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LVC AT A GLANCE PROFILE Lebanon Valley College is a private, coeducational college founded in 1866 and dedicated to the liberal arts.
CAMPUS 59 buildings on more than 340 acres in Annville, Pennsylvania, a town of 5,000 near the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside. (p. 48)
35 minutes from
2 hours from
15 minutes from
47 minutes from
100 full-time faculty members, 88 percent of
whom hold Ph.D.s or terminal degrees in their field; student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1 and average class size of 20. (p. 13)
2 hours from
1,600 full-time undergraduates,
. . . you’ve done well in school and want a new challenge. You’re ready for the next step and want to find the place that’s right for you.
mainly from mid-Atlantic states but also representing New England, the southeastern United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The ratio of women to men is 56:44. (pp. 52–57)
T states from which LVC students hail
DEGREES GRANTED Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Music Education, Master of Science Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy.
FRESHMAN CLASS PROFILE (CLASS OF 2014)
460 students 250
women; 210 men
average SAT score: 1,091
74 percent in the top
30 percent of their high school class
34 undergraduate majors plus self-designed majors and
Available in every major—in Annville,
a range of minors, concentrations, and pre-professional options; graduate degree programs in physical therapy, business administration, music education, and science education. (pp. 14–23)
Hershey, Harrisburg, and beyond. (p. 26)
27 coed and single-sex residence halls of various styles, including suites and apartment-style living;
More than 90 organizations including music and theater
housing guaranteed all four undergraduate years.
groups; student newspaper, yearbook, and radio station; sororities and fraternities; and clubs and student-run organizations of many kinds, including pre-professional, political, athletic, recreational, religious, language-focused, and service-related groups. (pp. 38–41)
ATHLETICS A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), LVC offers 23 sports (pp. 44–45):
CAREER SERVICES A full range of guidance and support, including Career Connections, an online network of hundreds of LVC alumni. (pp. 30–31)
Baseball Basketball Cross Country Field Hockey Football Golf Ice Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track and Field (indoor and outdoor) Volleyball
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. . . you’re going to college because you want to be successful. But along the way, you want to learn about the world and your place in it.
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LVC offers programs in 12 countries plus semester-long programs in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. (pp. 28–29)
• men’s • women’s
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS Approximately 95 percent of students receive LVC scholarships and grants.
Scholarships are guaranteed to students in the top 30 percent of their high school class. (pp. 60–63)
The Dutchman is the proud mascot of LVC’s athletic programs and the alter-ego for LVC students. He is spirited, bold, and knowledgeable, and will help direct you as you read this book.
Rolling admission. We encourage completed applications by March 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission. (p. 65)
AFTER LVC In an average year, approximately 76 percent
Presidential Scholarships top 20%: $10,830
top 10%: $16,245
top 30%: $8,123
of surveyed graduates are employed within six months of graduation;
approximately 30 percent are enrolled in graduate school or professional programs. (pp. 30–31)
MAJORS AND PROGRAMS
Art, art education, and art history students create and study art in a dynamic learning environment with accomplished faculty mentors. Three concentrations prepare students for rewarding careers as artists, teachers, or museum curators. (p. 14)
In the last 10 years, more than 40 biochemistry and molecular biology majors have co-authored and presented research at scientific meetings. (p. 21)
Accounting majors are in demand. Many doublemajor, study abroad, or intern with nearby firms. (p. 15)
Nearly 100 percent of actuarial science graduates land highpaying jobs; many are company officers or consulting firm partners and principals. (p. 19)
MAJORS • Accounting
. . . you want a strong major. You also want chances to try out what you’re learning—with internships, research projects, and study off campus or abroad.
• Actuarial Science • Art and Art History • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology • Biology • Business Administration • Chemistry • Computer Science • Criminal Justice • Digital Communications
LVC biology majors have a remarkable record of graduate school placement. In the last five years, 45 percent have gone on to graduate or professional schools. (p. 21) LVC’s business administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. (p. 15)
Around 70 percent of LVC chemistry students who participated in summer research have gone on to earn advanced degrees. (p. 21)
Criminal justice majors get experience in law enforcement, courts, or corrections before graduating. (p. 23) Computer science stresses software development and internships, leading to a virtual 100 percent employment rate for LVC graduates. (p. 19)
• Economics Economics majors study complex questions from a systems perspective in preparation for employment or graduate work. (p. 15)
The site digital communications major Sean Deffley designed for LVC’s Wig and Buckle was named the best university or college theater club website in the nation. (p. 14)
From freshman year on, education majors are guided by faculty through student teaching and field practicums to prepare for teaching professionally. (p. 16)
English majors choose an area of concentration related to the language arts—literature, communications, theater, creative writing, or secondary education. (p. 18) Health care management is for certified health care professionals seeking to further their knowledge of the field. International studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to give students a core of knowledge and basic understanding of an increasingly interdependent world. (p. 17)
LVC French students may spend the fall semester immersed in French language and culture in Montpellier, France. (p. 18)
MAJORS continued • Education Early Childhood (PreK–Grade 4) Early Childhood/ Special Education • English • French • German • Health Care Management • Historical Communications
. . . in and out of classes, everywhere on campus and off campus—there is so much to do. To accomplish it all, you need your college to be on your side.
• History • Individualized Major • International Studies • Mathematics History majors often complete internships at law firms, public relations offices, newspapers and radio stations, museums and state archives, social service agencies, nonprofit advocacy organizations, and political campaigns. (p. 17)
LVC students may design an individualized major with faculty support. Recent examples: biotechnology and business, chemistry and artifact conservation, environmental economics and policy, and mathematics of finance.
Currently, mathematical science majors constitute seven percent of the student body, compared to a national average of less than one percent. (p. 19)
Students can take an immersive approach to learning German language and culture during a semester in Berlin—or a four-week summer language and culture course in Würzburg, Germany. (p. 18) Unique to LVC, the major in historical communications provides students an opportunity to prepare for work in the field of communications but with an intellectual grounding in history rather than literature. (p. 17)
MAJORS AND PROGRAMS continued Music recording technology students can help host LVC’s yearly Unplugged and Live for Life concerts. (p. 20)
Philosophy students develop critical, analytical, and rhetorical skills, and prepare for professional degrees that require rigorous thinking. (p. 23)
Music business majors organize and host LVC’s Music Industry Conference, which draws music professionals from across the country to campus. (p. 20) Students in LVC’s six-year doctoral program in physical therapy benefit from such resources as state-of-the-art teaching labs and a therapy pool, and they get hands-on experience working with LVC’s student athletes and community volunteers. (p. 22)
In the Music Education Program, five semesters of fieldwork begin during the first semester of study. (p. 20)
The Music Program features a student-centered curriculum and ample opportunities to perform as a soloist or with campus ensembles. (p. 20)
MAJORS continued • Music
. . . we believe you should be able to explore, experience, and enjoy all that college offers—and finish in four years, ready for a good job or a spot in graduate school.
• Music Business • Music Education • Music Recording Technology • Philosophy • Physical Therapy • Physics • Political Science • Psychobiology • Psychology • Religion
Political science majors study government, international politics, and political systems. One course includes an EU simulation in D.C. (p. 17) Psychobiology students prepare for graduate study and careers in fields including neuroscience, behavioral genetics, medicine, animal behavior, and more. (p. 22) Physics majors work closely with faculty on research and have access to optics, atomic force microscopy, atomic/ nuclear, electronics, computational, and advanced physics labs. (p. 21)
• Sociology • Spanish Sociology student Heather Aurand presented her study at the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, winning the undergraduate poster award for her research on the effects of overseas study on college students. (p. 23)
Many psychology students publish research in professional journals or present findings at conferences, either independently or with faculty mentors. (p. 22)
LVC Spanish majors learn by teaching when they work with local elementary school kids in after-school Spanish language programs. (p. 18) The religion major challenges students to engage the ideas of a wide variety of religious traditions in a critically aware manner—both in the classroom with professors and at sponsored events with members of different religious traditions. (p. 23)
The law and society minor can be valuable to students applying to law school. In each teaching certification program, students put educational theory into practice using the latest methodologies. (p. 16)
• Art Education • Early Childhood Education • Early Childhood Education/Special Education
Theater students and others in the Wig and Buckle Theater Company put on three major student productions yearly. K–Grade 12 certification is offered in art, French, German, music education, and Spanish. Special Education certification must be combined with a major in early childhood education.
Through this five-year program, students earn a B.S. from LVC and an engineering degree from any accredited engineering institution. Secondary education (grades 7–12) is offered in biology, chemistry, citizenship education, English, mathematics, physics, and social studies. Communications students seeking a career in journalism, public relations, or writing for digital media may complete an internship in one or more of these areas.
• K–12 Education • Music Education • Secondary Education CONCENTRATIONS, MINORS, AND OTHER AREAS OF STUDY
• American Studies • Communications • Creative Writing • Law and Society
. . . you have dreams and goals. If you want a lot and are willing to work to get it, you’re the kind of student we’re looking for. We get it.
• Literature • Theater COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS
• Engineering • Medical Technology PRE-PROFESSIONAL AREAS
• Dentistry • Medicine • Law
American studies draws faculty from disciplines and departments across the curriculum. Pre-medical or pre-dental students typically major in the sciences. The Health Professions Committee assists with the health profession school admission process. (p. 21)
• Ministry • Veterinary Medicine Students interested in veterinary medicine can find internships with nearby small- and largeanimal vets. (p. 21)
LVC graduates have attended some of the nation’s top law schools, including Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, Stanford, Washington and Lee, and William & Mary.
Creative writing students study world literature, poetry, theater, the novel, and more. English majors concentrating in literature study literary theory and explore British, American, and world literature.
LVC medical technology students spend three years on campus and one year working and studying in a hospital. Students interested in ministry can intern with the College chaplain to explore higher education chaplaincy.
We have the space and support you need to live a good lifeâ€”and the tools and technologies you need to build a solid future.
We hold strong beliefs about what you should expect from college. After all, this is your chance to build a foundation for the rest of your life. The experiences you have should sharpen your intellect, build your skill set, and increase your options for the future.
We believe ... . . . y ou should have an EDUCATION rich and varied enough to prepare you for any challenge
. . . y ou should pursue HANDS-ON EXPERIENCES while you’re still in college—internships, research, or travel-based study
. . . y ou should have the benefit of GUIDANCE to help you make informed decisions, make the most of your opportunities, and graduate in four years prepared to succeed
. . . y ou should have a FULL LIFE outside of class, opportunities to make lifelong friends, and access to the activities you enjoy
. . . y our CAMPUS should be beautiful, comfortable, and technologically current—with a community that is friendly and inclusive
. . . t hat almost any EXPERIENCE you have in college should help you reach your goals
. . . t hat hard work should be rewarded with SCHOL ARSHIPS
. . . y ou should pay us a VISIT
LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION
LVC students are holistic thinkers. Here, math majors learn how to write well, and English majors develop quantitative skills.
You can get a liberal arts education and a good job after graduation.
LVC’s mission is to enable our students to become people of broad vision, capable of making informed decisions and prepared for a life of service to others. To that end, we provide an education that helps students acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary to live and work in a rapidly changing, increasingly diverse and fragile world.
Suppose you want to be a doctor but also enjoy playing the saxophone. Or maybe you have your sights set on being a history teacher but also have an interest in ecology. Pursuing different disciplines and exercising the various parts of your mind is what the liberal arts is all about. We know you want to leave college with skills that will enable you to get a good job and earn a good living, but we’ve built our academic programs to also give you plenty of time for exploring the other things that interest you. It’s these pursuits beyond your professional goals that will enrich and enhance everything you do in life.
THE LIBERAL ARTS ARE FOCUSED. Our strong, com-
prehensive major programs provide a core of knowledge, skills, and experience relevant to your chosen field. We offer pre-professional guidance and support for those interested in law, health professions, or the ministry, and professors in every discipline will help you make good decisions with your career in mind.
THE LIBERAL ARTS ARE BROAD. In addition to their chosen major (or majors), our students explore the wide curriculum, building a broad base of knowledge and developing a variety of important skills. They learn how to think critically, independently, and in interdisciplinary ways. They develop skills to communicate clearly and persuasively in speech and in writing. They gain confidence, form opinions, and leave LVC with a strong sense of who they are and what they want to do. 11
It may seem obvious, but one of the most important factors in a college education is the people who will be your teachers—and the degree of access you have to them.
Our professors say that one of the best things about teaching at LVC is the opportunity to get personally involved in their students’ lives— whether going to a basketball game or gospel choir performance or meeting with a student for coffee to continue a discussion begun in class.
Be sure to ask a few questions as you consider colleges: How large are the classes? Do professors involve students in their research? Are they available if you need extra help? Will you be taught by professors, or will your classes be led by graduate students? The answers will have a major impact on the quality of your education. Our Faculty The LVC faculty includes scientists, scholars, artists, and professionals in a wide range of fields. They are respected contributors to their disciplines. But above all, they are teachers who love working with young people. They know their students as individuals and take an interest in their lives outside the classroom. They serve as mentors and advisors, helping to shape their studentsâ€™ overall college experience, career trajectory, and personal development. This kind of personalized education is only possible at a small college like LVC.
Small Classes LVC has only 1,600 students for a reason. We want our classes to be small and focused on the type of instruction thatâ€™s most valuable to undergraduates. With a 13:1 student-teacher ratio and an average class size of 20, LVC is able to offer an intensive, discussionfocused, interactive classroom environment that goes beyond merely conveying subject matter. Because our students take an active role in their own education, they develop communication and critical thinking skills that will give them a competitive advantage in whatever they pursue.
average class size:
No Graduate Assistants Because LVC is an undergraduate college, all courses are taught by professors, not by graduate students. This makes the quality of instruction higher than at most larger schools. It also means that LVC students may join their professors in conducting research and scholarshipâ€”opportunities typically reserved for graduate students at universities. Working closely with professors builds practical know-how and real-world confidence, and gives our students a leg up when seeking jobs or graduate school admission.
ART AND DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS MAJORS
Art, Art Education, Art History, Digital Communications LVC offers a range of options for students interested in the study or practice of visual expression, from studio art, art history, and art education to digital communications—an interdisciplinary major combining design with business, communications, and technology that emphasizes usercentered design and emerging media. LVC’s art, art education, art history, and digital communications programs are grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation, allowing students to explore the worlds of visual art and creative communication as vital aspects of the human experience. LVC’s fine arts professors have worlds of experience—as artists and designers, art teachers, art historians, and museum curators— which are infused into their innovative courses. Digital communications professors share their academic and field experience in design, business, technology, storytelling, communications, and usability.
ART AND ART HISTORY This department offers concentrations in studio art, art history, and art education. All three programs encourage individual aesthetic development and professional preparation, allowing students to pursue a wide range of careers in the growing visual arts field. Studio media include ceramics, illustration, painting, and photography. Art history allows Art major Stephen Campbell ’11 created a hand-drawn experimental animation that has been screened at film festivals throughout the country, earning Best Experimental Animation at the Savannah International Animation Festival.
specialization in museum practices, including an internship through the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery on the LVC campus. Art education is a state-certified program in K-12 teaching within the public school system. Art and art history students are ambitious and creative, taking their skills around the world and to major art centers including New York City and Philadelphia.
DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS This interdisciplinary department combines design, writing, programming, and business, providing students with a broad set of high-demand skills while preparing them for such fields as advertising, public relations, graphic design, e-business, web design, information systems, interactive design, and other emerging fields.Digital communications students design and create projects and campaigns based on user-centered design and usability.
AFTER LVC Graduates of the art and art history program include museum curators, art consultants, photographers, designers, art teachers, and art website editors. Other students have pursued graduate degrees in art history and museum studies before beginning their careers. LVC also offers preparation for professional programs in architecture, art conservation, and art therapy. Digital communications students have gone on to careers in graphic design, advertising, public relations, publishing, corporate communications, web design and development, marketing, information technology, and e-commerce. Students majoring in digital communications go on to graduate studies in digital media, art, instructional design, library science, and business.
Accounting, Business Administration, Economics Students in a business-related field at LVC learn more than just the fundamentals. They explore the humanities, social sciences, and sciences while learning how to communicate effectively in both speech and writing. These perspectives and skills enhance the power—and flexibility—of their degree. Students learn from a faculty of scholar-practitioners with years of experience in research, consulting, government, entrepreneurship, and international studies. Because professors stress the importance of combining classroom learning with practical skills, more than two-thirds of undergraduates gain hands-on internship experience. Study abroad is also strongly encouraged. LVC’s four-week program in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and semester-long programs in London, England, and Hamilton, New Zealand, are particularly suited to students in the department. Regardless of major, departmental course work focuses on building proficiencies and knowledge in key areas, such as information technology, ethics, professionalism, and teamwork, while stressing the development of critical thinking, creativity, and communications skills—attributes that leading CEOs are looking for.
ACCOUNTING The major prepares students for careers in public accounting, government, industry, or finance. Majors gain an excellent foundation for professional certification as a CPA or CMA. The curriculum includes a comprehensive background in business fundamentals that prepares students for business careers and graduate school.
The Department of Business and Economics, in association with the Career Center and Job Center website, offers a number of seminars aimed at helping students gain a competitive edge in their job search. Seminars cover such topics as business attire, living and working as a professional, networking skills, and writing résumés and preparing for interviews.
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Students prepare for a variety of management positions in the commercial, government, or nonprofit sectors. The curriculum provides a solid grounding in business fundamentals—including management, marketing, finance, operations, economics, accounting, and international business. Majors seeking more in-depth study may take electives that support the study of human resource/labor relations, international relations, marketing/public relations, or organizational psychology.
ECONOMICS The major is designed to prepare students for careers in government or the private sector or for graduate school in business, economics, or law. Students study the ways in which societies produce,
distribute, and consume goods and services and explore the macroeconomic consequences of economic decisions. The curriculum includes courses in such areas as economic game theory, public policy economics, international economics, environmental and natural resource economics, and econometrics.
ACCREDITATION LVC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs to offer the following business degrees: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management, and Bachelor of Arts in Economics, as well as Associate degrees in Accounting and Business Administration.
AFTER LVC Graduates have gone on to work with a diverse group of employers, from the Big Five accounting firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte, to manufacturing and consumer products companies, to small businesses. Many alumni have successfully launched their own entrepreneurial ventures. 15
Early Childhood, Secondary, and Special Education LVC teacher candidates learn how to put educational theory into practice using the latest teaching methodologies and technology. They observe talented teachers at work in a variety of classroom settings. During their senior year, they begin practicing their profession as full-time student teachers. Through close interaction in small classes—and outside of class—LVC education professors work closely with their students, assessing their individual strengths and weaknesses and making sure that they are achieving at full potential. During each 16-week studentteaching assignment, our professors observe their students in the field at least six times. Other strengths of the department include an excellent advising program, an emphasis on curricular innovation and use of technology in the classroom, and a focus on authentic assessment, such as the evaluation of student-developed lesson plans or teaching stations.
LVC education students learn on the job. From the first semester on, they log weekly hours in a school or preschool, in a library setting, or in an after-school program observing experienced teachers firsthand. The education major culminates in an intensive, two-semester student teaching placement. The first semester is devoted to close observation of the cooperating teacher and the second is devoted to full-time teaching. An LVC education professor works with local school districts to help students arrange their field placements.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Majors receive intensive training in the content and methodologies of all elementary school subjects, focusing on pre-kindergarten through grade four. This is a new program—reflecting recent guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and LVC—that will be phased in over the next several years.
SECONDARY EDUCATION Students pursuing secondary education certification combine a departmental major with required education courses. Certification in secondary education (grades 7–12) is offered in biology, chemistry, citizenship education, English, mathematics, physics, and social studies.
K–GRADE 12 EDUCATION Certification in K–grade 12 is offered in art, French, German, music education, and Spanish.
SPECIAL EDUCATION This is a dual major program for students completing a primary major in early childhood education.
AFTER LVC LVC is respected throughout the region and beyond for its education program and its strong placement record. Our graduates are not only successful teachers but, in many cases, leaders in the field. Districts actively seek our graduates, particularly those who have earned multiple certifications.
HISTORY AND POLITICS MAJORS
History, Historical Communications, International Studies, Political Science The study of history and politics offers insights into American government and society—and a close look at how they relate to diverse communities around the globe. Students explore and consider the world around them, the values that they inherit, and the future they will help to make. The department offers small, discussion-based classes with an accomplished and engaging faculty. Students explore topics ranging from the political and social history of the United States, Europe, Africa, and Latin America to the workings of government to international diplomacy. Beyond course work, students may seek practical experience through a range of internship placements in such contexts as political campaigns, public relations offices, museums, and congressional offices. Students may study while completing internships during a semester in Washington, D.C., or may choose to add international experience to their résumés by studying abroad.
HISTORY Students look closely at the history of human behavior and develop skills useful in examining the present: namely, research, analysis, and communication.
Over the past three years, more than 30 students from this department have worked with professors on a number of fronts—from researching international terrorism to building online digital archives. Students have presented work at professional conferences and have published papers in peer-reviewed journals—experiences that helped them land good jobs.
Certification in secondary education is also available.
HISTORICAL COMMUNICATIONS This program, unique to LVC, prepares students to research or write in fields such as higher education, museum studies, political campaigns, and public relations. Students combine in-depth study of history with extensive experience honing writing and other communications skills.
Students explore international issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, examining the
complex domestic and international affairs of nations, and studying how different cultural, economic, political, and social systems operate and interrelate.
POLITICAL SCIENCE Students examine government, politics, and public policy, focusing on such areas as American politics, comparative politics, political philosophy, international relations, and constitutional law. Certification in citizenship education at the secondary level is available.
All of these majors provide students with valuable skills—including the ability to analyze complex situations, to communicate clearly and persuasively, and to conduct effective research—that are applicable in a wide variety of professions and careers. Teaching history and related fields at the secondary level is a popular professional choice. Other graduates from our programs have pursued careers in business, politics, public service, foreign service, and journalism.
LITERATURE, LANGUAGE, AND COMMUNICATIONS MAJORS
English, French, German, Spanish LVC students pursue the study of English, French, German, or Spanish in small and highly interactive classes—the perfect setting for honing communication skills and exploring ideas in depth. Valuable internships, stellar study-abroad programs, and extracurricular options broaden and enrich their studies. Since Socrates, the best teachers have guided their students through a process of asking questions and inviting answers. At LVC, this tradition of individualized, interactive learning is thriving.
ENGLISH The department offers areas of concentration in literature, communications, creative writing, theater, and secondary education. A concentration in secondary education leads to certification.
LVC’s programs in English, French, German, and Spanish focus on developing the power of communication in its many forms. Students build skills in writing, public speaking, multimedia narratives, persuasive communication, critical and creative thinking, and cultural understanding. Students pursue internships in a variety of fields ranging from print, broadcast, and online journalism to publishing, advertising, public relations, and law. A sampling of past internship employers includes Hershey Foods, General Electric, the State Archives of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg’s Patriot-News, MTV, the Pennsylvania governor’s office, Sony, the American Cancer Society, and local law firms. LVC offers exceptional opportunities for international study and travel. English majors often choose a semester in London or New Zealand. Students learning French typically spend a semester at the
FRENCH, GERMAN, AND SPANISH These majors each combine mastery of language skills with an understanding of culture and advanced readings in literature— and all are supported by excellent study-abroad programs. Secondary education certification in these languages is available. University of Montpellier in the south of France. Students of German take part in LVC’s programs in Würzburg, Germany, or at the Freie Universität Berlin. Those focusing on Spanish take advanced course work at the Universitas Castellae in Valladolid, Spain, or the Fundación Ortega y Gassett in Buenos Aires. Extracurricular options include the Greenblotter Literary Society; the Wig and Buckle Theater Company; WLVC, our cable and web radio station; La Vie Collegienne, our newspaper; and active Spanish, French, and German clubs.
English professors and students collaborated to develop a national online humanities journal, The Valley Humanities Review. Overseen by an editorial board of five faculty and six students from five departments, the journal aspires to build a national presence for the humanities at LVC.
DOUBLE MAJORS AND MINORS Many LVC students double major or minor in a language to build critical communication skills that will prepare them for working in an increasingly diverse world with a global economy.
AFTER LVC An excellent education in English, French, German, or Spanish provides a foundation for success in many professions, graduate school, or business. Students learn to understand people, communicate effectively, and solve complex problems—all powerful skills regardless of career path. Popular fields include government, law and politics, teaching, the ministry, journalism and communications, and corporate and entrepreneurial careers. Many students strengthen their preparation through a double major in business or another field.
MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES MAJORS
Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Mathematics LVC’s mathematical sciences programs are well respected, career focused, and built upon close student-teacher interaction. The combination of a friendly atmosphere, high expectations, and a large number of students studying math creates a special program at LVC. Students of the mathematical sciences at LVC find a strong spirit of camaraderie and many opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. A student might: • Work with fellow Math Club members on the Math Quiz Bowl for high school students or the Math Olympics for fifth graders. • Study with fellow students in the welcoming student math library. • Attend a meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Actuaries Club with other LVC student members. • Participate in student-faculty research. (Recent work in quantum information science with the Physics Department has led to publications and National Science Foundation grants. See sidebar.) • Compete with teams from other colleges in a programming competition. LVC has regularly bested many larger rivals.
MATHEMATICS Majors prepare for careers in banking, finance, other fields of business, or secondary education. Other students prepare for careers in higher education or specialized areas of applied mathematics by way of graduate school. The major emphasizes fundamental reading, writing, and analytical skills, which produce graduates who are independent thinkers and effective team members.
ACTUARIAL SCIENCE Majors prepare for careers as actuaries—business professionals who apply mathematics and management skills to analyzing and solving complex financial and social problems. LVC offers one of the few actuarial science programs at a small liberal arts college that covers all elements of the preliminary education programs of the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society.
COMPUTER SCIENCE Majors prepare for careers as analysts and programmers. The major builds on a foundation of programming knowledge and analytical skills necessary to acquire the flexibility to be productive in this rapidly evolving field.
AFTER LVC The first measure of the success of LVC’s mathematical sciences programs is the high demand for students who complete our
Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, math professor David Lyons, physics professor Scott Walck, and students majoring in mathematics, physics, and computer science have joined forces to research questions surrounding the phenomenon of quantum entanglement—with potential applications in quantum computation and communication.
programs. Most students complete internships while enrolled at LVC, and many secure permanent positions before graduation. Actuarial Science Program graduates enjoy nearly 100 percent placement and outstanding career advancement with major employers competing to attract graduates. Computer Science Program graduates are in such demand that many are hired where they have completed an internship. Mathematics graduates are employed for the value their fundamental skills bring to employers. Teacher certification graduates are in high demand in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Recent graduates have been accepted for Ph.D. programs at the University of Virginia, Cornell, Penn State, and Johns Hopkins.
Music, Music Business, Music Education, Music Recording Technology With first-rate instruction, many chances to perform, and degree options leading to opportunities and success in a variety of careers, LVC’s music programs are among the strongest of any small liberal arts college. Widely recognized for their superior quality, LVC’s programs in music provide a student-centered experience distinguished by a high degree of individual attention. Our faculty includes outstanding performers and graduates of some of the finest music schools and conservatories in the country. Blair Music Center is one of the largest and best-equipped music facilities in the state. It features the 600-seat Lutz Concert Hall (with a Steinway D concert grand piano), instrumental and choral rehearsal halls, the Presser-Gillespie Music Technology Center, three recording studios, and many teaching and practice rooms. Across campus, Zimmerman Recital Hall provides a 175-seat chamber music venue. The department offers a number of large and small ensembles, which are listed on page 39.
Each fall, LVC students organize and run the College’s Music Industry Conference, a gathering of professional musicians, engineers, producers, and executives from across the music business. Students attend panels on topics such as getting a gig, copyright, and marketing, as well as workshops, performances, and product demonstrations. The conference gives students the opportunity to make professional connections and learn firsthand about the industry.
Whether minoring in music, taking music courses, or playing in ensembles, many non-majors make music a part of their lives at LVC.
MUSIC Majors choose from among concentrations in instrumental music, jazz studies, organ, piano, sacred music, theory, composition, and voice.
MUSIC BUSINESS Students pursue course work in music and business, preparing for careers in music marketing, publishing, and production, among many others.
MUSIC EDUCATION Students prepare for Pennsylvania music certification in PreK (early childhood)–grade 12 and spend several semesters in the field prior to full-time student teaching in the senior year.
MUSIC RECORDING TECHNOLOGY In addition to learning the basics of analog and digital recording studio systems, students study music theory, history, and performance— gaining broader preparation and consequently more career options than more technically focused programs provide. Students take advantage of a strong internship program that can lead directly to full-time jobs.
AFTER LVC Graduates of the programs in music pursue careers as professional performers, instructors, and music directors, and work in production and business roles with a range of organizations—from Disney Film Studios to Sony to public radio stations. The Music Education Program is well known, and school districts in Pennsylvania and beyond actively recruit our graduates. The College’s nationwide network of alumni in the music field is an asset to new graduates.
NATURAL SCIENCES MAJORS
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics LVC science majors have experiences only available to graduate students on most campuses: small classes with top faculty, access to sophisticated laboratory equipment, and the opportunity to conduct original research (and even publish or present it at a professional conference). Science students at LVC benefit from an intimate, personal, and supportive learning environment along with exciting opportunities for learning and professional development usually associated with larger schools. Whether investigating nerve regeneration, interstellar chemistry, nanoparticle catalysts, or computational physics, students have the support and resources to do significant, original work. About half of all science majors graduate having participated in independent research, either during the summer or school year. Working collaboratively with their professors or with one another, students often co-publish papers in major peer-reviewed journals—a credential that stands out on their applications to graduate and professional schools. Thanks to LVC’s success in attracting grant funding, the College boasts impressive laboratory instrumentation, from a scanning electron microscope and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer to a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer and nanotechnology lab. Recent $18 million renovations to LVC’s Neidig-Garber Science Center address the disappearing boundaries between biology, chemistry, and physics. The redesigned laboratories promote
close interactions between faculty and students, and stimulate seamless interdisciplinary studies and research.
BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, AND PHYSICS In addition to strong course work and superlative teaching, all three departments share a commitment to engaging students in their disciplines through research, publication, and participation in the greater scientific community.
SECONDARY EDUCATION Secondary education certification is available in biology, chemistry, and physics for students in these majors.
BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY This is an interdisciplinary program that explores the chemical basis of biological processes.
AFTER LVC Approximately half of LVC science graduates go on to earn advanced degrees, either in master’s or doctoral programs or in medical, dental, or other professional schools. They study at top institutions, including Princeton, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Pennsylvania. LVC’s 14th Fulbright winner, biology and psychology major Mary Olanich ’05, conducted research in France before earning her Ph.D. in molecular oncology from Washington University and becoming a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Cancer Research in Bethesda, Md. Our graduates teach in colleges and high schools, conduct research, and work in industry for companies such as DuPont, Exxon, Merck, Pfizer, Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens.
LVC offers solid pre-health training and advising for those interested in careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, or podiatry. The multidisciplinary Health Professions Committee guides and advises pre-health students and helps them prepare for entrance exams and interviews. Over the last 20 years, LVC students applying to health professional schools have been admitted at a rate of 78 percent.
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES MAJORS
Physical Therapy, Psychobiology, Psychology LVC’s programs in the psychological and health sciences encompass a broad range of interests. They share a commitment to close student-faculty interaction, outstanding facilities, a solid grounding in the liberal arts, and strong preparation for graduate study and professional success. Students intrigued by the science of human behavior or interested in professional practice as physical therapists encounter excellent opportunities among LVC’s programs—from courses exploring human development, perception, and thought to those focused on the structure and motion of the human body and the rehabilitative power of physical therapy.
PSYCHOLOGY Students are introduced to each major discipline within the field (human development, psychopathology, biopsychology, cognition, and social processes). Students choose among excellent opportunities for internships and for participation in independent or collaborative research projects under the guidance of faculty members. The major culminates with a capstone experience.
PSYCHOBIOLOGY This interdisciplinary program, offered by the departments of Psychology and Biology, explores the biological bases of behavior. Many students enrich their experience through internships and involvement in research.
This six-year program leads to a doctor of physical therapy degree. The curriculum is based on the current accepted evidence for practice and guidelines of the leading professional organizations in the field and is enriched by outstanding clinical placements. The program is housed in the ultramodern 35,000-square-foot Heilman Center.
The Psychology Program provides a strong preparation for entry into the workforce or for graduate study in psychology, neuroscience, social work, medicine, business, law, or education.
Faculty and students from the Physical Therapy and Education departments are working together to investigate preliminary findings that children with autism spectrum disorders respond positively to aerobic exercise. Faculty and students also collaborate on a variety of other research topics, including the screening/prevention of injury for LVC athletes.
The Psychobiology Program prepares students for graduate study in fields such as psychology, psychobiology, psychopharmacology, behavioral genetics, neuroscience, medicine, or veterinary medicine, and for research positions with industry, universities, hospitals, or government laboratories. The Physical Therapy Program prepares students for clinical positions in physical therapy, meeting the high demand for professionals in this field.
SOCIAL SCIENCE AND VALUES MAJORS
Criminal Justice, Sociology, Philosophy, Religion Students studying criminal justice, philosophy, religion, or sociology take on the big issues. They mull over timeless questions and tackle current social problems, learn ethics and logic, debate the role of spiritual life in our culture, and explore matters of crime, health care, family, and work life. Studies in these fields give rise to provocative and stimulating conversations; at LVC these explorations take place in small, interactive classes with professors who are dedicated teachers and distinguished scholars. The result is a deeply engaging and expansive learning experience. Students can further their exploration of other societies, cultures, and perspectives by taking part in LVC’s extensive study-abroad program. Many also complete internships, connecting their classroom studies to real-world experience. Sociology and criminal justice majors find placements with local social service agencies, police departments, attorneys’ offices, or health care organizations. Religion or philosophy majors choose from a range of options, including churchrelated organizations, nonprofit community groups, and a variety of businesses, government agencies, or professional practices.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE Students examine the patterns associated with various crimes, theories of crime causation, victimization, and society’s response to crime. The major prepares students for work in law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, juvenile justice, and graduate school.
SOCIOLOGY Students gain an understanding of the relationship between behavior and societies while developing skills in research and analysis, communication, and critical thinking. A broad range of social topics are explored, such as culture, the family, societal inequalities, and global issues, to name a few.
Students explore profound questions—about the impact of values, knowledge, and reality on human nature—while building critical thinking and communication skills.
LVC social science and values majors boast noteworthy accomplishments. Religion and philosophy major Carissa Devine ’09 was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, which she used to study how the population of Auroville in southern India observes and honors its philosophical tenets. Additionally, sociology and criminal justice students and faculty worked together to examine the recidivism rate among DUI offenders in Lebanon County’s Alternative Rehabilitation Disposition Program.
RELIGION Students explore the comparative and historical study of religion and have the opportunity to delve into particular traditions and practices from both East and West.
AFTER LVC Each of these majors provides students with a set of intellectual skills applicable in virtually any of the professions, in any area of business or public service, or in teaching. Many graduates have gone on to top law schools. Others have pursued graduate study in sociology, criminal justice, philosophy, or theology, or have attended seminaries. Students often combine a major in one of these fields with a second major or a minor in another area, widening their career options.
HANDS-ON RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
LVC was one of the first schools in the country to involve undergraduates in student/ faculty scientific research, which has been ongoing every summer since 1948.
You shouldn’t have to wait until graduate school to do real research.
Identical triplets and biochemistry majors, Adam, Eric, and Greg Wier graduated from LVC with identical GPAs—and three years of undergraduate research under their belts. Eric is now in a Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University, while Adam and Greg are in doctoral programs at the University of Pittsburgh. All three plan on pursuing careers as college professors.
We want you to get your hands dirty. It’s no secret that the foundations of science are best understood through active engagement with the experimental process. Each summer, dozens of LVC students work alongside their professors as funded research assistants, contributing to new discoveries that are pushing the envelope of knowledge. As a result, many of our students co-author articles in scientific journals and present their work at professional conferences while they’re still in college. Last year, LVC attracted $179,423 in government and private grant support to fund student and faculty research. Through the Arnold Program in Experiential Education, funding is available to support independent student research, internships, and student-faculty research/ scholarly work across all disciplines.
Biology major and chemistry and economics minor Colleen O’Neill was involved with an interdisciplinary biology and chemistry research project working with a strain of bacteria that typically causes tooth decay.
“I tried to determine if black walnut chewing sticks have a chemical effect in maintaining oral hygiene, while at the same time synthesizing derivatives of organic compounds that may increase or decrease the success of the bacteria.” Colleen is now attending dental school at the University of Pennsylvania.
Three music business majors will work with music professor Jeff Snyder to create an official student-run record label at LVC. The students will research successful labels at other colleges and interview established experts in the field of music publishing, marketing, distribution, entertainment law, and other related fields. Based on a studentdrafted report and business plan, a new course will be created to establish and maintain the new label at the College.
Biology major Daniel Ramirez-Bao will be heading to Spain to conduct research in plant physiology through a nine-week internship at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Specifically, he will be working on tobacco and Arabidopsis plants utilizing DNA extraction and amplification by polymerase chain reaction, enzymatic digestion, and molecular cloning. Daniel will also use the opportunity to improve his Spanish fluency. 25
Approximately 63 percent of LVC students graduate having completed a professional internship, student teaching, or field/clinical experience.
Many things can’t be learned in a classroom.
From the first semester of freshman year on, LVC education majors are in the field four to six hours each week—in a school, preschool, library, or after-school program. Majors lead their own classrooms in the fall of senior year.
You can’t experience the professional world by reading about it in a book, and fortunately, you don’t have to. LVC students in every major get out of the classroom and into real-world settings, logging professional experience, building confidence, and gaining a major leg up when it comes time to apply for a job. With the guidance of their professors and help from Career Services staff, students in every major can find internship opportunities in their areas of academic interest or in keeping with their professional goals. They often earn money in these positions, thanks to grants from the Arnold Program in Experiential Education. Internship placements can turn into job offers down the line, and almost all have a lasting impact on our students’ futures.
Digital communications major Chantelle Simeone ’11 combined her love of fashion and design working as a visual display intern for Anthropologie.
“Interning at Anthropologie made me appreciate how much I’ve actually learned at LVC. I came up with my own ideas and was asked several times for advice on the main display.”
Business administration major Amanda Slusaw ’12 got the opportunity to explore the world of consulting through a summer internship with Booz Allen Hamilton.
“I was able to implement skills I learned at LVC. If it wasn’t for my internship, I would not be nearly as confident in myself and my career decisions. ”
“The job market in finance is extremely competitive right now, and my summer experience really helps my résumé. Plus, I was able to network with some really wellconnected people.”
“Having done this internship and planning to do more in the future, I do not doubt my ability to get a job or continue my education after LVC.”
Biology major Travis Bicher ’12 spent the summer at Penn State University College of Medicine working on a research project aimed at finding new applications for existing drugs.
Amber Keeseman ’11, a double major in mathematics of finance (individualized major) and economics, interned with Five Mile Capital Partners, an alternative investment and asset management firm in Stamford, Ct. 27
Even while studying abroad, LVC students remain enrolled at the College and therefore keep their financial aid and scholarships.
Study Michelangelo in Italy, French in France.
LVC offers off-campus programs in two of Americaâ€™s most important cities. Whether in the Philadelphia Center or the Washington, D.C., Center programs, LVC students complete an internship for credit while taking academic courses and living independently in an urban environment.
You can read every travel book in the library and not know what it feels like to go tubing through the Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, New Zealand. A big part of learning about the world is venturing out and experiencing it firsthand. LVC students take advantage of overseas study programs in 12 countries around the world. The College is in the process of developing a handful of new short-term programs that would make it even easier for busy students to study off-campus. By the time they graduate, nearly 20 percent of our students will have spent time studying and traveling abroad, experiences that will shape and inform the rest of their lives. The bottom line at LVC: if you want to study overseas, you can, regardless of your major or other interests.
Belfast, Northern Ireland Maastricht, the Netherlands Four-week summer program focusing on the European Union; open to all majors and led by LVC faculty.
Spring semester program for music recording technology students near the center of a large, multinational city.
Four-week summer program for education majors led by LVC faculty; students observe teaching in British primary and secondary schools.
Fall semester program in the heart of London; students choose from a wide range of courses and take weekend trips to various locations throughout Europe.
Three-week mini-term field practicum during which education majors learn about elementary and middle school education in Swedish classrooms.
Fall and spring semester program in Germany’s dynamic, culture-rich capital; students are housed in private homes where only German is spoken; includes field trips and a one-week excursion.
Cambridge, England Fall or spring semester program for music majors in England’s world-famous university center.
Athens, Greece Würzburg, Germany Four-week program in July led by LVC faculty; open to students who have completed at least two years of German.
Buenos Aires, Argentina For students at any level of Spanish; participants can explore the spectacular Andes Mountains, famous Iguazu Falls, and beautiful Patagonia.
Fall or spring semester Spanish immersion program in a city known for the purity of its Castillian Spanish; students travel to other sites in Spain.
Fall or spring semester program in central Italy focused on Italian language and culture; students explore Rome and sites in Perugia.
Montpellier, France Fall semester program located in the center of a bustling university city with 50,000 students.
Fall or spring semester program for all students, with a focus on history, archaeology, art history, classical studies, and Greek language; students visit museums and other local points of interest and take excursions to Delphi, Crete, and the Peloponnese.
Hamilton, New Zealand Spring semester program in New Zealand’s fourthlargest city; in addition to course work, students travel to local sites and enjoy nearby surfing and swimming beaches, thermal hot pools, and limestone caves.
Program for any major at Monash University, 30 minutes outside of Australia’s second-largest city, and only one hour from Sydney and Tasmania. 29
CAREER GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING
Within six months of graduation, 76 percent of LVC graduates who responded to our annual survey were employed and 30 percent were in graduate or professional school.
There are 15,496 reasons for you to succeed.
Specifically designed to give undecided students a glimpse into potential career options, Project CLOSE-UP, LVC’s career shadowing program, pairs freshman students with alumni during their fall break, providing on-site professional experience.
College is a time for pursuing your interests and sharpening your intellect, but it’s also a series of experiences that lead you toward a rewarding career and the rest of your life. At LVC, help with career planning and preparation is available from day one. Career Services staff work closely with students to identify and learn about their options, find internships, hone résuméwriting and interviewing skills, and— ultimately—identify and apply for jobs. LVC’s 15,496 alumni not only lead successful lives, but also serve as valuable resources to students interested in learning about and getting experience in the professional world.
Career Counseling Career counselors are available by appointment to any student, as early as the first days of freshman year. Counselors help students identify their interests and strengths, explore potential careers, and discover experiences— such as internships, career shadowing, professional networking, and extracurricular activities—that develop the skills needed to successfully market themselves as they apply for jobs. Beyond counseling, Career Services offers a variety of tools, services, and programs to help students research and prepare for their entrance into the professional world. Internship or job fairs give students the ability to meet a large number of potential employers face to face. LVC’s online Job Center allows students to post résumés and links them with employers looking to fill jobs or internships. Additionally, Career Services helps students applying to graduate, medical, or law school prepare for their entrance exams and write their application essays.
Complete Preparation As a pre-professional college, LVC is continually asking students to learn in ways that help them prepare for their eventual careers. Across the curriculum, LVC professors stress the development of universal skills like clear spoken and written communication, critical analysis, and the ability to infer meaning from evidence. These skills help LVC students thrive in internships, impress in interviews, and approach any professional situation with confidence. Alumni Network LVC’s 15,496 alumni are women and men working in many industries, most of whom feel a strong sense of connection to their alma mater and enjoy lending a hand to LVC students getting their start in the world. LVC’s Career Connections database gives students access to nearly 450 alumni who have volunteered to mentor them about careers, job search techniques, graduate school options, and making the transition from college to the professional world. Students can search for alumni online—by LVC major, industry, interest, or region of the country.
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The average four-year graduation rate for schools in the Pennsylvania state system is 33 percent; 65 percent of entering LVC freshmen graduate in four years.
It shouldn’t take more than four years to earn a bachelor’s degree. It’s a long road from freshman year to graduation, but our students get plenty of help along the way. From before the first day at LVC, students work with faculty advisors to think carefully about what they want to do and how they’re going to get there. Want to learn more? Each academic department has its own web page that clearly outlines the nuts and bolts—requirements, departmental policies, advising procedures, and in many cases, a year-by-year plan—for completing a major in four years. Go to lvc.edu/academics for a list of majors, minors, and programs.
Our flexible curriculum, clearly stated expectations, and strong faculty oversight make it nearly impossible for a student to need more than four years to graduate from LVC. In the very rare case that the College doesn’t offer the courses you need to complete your degree within four years at LVC, we will cover the costs of the additional course work. But this almost never happens, because we pride ourselves on supporting our students and keeping things simple.* *The basic requirements for the four-year guarantee are satisfactory completion of (1) a specified number of credits, (2) the General Education Program, and (3) the requirements for a single major. A normal academic load may vary from major to major, but the average number of credits per semester is not less than 15. More specific information about this policy can be found on the College website.
Advising at LVC begins before the first day of freshman year as faculty advisors work with first-year students to think through their four-year academic career. Advisors help students complete their major, build a diverse academic program, and leave room in their schedule for experiences like study abroad or internships.
Approximately 80 percent of our students come to LVC knowing what they want to major in—even what career they want to pursue. For the undecided and “open” majors, advisors help students think through the options and suggest a program that will expose them to a variety of subject matter—and potential careers.
4 @ LVC= Advanced Credit
Students earn LVC credit and placement for AP scores of 4 and 5 (and sometimes 3) or placement without credit for strong SAT test scores in a related subject. This policy allows high-achieving students to skip introductory courses and fulfill requirements, giving them more flexibility in choosing electives, taking on a second major, or studying abroad.
There can be some overlap between classes required for the major and courses that qualify for the general education requirements. This makes it easier for students to have a minor or double major and to take electives in their areas of interest. This curricular flexibility also makes it possible for students to study abroad, pursue an internship, or double major.
Okay, so this photo is beautiful. But how does that improve your life?
Think about it: you spend four years on a college campus. It’s where you study and hang out. It’s what you see when you look out the window. Between your lab work and papers, activities, and time with friends, college can be a bit of a tornado. Our students find that the calm and beauty of our campus provide a nice contrast to their busy lives. They can concentrate here. It’s comfortable and familiar and feels like home.
Almost every year, LVC undertakes a major renovation to one of its residential facilities, ensuring that each is updated regularly.
The things you learn in class connect to your life on campus. Our campus is a small world in the middle of a big one. Chances are youâ€™ll live within a five-minute walk of any of your classes or friends. We like to think we have everything students need for a comfortable life, including a variety of attractive living optionsâ€”from traditional residence halls to apartment- or suite-style housing to special interest houses. And students never have to worry about finding a place to live, as housing is guaranteed for all four years. The annual Dueling Dutchmen contest builds community by pitting the various residence communities in fun but heated competition. Throughout the year, points are awarded to residence halls for how they place in a series of fun events, which range from Ultimate Frisbee to trivia to an energysaving competition to a hot wing-eating contest.
Our residential life staff makes sure that each student has a safe, welcoming place to live, as well as access to the resources he or she needs to do well in school and have a good time.
Many Options LVC offers a range of housing options. For the first two years, students live in traditional residence halls, allowing them to learn about themselves, meet a lot of people, and make friends. Most upperclassmen live in more independent environments, including small houses, rooms clustered as suites, or apartment-style housing. Resident Assistants LVC selects 48 resident assistants (RAs) from the student body who live in the residence halls and serve as mentors and role models. RAs do a mixture of social and educational programming, helping first-year students make the transition from high school to college and making sure students of all ages have access to the College’s many social and academic resources.
Special Interest Housing LVC has a handful of houses that focus on an area of interest. These include the academic house (for students with a 3.0 GPA or above), a house focused on diversity and social justice issues, and a Greek house. Each year, students determine the themes for three other special interest houses. For 2011-2012, these houses will focus on women’s issues, anti-bullying, and transitioning to post-graduate life. Roommate Matching LVC is unusual in that it pairs roommates by hand, based on a questionnaire each student completes—a time-intensive process that increases the chances for harmonious living. As a result, more than 80 percent of students live with the same roommate their entire first year. Hand matching also allows the Residential Life Office to create clusters of students who have the same preferences—for example, an entire floor of students who enjoy late-night studying.
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President Stephen MacDonald meets every other week with the president of the student government.
1,600 students, 100 student leaders.
Recognizing that campus canâ€™t offer everything students want to do, LVC plans weekly bus trips to nearby attractions. Here are a few destinations: Avalanche Xpress Snow Tubing Paintball Laser tag New York City Philadelphia Flyers game Ski trip to the Poconos Baltimore Aquarium Holocaust Museum Amazing Maize Maze Rehoboth Beach Hersheypark Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Lancaster Outlets College Day on the Philadelphia Parkway
Because LVC is a small community, we depend on our students to keep the place lively. We tend to attract people who are interested in being involved in multiple pursuits. Our actors are also active in student government. Our athletes also play in the jazz band. You get the idea: our students keep busy and our campus is teeming with things to do. Student life at LVC is largely student driven, with more than 90 clubs, organizations, and initiatives entirely run by and made up of students. This means itâ€™s easy to get involved, easy to take on a leadership position, and easy to take a new idea and run with it.
Clubs and Organizations
There are more than 90 student-run clubs and organizations at LVC—supporting student interests in the arts, media, government, politics, spiritual life, service, academics, and many other special-interest areas. Leadership Organizations
Special Interest Groups
• Student Government • Student Programming Board • ValleyFest Committee
• 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
• Active Minds • Alternative Modalities • Anime Society • Asian Society in Action (A.S.I.A.) • Circle K • College Conservatives • College Democrats • Colleges Against Cancer • Community Dutchmen • Commuter Club • Council for International Affairs • Dance Team • Equestrian Club • Freedom Rings (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender student group) • Habitat for Humanity • Hunger Awareness Leaders of Tomorrow (HALT) • Latinos Unidos • L ebanon Valley Education Partnership Mentor Program • LVC Best Buddies • LVC NORML • Mini-Thon • Multicultural Mentors • The Pallas Society (social justice honor society) • Rotaract Club • Ski and Snowboard Club • Student Action for Earth (SAFE) • Student Alumni Association (SAA) • Taekwondo Club • The F-Word (women’s interest group) • TOMS LVC Campus Club • Women’s Services and Gender Research Center (WSGRC)
Academic Clubs • Accounting Club • Art Club • Audio Engineering Society • Biology Club • Chemistry Club • Council for Exceptional Children • French Club • German Club (Teutonia Vallis) • History/Political Science/ Economics Club (HyPE) • Math Club • Phi Beta Lambda (business leadership club) • Physical Therapy Club • Psy Chi (psychology honor society) • Psychology Club • Society of Physics Students • Sociology and Criminal Justice Club • Spanish Club • Student Pennsylvania State Education Association
Campus Media • Greenblotter Literary Society • L a Vie Collegienne (student newspaper) • Q uittapahilla (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 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 • Cornerstone • Council of Christian Organizations • He Is Savior (HIS) • Hillel • InterVarsity • Mars Hill • Ministry Team • Praise Him With Dance • Sacred Strings • Sacred Wind Choir • Servants of Christ • Songs of the Savior • Youth for Christ
In addition to student-run initiatives, LVC sponsors a variety of fun activities for students—including concerts, films, lectures, and weekly excursions to nearby attractions—most of which are free to students or very inexpensive. 39
Constant Motion LVC does a lot to keep campus lively. Friday night events (think magician or hypnotist), Saturday bus trips to near and farther-flung points of interest (see list on page 38), and Saturday night dances mean that there is always something to do on the weekend. The Student Programming Board plans and runs a variety of social and educational events—such as comedians, bands, lectures, films, weekend trips, a coffeehouse series, and events at the Allen Theatre, a beautiful facility in downtown Annville—all of which are well attended by LVC students.
Leaders in the Making LVC’s Leadership Certificate Program allows students to work toward earning bronze, silver, or gold recognition for completing leadership education workshops, 15 to 20 of which are offered each year. These leadership distinctions stand out on students’ Job Center résumés. Big Days Two events rise above all others on the LVC calendar. ValleyFest is LVC’s spring fling weekend, with entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights and community-wide activities during the day on Saturday. Dutchmen Day is a surprise day of canceled classes and full-blown community celebration with inflatable rides, games, food, and even free T-shirts for the first 1,000 students out of bed in the morning.
Many Voices The LVC community benefits from many types of diversity—cultural, religious, political, economic—and celebrates the various views, opinions, and backgrounds of its students, faculty, and staff. To create a welcoming and inclusive environment, LVC supports a number of cultural awareness, advocacy, and social justice organizations; sponsors cultural and diversity awareness programming; and creates opportunities for dialogue about social justice on campus and beyond. LVC’s proximity to urban areas such as Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York makes it easy for students to seek out and experience diverse environments and cultures.
Cultural awareness, advocacy, and social justice organizations include: • Asian Society in Action (A.S.I.A.) • Freedom Rings (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender student group) • Latinos Unidos • Multicultural Mentors • The Pallas Society (social justice honor society) • The F-Word (feminist/women’s advocacy group) • Hunger Awareness Leaders of Tomorrow (H.A.L.T.) • Women’s Services and Gender Resource Center (WSGRC)
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND SPIRITUAL LIFE
This past year, more than 500 students participated in LVC’s Relay for Life, raising $54,000 to fight cancer.
Your education is a vital resource for others.
Students can 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 Job Center résumé, giving potential employers insight into a student’s character.
Along with all the things that define them as individuals, our students share a commitment to service and community outreach. Maybe it’s because of our historic traditions and affiliation with the United Methodist Church, or perhaps this generosity of spirit is just a natural product of our friendly culture, but students and faculty find many ways to contribute to the Annville community and to others farther away from the Valley. Students of many spiritual backgrounds find others with shared beliefs and opportunities to celebrate and practice their faith on campus, in Annville, and in our neighboring towns and cities.
In keeping with its mission to prepare students for a life of service to others, LVC organizes major service initiatives each year, including campus-wide outreach days and out-of-town service trips. Additionally, more than 40 different student organizations, athletic teams, Greek organizations, theme houses, and other student groups initiate or contribute to different community service projects throughout the year. Giving back is a way of life here.
LVC serves a community with diverse spiritual beliefs and offers many ways for students to celebrate their faith, including a weekly Protestant nondenominational service and Catholic mass, Bible study, Zen and Buddhist meditation groups, a Jewish fellowship, and the service organization Servants of Christ. LVC supports a variety of faith-themed performance groups and sponsors activities to bring students together for fellowship and celebrations of faith.
LVC is the only school in the Commonwealth Conference to field a team in every sport the conference sponsors.
It’s good to be a Dutchman. Competing in the Commonwealth Conference at the NCAA Division III level, LVC athletes get the best of several worlds: the opportunity to play college sports at a high level while pursuing their career and intellectual goals and enjoying their other interests. Playing sports does not limit academic options at LVC. Our athletes can major in whatever they choose, double-major, study abroad, and pursue internships—opportunities that will inform their lives well beyond their playing careers.
Beloved local restaurant owner and avid LVC basketball fan Frank Aftosomes (known as “Hot Dog Frank”) died at age 92—just prior to LVC’s national championship game. Inspired to win one for Hot Dog Frank, the LVC men forced overtime and beat the much larger New York University, 66 to 59. LVC honors Frank with a life-sized bronze statue and the yearly Hot Dog Frank Day.
Rallying behind the beloved Dutchman, LVC students are spirited supporters of the College’s 23 varsity teams. Student-athletes train and play on athletic fields and in facilities that have been recognized with regional and national awards.
Athletics More than 25 percent of the student body plays on one (or more) of LVC’s 23 varsity athletic teams. Several squads are perennial powerhouses, but all are competitive within the division. Support for Athletes The College helps students maintain the balance between athletic competition and academic performance through a variety of orientation, assessment,
and academic support programs specifically for student athletes. Service Athletics at LVC are about more than playing games. Each team completes at least one community service project each year to benefit such organizations as Special Olympics, Easter Seals, American Cancer Society, and Habitat for Humanity. In 2011 alone, the Special Olympics swim meet was held at LVC, the ice hockey team raised $21,800 for the Wounded Warrior Project, and the women’s basketball Pink Game raised $3,800 for breast cancer research.
Leadership LVC offers a series of sports-related leadership workshops that deal with such topics as coaching fundamentals, practice schedule development, and dealing with fan behavior. Team captains are encouraged to participate in the workshops, which are open to all students. Marching Band At the intersection of music, athletics, and school spirit is LVC’s famous marching band, Pride of the Valley. With more than 100 members, the band is easily the largest—and loudest—in the conference.
HEALTH AND FITNESS
To accommodate various student preferences—from the early morning aerobics class to the late night swim—LVC’s Sports Center is open 98 hours a week.
Have a good mind in a strong body. LVC students like to play hard. Although there is no physical education requirement, most students are involved in some sort of physical or wellness activity, whether it’s intramural racquetball, a Les Mills Bodypump class, a nutrition workshop, or games of pick-up basketball. Most students just feel that being active and healthy is part of building a positive, successful life, and LVC goes out of its way to provide opportunities that combine wellness and fun.
LVC sponsors a number of fitness challenges, including staff and student versions of the popular TV show The Biggest Loser, in which 59 students are currently participating. The program includes a weekly weigh-in and fitness and nutritional tips.
Every student has a membership to LVC’s beautiful, comprehensive athletic facilities, which, we would argue, are the envy of our conference.
Group Fitness LVC licenses with worldrenowned fitness company Les Mills to offer a daily series of high-quality fitness courses (Bodypump, Bodystep, Bodyflow, Bodycombat, and Power Hour). Zumba, water aerobics, and water wellness classes are also available. Fitness challenges allow students to track their own workout goals or compete with others. A series of one-day tournaments encourages participation in group competition. Students can also attend personal training workshops, take tennis or swimming lessons for a fee, or seek CPR, AED
(automated external defibrillator), or lifeguard certification. Intramurals Intramural sports are big at LVC. Beginner or advanced, students can participate in any of the following: Badminton Basketball (men’s and women’s) Dodgeball Flag Football (coed) Kickball Ping-Pong Racquetball Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball (coed, men’s, and women’s) Water Volleyball
Athletic Facilities LVC’s athletic and wellness facilities are high quality, up to date, and available to students from early in the morning to late at night. • State-of-the-art fitness center • Six-lane, 25-meter indoor pool • Three racquetball courts (which can be converted into wallyball courts) • Four convertible basketball, volleyball, or tennis courts • Four-lane, 200-meter indoor track • Eight-lane, 400-meter outdoor track • Six outdoor tennis courts • Wellness pool • Sauna
In an effort to curb food waste and save energy, LVC removed all cafeteria trays from its dining halls in January 2009.
The grass just might be greener here.
Right in the middle of campus is the Peace Garden, a space dedicated to natural beauty and tranquility. The garden has picturesque ponds (which teem with ducks and enthusiastic carp), a footbridge, and a variety of places to sit. Students frequent the garden for quiet outdoor study, to catch up with friends, or to just enjoy a pause in the middle of a busy day.
LVC isn’t just a beautiful place—it’s also up to date. A recent $18 million reconstruction and expansion of our science center and a new student residence hall, as well as a $13.3 million expansion and renovation of the Mund College Center (to be completed in 2012), are just the latest examples of our ongoing commitment to improvement. Our students have access to an awardwinning athletic complex, a comprehensive music center, cutting-edge music recording equipment, our centrally located Peace Garden, and even our own wetlands on the edge of campus. We’re a microcosm of everything a student needs for a full, comfortable life. And we’re not standing still. LVC is always looking forward, full of plans and confidence as our quality, reputation, and enrollment continue to grow.
The former gymnasium, Lynch Memorial Hall is an elegantly renovated academic building with â€œsmartâ€? (technology-rich) classrooms, vaulted public spaces, and a popular coffee bar.
Originally high-end condos, the Derickson Hall apartments are student favorites, offering high ceilings, modern design, and lots of light.
The recently renovated Neidig-Garber Science Center offers dedicated student/faculty research laboratories and two new interdisciplinary centers: a biotechnology suite and a nanotechnology/materials science laboratory.
The stunning Heilman Center houses LVCâ€™s Physical Therapy Program and includes athletic training and sports medicine facilities, a wellness pool, and a state-of-theart fitness center and weight room.
The academic center of the College, the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library offers group study rooms, a computer classroom, the Writing Center, a periodical reading area, and numerous private reading alcoves.
Designed from the ground up as a music facility, Blair Music Center houses numerous classrooms, teaching studios, practice studios, rehearsal halls, and high-tech recording studios.
A ticket to the Harrisburg Symphony is half off with an LVC student ID—and in some cases, students get in for only $5.
You can almost smell the chocolate. It may be a myth that the sweet scents from the Hershey chocolate factory find their way to downtown Annville, but it’s true that LVC is surrounded by towns and cities that present valuable opportunities for our students. For internships or part-time jobs, evenings out with friends, concerts, sporting events, shopping, or cultural celebrations, nearby Hershey, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and York provide extended communities and resources that improve our students’ lives. Annville’s historic Allen Theatre features new-release, art, and foreign films; live music; speakers; and other events. A three-year renovation, completed in 1995, added Dolby Digital EX sound and a state-of-the-art projection system while preserving the character of this 322-seat art deco landmark.
Plus, our neighboring community of Annville, a few minutes walk from campus, expands the area our students call home.
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Popular destinations in Palmyra: • In the Net Sports • Klick Lewis Ice Arena • Palmyra Bowling Alley
Popular destinations in Annville: • Kettering Corner Ice Cream Parlor • MJ’s Coffee House • Allen Theatre
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Popular destinations in Lebanon: • Great Escape Movie Theater • Lebanon Farmer’s Market • Lebanon Co. Rail Trail
Popular destinations in York: • Ski Roundtop • Gifford Pinchot State Park • Strand Capitol Performing Arts
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The average starting salary for an LVC graduate is $35,088.
Every experience should matter for your future. Our students may not realize it, but everything they do in college plays a role in preparing them for their lives after LVC. Whether writing a history paper, volunteering in an after-school tutoring program, playing an intramural sport, interning at a local accounting firm, or navigating the Paris Metro, they are building skills and logging experiences that give them a competitive advantage when they walk into a job interview.
By the time our students graduate, their four years at LVC amount to an impressive résumé of academic challenge, hands-on experience, extracurricular involvement, community contribution, and, often, professional credits.
We devote tremendous resources to providing opportunities. Our students come to LVC to take advantage of them— in countless ways. The following pages should give you an idea why it’s so difficult to describe the “typical” LVC student.
Alex Talarico GOALS
To pursue a career in the health professions, either as a physician or a physician’s assistant
Majors: Biology and Pre-Med
“I felt like I would be lost in the crowd at a bigger school. Here, I can really make a difference on campus and get a lot of individual attention.”
Advised and supported by LVC Health Committee
Receives advising, support, guidance and career counseling in chosen field of health professions
Calculus and organic chemistry classes
In approaching challenging course work, developed time management, analytical, and critical thinking skills
Cross-Country team captain
Developed problem-solving skills and gained leadership experience
Valley Ambassadors (student tour guide)
Developed interpersonal and communications skills
Resident Assistant (next year)
Will experience the benefits of being in a position of leadership and mentorship
FUTURE PLANS Apply to a few medical schools and see what happens
FOR FUN Going to the Underground, an LVC student club Watching movies at the Allen Theatre Playing intramural football and basketball
Actuarial internship for the PMA Insurance Company (property and casualty) in Bluebell, Pa.
Gained professional experience and academic credit; came away with a lead for full-time job; built professional network
Actuarial internship at Coventry Healthcare in Harrisburg, Pa.
Got on-site professional training and valuable professional experience
President of LVC’s Council of Christian Organizations
Gained experience with leadership, diplomacy, and organization
Musician in a variety of ensembles, including choir, band, and orchestra
Enhanced musical skills and experience
Accompanist for LVC recitals
Built time-management skills and honed musical ability
Michael Nelson Majors: Actuarial Science and Music Minor: Piano and Composition
“The small-college atmosphere is what attracted me to LVC. The professors know you. They are intelligent and talented, and at the same time, very approachable and willing to help.”
GOALS To have a career in the actuarial profession, but a life that also includes music
FUTURE PLANS To get a job as an actuary for an insurance company with hopes of working into a management position or starting his own company
FOR FUN Going to Phillies’ games Making music
Samantha Pabon Majors: Art and Art History Minor: Business
GOALS To have a career in the fashion industry or to be a mission photographer for a Christian organization
“LVC is like a family, a big family. If you don’t know someone personally, you know their name. People are there to help you out.”
Studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, at the Umbria Institute next spring
Will add context to art history studies and build Italian language skills
With LVC professor and a small group of other students, attended College Art Association conference in NYC
Gained professional perspective, refined networking skills, and made helpful professional contacts
Recipient of the Multicultural Fellowship
Attended series of professional development seminars, gaining leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills
Editor of LVC student newspaper, La Vie Collegiene
Honed time-management and editorial skills
Valley Ambassador (student tour guide)
Developed marketing, networking, public speaking, and people skills
Resident Assistant in LVC residence hall
Gained experience with leadership, management, and problem solving
FUTURE PLANS Taking a year after college to work as a mission photographer for Youth With a Mission (YWAM)
FOR FUN Going to MJ’s for open mic nights LVC-sponsored trips to New York, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore Campus events sponsored by the LVC programming board
Jamie Frye Major: Economics Minors: Math and Music
“I’m just a sophomore, but I’ve been talking to my advisor about doing a senior thesis to develop my own research. I’ll write up a proposal next fall and will hopefully get grants from the College to fund it.”
GOALS To promote microfinance in Latin America or to have a career in library sciences
Resident Advisor to a group of first-year students; served as live-in advisor, mentor, and resource
Learned time management, leadership, and problem solving skills
Study abroad in Argentina, studying Latin American politics, economy, and society
Library student supervisor, overseeing running of the LVC library during her shift
• Honed library science skills • Held position requiring responsibility and organization
Bible study co-leader
Gained leadership skills
Volunteer during two service-based trips to Honduras, living and working in the community
Learned about Latin American culture and developed interest in helping the region through microfinance
Data intern for Sustainability Task Force, putting together a carbon inventory for LVC
Built organizational and quantitative skills
FOR FUN Bus trips to New York City Trip to see the Wizard of Oz Trip to Niagara Falls over Thanksgiving
Major: Political Science Minor: Pre-Law
To be an attorney and possibly a judge, or to pursue a career in politics
“I have come across leadership opportunities at LVC that I probably wouldn’t have had at a larger school where students are just numbers.”
Lebanon Valley Educational Partnership mentor (will be vice president next year)
Built leadership and mentoring skills; gave back to a program that fostered his own academic and personal development
Possibly study abroad in Spain junior year; go to law school after graduation
Class of 2014 president; chairman of the Handicap Accessibility Task Force
Developed leadership, political, and advocacy skills and experience
• Social Justice Council, chair
Built experience and expertise in matters related to civic involvement, social justice, and leadership
• Hunger Awareness Leaders of Tomorrow • College Democrats
FOR FUN Going to the Hearth restaurant or Allen Theatre Ice skating at the Klick Lewis Arena Bowling with friends in Palmyra
LVC graduate Dr. Daniel Fox (B.S. in chemistry, 1948) is credited with inventing LEXAN polycarbonate, used in CDs, DVDs, and Nalgene products.
Donâ€™t take our word for it.
6% G overnment/ Law 35% B usiness/ For-Profit 7% Nonprofit
14% Other 24% Education 14% M edical/Sciences/ Engineering
The LVC liberal arts experience is highly versatile, preparing graduates for roles in a broad variety of areas, from corporate and entrepreneurial careers, to the legal and medical professions, to education and public service.
Our graduates are leading successful lives, doing important things, and putting their LVC educations to work for their families, their communities, and themselves. They are teachers and scientists, business leaders and entrepreneurs, physical therapists and actuaries, accountants and health professionals. In whatever career they pursue, LVC graduates bring something extra to the workplaceâ€”a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the greater world and a set of universal skills that make them adaptable, capable thinkers and problem solvers. They do well for themselves, advance in their careers, and make a difference in the world.
Sophia Kwon ’05 At LVC: Chemistry major Now: Postdoctoral associate
Craig Layne ’05 At LVC: Double major in English and German Now: Morning Edition host/reporter
Sophia’s passion for scientific inquiry began during two summers of undergraduate research with her LVC professors and grew as she completed her Ph.D. at Princeton. Now a postdoctoral associate at MIT, Sophia is continuing her exploration of cancer metabolism.
Craig Layne has come full circle. As an LVC student, he interned at Harrisburg’s NPR affiliate WITF-FM. After earning a master’s degree in journalism and working for four years as a television reporter, he has returned to WITF-FM as the host of the four-hour Morning Edition news program.
Alan Newsome ’07
Andrea Brown D.P.T. ’06
At LVC: Actuarial science and economics double major Now: Senior actuarial software analyst
Drawn to LVC by the reputation of its actuarial science program, Alan completed two actuarial internships as an undergraduate—the second of which led to his current job at Towers Perrin. Now a senior analyst, he designs, tests, and supports pension valuation software.
At LVC: Physical therapy major Now: Physical therapist
Having earned her bachelor’s and doctor of physical therapy degrees in six years at LVC, Andrea now applies her skills as a physical therapist at a long-term care facility in Pittsburgh. She loves working with older patients and finds it rewarding helping people gain mobility and independence.
On average, about 80 percent of LVC students receive a Presidential Scholarship.
Hard work should be rewarded. If you’ve done well enough to graduate in the top 30 percent of your high school class, we will give you an automatic scholarship. There’s no extra application or interview, and no hassle. If you are in the top 10 percent, you get a half-tuition scholarship.
Determine which Presidential Scholarship you might be eligible to receive using LVC’s Presidential Scholarship calculator at www.lvc.edu/ calculate.
We consider our Presidential Scholarships an investment that benefits all of our students. LVC is a stimulating, dynamic place precisely because we are able to attract so many ambitious, high-achieving scholars to our classrooms. These scholarships are renewable for four years if you continue to earn good grades. That’s all there is to it. We don’t want to make you bother with paperwork. You have more important things to do.
Presidential Scholarships 2011-2012 The criteria below will enable you to see at a glance how much scholarship money is waiting for you at LVC.
One-half tuition scholarships are awarded to all entering freshmen ranking in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. Leadership Award
One-third tuition scholarships are awarded to all entering freshmen ranking in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class. Achievement Award
One-quarter tuition scholarships are awarded to all entering freshmen ranking in the top 30 percent of their high school graduating class.
$16,245 per year
$10,830 per year
$8,123 per year
High school students who attend schools that do not rank their students or who do not have a rank in the top 10 percent of their class, but have a combined Critical Reading and Math SAT score of 1100 or more or ACT Composite of 24, may be eligible for Presidential Scholarships through an on-campus interview.
Other LVC Scholarships and Awards In addition to the Presidential Scholarships, LVC offers a number of scholarships and awards for outstanding students meeting special criteria. Multicultural Fellowship Renewable awards of up to $12,000 per year are made to minority students in recognition of their commitment to work, service, scholarly achievement, and financial need. Mary E. Graham Scholarship in Biology Two or three renewable awards of $5,000 each are made to outstanding freshman biology majors in the entering class. Edna and Clark Carmean Scholars in Music Limited renewable awards of $1,500 each are made to music students in each entering class. Recognition Awards Renewable awards of $500 per year are made to students who have participated in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Seminar or the Pennsylvania
Governor’s School Program or who have been awarded the Girl Scout’s Gold Award or the Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout Award. Children of Alumni Awards Renewable awards of $2,500 per year are made to students who are children of LVC alumni. Transfer Student Awards Students with 15 or fewer transferable credits are considered for LVC scholarships on the same basis as high school seniors. Students transferring 16 or more credits will be considered for scholarships (ranging from one-quarter to one-half tuition) based on their college GPA, number of credits eligible for transfer, strength of academic program, and major field of study. 61
Many LVC students help meet college costs with work-study jobs, serving as tour guides, lifeguards, team managers, audiovisual technicians, and event staff, among others.
A quality education can be affordable. Do not be discouraged by the high cost of private education. Many sources of financial aid exist to close the gap between what a college costs and what your family is able to pay. In fact, 98 percent of all LVC students receive some form of financial assistance.
Learn More To learn more about financial aid at LVC, including how to apply, visit www.lvc.edu/ financial-aid.
In addition to whatever scholarships you might be eligible to receive, you may apply for assistance based on your family’s financial need. Through a combination of LVC and government grants, student loans, outside scholarships, and work-study, our students are able to pursue a quality education—regardless of their financial situation.
2011–2012 Costs The charges for full-time students:
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
The following are examples of actual financial aid packages received by LVC families from a number of different backgrounds. These scenarios demonstrate the number of factors taken into account when distributing aid and the variety of sources that help meet the cost of a Lebanon Valley College education. family a
This Pennsylvania student is one of two children of a single parent whose income is $34,000. Her family has very little savings or assets. The student is in the top 10 percent of her class.
This Pennsylvania student is one of three children. His father earns $45,000, and the mother is at home. They have $10,000 in savings and investments. The student is in the top 20 percent of his class.
This student is from Pennsylvania and has one older sibling also enrolled in college. His parents together earn $105,000 and have $50,000 in savings and investments. The student has $2,000 in savings. One of his parents graduated from LVC.
This student is from New Jersey and is one of three children. Her parents together earn $160,000 and have $80,000 in savings. The student is in the top 10 percent of her class.
Comprehensive Costs: $45,200
Comprehensive Costs: $45,200
Comprehensive Costs: $45,200
Comprehensive Costs: $45,200
Estimated Family Contribution: $0
Estimated Family Contribution: $5,270
Estimated Family Contribution: $11,000
Estimated Family Contribution: $39,021
Presidential Scholarship (Vickroy): $16,245
Presidential Scholarship (Leadership): $10,830
Presidential Scholarship: not eligible Children of Alumni Award: $2,500
Presidential Scholarship (Vickroy): $16,245
Financial Aid Award Need-Based Grant: $9,091* Federal Loans: $5,500 Federal Work Study: $1,750
Financial Aid Award Need-Based Grant: $6,441* Federal Loans: $5,500 Federal Work Study: $1,750
Financial Aid Award Need-Based Grant: $13,164* Federal Loans: $5,500 Federal Work Study: $1,750
Financial Aid Award Federal Loans: $5,500
Total Awards: $32,586
Total Awards: $24,521
Total Awards: $22,914
Total Awards: $21,745
*Need-Based Grant includes a total estimate of the Federal Pell Grant, PA State Grant, and LVC Institutional Grant.
Forms of Need-Based Aid Grants Grants are funds awarded based on your familyâ€™s demonstrated financial need. Unlike loans, they do not have to be repaid. Grants may come from the government or from LVC. Loans Loans, usually from the government, are borrowed money that must be repaid, typically
after graduation, on an extended schedule. There are various types of loans with differing policies on interest and repayment. Federal Work-Study This government program enables you to earn money for college by working at on-campus jobs. Eligible students may also pursue off-campus community service appointments.
Attend an admission program or an on-campus interview and your application fee will be waived.
A brochure is no substitute. To really get a feel for what life at LVC is like, visiting is a must. Whether you schedule an individual visit or attend an open house, you’ll tour campus, talk with current students, meet professors, and have plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Learn more at www.lvc.edu/ admission/visit.aspx.
When you’re shopping for a college, make sure you sample the wares. No matter how many nice things a college has to say about itself in its glossy brochure or online, the important thing is to find a place that fits your life, your goals, your particular set of interests. So visit the schools you’re considering and take it all in. Meet the people who would be your classmates, walk around the campus, eat the food, check out the facilities, and get a sense of the unspoken vibe. Ask yourself if it feels right, and then ask yourself if it has all the other things you’re looking for. Where you go to college is a big decision that warrants careful consideration. Let us know how we can help.
Applying to LVC
Personalized Visit Students planning to visit LVC should register for their visit, which includes an hour-long campus tour and a one-on-one appointment with an admission counselor. Appointments may be scheduled Monday through Friday. Students should bring a copy of their most recent unofficial transcript.
What We Look For LVC seeks students who have done well in a challenging schedule of college prep or higher level courses throughout all four years of high school. A rank among the top half of the high school class and/or a B average are viewed favorably.
Additionally, small group presentations and campus tours are offered by appointment on Saturday mornings throughout the fall semester at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. To register for individual visits or group presentations, visit www.lvc.edu/visit or call 1-866-LVC-4ADM (toll free) or 717-867-6181. Open House LVC’s Open House program provides a comprehensive introduction to the College and includes a campus tour, a meeting with faculty in the student’s area of interest, an admission presentation, and opportunities to talk with current LVC students. Visit the admission page on the LVC website for more information. Day at the Valley To give prospective students a firsthand glimpse of academic life at LVC, the College hosts Day at the Valley programs, in which high school seniors are invited to visit actual LVC classes—from political science and psychology lectures to chemistry and biology labs. Visit the admission page on the LVC website to learn more.
Application Process Our application process is rolling, though we encourage completed applications by March 1 for fall semester admission and by December 1 for spring admission. How to Apply Students must submit the following: • Completed application form (either print or online) with $30 fee or fee waiver • Official high school or home school transcript • SAT or ACT test results are optional. Transfer Admission Transfer students are welcome at Lebanon Valley College and may begin their studies in either the fall or spring semester. The minimum GPA for transfer students is 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Community college students should be enrolled in transferable programs rather than terminal programs. How to Apply Students must submit the following: • Completed application form (either print or online) with $30 fee or fee waiver • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended/currently attending • Completed College Record Form • An official high school or home school transcript • SAT or ACT test results are optional.
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