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Small class size and campus attract new students

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by Dora Galván
Staff Writer

The small setting-and-class-size is one reason the University of La Verne attracts more than 1,000 students a year. This year 436 undergraduate students enrolled out of an admitted 1,045 students.

Representatives from the admissions office travel nationwide each year informing high school seniors about ULV programs and course curriculums.

“What I generally tell students is that if they are looking for a small environment, the University offers a lot of opportunities for them,” said Andrew Woolsey, an admissions counselor.

He said his first priority as a college recruiter is to get students to go to college and his second priority is to make sure that these students find a college where they feel comfortable. He added that ULV is not for everyone because some students want a large campus or a campus that is known for a particular major.

Lisa Meyer, dean of admissions, said enrollment has increased from 211 undergraduate students in 1997 to 436 undergraduate students in 2001.

“Our enrollment is going up but it’s due more to retention than to admission. There are more students who are staying here than previously.”

Meyer added that every year a student questionnaire is mailed out to admitted students to find what attracted them to ULV.

“Most often we hear the fact that it’s a small school, that classes are not lecture style, they’re more seminar style. Geographic location is important because most of our students come from Southern California and certain majors and departments are the most common answers we receive,” she said.

Meyer said that the most popular departments are psychology, business, natural science, education and communications.

“The only reason I came to ULV was because of its communications department and baseball program I really didn’t think that I’d be announcing sports, which is what I want to do, and I get to do that for radio and television,” said Mark Chiappelli, senior television broadcast student.

Woolsey, a former ULV student, said, “The best thing about ULV is that because it is a liberal arts school and it is small, you have an opportunity to take a lot of different courses and still get out in four years.”

He added that many entering freshmen have the misconception that they must start taking classes for their major right away because they cannot afford to stay at ULV for more than four years.

“My first choice was San Diego State University, but when my financial package came back, ULV offered to pay most of my tuition, so I decided to go here,” said freshman Alicia Padillo. “I actually wanted to be a journalism major, but after taking a journalism class I changed my major to movement and sports science.”

Meyer said that ULV’s financial aid package includes merit awards and need-based awards, which makes the cost of attending ULV reasonable for many students.

Because of its small class sizes it is easier to interact with professors improving the overall experience for some students, Woolsey said.

“One thing ULV focuses on is that it cares about its students and success,” Woolsey said.

“ULV wasn’t my first choice but football coach Don Morel was the only coach who was interested in me and he wanted to recruit me for football,” said Joey Garcia, a freshman computer engineering major.

“ULV reminded me of my high school because it’s very diverse and it’s full of good people, especially the faculty,” said Michael Lamar Stallings, a sophomore business administration major and music minor.

Erica Schatz, a junior liberal studies major, added: “I keep coming back because of the people here and living on campus is really fun. The class sizes are nice because you can really interact with your class.”

Overall ULV attracts students looking for small class sizes, and an interactive environment.

“I think that it’s the people here who actually make a difference,” Meyer said.

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