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LVC Moves Up to Number Two in U.S. News & World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices”
09.12.12 |
Lebanon Valley College ranks second in the North in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category among “Best Regional Colleges” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of the book “America’s Best Colleges.” LVC has placed among the top 10 colleges in this category for all nine years this list has been compiled. In addition, LVC ranked sixth overall among the 73 comparative institutions in its regional category.

U.S. News & World Report publishes the best-known ratings of the nation’s colleges and universities. The “Great Schools, Great Prices” ranking is based on a calculation that takes into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2013 U.S. News ranking, and the 2011–2012 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the result is for students.

Earlier this month, The Princeton Review once again recognized LVC as “A Best in the Northeast” college and Forbes once again named LVC on its list of “America’s Top Colleges.”

“Lebanon Valley College’s annual recognition by U.S. News, The Princeton Review, Forbes, and others, is a positive reflection on the value of an LVC education, and the high-impact experiences our students encounter,” said Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, LVC president. “The active participation of our students in their academic, social, and service opportunities enhances our already high retention and graduation rates as well.”

Among the 370 nationwide institutions in the U.S. News “Best Regional Colleges” category, Lebanon Valley College ranks:

  • Top one percent for enrolling freshmen from the top 25 percent of their high school class;
  • Top two percent for average freshmen retention rate (meaning students return for their sophomore years);
  • Fourth for having 71 percent of its freshmen ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class; only Cooper Union, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Bard College had a higher percentage;
  • Top two percent for its average graduation rate of 71 percent; only seven institutions had a higher rate;
  • Top ten percent for the average alumni giving rate.


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