Lebanon Valley College (LVC) was founded in 1866 as a private coeducational institution on the site of the Annville Academy. LVC became a four-year institution by 1883 as the lower grades were phased out.

Mission

Lebanon Valley College educates students for lifelong success through exceptional undergraduate liberal-arts programs and professional graduate programs delivered in an engaging and supportive academic and co-curricular environment. We educate our students to think critically and creatively, analyze and address complex issues, and communicate effectively. We guide them in deepening their commitment to inclusion, civic engagement, and global citizenship.

*Approved by the Lebanon Valley College faculty Oct. 21, 2021, and the Board of Trustees Oct. 23, 2021.

Vision

LVC will become the regional leader in higher education, known for offering high-quality academic and co-curricular programs in a personalized, inclusive environment that emphasizes career success and personal well-being.

Values

  • Placing students at the center of every decision
  • Broad and deep learning
  • Critical thinking, communication, analytical, and creative skills
  • Inclusive Excellence
  • Mentorship
  • Health and wellness
  • Kindness, community, and relationships
  • Service and global citizenship
  • Adaptability and innovation
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Shared governance

Value Proposition

Through exceptional academics delivered in an ecosystem of support, Lebanon Valley College students achieve more than they ever thought possible for themselves, their families, and society. Our students benefit from highly attentive academic, personal, and career guidance; forge lifelong bonds; and lead successful, fulfilling lives. 

College Profile

Undergraduate Curriculum

A four-year program of study in the liberal arts with an academic year comprising fall and spring semesters and optional summer and winter terms. 

Undergraduate Degrees Granted

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Undergraduate Special Programs

secondary education certification; in cooperation with The Pennsylvania State University and Case Western Reserve University: engineering; in cooperation with approved hospitals: medical laboratory science; in cooperation with the University of London, a Certificate of Higher Education in the Common LawAfricana studies minorsocial justice & civic engagement minorapplied Spanish for healthcare professionals minor

Faculty

Number of Full-time Faculty

121; of the permanent faculty, 90 percent have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree. 

Student-Faculty Ratio (FTE)

11:1, with an average undergraduate class size of 19. 

Location & Campus

Location 

Annville, founded in 1799, is a town of approximately 5,000 people in south-central Pennsylvania. Driving times: Hershey, 10 minutes; Harrisburg, 30 minutes; Baltimore, two hours; Philadelphia, two hours; New York, three hours; Washington, D.C., three hours.

Size of Campus

Approximately 370 acres. The library contains 172,510 cataloged items and provides access to more than 563,190 electronic holdings.

Residence Halls

33 residential facilities of various styles with a capacity of 1,326.

Student Enrollment

1,607 full-time undergraduate students, with 84 part-time undergraduates and 350 graduate students.

Student Financial Aid

Approximately 99 percent of full-time students receive financial aid in the form of LVC grants and academic scholarships. In 2021–22 these awards totaled $46,644,016 with the average per student total of $28,476.

Student Life

More than 90 organizations, including music and theater groups, the student newspaper, sororities and fraternities; and club and student-run organizations of almost any kind, including pre-professional, political, athletic, recreational, religious, language-focused, and service-related groups. More than 80% of students are involved in athletics or the performing arts.

Athletics

A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), and National Association of Collegiate Esports. The College offers 13 women’s, 12 men’s, and one co-ed varsity athletic programs.

National Rankings

Lebanon Valley College is an institution of academic rigor with a culture of high performance, and we're not the only ones spreading the word. National publications are sharing the news of LVC's excellence.

U.S. News & World Report—2021 Edition of “America’s Best Colleges”

Lebanon Valley College was recognized by U.S. News & World Report among the "Best Regional Universities: North" and "Social Mobility, Regional Universities: North) 

U.S. News & World Report also continued to place Lebanon Valley College highly in several other areas important to prospective students and their families. LVC was in the top percentage nationally among all 554 Regional Universities in

*Actual Graduation Rate (top 7%)#
*Percentage of First-Year Students in Top 25% of High School Class (top 18%)
*Average First-Year Retention Rate (top 13%)
*Average Alumni Giving Rate (top 6%). 
# U.S. News compares institutions based on six-year graduation rates.

Learn.org—#7 for The 50 Best Health Science Degrees in the U.S. (2020-2021)

Princeton Review—2021 “Best Colleges: Region by Region, Northeast” and “Guide to Green Colleges 2022”

Lebanon Valley College was featured as one of the top environmentally sustainable colleges in the country once again in Princeton Review's 2022 “Guide to Green Colleges.” The Princeton Review chose the schools for this 12th annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company's 2020–2021 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools' commitments to the environment and sustainability. 

For the 18th consecutive year, Lebanon Valley College was named a “Best Regional College” by The Princeton Review. The rankings are based on surveys of more than 100,000 at the colleges in the Review in 2018–2019 and/or the previous two school years. The survey asks students questions about their school’s academics, administration, student body, and themselves. Students said “LVC is a challenging school” that "strives to provide an excellent education and college experience for its students,” and LVC offers students “the opportunity to get individualized attention from all professors.”

Kiplinger’s—2019 “Best College Values"

Niche —2021 "Best Colleges in America" and "Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania (top 10%)"

Lebanon Valley College received an “A” grade from Niche for Value in its 2021 listing. And, we’re in the top 25% in the U.S. for Best Value, Best College for Education, Best Small Colleges, and Best College Dorms.

Money—“Best Colleges 2020”

Only in Your State

  • #1—10 Most Underrated Towns in Pennsylvania You Should Check out 

Forbes—“America’s Top Colleges 2019”  

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking 2019 

Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS) inaugural PNGAS Guard-Friendly School

Washington Monthly—“Top Master’s Universities 2021" and "Best Bang for Your Buck: Northeast 

College Consensus—“Best Colleges and Universities (National) 2019,” “Best Regional Universities—North 2019 (#16),” and “Best Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania 2019”

College Factual—"Top 10 Best United Methodist Colleges" in the U.S. (#9)

According to College Factual, Lebanon Valley College’s academic programs rank among the “Best of the Best” in the nation in 20 categories.