University of La Verne Review

The University of La Verne is a private, nonprofit school offering online degree completion programs to California-based students.

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The Good

Top 15 national ranking:

In the latest review of online bachelor’s programs by U.S. News & World Report, the University of La Verne ranked as the thirteenth-best program in the United States. The school showed especially strong scores in evaluations of its student services and its faculty. All online students at the University of La Verne get access to a full variety of student support services, from academic advising and online career development workshops to library research assistance and online technology training support. U.S. News & World Report also rates La Verne’s online faculty among the best for its high level of training in online teaching practices. Most online faculty members teach traditional classroom courses on campus as well as online courses, so you can trust that you get a top-notch education as an online student.

High student retention rates:

Given the comprehensive set of services available to support online students, it’s no wonder that the University of La Verne enjoys very high first-year student retention rates. You can learn a lot about an online school by considering retention rates, as they indicate how satisfied new students are with a program and how motivated they are to continue working with the school’s instructors and support staff. According to U.S. News & World Report, between 70% and 80% of online students at the University of La Verne have continued into a second year of study in each of the last four academic years. These rates represent significant success for an online program. In fact, only a few of the top schools in the nation have been able to produce similar rates over the same time period.

Online tutoring available:

Although University of La Verne online instructors are available to answer student questions and provide extra help, you can always access online peer tutoring services through the La Verne Learning Enhancement Center. To make a tutoring appointment, simply call in to the tutoring desk and choose a convenient time during regular business hours. Online tutoring is carried out in a live chat interface on the university’s online portal. If you are looking for help with a research paper, you can submit your work early so that your tutor can look it over in advance of your appointment.

The Bad

Only a few degree completion programs available:

Offering only a limited number of degree completion options in a relatively narrow academic area, the University of La Verne won’t appeal to everyone. The school offers degrees in three subjects, including business administration, public administration, and organizational management. The organizational management program also offers an optional concentration in human resources management. These programs are specifically designed for students who have already completed a minimum of 28 transferrable credits at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. If you’re pursuing an associate’s degree and looking for a good online bachelor’s program in the management field to transition into, La Verne is a solid option. Otherwise, you need to continue your search elsewhere.

Fall term enrollment required:

The University of La Verne is one of the few online bachelor’s programs to restrict new-student enrollment to the fall term. Most programs allow new students to begin their education whenever a new term opens, whether fall, winter, spring, or summer. If you want to attend the University of La Verne, however, you must be willing to begin your studies at the start of the fall term in the last week of August.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 2011 - 2012
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Application Requirements: Essay, Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation
  • Location: CA
  • Number of Bachelor's Programs: 3
  • Region: West
  • School Type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Other

Tuition Rates (Per Credit)

  • In-State: $570
  • Out-of-State: $570


  • Degrees: Business Administration, Organizational Management, Public Administration

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 33%
  • Average Student Age: 36
  • Gender Ratio: 66.1% female, 33.9% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 25
  • Total Enrollment: 236


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 7 Years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 17
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 10

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 79%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 84%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2012): 72%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 76%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2009-2010): 51%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2010-2011): 42%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2011-2012): 35%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2012-2013): 38%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 14
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 82/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 5
  • Student Engagement Score: 93/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 52
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 56/100

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