ANNVILLE, PA - Ashley Pena of Wellfleet, Mass., enrolled at Lebanon Valley College as part of its record-setting Class of 2023. The new class of 478 students, the most in the College's 153-year history, surpasses last year's record of 473 first-year students. In fall 2017, LVC opened with 466 first-year students, also a record at the time.
Pena, a graduate of Nauset Regional High School, is pursuing a degree in Biology.
Thirty-seven transfers students join the class, bringing total undergraduate enrollment to 1,638 students. There was also an increase in the number of full-time graduate health professions students (master's and doctorate), from 84 to 93.
"The record first-year class is due to several reasons, including the personal attention provided by our faculty and coaches, offering majors desired by students and employers, and the tremendous employment success of our graduates," said Edwin Wright, vice president of enrollment. "Combined, Lebanon Valley College has created a culture that enables students to go further and achieve more, personally and professionally."
About the Record First-Year Class
*45 are members of The Pride of The Valley Marching Band
*40% are student-athletes
*The class represents 15 states and seven international countries (Trinidad and Tobago, China, Finland, India, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Northern Ireland)
*Exercise science, physical therapy, actuarial science, biology, and early childhood education are the top majors
*Alumni referred 40 students through the inaugural Alumni Referral Scholarship, which awards incoming students $1,000 per year for up to four years
*28% of the class are enrolled in the health sciences (athletic training, exercise science, physical therapy, or speech-language pathology)
About Lebanon Valley College
Lebanon Valley College offers bachelor's degrees in the arts and humanities, business and communications, education, health professions, social sciences and psychology, and science, technology, engineering, and math. Advanced health professions degrees include a master of athletic training, master of counseling psychology (fall 2020), master of speech-language pathology, and a doctor of physical therapy. Online and graduate programs include an MBA with six concentrations and a general option offered on-campus or partially or fully online, a Master of Science in STEM Education, an Integrative STEM Education Certificate, a Master in Music Education, and a Modern Band Certificate. In 2018, the College was listed as #1 in the country for graduate job placement by the career guidance site Zippia.com, using federal data. The 357-acre campus is in Annville, Pa.