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First Week of School Campus Recap

Family posing with housing supplies for Move-In Day 2023

We had a fabulous first week of school, Leopards! Students from across the globe and from nearby joined together on our campuses ready to start the 2023-2024 academic year off strong. This year, the university welcomed its largest first-year class in University of La Verne history. This record-breaking class came onto campus charged and ready with excitement in their eyes and even bigger smiles.

Meanwhile, approximately 1,000 students moved into their dormitories. Each Leopard was greeted by other new and returning students along the way. Parents and loved ones helped cart in their students’ belongings into their respective rooms and saw their reactions as they met their roommates in-person. Then, parents waved, or even shed a tear, as they sent off their loved ones to begin their academic journeys.

Isela Chavez ’24 is a fourth-year student who is very involved on campus, including in her newest on-campus role as student body president of the Associated Students of University of La Verne (ASULV). During move-in day, she was serving her other role on campus as a community assistant for Housing and Residential Life. She helped check-in students during move-in day. Her advice to incoming first-year students?

“Get involved! It has given me so many opportunities…and has its benefits,” Chavez said.

Other exciting events happened this first week, including Convocation, the university’s annual tradition celebrating the beginning of the academic year together in community. Students were able to hear from the 19th President of the University of La Verne Pardis Mahdavi for the first time since joining the university on August 15.

Leopards can look forward to the next few months with these upcoming events:

Join the University of La Verne as we enter a new era under the leadership of Dr. Pardis Mahdavi, our 19th president of the University of La Verne. In honor of her transition, the community is invited to make a community service pledge and Leap Into Action with our campaign for volunteer work or in-kind donations through Oct. 13, attend the festive installation ceremony and reception  Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, and continue celebrating during traditional Homecoming and Family Weekend activities October 14 through 15.

RSVP for the inauguration by visiting:

Learn more about homecoming events: