U.S. News & World Report and Forbes Give High Marks

Two premier publications – U.S. News & World Report and Forbes magazine – have published their annual rankings of colleges and universities for 2010-2011, and the University of La Verne was recognized for excellence by both.

Among private colleges and universities in California, La Verne ranked 8th , and in the Los Angeles area No. 4 behind Cal Tech, USC, and Pepperdine in the U.S. News report –National Universities category–a spot that President Steve Morgan finds particularly satisfying.

“It means that we have done a better job of articulating who we are to a wider audience while at the same time enhancing the quality of everything we do,” Morgan said. “We’re never satisfied and are always trying to push the target out a little beyond our grasp. People are recognizing that, and I think the No. 4 ranking is a reflection of our successes.”

Nationwide, La Verne rose to No. 136 in U.S. News’ National top-tier group –its highest placement ever and tied with collegiate powerhouses Seton Hall University and DePaul University. Harvard was ranked No. 1 nationally. Amongst Tier 1 schools with campus enrollment under 5,000 students, La Verne ranked 5th in the country.

La Verne’s overall placement by U.S. News & World Report is based upon a variety of criteria that include undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, financial resources, and alumni giving.

“Over time, we have risen notably,” Morgan said. “We’re pleased to be ranked where we are and in the category—national university—where we are. It’s a reflection of our fine faculty, our continuing efforts to build the quality of our academic programs and our facilities while doing a better job of telling people our story.”

In achieving its prominent national ranking, La Verne placed higher than a number of prestigious colleges and universities, including George Mason University and St. John’s University. Morgan believes the U.S. News, Forbes and other college rankings are helpful as schools strive to attract students during difficult economic times.

“I believe the public does pay attention to the rankings,” he said. “They aren’t perfect, but they do serve as guides to many in the public when looking for a college or university. They do help, and we‘re pleased to be considered an exceptional university.”

The two rankings came as no surprise to university officials, who watched proudly as several milestones were reached during the past year. The San Luis Obispo Campus is now offering additional programs that local students can pursue at either their San Luis Obispo or Santa Maria locations. Among those programs local students can find Bachelors in Child Development, Liberal Studies, Organizational Management, Business Administration and Health Administration. La Verne’s Central Coast Campus also offers a Teacher Education program as well as Master in Business Administration, Masters in Educational Counseling and coming soon is a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.

For more information, local interested students can contact Ana Bautista at 805-542-9690 ext.6918 or at abautista@laverne.edu.