The University of La Verne is a 127 year-old, private independent, comprehensive, doctoral-granting institution in Southern California with a strong emphasis on values, teaching excellence, community engagement, and an increasing commitment to research and publication. The University offers high- quality liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels and is comprised of nine campuses with the main campus located in the city of La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Regional campuses range from Vandenberg in the North to Irvine in the South, and from Oxnard in the West to Victorville in the East. It is classified by Carnegie as a Community-Engaged University.
The University of La Verne was founded by members of the Church of the Brethren, a small protestant denomination founded in 1708. While the University no longer has official ties to the Church of the Brethren, the University continues to be shaped by Brethren values of service, community, hospitality, social justice, peacemaking, and humility. The Church of the Brethren is one of the three historic peace churches, known for its commitment to pacifism. The University continues to honor and appreciate its pacifist roots, encouraging the community to ask difficult and enduring questions about peacemaking.
Today, the University has a federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with 40 percent of the student population identifying itself as Hispanic/Latino, 55 percent students of color, 10 percent international students, and a large proportion of first-generation students. The University has a strong commitment to diversity and equity and places a high priority on creating an environment that supports the growth and success of underrepresented and underserved populations. The University seeks to widen access to higher education, provide transformative education, and prepare students to have career and community success.