The Application Process

The application is your chance to make a strong impression. Our evaluation process places an emphasis on your unique experience and engagement, including the day-to-day schoolwork reflected in transcripts; what teachers, counselors, and others say about your character and work ethic through recommendation letters; and your own reflections and perceptions revealed through your personal statement. And since the University of La Verne is a test-optional institution, you can decide to submit your test scores if you think they will help strengthen your application.

When to Apply

Though the University of La Verne is on rolling admission, there are many benefits to applying by the priority deadlines, including early consideration for merit scholarships and invitations to special events for admitted students.

Academic Term Priority Deadline
Spring Semester December 1
Fall Semester (Freshmen) February 1
Fall Semester (Transfer) April 1

How to Apply

You may apply to the University of La Verne through one of these convenient application platforms:

La Verne Application Common App

Freshman Admission

If you are finishing up high school or are a recent high school graduate, you will be applying as a first-time freshman student. When reviewing freshmen applications, our admissions committee will be looking to see if you have completed the following classes and passed with a grade of C or better (no foreign language courses are required):

  • four years of English;
  • three years of social science;
  • passed or surpassed Algebra 2; and
  • two years of science (one must be a lab)

Honors Program for Freshmen

Applicants with exceptional high school GPA and test scores may be interested in participating in the university’s prestigious Global Ideas Honors Program. Admits who meet one of the following criteria will be invited to join:

  • A high school GPA of 3.5 or above and one of the following: an SAT of 1240, ACT of 26, TOEFL of 97, or IELTS of 7.0
  • A high school GPA of 3.0 or above and one of the following: an SAT of 1300, ACT of 29, TOEFL of 97, or IELTS of 8.0

Freshman Application Process and Requirements

As you develop your application materials, we recommend that you highlight your involvement in school and community activities, any leadership opportunities, personal character, and special talents.

To apply, complete the requirements below. All application materials become property of the university upon receipt.

  1. Application for Admission. Apply using either the La Verne Application or the Common App.
  2. Application Fee. Submit a non-refundable $50 application fee (paid at time of application submission). We offer fee waivers to students who attend our PACE partner institutions and accept NACAC or College Board waivers. Please check with your high school counselor for details.
  3. Personal Statement. The personal statement essay allows us to learn a little more about you. Make sure to proofread! The word count for the essay is 250 words minimum.
  4. Transcripts. We’ll need your high school transcripts, as well as any college transcripts if you completed some college courses while attending high school. Submit your transcripts to the Office of Admission. We will accept unofficial transcripts for admission consideration, but we will need final official transcripts directly from your school once you graduate.
  5. Letter of Recommendation. Have a teacher, academic counselor, supervisor, etc., write us a letter about your work ethic and character. (Hint: You can send a recommendation request form from the application.)
  6. Official Test Scores (Optional). The University of La Verne is a test-optional institution, which means SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission. However, you may submit SAT or ACT test scores if you believe they make your application stronger or for scholarship consideration. Test scores may be submitted as part of the official high school transcript or sent to the university directly from the testing agency.
    • The University of La Verne identification code for the SAT is 4381.
    • The University of La Verne identification code for the ACT is 0295.

Transfer Admission

If you graduated high school and then attended another college or university, you will be applying as a transfer. When reviewing transfer applications, our admissions committee will be looking to see if you have a strong academic record and have completed a college-level English course and, preferably, a college-level math course.

Honors Program for Transfers

Transfer applicants with exceptional GPAs may be interested in participating in the university’s prestigious Global Ideas Honors Program. Admits who have completed 28 or more transferable credits with a GPA of 3.5 or above or have completed an Honors Transfer Council of California (HTCC) Honors Transfer Program with a GPA of 3.5 or above will be invited to join.

Transfer Application Process and Requirements

As you develop your application materials, we recommend that you highlight your involvement in school and community activities, any leadership opportunities, personal character, and special talents.

To apply, complete the requirements below. All application materials become property of the university upon receipt.

  1. Application for Admission. Apply using either the La Verne Application or the Common App.
  2. Application Fee. Submit a non-refundable $50 application fee (paid at time of application submission).
  3. Personal Statement. The personal statement essay allows us to learn a little more about you. Make sure to proofread! The word count for the essay is 250 words minimum.
  4. Transcripts. We’ll need transcripts from all colleges or universities where you have attended. If you plan to transfer with fewer than 28 college credits we’ll need your official high school transcripts as well. Submit your transcripts to the Office of Admission. We will accept unofficial transcripts for admission consideration, but we will need final official transcripts directly from your school prior to enrollment.
  5. Letter of Recommendation. Have a teacher, academic counselor, supervisor, etc., write us a letter about your work ethic and character. (Hint: You can send a recommendation request form from the application.)
  6. Documents for Additional Credit Sources. If you would like to receive credit for military training or other sources of credit, make sure to submit the appropriate documents.

International Admission

If you are a resident of another country and not a citizen of the United States or if you live in the United States but require a student visa to study here, you will be applying as an international student. When reviewing international applications, our admissions committee will be looking for a strong academic history as well as proof of proficiency in the English language.

Honors Program for International Applicants

Applicants with an exceptional academic history may be interested in participating in the university’s prestigious Global Ideas Honors Program. Admits who meet one of the following criteria will be invited to join:

  • Freshmen: a high school GPA of 3.5 or above and one of the following: an SAT of 1240, ACT of 26, TOEFL of 97, or IELTS of 7.0; or a high school GPA of 3.0 or above and one of the following: an SAT of 1300, ACT of 29, TOEFL of 97, or IELTS of 8.0.
  • Transfers: 28 or more transferable credits with a GPA of 3.5 or above or have completed an Honors Transfer Council of California (HTCC) Honors Transfer Program with a GPA of 3.5 or above.

International Application Process and Requirements

As you develop your application materials, we recommend that you highlight your involvement in school and community activities, any leadership opportunities, personal character, and special talents.

To apply, complete the requirements below. All application materials become property of the university upon receipt.

  1. Application for Admission. Apply using either the La Verne Application or the Common App.
  2. Application Fee. Submit a non-refundable $50 application fee (paid at time of application submission).
  3. Personal Statement. The personal statement essay allows us to learn a little more about you. Make sure to proofread! The word count for the essay is 250 words minimum.
  4. Transcripts. Submit your transcripts to the Office of Admission. We will accept unofficial transcripts for admissions consideration, but we will need final official transcripts directly from your school once you graduate. Notarized English translations are required when appropriate.
    • If you are applying as a freshman, we’ll need your high school transcripts as well as any college transcripts if you completed some college courses while attending high school.
    • If you are applying as a transfer, we’ll need transcripts from all colleges or universities where you have attended, plus your official high school transcripts if you have fewer than 28 transferable college credits. For coursework completed at a foreign university, University of La Verne requires a detailed credential review. SPANTRAN and IERF are two of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services-accredited agencies that can do a credential review. There is a fee for this service. Classes completed at foreign universities accredited by U.S. agencies are exempt from this process.
  5. Letter of Recommendation. Have a teacher, academic counselor, supervisor, etc., write us a letter about your work ethic and character. (Hint: You can send a recommendation request form from the application.)
  6. Proof of English Proficiency. We want to ensure that you know enough English to be successful at the university. You may demonstrate English proficiency through test scores from one of a variety of exams, including the SAT and ACT. Test scores may be submitted as part of the transcript. We will accept unofficial test scores for admission consideration, but we will need final official test scores for scholarship consideration.
  7. Official Test Scores (Optional). The University of La Verne is test-optional, which means SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission. However, you may submit SAT or ACT test scores if you believe they make your application stronger or for scholarship consideration. Test scores may be submitted as part of the official high school transcript or sent to the university directly from the testing agency.
    • The University of La Verne identification code for the SAT is 4381.
    • The University of La Verne identification code for the ACT is 0295.

Returning Students

If you previously attended University of La Verne, but have not attended in two or more consecutive semesters, you must reapply. Your application will be evaluated according to University of La Verne’s current policies and requirements for undergraduate admission and you must include transcripts for any academic work completed during your absence.

After You Apply

Do you need to update an existing application or check your admission status? Log in to the application portal.