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Lebanon Valley College
A highly regarded career-focused liberal arts institution, Lebanon Valley College is near Hershey in...

Lebanon Valley College

Annville, Pennsylvania

These are exciting times at Lebanon Valley College, a pre-professional liberal arts institution near Hershey in Pennsylvania. The faculty and students are advancing programs and research that improves lives around the world. The College provides broad and challenging curricular offerings that include in-demand, customizable, and specialized majors—supported by technology with a global reach and leading to graduates who thrive in their professions and communities.


The College offers generous financial aid, with 99 percent of entering 2016 students receiving grant or scholarship aid from LVC. LVC’s culture is one of warm, respectful, and supportive relationships that promote personal growth through creative risk taking.


Students choose from 40 majors, including several health-profession related (many double major), and can participate on one of the College’s 25 NCAA athletic teams or more than 90 student-led clubs and organizations. Student-faculty research, presentations, and publications are hallmarks of the curriculum.   

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,651 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female
20.8% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
108 full-time faculty
135 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
88% of first year students live on campus
80% of all students live on campus

School Location

A highly regarded liberal arts institution, Lebanon Valley College is located near Hershey in central Pennsylvania. The College is within 2–3 hours of Baltimore, Harrisburg (state capitol) New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. It is surrounded by natural beauty where students can hike, bike, climb, kayak, and more.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


85% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)


74.3 % of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 3%
White 84%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


Lebanon Valley College offers 25 NCAA Division III athletic teams and is a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC, men’s and women’s ice hockey). The Athletic Department collaborates to educate, motivate, and empower student-athletes to achieve a success through academic support and leadership development. The College has a distinctive athletic mascot, the Flying Dutchman, one of only two in the U.S. In addition, roughly 60-70 percent of students participate in the College’s extensive intramural program.

Men’s NCAA Teams
Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track & field (indoor and outdoor)

Women’s NCAA Teams
Basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball

Other Information

Lebanon Valley College is a private college founded as a co-ed institution in 1866 and dedicated to the liberal arts and pre-professional programs.

Academic Programs

Lebanon Valley College offers undergraduate majors in Accounting, Actuarial Science, Analytical Finance, Art, Applied History, Audio & Music Production, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer and Data Science, Criminal Justice, Digital Communications, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood/Special Education, Economics, English, Exercise Science, French, German, Global Studies, History, International Business, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Music, Music Business, Music Education, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Secondary Education Certification, Sociology, Spanish, and Self-Designed majors. LVC also offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Music Education (MME), a Master of STEM Education (MAST), a Master of Athletic Training (MAT) and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

More Distinctions

  • Lebanon Valley College receives national recognition for its academics, community service, and sustainability efforts each year. Recent national acknowledgements include the College being named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the Top Green Power user in the Middle Atlantic Conference by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

  • In 2016, the Chemistry Department was the only one in the country to receive the Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

  • Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

  • Granted specialized accreditation to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education)

  • Granted specialized accreditation to accounting (3+1 accelerated), business, economics, and international business (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs)

  • Granted specialized accreditation to audio & music production, music, music business, and music education (National Association of Schools of Music)

  • Granted specialized accreditation to chemistry and ACS chemistry (American Chemistry Society).

Student-Faculty Research

LVC has been a national leader in student-faculty research since the 1940s when Professor Anthony “Tony” Neidig, LVC Class of 1943, established the first joint undergraduate student-faculty research program in the country. This tradition continues today and has expanded across the curriculum to every major. Students have numerous opportunities, and funding options, to conduct independent, collaborative student-faculty, or grant-funded research.

Research First

Research First is a program that provides incoming freshmen opportunities to work with College faculty-student research teams during the summer before their freshman year. This 40 hour per week immersion experience in scientific research provides opportunities to learn many new laboratory techniques, all while receiving a weekly stipend, room, and board.


Inquiry is a two-week celebration of student research, scholarship, and creative achievements coinciding with the Council for Undergraduate Research’s week-long celebration of student accomplishments. Inquiry includes induction ceremonies into national and international academic honor societies, poetry readings, music recitals, and oral research presentations. At the concluding Inquiry Symposium, nearly 200 undergraduates from every academic department display their work to an audience of faculty, peers, trustees, administrators, and friends of the College.

Arnold Grants

Established in 2011, the Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program for Experiential Education awards up to $50,000 per year to support student-faculty research, independent student summer research, and independent student internships. Through these funds, students have collaborated with faculty on research in Germany, Hungary, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, among others, and conducted internships in Orlando, Nashville, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C., among others.

Allwein Scholars Program

Several outstanding students are awarded a full-tuition John Bowman Allwein Scholarship each year, which is awarded annually for the student’s four undergraduate years. Allwein Scholars also receive an annual $2,500 stipend for research, travel, or study expenses associated with study abroad, internships, and/or collaborative research. They are also mentored by a dedicated faculty member and an academic advisor.

High-Impact Experience Fund

High-Impact Experience funds provide opportunities for students to integrate their classroom learning into experiences within and beyond the campus borders.Recent awardees have used the funds to study abroad, conduct research with faculty, and serve clinical placements. Others complete internships, serve in on- and off-campus leadership roles, or participate in service-learning projects for the community.

Student Innovation Fund

Last year, 20 students received Student Innovation funds for projects ranging from sustainability and outdoor appreciation to student programming and the arts. These funds encourage student-initiated pilot projects that have long-term, wide-reaching potential to foster transformative learning on and off campus.


The VALE Music Group is a collaborative, student-run company that consists of the College’s record label, VALE Records; yearly music industry conference, VALE MIC; VALE Publishing, and VALE Booking.

Global Learning

Global learning and intercultural competence are key components of LVC’s curriculum. Global learning challenges students to engage with different social systems, politics, and economic institutions. Intercultural competence calls on students to transcend exposure and consider social justice in the context global interaction.

Center for Global Education

LVC’s Center for Global Education helps students broaden their horizons and experience a whole new culture through study abroad. Students can choose from a long list of international semester-long programs or domestic opportunities in U.S. cities. A variety of short-term, international summer programs provide students with additional opportunities to gain experience abroad.

Students can select from one of LVC’s twelve semester-long international programs: Argentina, Australia, China, Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo or Santiago), England, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, or Spain. Other international options include short-term international programs, including in Canada, England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain (plus, faculty add new programs). Students can also stay in the U.S. to study and gain professional experience in Philadelphia or Washington, D.C.

LVC faculty and College-funded grants offer numerous opportunities for collaborative research, internships, and community service abroad as well. Recent examples include students traveling to Brazil, Cuba, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain, to conduct research, often with faculty mentors, or serve career-enhancing internships.

Immersive Learning

LVC believes that learning extends beyond the classroom. The educational experience actively engages the co-curricular through residence hall projects, and into high-impact experiences such as internships, study abroad, and community service. These co-curricular experiences even include the dining hall, through E.A.T. (Engage, Analyze, Transform), a student-centered research group that promotes ethical reasoning, understanding of diversity, and environmental stewardship in College food offerings.

LVC students experience a transformative education through engaged and innovative learning. LVC’s curriculum and co-curriculum develop students who think critically and creatively across boundaries; who solve complex problems; who communicate effectively; and who value differences among human beings.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization  
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  

First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience (FYE) introduces students to the unique value of an LVC education during the summer before their freshman year. Through participation in small, seminar-style courses, the FYE promotes intellectual questions and develops core skills essential to meet LVC’s rigorous curricular demands. Students reside together in learning communities and receive support from dedicated faculty, staff, and peer and writing mentors.

International Faculty-led Experiences

Students have numerous opportunities to study abroad, conduct research, or perform community service internationally with their faculty. Recent faculty-led student experiences occurred in Canada, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, and elsewhere.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

LVC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) fosters a culture of excellence in teaching that cultivates significant student learning and advances the mission of the College. CETL encourages and supports a campus community that values effective, diverse, and innovative teaching; invites genuine inquiry into and discussion of teaching and learning pedagogy; and promotes the effective and intentional use of teaching and learning tools, including digital technologies.

President’s Innovation Fund

Up to $100,000 is awarded to faculty to nurture an environment of innovation and excellence. The President’s Innovation Fund was created to encourage distinctive educational opportunities leading to transformative learning. Funds are awarded for a) Innovative Programming that enhances the educational experience of students or programs; b) Collaborative Programming intended to encourage innovative collaborative teaching and learning experiences between disciplines and programs; and c) Program Enhancement Funding intended to improve programs and/or initiatives based on assessment results.

Annual Colloquium

The mission of the LVC Colloquium is to provide students with the opportunity for a unifying intellectual experience that cuts across disciplinary and departmental boundaries. The Colloquium devotes programming to a sustained treatment of a subject, theme, or problem through conversations, lectures, roundtables, films, and integrated course materials. The Colloquium brings leading thinkers, authors, scientists, and policy makers to campus for lectures, public forums, and guest classroom presentations..

Lazin Series

The annual Lazin Distinguished Leader in Residence Series provides students with an invaluable introduction to a variety of professions, post-graduate possibilities, and real-world perspectives. Distinguished guests during the three-day event, known as Lazin Residents, are leaders and experts in various fields. Lazin Residents participate in classroom discussions, meet informally with student groups and academic departments, and become immersed in the LVC academic community. The series enables faculty to gain current perspectives regarding how their respective fields are changing.

Center for Writing & Tutoring Resources

LVC’s Center for Writing & Tutoring Resources employs more than 230 student tutors who provide academic support to all LVC students. Writing tutors guide students through the writing process, identifying areas of weakness and offering advice and strategies that will help students develop stronger writing skills. Peer tutors help students understand course material and develop sufficient study skills and time management skills.

Symposium on Inclusive Excellence

The College’s annual Symposium on Inclusive Excellence encourages faculty, students, and staff to learn, grow, and commit as a campus to comprehensive and continuing engagement. The day-long Symposium includes numerous faculty- and student-led discussions important to developing a community of Inclusive Excellence.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 72 179 133 35 8 3 0 430

Inclusive Excellence

LVC intentionally embraces the differences between human beings. As a community of Inclusive Excellence, the College affirms the values by which it seeks to live. The Valley strives to sustain its core values of understanding, inclusiveness, civility, diversity, and service to others.  

Student Life

LVC offers more than 90 organizations, most of which are student led and run. They range from music and theater groups to sororities and fraternities. There are also pre-professional, political, athletic, recreational, religious, language-focused, and service-related groups. More than 80 percent of the College’s students are involved in athletics or the performing arts.  

Leadership Development

Leadership development is an important part of the College’s co-curriculum. Student representatives are voting members of every primary campus committee, including the College’s Board of Trustees, and students serve on all upper-level administrative search committees. They attend leadership symposia and events, including at the NCAA National Convention and on the Gettysburg battlefields.

Leadership Institute

LVC’s Leadership Institute, in collaboration with various academic departments and administrative areas, provides numerous opportunities to enhance student learning. The Leadership Institute assists all students with developing their potential to create meaningful, positive change in themselves, their organizations, and their communities.

The Leadership Institute is a fun and innovative program that provides students an opportunity to reflect on their leadership-related experiences and increase their personal skills. Students who complete the program earn a Certificate of Leadership.

Board of Trustees

Two students are active, voting members of the Board of Trustees each year, a tradition dating back decades. They attend all full board meetings and serve on 2–3 board sub-committees, often in their area of interest or study.

Sigma Alpha Pi

Sigma Alpha Pi is an honor society run through the National Society of Leadership and Success. LVC students are nominated for this honor after meeting criteria based on class standing, GPA, and involvement.

Student Leadership Resource Library

Housed in the Center for Student Engagement, the student leadership library provides books and materials for those interested in extending their knowledge of leadership topics.

Social Justice Institute

Each January, the Office of Intercultural Affairs & Inclusive Programs sponsors a leadership institute that enables students to explore how oppression impacts true equality. The highlight of the institute is a trip to an urban center where students participate in service opportunities at agencies dedicated to social justice work. Recent institutes have served in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Women’s Leadership Conference

Through impactful workshops and peer discussion, students are empowered to dream and plan for impactful leadership during their time at LVC.

Mosaic Mentors

The goal of the Mosaic Mentor Program is to provide direct and dedicated peer support to incoming and transfer ALAN, Multicultural Fellowship, LVEP, International, and LGBTQ+ identifying students. Mosaic mentors assist students with their academic, social, and personal transition during their first year at LVC.


The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a dynamic group of student-athlete team leaders who, by working together, develop and strengthen a sense of personal responsibility and wellness among student-athletes, the administration, and community. SAAC members serve as student-athlete mentors for their team in regard to student-athlete affairs, which include Academic Excellence, Personal Development, Career Development, and Community Service. Last year, an LVC softball player/golfer served as president of the MAC SAAC.

Brave Zone

The Brave Zone Network is a student-led initiative that educates LVC students and staff regarding the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT+) community through workshops, which cover topics ranging from the education of the spectrums of sexuality and gender to understanding the difference between sexuality and gender.

Green Dot

The mission of the Green Dot Violence Prevention Committee is to support programming that creates a safe, healthy living and learning environment intolerant of sexual and other forms of power-based personal violence.

Step UP!

LVC recently implemented the Step UP! program in hopes of encouraging student-athletes to recognize when their peers are suffering any sort of mental, emotional, or physical abuse and help put a stop to it.


The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a nonprofit interdenominational Christian organization. FCA meets weekly, invites noted Christian speakers to campus, and provides the invocation for many important College events.

50–50 Peer Helpers

50-50 Peer Helpers assist fellow students through difficult adjustments. In these private sessions, students can discuss issues ranging from academic concerns to social anxiety. 50–50 Peer Helpers, housed in the Office of Counseling Services, also run weekend social support groups such as OASIS and 60 Minutes.

Student Government

Student Government is comprised of 36 full-time students. Twenty seven upper-class students are elected from the student body, including a commuter representative for each class, and nine first-year students are elected their first semester. Student Government fosters understanding, communication, and cooperation among students, faculty, and administration.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options X


Other: Small houses

Center for Student Engagement

LVC’s Center for Student Engagement houses all of the College’s student support offices in one central location to ensure connections to all students. The center houses student affairs, intercultural affairs & inclusive programs, residential life, and student activities.

Lebegern Learning Commons

The College’s Lebegern Learning Commons hosts student support activities in a common space for an interconnected community. Lebegern is home to the Center for Disability Services, Center for Global Education, Center for Career Development, Center for Writing & Tutoring Resources, Underground student club, Mund Technology Center, and Commuter Lounge.

Center for Disability Services

The Center for Disability Services provides persons with disabilities equal access to LVC programs, services, and activities. It offers a welcoming environment that supports the understanding and acceptance of persons with disabilities throughout the College community, and provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations. The center affirms the right of persons with disabilities to obtain access in a manner promoting dignity and independence.

Center for Career Development

LVC’s Center for Career Development engages students to become active participants in developing and implementing their career plans and graduate/professional school pursuits. The center plays a unique and complementary role in the overall educational experience of students by helping them acquire knowledge and skills for effective performances to the world of work.

Intercultural Affairs & Inclusive Programming

The College’s Office of Intercultural Affairs & Inclusive Programming provides leadership and direction for the development of educational, cultural, and social programs. These programs enhance intercultural understanding while fostering the College’s mission to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary to live and work in a changing, diverse, and fragile world.

Counseling Services

The staff in the Office of Counseling Services understands that a student’s college experience may present personal and transitional challenges, as well as opportunities for growth. These counseling services are designed to promote a holistic view of wellness in mind, body, and spirit.

Service Learning

Starting from day one during freshmen orientation, LVC students are deeply committed to service that benefits the community, averaging more than 20,000 service hours each academic year. For the past four years, The Valley was named to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Students can support a variety of community-service organizations, and several students have even started new partnerships.

Office of Community Service and Volunteerism

The Office of Community Service and Volunteerism supports the College’s mission of service and new strategic plan, Envision 2020, which places value on “service, sustainability, and civic engagement.” LVC grants students three community service awards—bronze, silver, and gold—that can be included in a student’s personal profile for prospective viewers to see.


LVC student volunteers in the Lebanon Valley Education Partnership (LVEP) partner with students in the Lebanon School District to encourage them to study, stay in school, and aspire to attend college. LVC mentors take their mentees on field trips and invite them to campus for fun and educational events.

Migrant Education Program

LVC’s student group, Hispanic Alliance, holds events to help support the Migrant Education Program in nearby Lebanon. In addition to increasing awareness of Hispanic culture, these events raise funds for the Migrant Education Program, a program that assists immigrants with educational and social transition to the area.

American Foundation for Children with AIDS

AFCA’s national headquarters are based in nearby Lebanon. LVC students partner with AFCA on a monthly basis to help pack and prepare medical supplies for shipment to Africa where they will be used in community health clinics.

Habitat for Humanity

In addition to working with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, alternative spring break trips to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country occur every few years. In past years, LVC has sent groups of students and staff to Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

Servants of Christ

Servants of Christ (SOC) is LVC’s Christian service organization. The group aims to witness to the community and campus through service. Activities include the 30-hour famine and Operation Christmas Child. SOC also organizes urban service trips during fall break.

Pink Game

The women’s basketball team has hosted an annual Pink Game since 2007. The generally sold-out game aims to raise funds and awareness regarding breast cancer detection, treatment, and prevention. A jersey auction (of unique pink jerseys made for the team each year), commemorative pink t-shirt sale, and prize giveaways are Pink Game staples with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society of Lebanon and the Genetics Program at the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.  

Alpha Phi Omega

LVC’s co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega (APO), Nu Delta Chapter, has been active as service leaders on campus for more than half-a-century. APO is active on campus as presidents and officers of many community service organizations.


LVC accounting and accounting (3+1 accelerated) majors participate in LVC’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program each year, assisting low-income, elderly, and otherwise disadvantaged taxpayers in completing their federal, state, and local taxes. In the past four years alone, LVC VITA student volunteers were able to retrieve more than $1 million in returns for the disadvantaged.



3,329 Total Applicants
2,413 Total Admissions
456 Total Freshmen Enrollment

72.48% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admission Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA

Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Level of applicant’s interest

Standardized test scores
Application Essay
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work
Work experience


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 490 590
SAT Math 510 620
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 25
ACT Math 21 27
ACT English 19 26
ACT Writing    

Admission Process

LVC recommends visiting campus, which is only two hours from Baltimore and Philadelphia. Prospective students can schedule a campus tour and information session with an admission counselor or attend one of the College’s Open Houses—Discovery Day, Day at The Valley, VALE Media Industry Conference, Music Audition Day, It’s Catalytic at The Valley (sciences), or take a Virtual Tour.

In addition to the traditional rolling admission application process, LVC offers an Early Decision opportunity. LVC encourages completed applications by March 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission. LVC accepts the Common Application.


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $39,410
Fees $1,140
Total $40,550
Room and Board (on campus) $10,980
Estimated Total On Campus $51,530

Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 estimated

$32,546 First year students
$24,641 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 estimated

78 % on average, the percentage of need that was met
20% of financial need students that had need fully met

$24,641 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,405 Average need-based loan


Generous academic scholarships are awarded to students whose high school records demonstrate a commitment to challenge and achievement. LVC offers the following scholarships: Board of Trustees ($22,000 per year); Presidential ($20,000 per year); Dean’s ($18,000 per year); Alfred Tennyson Sumner ($16,000); and Mary A. Weiss ($14,000 per year). There are numerous additional scholarships, including the John Bowman Allwein Scholarship (by invitation only), which offers full-tuition scholarships and an annual $2,500 stipend for research, study abroad, or internships.

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