FAQs for Online Applicants

About the University
About La Verne Online

About the University

Is the University of La Verne an accredited institution?

Since 1891, the University of La Verne has been dedicated to the belief that a quality, values-based education enriches the human condition by engendering service, scholarly accomplishment, and professionalism. 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) and is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


How do the online courses work?

We use a system called Blackboard, which is an online course platform that provides you, the student, with an easy-to-access and consistent online learning environment. All courses on Blackboard are laid out similarly and navigation is straightforward. You must have a Blackboard user account to gain access to the site and your course. Within twenty-four (24) hours of your first registration in a University of La Verne course, a Blackboard account will be automatically assigned to you.


Will I have to attend any class sessions in person?

No, courses offered through La Verne Online do not require on-campus attendance. Instead, you will virtually attend class using Blackboard, an e-learning management system. Classes are taken at your convenience using a computer with an Internet connection. You will be responsible for obtaining, submitting and following coursework electronically.


How are exams facilitated?

With the exception of a few general education courses, exams are administered through Blackboard.


How many hours will be required per class each week?

Online courses may require approximately eight to ten hours of dedicated time per course per week. Variables such as a student’s personal learning process and the complexity of a course should be considered.


What skills or equipment must I have in order to be an online student?

The following is suggested for a successful online education experience:

      • Access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection
      • Web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari (the most recent versions)
      • Ability to navigate the Internet using search engines for research purposes
      • Access to and aptitude in utilizing Microsoft Office applications
      • Familiarity with electronic communication, such as e-mail and online discussions


About La Verne Online

Will my diploma show that I completed my degree online?

No, your diploma will reflect the same information as an on-campus student.


How much does the online program cost?

Please visit the University Catalog’s Tuition and Fees webpage.


What payment options are available?

Visit the Student Accounts website for detailed information.


How many weeks in each term?

The La Verne Online term (non-semester) is ten weeks. This is the term that will apply to La Verne Online students.


What is the difference between term and semester?

The University of La Verne  defines a term as an accelerated semester. La Verne Online offers four ten-week terms in an academic year.

A semester is when an academic year is divided into two halves, each can be anywhere from fifteen to eighteen weeks. The La Verne main campus term is sixteen weeks.


What services are offered to online students through La Verne?

La Verne Online students share the same resources as main campus students. There are a variety of resources and services such as the University of La Verne Bookstore, the Wilson Library, Career Services and more. Visit the University of La Verne Resources and Services webpage for more information.



I am ready to apply, how do I get started?

These are the steps to beginning with La Verne Online (note: due to newly implemented revisions in the Higher Education Act, only California residents are eligible to apply to the Online Degree Programs.):

Undergraduate students:
Make certain that you meet the admissions requirements. To view admission requirements, visit the University of La Verne catalog (Regional and Online Campuses Undergraduate Programs Admission). Please note, undergraduate La Verne Online students must  have completed a minimum of 28 semester hours of transferable college-level coursework with a GPA of 2.0. The 28 semester hours should include Freshman Composition.

Graduate students:
Make certain that you meet the admissions requirements. To view admission requirements, visit the University of La Verne catalog (Graduate Admission: Main Campus and Regional and Online Campuses).

Steps to Applying:
✔ Contact the Associate Director of Admission, Jesse Martinez, to guide you through the application process.
Email: jmartinez@laverne.edu | Phone: (909) 448-4961

✔ Request a preliminary assessment (an assessment of your previously completed coursework) from Academic Advisor and Transfer Coordinator, Tonya Carmon, by completing the Request for Online Degree Program Preliminary Assessment form.
Email: tcarmon@laverne.edu | Phone: (909) 448-4965

✔ The admission process begins with the submission of the application and the application fee. To apply, visit the University of La Verne homepage and click Apply Now.

What admission documents am I expected to submit?

Please visit the Admissions Information section in the University of La Verne Catalog.

Where should I send my official transcripts and other admissions documents?

Please direct official transcripts and other La Verne Online admission documents to the following address. To ensure direct delivery, it is very important that the school sending the transcript forward it as addressed below.

ATTN: Corinne Bicksler
La Verne Online
1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA  91750