University of La Verne

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University of La Verne
Motto Knowledge, Service, Vision
Type Private
Established 1891 (as Lordsburg College)
Affiliation Church of the Brethren[1]
Endowment US $56.4 million (2013)[2]
President Dr. Devorah Lieberman
Address 1950 3rd Street, La Verne, CA 91750 USA, La Verne, California, USA
Campus Suburban, 26 acres (11 ha)
Colors Green and Orange          
Nickname Leopards
Mascot Leos

The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university located in La Verne, California, United States, about 35 miles (56 km) east of Los Angeles. Founded in 1891, the university is composed of the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business & Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education, College of Law, and a Regional Campus Administration that oversees seven regional campuses. It awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Many of their classes are taught at smaller campuses throughout the greater Los Angeles area.


Lordsburg College c.1910

The University of La Verne was founded in 1891 as Lordsburg College by members of the Church of the Brethren, a German Christian sect originating from the Schwarzenau Brethren. Historically, the Brethren are considered one of the "peace churches", like the Quakers and the Mennonites.[3]

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, including on some military bases. Despite its Church of the Brethren heritage the university describes itself as non-sectarian.[4]

Campus heritage[edit]

Founders Hall on the main campus contains reminders of the university's Christian heritage.[5] The founding plaque, placed in 1927, states that the university is " the cause of Christian education." In the top level of stacks at Wilson Library, the LaVerne founding fathers are shown in the garb of the Brethren. The cornerstone of the main building reads: "Christ Jesus Himself is the chief corner stone." Slots on the Board of Trustees are still held for members of the Brethren.[5] The baccalaureate ceremony is held at the local Church of the Brethren, and the holder of the post of campus minister must be a member of the Church of the Brethren.[6]

Campus locations[edit]

Main campus on Third Street
  • Main Campus 1950 Third Street, La Verne, CA 91750
  • La Verne Satellite Campus, Dr. Diane G. Van Hook College of the Canyons University Center, Valencia, CA 91355
  • La Verne High Desert 15447 Anacapa Road, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
  • La Verne Inland Empire 3237 Guasti Road, Third Floor, Ontario, CA 91761
  • 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:


La Verne Online offers select programs through online coursework and some programs offer student choice on whether to take a class on campus or online.

The Elvin and Betty Wilson Library—La Verne’s main library—contains over 193,000 volumes and access to over 70 academic databases.

The University of La Verne College of Law was founded in 1970 and is currently located in Ontario, California. In February 2006, the College of Law was provisionally accredited by the American Bar Association, allowing students to take the bar exam and become practicing attorneys in any U.S. jurisdiction.[7]

In June 2011, the American Bar Association denied the University of La Verne full ABA accreditation.[8]

On August 29, 2011, the school announced it received accreditation from the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.[9]

In March 2012, the ABA again granted provisional approval.[10]

On March 14, 2016, the ABA granted full accreditation.


Ortmayer Athletics Complex
and football field

La Verne offers 18 intercollegiate athletic teams—9 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), men's volleyball (1999)[11] and women's volleyball (1982, 2001).

Accreditation and memberships[edit]

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).

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[edit]


  1. ^ "Church of the Brethren : Colleges". Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  2. ^ "University of La Verne Finance office, December 2013". 
  3. ^ Bowman, Carl (1987). A Profile of the Church of the Brethren. Elgin, IL: Brethren Press. See also Bowman, Carl (2008), Portrait of a People: The Church of the Brethren at 300. Elgin, IL: Brethren Press
  4. ^ "Religious Life at La Verne". Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "I. ULV Faculty Handbook: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION". Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  6. ^ Herb Hogan and Gladdys Muir's The University of La Verne: A Centennial History: 1891–1991 (1990)
  7. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ "La Verne College of Law dealt setback | San Bernardino County News | - Press-Enterprise". Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  9. ^ "University of La Verne College of Law | La Verne Law Receives Cal Bar Accreditation | University of La Verne College of Law". 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  10. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools | Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar". Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  11. ^ Damien Alarcon (April 30, 1999). "ULV clinches national title". Campus Times Online. 
  12. ^ "Alumni Profile: Ross Mathews 2002" University of La Verne, University Relations website. Accessed October 23, 2007
  13. ^ "Rob Fukuzaki | ABC7 Eyewitness News Team Los Angeles | KABC News Team |". Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  14. ^ "Biography - Assemblymember Roger Hernández Representing the 48th California Assembly District". 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°06′05″N 117°46′15″W / 34.10129°N 117.77095°W / 34.10129; -117.77095