University of La Verne

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University of La Verne
University of La Verne seal.svg
MottoKnowledge, Service, Vision
Established1891 (as Lordsburg College)
Religious affiliation
Church of the Brethren[1]
EndowmentUS $103.7 million (2018)[2]
PresidentDevorah Lieberman
Other students
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 66 acres (27 ha)
ColorsGreen and Orange          
MascotLeo and Lea
University of La Verne wordmark.svg

The University of La Verne (ULV) is a private university in La Verne, California. 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. In 1917, the surrounding agricultural community of Lordsburg renamed itself La Verne; the College followed suit shortly thereafter. La Verne College reorganized in 1977 as the University of La Verne; since then, the University has grown to consist of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education, the College of Law, and multiple regional campuses.

La Verne conferred its first master's degree in 1965 and began an adult education program in 1969; it awarded its first doctorate in 1979. In 1981, the University founded a campus in Orange County and has since opened locations throughout the area, including Vandenberg AFB and Pt. Mugu. Despite its Church of the Brethren heritage, the University describes itself as non-sectarian.[3]

Historically, the Brethren are considered one of the "peace churches", like the Quakers and the Mennonites,[4] and 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]


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.

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). Several programs are accredited or approved by discipline-specific organizations:

Military memberships include:

  • Council of Civilian and Military Educators (CCME)
  • Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) approved
  • Western Association of Veteran Education Specialists (Waves)

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

College of Law[edit]

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.[8] In June 2011, the American Bar Association denied the University of La Verne full ABA accreditation.[9] On August 29, 2011, the school announced it received accreditation from the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.[10] In March 2012, the ABA again granted provisional approval.[11] On March 14, 2016, the ABA granted full accreditation. Of the La Verne graduates who took the California bar exam for the first time in July 2016, 31% passed, vs. a statewide average of 62%.[12]

Campus locations[edit]

Military satellite campuses:


At the University of La Verne, approximately 30% of traditional-age undergraduates participate in intercollegiate athletics annually. (A NCAA Division III member, the University does not offer scholarships based on athletic ability.) Its athletic program is dedicated to developing scholar-athletes who demonstrate a commitment to academic and athletic success. Intercollegiate athletics are an integral part of the overall college experience, engaging the campus community and establishing a sense of spirit and pride while promoting a healthy lifestyle and fitness of mind and body.

La Verne offers 20 intercollegiate athletic teams—10 sports for men and 10 for women. The 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)[13] and women's volleyball (1982, 2001).

  • Women's volleyball is a perennial national contender with three national titles (1981, 1982, 2001) and 22 conference championships in its history. The program produced two National Players of the Year (Amy Smith – 2003; Ryan Winn – 2001).
  • Baseball has a national reputation stretching back five decades, with two national titles (1972, 1995) and 20 conference titles.
  • Football's competitive tradition (including an undefeated conference season[14] in 2015) can be traced back 83 years and is a keystone of the University's athletic legacy.
  • Softball has established a competitive reputation, earning eight NCAA Division III playoff berths since 2006.
  • Men's golf won seven consecutive SCIAC championships from 2007–13 and placed second at the Division III national championship tournaments twice (2007, 2009). Kelby Scharmann claimed the individual national championship in 2015 and Mitchell Fedorka received the Jack Nicklaus Award as the Golf Coaches Association of America's collegiate player of the year.
  • Track and field programs are a national powerhouse, having produced nine individual national champions and 76 All-Americans.


  • VOICE Magazine
  • La Verne Magazine ISSN 0199-347X OCLC 5803867
  • Campus Times

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Church of the Brethren : Colleges". Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  2. ^ Retrieved 2019-11-18. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Religious Life at La Verne". Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ "I. ULV Faculty Handbook: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION". Archived from the original on 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2011-10-06.
  6. ^ Herb Hogan and Gladdys Muir's The University of La Verne: A Centennial History: 1891–1991 (1990)
  7. ^ "Physician assistant program receives accreditation | Campus Times". Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  8. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  9. ^ "La Verne College of Law dealt setback | San Bernardino County News | - Press-Enterprise". Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  10. ^ "University of La Verne College of Law | La Verne Law Receives Cal Bar Accreditation | University of La Verne College of Law". 2011-08-29. Archived from the original on 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  11. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools | Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar". Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  12. ^
  13. ^ Damien Alarcon (April 30, 1999). "ULV clinches national title". Campus Times. Archived from the original on 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  14. ^ Helen Arase, Jolene Nacapuy (December 4, 2015). "Football team breaks La Verne records on way to historic season". Campus Times.
  15. ^ "Biography - Assemblymember Roger Hernández Representing the 48th California Assembly District".
  16. ^ "Alumni Profile: Ross Mathews 2002" University of La Verne, The Voice. Accessed February 14, 2017

External links[edit]

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