BOONTON TOWNSHIP — Joshua Caso is one of more than 50 talented students selected as a Lebanon Valley College first-year mentor to guide first-year and transfer students through their early weeks at The Valley. Caso, a graduate of Mountain Lakes High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in actuarial science and music.
Lebanon Valley College welcomed its largest-ever incoming class, with more than 530 first-year and transfer students.
Starting with orientation weekend in August, first-year mentors are responsible for assisting new students in succeeding personally, socially, and academically through connections to the College and their peers.
New and transfer students are assigned to small groups led by a first-year mentor, an upper-class student with leadership ability and a willingness to assist new students during their first year of college. First-year mentors serve as positive role models and acquaint all new students with LVC’s structure, services, and culture.
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Lebanon Valley College, founded in 1866, offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 50 majors; master’s degrees in accounting (MBA 3+1), applied kinesiology, athletic training, business administration, clinical exercise physiology, clinical mental health counseling, education, intelligence and security studies, music education, school counseling, science in STEM education, speech-language pathology, and sports performance; a doctoral degree in physical therapy; ACT 48 continuing education for educator credits; and certificates in comprehensive curriculum & assessment for PreK-12, healthcare management, integrative STEM education, leadership & ethics, marketing, modern band, online teaching & learning, project management, social, emotional, & behavioral wellness, sports enhancement, supply chain management & logistics, and trauma-informed counseling. Located eight miles from Hershey, Pennsylvania, this college of 1,600 undergraduate and 400+ graduate students produces alumni who attend prestigious graduate and professional schools and are employed by top companies and school districts.
Thirty-one percent of our students are first generation (40% of first-year class), 21% of fall 2022 first-year students were Pell-eligible, and 100% of the fall 2021 incoming class received grant or scholarship aid from LVC. More than 35% of our students participate on our 27 NCAA Division III athletic teams or eSports teams, and, our students volunteer more than 20,000 hours of community service during the academic year.