Lebanon Valley College, located right in the heart of Annville, PA is perfectly placed for students to explore local locations, as well as venture out to some of Pennsylvania's most exciting destinations.
Annville, Pa., may sound like a difficult place to get to, but our unique location has been more than accessible to many of our out-of-region and out-of-state students. The College is a 15-minute drive to Hershey, a ½ hour from Harrisburg, and then 2 hours from both Philadelphia and Baltimore. LVC is also in driving distance to Washington, D.C., and New York, both of which are 3 three hours away. For our students out of driving distance, we are quite accessible via train, bus or plane, with access to the Harrisburg airport, train and bussing systems.
Elise Hanks-Witaszek, a sophomore actuarial science and analytical finance double major, has taken the train from her hometown of Brimfield, Massachusetts, to Harrisburg on multiple occasions. “The entire trip can take up 10 hours, with stops and layovers,” Hanks-Witaszek said. “It’s far, but 100% worth it. Sometimes you must make sacrifices to get the best education.” Even though she is far from home, Elise is okay with the distance; playing tennis for The Valley keeps her busy, and every chance she has to see her family is a treat. “Being far from home allows me to completely submerse myself in my education and tennis,” Hanks-Witaszek said. “I also appreciate the time with my family a lot more since it occurs less often.”
Fourth year physical therapy student, Marie Szilard, has also made LVC her second home. Originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan, she decided to make the 540-mile journey to Pa. to be a part of our competitive 6-year doctorate of physical therapy program. “Something I wanted to get out of going to college was to experience living in another part of the country,” Szilard said. “I chose LVC because of the great atmosphere.” Szilard feels the travel is worth attending LVC. Not only does she love the campus, but she also enjoys working hands-on in the athletic training room with our student athletes. Typically, the drive to Michigan can be quite time-consuming, so she chooses to fly home for mid-semester breaks. “It is fairly easy for me to get home,” Szilard said.” “I fly home from the Harrisburg airport, and have been able to get home every Thanksgiving, winter, Easter and summer break.”