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How Our Students Live

A college education is so much more than time in the classroom or lab. Your child has interests to pursue, friendships to make, and new experiences to enjoy. At Lebanon Valley College, we make sure our students have the resources and support to make the most of it. resources for parents This is the fifth brochure in a five-part series intended to help parents learn about the college search, application, and financial aid processes—and get to know a bit about Lebanon Valley. I Helping Your Child Choose 2 What We Believe 3 How We Help with Costs 4 Our Graduates 5 How Our Students Live 2

We believe your son

or daughter should . . .

...h  ave a safe, supportive, and comfortable place to live

...h  ave access to a variety of healthy dining options

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. . . live in a place with ample opportunities


...b  e able to pursue personal interests


...b  e able to play and get a solid education


. . . have opportunities to give back to the community


...k  now a few facts about lebanon valley college


College housing should feel like home.

This past fall, 86 percent of LVC first-year students returned for their sophomore year, a retention rate far above the national average.

More than 80 percent of students live with the same roommate their entire first year.


The transition from high school to college is easier when students have a safe, supportive place to call home. For the first two years at LVC, your son or daughter will live in a traditional residence hall with fellow underclassmen. This provides opportunities to meet a lot of people and forge the kinds of lasting friendships that make college life so rewarding. Other on-campus housing options are available after the first two years.

To help our students succeed both socially and academically, LVC carefully selects 48 resident assistants who live in the residence halls and serve as mentors, role models, and safety nets. A big part of the RA’s job is to make sure that every student is fitting in, knows about available resources, and has a reliable place to turn for help or advice. Students thrive with LVC’s roommate matching system. All roommates are paired individually based on the results of a student questionnaire. It’s a timeintensive process, but it dramatically

increases the chances for a good match and a positive living environment for your son or daughter. Most upperclassmen live in more independent environments, including small houses, rooms clustered as suites, or apartment-style housing—arrangements that help prepare your son or daughter for independent living after college.


The next best thing to home cooking. We take pride in our food service, recognizing the importance of good nutrition in a healthy, productive life.

LVC dining services helps diners make healthy food choices through the Live Well program, which offers menu items lower in calories, sodium, and saturated fat.

A variety of meal plans accommodates both residential students and commuters and offers flexibility through Flex Dollars, which can be used like cash at any of our campus dining locations. LVC menus reflect a variety of tastes and diets and include options sensitive to dietary restrictions. A sample of serving stations in the primary dining hall includes: • Signature Entrées: classic favorites, gourmet selections, specialty sandwiches • Brick Oven Pizza and Pasta: brick oven pizza, hand-prepared strombolis and calzones, and fresh pasta dishes • Bravo!: made-to-order dishes including stir fry, chopped salads, and omelets • Salad Bar: mixed greens, fresh veggies, assorted dressings, and homemade soups • LVC Deli: fresh, made-to-order sandwiches, paninis, wraps • Cuisine: vegetarian and gluten-free options • Dutchmen Grill: burgers and other items from the char-broiler • Baked Impressions: in-house bakery with cakes, pies, brownies, cookies, and cereal bars


Intermetzo Coffee Bar, centrally located in one of LVC’s busiest academic buildings, serves freshly brewed coffees, espresso drinks, bottled beverages, smoothies, snacks, and bakery items, as well as grab-andgo gourmet salads and sandwiches to students on the move. The Dutchman Den convenience store is your one-stop shop for build-your-own heroes, grab-and-go options, and other items, such as school supplies, frozen dinners, and toiletries. The CafÊ at the Arnold Sports Center on the north side of campus features a smoothie bar and grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and snacks.


Our students say LVC feels a lot like home. Our campus community is close-knit and welcoming. Students know one another, support one another, and treat one another with the trust and respect that comes from being part of a safe community. A favorite place on campus is the Peace Garden, which draws students in with its serene ponds, a footbridge, and plenty of space to sit and study (or take a break from studying). Our students find the beauty of the garden— and campus in general—provides a welcome backdrop to their active lives.

Our parents like the fact that campus is safe and nurturing. Our campus is comfortable and convenient. Students live a short walk from friends, classes, the library, dining halls, and fitness facilities. Everything they need is close at hand. There are enough activities and events to keep them busy, but there is also enough peace and quiet to allow them to focus on the things that are most important in college— studying and doing well.

“S arah is getting from LVC exactly what she needs—the right size campus, the distance from home (not too far, not too close), the down-to-earth staff. The school is very personable. During the open house, I felt like I was meeting new ‘old’ friends.”


Lyn Marino, mother of Sarah Marino ’14

A wider world just down the road. Our students enjoy the advantages of two worlds: idyllic, small-campus life plus the recreational, educational, cultural, and professional opportunities associated with larger towns and cities. A few minutes’ walk from campus, Annville (population 5,000) is a collegefriendly community. Many LVC students volunteer as tutors or mentors to Annville students. Others have internships with local businesses and industries.


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Annville is a recreational destination for students wanting to spend time with friends. Popular destinations include Kettering Corner ice cream parlor, Batdorf Restaurant, and the historic Allen Theatre and MJ’s Coffee House, where LVC sponsors many free events for students. Just down the road, students can shop (there’s a mall and Walmart) or dine in nearby Palmyra or travel a few more miles to Hershey, home of the famous chocolate factory and a place where many students find internships. Harrisburg and Lancaster are both about a half-hour drive by car. Baltimore and Philadelphia are both reachable by car in about two hours. 7

There’s a place here for everyone. Several places, in fact. We seek students who want to be involved. As a result, our campus is a lively place to live and learn. Whether taking a leadership role or pursuing a brand-new interest, almost every student is involved in at least one (often more than one) club, organization, ensemble, or activity. Leadership Organizations • Peer Mentors • Student Government • Student Programming Board • ValleyFest Committee Academic Clubs • Accounting Club • Art Club • Audio Engineering Society • Biology Club • Chemistry Club • Council for Exceptional Children • German Club (Teutonia Vallis) • History/Political Science/ Economics Club (HyPE) • Math Club • Phi Beta Lambda (business leadership club) • Physical Therapy Club • Psi Chi (psychology honor society) • Psychology Club • Society of Physics Students • Sociology and Criminal Justice Club

• Student Pennsylvania State Education Association Campus Media • Greenblotter Literary Society • La Vie Collegienne (student newspaper) • Quittapahilla (yearbook) • WLVC Radio Greek and Service Organizations • Alpha Phi Omega • Alpha Sigma Tau • Gamma Sigma Sigma • Greek Council • Phi Lambda Sigma • Phi Sigma Sigma • Tau Kappa Epsilon Music Groups • Chamber Choir • Clarinet Choir • College Choir • Concert Choir • Flute Ensemble • Guitar Ensemble • Handbell Choir • Low Brass Ensemble • LVC Jazz Band

• Percussion Ensemble • Small Jazz Ensemble • String Ensemble • Symphonic and Marching Bands • Symphony Orchestra • Trumpet Ensemble Music and Theater Organizations • LVC American Guild of Organists, student chapter • Music Industry Student Association (MISA) • National Association for Music Education (MENC), LVC chapter • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (music fraternity for men) • Sigma Alpha Iota (international music fraternity for women) • The Wig and Buckle Theater Company Spiritual Life Organizations • Buddhist Meditation • Christian Life at LVC • Cornerstone • Fellowship of Christian Athletes

• He Is Savior (HIS) • Hillel • InterVarsity • Mars Hill • Ministry Team • Praise Him With Dance • Sacred Strings • Servants of Christ • Songs of the Savior • Youth for Christ Special Interest Groups • Active Minds • Anime Society • Asian Society in Action (A.S.I.A.) • College Conservatives • College Democrats • Colleges Against Cancer • Community Dutchmen • Commuter Club • The Draft • Equestrian Club • Freedom Rings (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allies student group) • Habitat for Humanity • Hispanic Alliance

• Hunger Awareness Leaders of Tomorrow (HALT) • Indoor Color Guard • Lebanon Valley Education Partnership Mentor Program • LVC NORML • Mini-Thon • Multicultural Mentors • The Pallas Society (social justice honor society) • Student  Alumni   Association (SAA) • Swingdance Club • Taekwondo Club

• Take a Stand (TAS) • Women’s Services and Gender Resource Center (WSGRC)

In addition to studentrun initiatives, LVC sponsors a variety of fun activities for students—including comedians, coffee houses, concerts, films, lectures, and weekly excursions to nearby attractions—most of which are free to students or very inexpensive.

“K athryn chose to get involved in many of the extracurricular programs the College offers. The College’s small size allowed her to assume leadership positions in a couple of organizations—even as a freshman.” David Lewis, father of Kathryn Lewis ’12  9

Our students play as hard as they work. Intercollegiate Sports Men’s • Baseball • Basketball • Cross Country • Football • Golf • Lacrosse • Soccer • Swimming • Tennis • Track & Field (indoor and outdoor) Women’s • Basketball • Cross Country • Field Hockey • Golf • Lacrosse • Soccer • Softball • Swimming • Tennis • Track & Field (indoor and outdoor) • Volleyball

LVC offers a series of leadership workshops for athletes that deal with such topics as coaching fundamentals, practice schedule development, and dealing with fan behavior.


Being active and healthy is part of living a positive, successful life, and LVC students take advantage of many opportunities to combine wellness and fun. Varsity Sports Competing in the Commonwealth Conference at the NCAA Division III level, LVC athletes can play college sports while pursuing career and intellectual goals and enjoying other interests. As an LVC varsity athlete, your child can major in whatever he or she chooses, doublemajor, study abroad, and pursue internships—experiences that will enrich and inform his or her life well beyond college.

More than 25 percent of the student body participates on one (or more) of LVC’s NCAA Division III athletic teams, and the College is well equipped to help athletes maintain the balance between athletic competition and academic performance. LVC runs a variety of orientation, assessment, and academic support programs specifically designed to help student-athletes succeed, including the Body Armor program.

Intramurals • Badminton • Men’s Basketball • Women’s Basketball • Dodgeball • Coed Flag Football • Floor Hockey • Ping-Pong • Ultimate Frisbee • Volleyball (coed, men’s, and women’s • Water Volleyball

Although LVC has no physical education requirement, most students are involved in some sort of physical fitness or wellness activity, whether it’s a spot on the Ultimate Frisbee team, a Les Mills body-pump class, a nutrition workshop, or games of pick-up basketball.

Sports Clubs

Intramurals and Sports Clubs Intramural sports are popular. Beginner or advanced, anyone can participate. Additionally, students run a number of sports clubs that provide opportunities for involvement in other physical pursuits.

Club Varsity

• Dance Team • Equestrian Club • Men’s Rugby • Men’s Volleyball • Student Athletic Advisory Committee • Ultimate Frisbee • Women’s Rugby

• Cheerleading • Ice Hockey

“LVC offers so many extracurricular activities. From greek life to clubs, from weekend trips to programs the school provides for a minimal fee, there is always something for a student to do.” Brian and Mary Barr, parents of Andrea Barr ’12


Service is a way of life here.

LVC was the first college to have a Relay for Life fundraiser in South Central Pennsylvania. In 2013, more than 500 students participated in the ninth annual relay, raising $44,000.

With all the things that define them as individuals, our students share a commitment to service and community outreach. Generosity of spirit is a natural product of our friendly culture, and students and faculty find many ways to contribute to the Annville community and to others far away. The College organizes campus-wide service initiatives each year. Additionally, more than 60 student groups, athletic teams, Greek organizations, and theme houses initiate community service projects each year. For example, the Lebanon Valley Educational Partnership connects LVC students with local high school students to talk about college; LVC hosted the Special Olympics Swim Invitational in 2013; and the 2013 women’s basketball Pink Game raised more than $12,000 for breast cancer research. And over the last three years, the LVC ice hockey team raised more than $56,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Students earn recognition for their volunteer work by participating in LVC’s service award program. Distinction at the gold, silver, or bronze level appears on their LVC résumé, giving potential employers insight into their character.


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Lebanon Valley College is a private, coeducational college founded in 1866 and dedicated to the liberal arts. Campus/Location

58 buildings on more than 340 acres in Annville, Pennsylvania, a town of 5,000 near the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside. Students

1,600 full-time undergraduates. The ratio of women to men is 54:46. Freshman Class Profile

404 students, primarily from Pennsylvania and the midAtlantic region. 78 percent were in the top 30 percent of their high school class, and the average SAT score is 1104. Faculty

103 full-time faculty members, 89 percent of whom hold Ph.D.s or terminal degrees in their field; student-faculty ratio of 12:1 and average class size of 20. Academic Programs

34 undergraduate majors plus self-designed majors and a range of minors, concentrations, and preprofessional options; graduate degree programs in physical therapy, business administration, music education, and science education. Study Abroad

Programs in 13 countries, including Argentina, Australia, China, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and Spain,

as well as several shortterm programs. Off-Campus Programs

Semesters in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Career Services

A full range of guidance and support, including Career Connections, an online network of hundreds of LVC alumni. Internships

Available in every major— in Annville, Hershey, Harrisburg, and beyond. Student Life

More than 95 student organizations focused on the arts, sports, media, service, culture, politics, pre-professional interests, faith, and Greek life. Athletics

A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), LVC offers 24 sports. Residence Life

27 residence halls of various styles; housing guaranteed all four undergraduate years. After LVC

In an average year, approximately 78 percent of graduates responding to our annual survey are employed, and approximately 28 percent are in graduate or professional school, within six months of graduation.

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Rolling admission. We encourage completed applications by March 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission. Financial Aid and Scholarships

Approximately 98 percent of students receive some form of financial assistance. LVC scholarships are guaranteed to all students in the top 30 percent of their high school class; additionally, generous need-based financial aid is available. Total financial aid awarded in the form of LVC grants and academic scholarships for 2012-2013 was $24,863,642. The average grant and scholarship package totaled $15,133. Costs 2013-2014

Tuition and Fees: $35,700 Room and Board: $9,530 Total Expenses: $45,230 contact LVC

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