ANNVILLE, PA -- Ryan deGroot of South Plainfield, N.J., 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.
deGroot, a graduate of South Plainfield High School, is pursuing a degree in Computer and Data Science.
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)