construction of the Sara & Michael Abraham Campus Center (student union building offering classrooms, office space, cafe, mail room and conference rooms), creation of the Frank & Nadine Johnson Family Plaza, and renovation of the Sports Science & Athletics Pavilion (formerly known as the "Super Tents").

District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) honored President Morgan with its Chief Executive Officer Leadership Award in 2006 for his efforts in this campaign.

Campus locations

Third Street
  • Main Campus 1950 Third Street, La Verne, CA 91750
  • La Verne Central Coast 4119 Broad Street, Suite 200, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  • La Verne High Desert 15447 Anacapa Road, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
  • La Verne Inland Empire 10535 Foothill Blvd, Suite 400, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
  • La Verne Kern County 1201 24th Street Suite D-200, Bakersfield, CA 93301
  • La Verne Orange County 2855 Michelle Drive, Suite 250, Irvine, CA 92606
  • La Verne San Fernando Valley 4001 W. Alameda Avenue, Suite 300, Burbank, CA 91505
  • La Verne Ventura County 2001 Solar Drive, Suite 250, Oxnard, CA 93036
  • University of La Verne College of Law 320 East D Street, Ontario, CA 91764

Military satellite campuses:

Online education

La Verne Online offers select programs through on line coursework, and some programs offer student choice on whether to take a class on campus or online; some of the programs which participate are:

Programs include:

  • Graduate Degree Programs
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Professional Development Courses for Educators
  • Doctor in Public Administration
  • Undergraduate Degree Programs
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
  • General Education Course Offerings

College of Law

The University of La Verne College of Law was founded in 1970 and is located in Ontario, California. On February 13, 2006, the University of La Verne College of Law was provisionally accredited by the American Bar Association, allowing students to take the bar exam and become practicing attorneys in any US jurisdiction.

On April 23, 2007, reported:

At a time when American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law schools nationwide are experiencing an average 3.4% decrease in applications for admission over last year, University of La Verne College of Law reports a 208% increase in its application rate, more than doubling its application intake over the past twelve months. Only one other law school in the nation experienced an increase of 100% or more in its application rate.


Tents next to Football Field

La Verne offers 19 intercollegiate athletic teams—10 sports for men and nine for women. The ULV Leopards are a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and compete at the NCAA Division III level.

La Verne has captured numerous SCIAC Championships, and has claimed NCAA team titles in baseball (1995) and women's volleyball (1982, 2001). La Verne boasts quality training facilities including an all-weather track and weight room. The new La Verne Swimming Complex serves as the home for swimming and water polo.

Men's Teams
Cross Country
Swimming & Diving
Track & Field
Water Polo

Women's Teams
Cross Country
Swimming & Diving
Track & Field
Water Polo

Wilson Library

The Elvin and Betty Wilson Library—La Verne’s main library—contains over 193,000 volumes and 2,000 current journal subscriptions. Tables and individual carrels provide seating and study space. Microfilm and microfiche readers and video cassette players are available as well as coin-operated copy machines. Reference services are provided by the professional library staff. Access to library resources beyond Wilson Library is available by means of interlibrary loan and reciprocal borrowing privileges at academic libraries in the area. The library is connected by computer to collections of college and university libraries across the nation. see below:

Accreditation & Memberships

The University of La Verne is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

College of Law
The College of Law is provisionally approved by the American Bar Association

Military Memberships
Council of Civilian and Military Educators (CCME)
National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (Naimes)
Western Association of Veteran Education Specialists (Waves)

The Doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association

Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)

Credential programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ "Alumnus Rob Fukuzaki to be Honored at 10th Annual ULV President's Dinner Gala" University of La Verne, University Relations website. Accessed December 12, 2007
  3. ^ "Alumni Profile: Ross Mathews 2002" University of La Verne, University Relations website. Accessed October 23, 2007
  4. ^ "Making a Contest a Career" La Verne Magazine, Winter 2006. Accessed December 12, 2007
  5. ^ "Alumni - What you are, we are" ULVoice, University of La Verne. Accessed December 12, 2007
  6. ^ "Who is PJ Butta" PJ Butta Biography. Accessed December 12, 2007
  7. ^ [1]
  • US News Rankings and Reviews [2]

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