La Verne currently hosts 1,540 main campus traditional undergraduates and 1,665 main campus graduate students. Total enrollment is 7,500 including adult learners, graduate, law, and online students. The University celebrates its students’ ethnic diversity: 36.1% Latino/Hispanic, 34.8% Caucasian, 10.4% African American, 10.6% Asian American/Pacific Islander, 0.9% American Indian/Alaska Native, and 6.7% Other identities.
The University’s focus on the individual student is evidenced in its student/faculty ratio of 12:1, and the fact that 71% of classes have no more than 19 students. Professors are personally engaged and committed to helping students achieve their academic and professional goals.
More than 90% of La Verne students receive some form of financial aid. The average undergraduate recipient of financial aid has a package of $22,535. The traditional age undergraduate programs have a high retention rate; the 2009-10 academic year had a persistence rate of over 93%. According to the 2008 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Report, over 90% of freshmen and seniors regarded their entire educational experience at La Verne as being “excellent” or “good.” More than half would still choose to attend La Verne if they could start over again, and a significantly higher percentage evaluated the quality of academic advising they received as excellent when compared to their peers at other four-year private colleges and universities.
The University has a long history of commitment to service. For more than 50 years, La Verne has sponsored a Summer Service program that partners with non-profit organizations in which students serve in various capacities. In addition, all undergraduates fulfill a community service requirement, while community engagement takes place in courses and through student clubs and organizations.