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Undergrad Profile

Lebanon Valley College is a private, coeducational college founded in 1866. 

We deliver a transformative education built on the liberal arts. We develop students who think critically and creatively across boundaries; who solve complex problems; who communicate effectively; and who value differences among human beings. Our graduates are empowered to pursue a life of learning, citizenship, and success.

National recognition
Lebanon Valley College is ranked #2 in the North by U.S.News & World Report on its list of “Great Schools, Great Prices” in the 2016 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” LVC is also ranked among the top 1% for actual graduation rate and top 3% for average freshman retention rate among the 363 total institutions in the U.S.News “Best Regional Colleges” category. Our beautiful, safe campus ranked as the 17th-safest campus nationally, and we are annually listed on the prestigious President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement. Our students volunteer more than 20,000 hours of service each year.

Athletic success
A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), LVC offers 25 intercollegiate sports. Our athletic teams experience great academic and competitive success. Last year 21 of our teams competed in postseason play, and Cynthia Adams became the College’s first-ever individual national champion, winning the 800-meter indoor track championship at the NCAAs. There were also 10 All-Americans, 215 MAC Academic Honor Roll members, 94 All-Conference honorees, and 81 MAC Scholar-Athletes. Intramural and recreational sports are also very popular at LVC.

The graduation rate for our male athletes was 10 percentage points higher than male athletes at Middle Atlantic Conference colleges in aggregate. The graduation rate for our female athletes was 14 percentage points higher than female athletes at MAC colleges in the aggregate. LVC was named one of the nation’s top schools for female student-athletes by Niche.

Location, location, location
LVC is located in Annville, Pennsylvania, 15 minutes from Hershey, 30 minutes from Harrisburg, and within two hours of Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Graduate school placement
Eighty-six percent of 2014 graduates who responded to our annual survey were either employed or attending graduate school within one year of graduation.

Nearly one-third of May 2015 LVC graduates are enrolled in graduate and professional schools, including nearly one-fifth in doctoral programs. These new alumni attend a variety of notable graduate schools, including American University, Drexel University, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Colorado, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, and University of Pennsylvania.

Innovative programs
The unique BodyARMOR program combines the best of LVC: distinctive programs, an interdisciplinary mindset, and an innovative approach.

Research first
A 40-hour-per-week paid summer program in the sciences is available for top scholars, providing opportunities for incoming freshmen to work with LVC faculty/student research teams before they even start classes.

Career development
In a typical year, more than 600 jobs and 270 internships are posted to LVC’s online JobCenter. In addition, several hundred alumni are part of Career Connections, mentoring current students and helping them explore and network through the job and/or internship search process.

Allwein Scholars
Several outstanding students are awarded Allwein full-tuition scholarships and $2,500 stipends for research, travel, or study expenses associated with study abroad, internships, and/or collaborative research.

LVC offers 36 rigorous undergraduate majors, plus self-designed majors and a range of minors, concentrations, and pre-professional options. Graduate degree programs include athletic training, business administration, music education, physical therapy, and science education.

Symposium on Inclusive Excellence
As a community of inclusive excellence, we strive to sustain our core values of understanding, civility, diversity, and service to others. Among other events, the College hosts an annual Symposium on Inclusive Excellence.

LVC features committed, caring faculty who collaborate with students on research across the curriculum. The College employs no teaching assistants. Our low student-faculty ratio of 11:1 and average class size of 20 enables personal interactions and a custom education that transforms lives. In the past five years, LVC attracted a total of $783,542 in grant support to fund student and faculty research.

Marching band
LVC’s Pride of the Valley Marching Band, the largest in the 18-member Middle Atlantic Conference, is 150+ members strong and includes many non-music majors (approximately 40%).

Study abroad/away
Students journey to points around the world, studying in one of our 12 full-semester international programs, several short-term international programs, or closer to home through our Philadelphia or Washington, D.C., programs.

Student Innovation Fund
This fall, the College launched its first-ever Student Innovation Fund to underwrite pilot projects by current students to better our campus community. Up to $25,000 in grants will be awarded annually to students and/or student groups for innovative programming and/or program enhancement.

Inquiry Symposium
The annual Inquiry Symposium is a campus-wide, week-long celebration of the scholarly, scientific, and creative achievements of LVC students.

High-impact experiences
Ninety-six percent of 2015 LVC graduates completed at least one high-impact experience such as internships, student teaching, study abroad/away, field work, student-faculty research, or clinical experience. Several of these opportunities, worth up to $50,000 each year, are funded by Arnold Grants.

Experience the Valley for yourself
We offer numerous opportunities to tour our beautiful campus, meet your future faculty, observe classes, and interact with current students. Take our virtual tour or visit lvc.edu/visit to learn more. Please contact our Admission Office at 866-LVC-4ADM, 717-867-6181, or admission@lvc.edu if you have any questions.