About LVC

Lebanon Valley is a private, liberal arts college. Its mission arises directly from its historical traditions and a relationship with the United Methodist Church.

The College's aim is to enable our students to become people of broad vision, capable of making informed decisions, and prepared for a life of service to others. To that end, we seek to provide an education that helps students acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary to live and work in a changing, diverse, and fragile world.

Through both curricular and co-curricular activities, we endeavor to acquaint our students with humanity's most significant ideas and accomplishments, to develop their abilities to think logically and communicate clearly, to give them practice in precise analysis and effective performance, and to enhance their sensitivity to and appreciation of differences among human beings.

Lebanon Valley College aspires to pursue this mission within a community in which caring and concern for others is a core value. We value strong and nurturing faculty interacting closely with students; encourage individual student development; and affirm the interrelatedness of liberal learning and the ideal of vocation. We regard the cultivation of wisdom that is the capacity of judging rightly in matters of life and conduct, and a lifelong love of learning as the ultimate reward of the educational experience.

Lebanon Valley College is located on 357 beautiful rural acres in the town of Annville, Pennsylvania, just eight miles east of Hershey. Twenty-eight residence halls house students in traditional dormitories, suites, and apartment-style facilities. Our library contains more than 216,000 physical items and our science facilities are state-of-the-art.

We give awards based on high school academic work-not on SAT scores. If you rank among the top 30 percent of your high school class, you may qualify for an academic scholarship that covers up to half the cost of tuition.

Founded in 1866, today the College has 1,573 full-time undergraduate students, 110 part-time undergraduates, 218 graduate students, and 106 full-time faculty. We feel more like a large welcoming family than an impersonal institution.

Collegiate Ranking
U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" issue and guidebook has ranked LVC number three in the North in the 'Great Schools, Great Prices' category among 'Best Baccalaureate Colleges.' Also, LVC was again recognized by The Princeton Review as "A Best in the Northeast" college and Forbes named us on its list of "America's Top Colleges."

Four Year Graduation Guarantee
LVC guarantees that you will earn an undergraduate degree in four years of full-time study, or we will provide free tuition for additional courses. More information >>

LVC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104; telephone: 267-284-5000. 

LVC is also approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The following programs have been granted specialized accreditation: The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; accounting, business, and economics programs by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; music programs by the National Association of Schools of Music; and chemistry programs by the American Chemistry Society.

LVC is on the approved list of the Regents of the State University of New York and of the American Association of University Women.

LVC is a member of the following: American Association of Colleges; National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; Pennsylvania Foundation for Independent Colleges; College Entrance Examination Board; College Scholarship Service; Council of Independent Colleges; National Collegiate Athletic Association; Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conference; and the Eastern College Athletic Conference.   
Retention Rate

85% of the 2013 cohort of full-time, first time bachelor’s degree seekers returned for 2014. This ranks LVC among the top three percent for average freshman retention rate among our 364 regional institutions in U.S. News and World Report's 2015 "America's Best Colleges."

Graduation Rate
With LVC’s commitment to guidance and support 72% of LVC students graduate in four years, as compared to the graduation rate across the Pennsylvania State System of 34%. This ranks LVC among the top two percent for average graduation rate among our 364 regional institutions in U.S. News and World Report's 2015 "America's Best Colleges."

75% of the 2008 cohort completed degrees within a 6-year period.
6-Year Graduation Rates/2008 cohort:
   Number  Percentage
 Male  122/178  69%
 Female  176/217  81%

American/Alaska Native  100%
Asian  75%
Black/African American  44%
Hispanic  67%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander  100%
White  76%
Two or more races  100%
Unknown  71%
International N/A

Students entering with a Pell grant 66.7%
Students entering with a Stafford but not a Pell grant 76.6%
Students who entered with neither a Stafford nor a Pell 77.8%

Special Programs

In cooperation with Case Western University and Penn State University; engineering; in cooperation with approved hospitals: medical technology.

Degrees Granted
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Master of Business Administration, Master of Music Education, Master of Science Education, Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Methodist Heritage
Lebanon Valley College and the United Methodist Church  

The College was founded in 1866 through a resolution of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. The United Methodist Church has long incorporated the religious and the liberal arts into their tradition of higher education in the United States. The United Methodist Church is committed to value-centered inquiry, critical thinking, and a liberal arts curriculum. United Methodist-related colleges respect and support the religious practices of its members and are concerned with global issues.

The value Lebanon Valley College places on its historic relationship and current affiliation with the United Methodist Church is evident in many current College traditions and events. This historic relationship is also clearly noted in the College’s mission states, which notes that LVC’s mission “arises directly from its historical traditions and a relationship with the United Methodist Church.”

Statement of Church Relatedness | FAQs | UMC

Study Abroad
Semester-long programs are available abroad in Argentina, Australia, China, the Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and Spain. Faculty-led, short-term, study-abroad programs are also offered each year throughout the world. Off-campus programs are available in Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

Student Consumer Information
LVC complies with the requirements of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) and makes a wealth of information available to current and prospective students and their families.
Visit our student consumer information website for a list of the information available.