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La Verne andSouthern California

At the University of La Verne, students enjoy a small town experience on the edge of one of the most vibrant metropolises in the world. The city of La Verne provides students a safe and calm oasis for concentrated learning; at the same time, the cultural activities, natural wonders, and career opportunities of Southern California lie only a short car, bus, or train ride away.

The city of La Verne (1887) and the University of La Verne (1891) grew up together, nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. We’re located in the heart of a quaint downtown (“D Street”) where students can enjoy pleasant restaurants and cafes just steps from campus. Larger shopping centers can be found about a mile away.

Students can engage with nature easily; local trails abound in the foothills and nearby regional parks. SoCal’s famous beaches are located about an hour away, and desert exploration to the east and snowball fights to the north are easily accessible with a short drive along historic Route 66. Just be sure to pack your hiking gear.

Need some cultural fortification? Downtown Los Angeles is about 35 miles away and students without cars can use the nearby Metrolink train line to travel to L.A., San Diego, Santa Barbara, and all points in between.

You’ll never run out of things to do:

  • watch multiple franchises in every professional sport duke it out in classic coliseums and stadiums;  
  • pay a visit to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Magic Mountain, or Knott’s Berry Farm;
  • enjoy concerts of every genre,
  • see a play, TV show taping, or special film screening;
  • sample a mind-boggling array of cuisines;
  • enrich yourself with world-class art, natural history, and science museums; or
  • star-gaze while sightseeing in Hollywood.

Los Angeles also offers ample opportunity for internships and other education-enriching opportunities like conferences and professional meet-ups.