As a university, being an engine for social mobility is one of the most important things that we can do for our students and surrounding communities.
LA VERNE, Calif. (PRWEB) November 15, 2018
The University of La Verne is ranked fifth in the nation for social mobility by U.S. News & World Report as a result of the university’s success in helping students from low-income families achieve equity with graduates from families with stronger financial backgrounds.
For its social mobility rankings, the publication focused on how effective universities are at serving and graduating students who receive federal Pell Grants, which are typically awarded to students from families with a household income of less than $50,000 annually.
The ranking aligns with a recent New York Times social mobility index, which shows the University of La Verne in the top 10 percent of all colleges nationwide for serving underprivileged students and helping them to advance economically.
“As a university, being an engine for social mobility is one of the most important things that we can do for our students and surrounding communities,” said Devorah Lieberman, president of the University of La Verne. “I am quite proud of what we are doing to break down barriers and level the playing field.”
The university has launched a number of initiatives aimed at recruiting and supporting talented students from all backgrounds who might not otherwise know that an education from a high-quality, private university is within their reach.
Those initiatives include partnering with nearly three dozen regional school districts to guarantee admission and scholarships to qualified students. The Partnership for Access to College Education (PACE) also sends La Verne admissions counselors to high schools to offer on-the-spot admission.
About the University of La Verne
Founded in 1891 and located 35 miles east of Los Angeles, the University of La Verne is a private, nonprofit, comprehensive institution founded on four core values: lifelong learning, ethical reasoning, civic and community engagement, and diversity and inclusivity. The university serves more than 8,100 students on the historic La Verne location as well as across nine regional campuses and online.