Lebanon Valley College delivers 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.
Curriculum: A four-year program of study in the liberal arts with an academic year composed of fall and spring semesters, and an optional summer term. The master of athletic training and master of speech-language pathology are five-year programs, and the doctor of physical therapy is a six-year program.
Degrees Granted: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Master of Athletic Training, Master of Business Administration, Master of Music Education, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Master of Science in STEM Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Major Fields of Study: accounting, accounting/MBA (3+1 accelerated), actuarial science, analytical finance, applied history, art & visual culture, athletic training, audio & music production, biochemistry & molecular biology, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication sciences & disorders, computer & data science, criminal justice, digital communications, economics, education early childhood and early childhood/special education), English, exercise science, French, German, global studies, health professions (pre-med), health care management, history, international business, mathematics, music, music business, music education, neuroscience, open (undecided), philosophy, physical therapy, physics, politics, psychology, religion, self-designed, sociology, Spanish, speech-language pathology.
Study Abroad: Semester-long programs are available abroad in Argentina, Australia, China, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, 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.
Special Programs: In cooperation with Case Western University and Penn State University; engineering; in cooperation with approved hospitals: medical technology.
Special Options: departmental honors, double majors, independent study, self-designed majors, internships, tutorial study, study abroad, Philadelphia and Washington semester programs.
Founded in 1866, today the College has 1,608 full-time undergraduate students, 113 part-time undergraduates, 197 graduate students, and 108 full-time faculty. We feel more like a large welcoming family than an impersonal institution.
Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1 FTE, with an average class size of 20.
Lebanon Valley College is located on 357 beautiful rural acres in the town of Annville, Pennsylvania, just eight miles east of Hershey. Twenty-seven 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.
Location: Annville, founded in 1799, is a small town of approximately 5,000 people located in south central Pennsylvania. Driving times: Hershey, 15 minutes; Harrisburg, 1/2 hour; Baltimore, 2 hours; Philadelphia, 2 hours; New York, 3 hours; Washington, D.C., 3 hours.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
We award generous academic-merit scholarships to those whose high school records demonstrate a commitment to challenge and achievement. It's that simple. We seek the best students and recognize their hard work with scholarships.
Student Financial Aid: Overall, 99 percent of LVC's incoming 2016-2017 class received some form of financial assistance from the College. For this 2016-2017 class, the average financial aid package was $23,738, the average academic scholarship was $19,444; and the total scholarship and aid expenditure was $11,180,815.
U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" issue and guidebook has ranked LVC number two in the North in the 'Great Schools, Great Prices' category among 'Best Regional Universities-North.' 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.
- 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, accounting/MBA (3+1 accelerated), 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 & Graduation Rates
82% of the 2015 cohort of full-time, first time bachelor’s degree seekers returned for 2016. This ranks LVC among the top three percent for average freshman retention rate among our 363 regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges."
With LVC’s commitment to guidance and support 69% of LVC students graduate in four years, as compared to the graduation rate across the Pennsylvania State System of 37%. This ranks LVC among the top one percent for average graduation rate among our 363 regional institutions in U.S. News and World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges."
76.1% of the 2010 cohort completed degrees within a 6-year period.
6-Year Graduation Rates/2010 cohort:
|Two or more races||3/6||50%|
|Students entering with a Pell grant||63.4%|
|Students entering with a Stafford but not a Pell grant||79.8%|
|Students who entered with neither a Stafford nor a Pell grant||82.8%|
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.”
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.