ULV enrolls largest class in history
September 18, 1998
Due to refined recruiting tactics, greater financial eligibility and
other factors, enrollment at the University of La Verne for the 1998-99
academic year has increased significantly. With a total of 440 new undergraduate
students currently enrolled for the fall semester, ULV falls witness to
the largest class in its history.
Lisa Meyer, director of undergraduate admissions, recognized several
links as vital contributors to this increase. Meyer, who began employment
with the University in June, credits much responsibility to her Admissions
team and other conjunctive departments.
"I can't take a lot of credit for what happened this year,"
said Meyer. "A lot of what happened took place before I arrived here."
According to Meyer, of the 440 new students, 318 are classified as freshmen,
while 122 add to the population of transfer students. In addition, 257 (58
percent) of those students are female, and 183 are male.
These increases are due to the fact that various factors have changed
within several areas of the University. For example, although academic standards
for prospective students will remain the same for the first year, Admissions
implemented its new plan to "grow the [incoming] class," said
Also, because finances have often been a determining factor for enrollment,
the Admissions and Financial Aid departments worked together to help package
students with scholarships and grants whenever possible.
"Students who have a 3.5 GPA [grade point average] or higher receive
a $6,000 Trustee scholarship from the University. Students eligible for
Cal Grant, and who have above a 3.5 GPA, receive a $9,000 Cal Grant,"
said Meyer. "That means that a student with a 3.5 or higher GPA who
qualifies for the Cal Grant receives $15,000 in scholarships.
"That basically covers their tuition expenses for the year."
Regarding new marketing techniques, admission counselors and staff
looked at students who "tend to be interested in the University,"
and expressed to them exactly what ULV had to offer toward their needs.
"We really put in a lot of work in spring and during summer,"
said Will Darity, one of six admissions counselors at ULV.
According to Darity, one of the largest challenges throughout the recruitment
process included the periods in which the Admissions office was left short-staffed
due to turnovers. He added that, although Admissions is "not a 9 to
5 job," there were many times in which the staff contributed 13-15
hours a day, on average about 11-12 hours daily.
"It was a matter of getting the job done," said Darity. "I
give a lot of credit to Shawn [Weede, admissions counselor] and Makayla
[Benjamin, admissions counselor] because they helped package students for
Darity also gave credit to Debbie Marquez, office manager of the department,
whom he described as "the rock of the office" because of her part
in aiding the admission process.
Overall, the Office of Admissions made significant efforts to attract
more new students to the University. Because the process was a year-long
task, recruitment included vital factors such as follow-ups, letters and
personal phone calls to prospective students.
Meyer said, "I am very proud and pleased with what this office
did this year."
"When you finally see them [new students] on campus, it's a rewarding
experience," said Darity, "and that makes the 10-13 hour days
"Because we worked as a team, and because we were all committed
to bring in this [new] class, there's a tremendous sense of accomplishment
for all of us," he said. "Lisa Meyer is largely responsible for