Founder’s hall at Professional Development Courses at University of LaVerne

History of the
University of La Verne

The University of La Verne was founded in 1891 as Lordsburg College by members of the Church of the Brethren who had moved west. In 1917, the surrounding agricultural community of Lordsburg renamed itself La Verne; the College followed suit shortly thereafter. La Verne College reorganized in 1977 as the University of La Verne. It awards undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. Additionally, the university offers graduate, non-degree semester credit courses under the Professional Development Courses program. U.S. News & World Report ranked the University 8th among private institutions in California and 18th overall in the state in its 2017 Best College Rankings.

La Verne conferred its first master's degree in 1965 and began an adult education program in 1969. The college awarded its first doctorate in 1979.

Students sitting on the steps of Founder’s Hall at Professional Development Courses at University of LaVerne


The University of La Verne is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Information about La Verne’s accreditation process is available here.

The University of La Verne is also accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) , which replaced the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). CAEP administers both NCATE and TEAC accreditation. The College of Law is accredited by the State Bar of California and has been granted full approval by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. The Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Legal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association.


Faculty at the Founder’s Hall holding a University of La Verne banner

Mission Statement

The University of La Verne offers a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of traditional-age, adult, and graduate learners preparing them for successful careers and a commitment to life-long learning across the liberal arts and professional programs.

Core Values of the University of La Verne

Ethical Reasoning

The University affirms a value system that actively supports peace with justice, respect of individuals and humanity and the health of the planet and its people. Students are reflective about personal, professional, and societal values that support professional and social responsibility.

Diversity and Inclusivity

The University supports a diverse and inclusive environment where students recognize and benefit from the life experiences and viewpoints of other students, faculty and staff.

Lifelong Learning

The University promotes intellectual curiosity and the importance of lifelong learning. It teaches students how to learn, to think critically, to be capable of original research, and to access and integrate information to prepare them for continued personal and professional growth.

Community and Civic Engagement

The University asserts a commitment to improving and enhancing local, regional and global communities.

Nondiscrimination Policy

“The University of La Verne is committed to providing a quality, personalized educational experience for leadership and participation in a diverse society to a student population that reflects the full diversity of this country. This commitment is achieved through creating a climate that supports diversity, social justice and sensitivity to global interdependence. The University will engage our students, faculty, staff and the broader external community to achieve this campus climate.”


American Association of Colleges and Universities
American Council on Education
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
National Collegiate Honors Council
National Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
The College Board