La Verne is committed to providing a quality, personalized education experience for leadership and participation in a diverse society to a student population that reflects the full diversity of this country. This commitment is achieved by creating a climate that supports diversity, social justice, and sensitivity to global interdependence. By fostering an inclusive and welcoming educational environment, the University reflects the remarkable diversity found in Southern California. International student enrollment has been rising; currently enrollment stands at 457. Students are exposed to an array of cultures, viewpoints, and ideals, leading to open exchange on academic and personal levels. In this way, La Verne endeavors to prepare its graduates to transform, contribute, and compete in the global workplace.
La Verne is recognized among the nation’s higher education leaders in terms of ethnic diversity of its students. The U. S. News & World Report, in its 2008 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, ranked La Verne No. 8 in overall racial diversity among all U. S. National Universities and No. 1 in Hispanic student presence among the most racially diverse National Universities. It is recognized by established Federal standards as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with a diverse community of students, 58% of whom declared themselves minority. Graduation rates for African American and Hispanic students are typically 15-20% above the national average, due in large part to the engagement of the faculty.