First-year Learning Communities—FLEX for short—are your introduction to The La Verne Experience. Over 20 FLEX Learning Communities place incoming freshmen with similar interests into the same set of two classes designed to lay the foundation for success in and outside the classroom. FLEX’s unique educational opportunities help students engage with faculty and classmates in linked classes—two distinct disciplines and a smaller writing class. As students study each subject in depth, they also touch on common themes in a coherent educational experience.
Foundational to The La Verne Experience, each FLEX Learning Community links two classes which include select coordinated activities that encourage you to interact closely with classmates and faculty in active learning outside the classroom. A series of co-curricular activities are designed to supplement what you are learning in your classes.
Part of each FLEX Learning Community’s goal is to introduce students to the core values that have guided La Verne’s mission since 1891: A Values Orientation, Community and Diversity, Life-Long Learning, and Community Service. The One Book, One University shared freshman reading program contributes to this goal.
It’s easy to select your top three FLEX Learning Communities:
- Explore FLEX Options by Major
- Review the Master FLEX List for times, dates, and instructors
- Review the Recommended Third or Fourth Class by Major
- Select and submit your top three choices in your application portal
- After you complete the steps in your application portal, your checklist will be updated and you will be able sign up for an appointment with an academic advisor to choose your 3rd and 4th courses.
Simplify your registration and maximize your educational value.
Individual FLEX courses will grant subject credit in General Education breadth requirements as well as Writing, and in some cases you can even earn major credit. The FLEX Learning Community courses must be taken together for a total of 8-10 semester hours (in some cases a bit fewer). Although you may select any FLEX for registration, we expect you to select one that corresponds with the major you are considering.
After you submit your top three FLEX choices in your application portal and complete the other preceding steps, you will be able to sign up for an appointment with an academic advisor. During your meeting, you will complete your registration by selecting a fourth course (usually math, based on placement, a major requirement, or an elective).
If you have already submitted your tuition deposit, log in to your application portal to get started on this process now.