La Verne ranks #1 in Transfer Students
According to recently released data, the University of La Verne ranks first among all private four-year colleges and universities in California in the number of transfer students admitted from California Community Colleges.
The report, published on the California Community Colleges Transfer Counselor website, places La Verne first on a list of California’s top 25 private four-year institutions admitting students transferring from the state’s community colleges in 2009-10, the most recently published data. La Verne’s 2,315 admitted transfers was more than double that of No. 2 National University (1,146), and easily exceeded the combined total of No. 3 Chapman (947), No. 4 USC (627) and No. 5 Art Center College of Design (504).
Compiled from the 107 California Community Colleges that contributed data (five schools did not report), the findings show La Verne accepted transfers from 73 different community colleges. Mt. San Antonio College led the way with 326 of its students being admitted to La Verne – a figure which, on its own, would rank 12th highest. Citrus (263), Chaffey (233), Pasadena City and Bakersfield (123 each) rounded out the top five schools with transfers admitted to La Verne.
A review of the report’s top 25 schools shows that in 8 of the 16 instances where 100 or more transfer students from a single community college were admitted to a four-year private institution, La Verne was the admitting school.
According to Steve Lesniak, Dean of the university’s Regional Campus Administration, several factors have contributed to La Verne’s success in attracting students from the state’s community colleges.
“As part of our effort to provide quality education to all who seek it, we have developed distinct, separate programs to meet the needs of both traditional-age students and working adults. We have 11 campuses throughout Southern and Central California to make our programs accessible,” said Lesniak. “And probably most importantly, we have friends telling friends about their experience at La Verne. These all are part of what we refer to as ‘The La Verne Advantage.’”
The university has long been recognized for putting resources in place to enhance the transition process for incoming transfer students. It has a series of agreements in place with community colleges statewide that provide qualified students clarified guidelines and procedures as well as making them aware of established benefits and services.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) has consistently rated La Verne among the nation’s best schools at successfully integrating transfer students into the campus community. One NSSE survey led to La Verne being singled out in a USA Today article for providing a transfer-friendly environment where students are “encouraged to draw on life experience when analyzing issues that professionals and organizations face.”