We visited the sprawling 350-acre campus of Lebanon Valley College, located in Annville, PA, during our second day of the Pennsylvania Liberal Arts College Tour for College Counseling Professionals. This small liberal arts college with 1,600 undergraduates has the academic offerings and top-notch facilities that are usually found on medium-sized college campuses.
The president of LVC, Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne, welcomed us to campus in the new, impressive wellness center. President Thayne told us that, “energy and engagement of students” is what makes Lebanon Valley College unique. There are 36 majors offered and the majority of students double major. The college’s commitment to health science is evident by its plans to build a new health professional building, which is scheduled to open in 2017. The six-year doctor of physical therapy program gets high marks. And the new five-year masters athletic training program promises to be competitive as well. Sciences are not LVC’s only strength. The arts are strong too, with approximately 20-percent majoring in the arts. Music business and music recording technology are standout majors at LVC. The college even has its own recording label: VALE.
LVC is committed to fostering success by providing students with top facilities, caring staff and faculty. Lebegern Learning Commons is a newly renovated center that houses a dining hall on its main floor and the offices of career services, study abroad, and academic support services occupy the lower level. The center also has a high tech conference room and study rooms that students can utilize for group discussions and projects.
Our tour guide was an enthusiastic, sophomore transfer student majoring in PT. She told us that she was drawn to LVC’s friendly, down-to-earth community of students and faculty. Students at LVC are engaged outside the classroom. Perhaps, most surprising is that 400 students are directly involved in football game day festivities on the field (not to mention the students that pack the stands). The marching band has 150 members! Basketball is also a popular spectator sport. A well-loved tradition, started by beloved former local resident “Hot Dog Frank,” is the distribution of free hot dogs to all LVC students when LVC defeats Albright. “Hot Dog Frank” recently passed away, but the tradition lives on and a sculpture depicting him stands in LVC’s Peace Garden. Students here are committed to service. Last year, students clocked 24,000 volunteer hours.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Submitting ACT/SAT scores is optional for admissions. Admissions into the DPT and AT programs are highly competitive. Strong candidates for these programs must have excelled in rigorous high school science courses. Those applying to the DPT program must have clocked at least 30 volunteer hours in the PT field. Ninety-seven percent of all students receive financial aid: need-based and/or merit-based. Transfer students are eligible for merit-aid.
© 2015, Admissions on Track. All rights reserved.