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Admitted student Danittza Castro is escorted down the green carpet by Henry Jimenez, senior business administration major, outside the Campus Center during Spotlight Weekend. After their trip down the green carpet, Castro took a photo with La Verne mascots, Leo and Lea.

Admitted student Danittza Castro is escorted down the green carpet by Henry Jimenez, senior business administration major, outside the Campus Center during Spotlight Weekend. After their trip down the green carpet, Castro took a photo with La Verne mascots, Leo and Lea. / photo by Sara Flores

Ashley Mubiru
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne hosted its annual Spotlight Weekend on Friday and Saturday to welcome admitted freshmen and transfer students.

Spotlight Weekend gave 158 prospective students and their families the opportunity to visit and learn about what the University has to offer, even allowing students to stay overnight in the residence halls.

“My absolute favorite part of Spotlight is seeing prospective students make friends with other prospective students. Then, when they do attend ULV, seeing those friendships grow,” junior communications major and Spotlight co-chairwoman Kassandra Dominguez said.

She said she hopes prospective students were able to experience the community and see how ULV helps students not only academically, but with leadership skills, friendships and personal growth.

Alexa Jones, junior math major, was also a Spotlight Weekend co-chairwoman and worked with a team of current students to plan a day full of activities for the admitted students.

“I hope prospective students can see what La Verne is really about and get a sense of the environment that they would be living in for the next four years,” Jones said.

The admitted students were put in groups with a current student as their leader for the day. They explored on-campus clubs and learned about life at ULV while their parents attended informational sessions with housing, financial aid and faculty members.

Kate Correnti, a senior at Gabrielino High School, was among the admitted students who attended the event.

“I was looking at La Verne and wanted to get to know more about student life here, and to see if I can picture myself in this community. I feel like I really can, after staying here with the honors retreat,” Correnti said.

Honors students were invited to stay an additional night to learn about the program and take mock classes.

Correnti said the Spotlight leaders made the point to let the students know that La Verne is a close-knit community, which further influenced her interest in the University.

Dean of Admissions Todd Eckel said that when making a decision on a student’s application, they consider more than just academic achievements.

“We hold the educational future of potential students in our hands, so we have to make sure they receive a full review,” Eckel said. “We look for academic quality, their statement of purpose to give us an idea of how they think and write, their extracurricular activity, and letters of recommendation. It is as much an art as a science for us.”

Eckel said they are always looking for students that will contribute both academically and to the culture of La Verne.

Ashley Mubiru can be reached at ashley.mubiru@laverne.edu.

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