National Rankings

  • Lebanon Valley College was placed among the 142 most selective American colleges by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in September 1988 and again in 1989.
  • A 1986 report ranked Lebanon Valley College 50th of 1200 of the nation's liberal arts colleges producing graduates who earn the doctoral degree.
  • A 1987 study by the Office of Technology Assessment found that Lebanon Valley College is one of the nation's 100 most productive institutions whose students who went on to earn the Ph.D. in science and engineering. This ranking was based on the number of doctoral degrees received per 100 graduates in the sciences in the years 1950-1975.
  • Another study, based on data from the National Research Council (1988), compared the college to all U.S. liberal arts colleges in the production of science graduates who later earn the doctoral degree. The college ranked 31st in chemistry, 91st in the life sciences, 128th in psychology, and 101st in total science graduates from 1920 to 1986. This is especially impressive since the majority of the 877 institutions graduate three to four times as many students as Lebanon Valley College.
  • A 1989 study prepared by the Great Lakes Colleges Association for the Ford Foundation examined the undergraduate origins of women and men who received doctorates between 1970 and 1986. The data were gathered from all U.S. baccalaureate-granting institutions and were adjusted for institutional size. This represents approximately 2100 institutions. Lebanon Valley College ranked 54th in math/physical sciences graduates who went on to receive doctoral degrees. The college ranked 55th overall in the production of doctoral recipients in the life sciences and 55th in the production of women doctoral recipients in the life sciences during this period. These results place the College within the top 2% of all U.S. baccalaureate-granting institutions in these specific areas.
  • The ranking in the Great Lakes Colleges Association study (55th) was based on the production of 10 doctoral recipients during the fifteen year period, 1970-1986. Since 1986, at least 34 more doctoral degrees have been earned by graduates of the programs in BIO (17), BCMB (11), and PBI (6).