School and Ranking Info
Students in the Harrisburg, PA, area who are interested in digital communications can choose between two private, not-for-profit colleges that ranked among the top regional schools in the North for 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report. The smaller of the two colleges was chosen as the best school for digital communications based upon the depth and breadth of its undergraduate digital communication program, opportunities for real-life experience and student accomplishments.
- Winner: Lebanon Valley College is a liberal arts school affiliated with the Methodist Church. Located less than 20 miles from Harrisburg in Annville, PA, the college offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Digital Communication that allows for a concentration in one of six related areas.
School Info Chart
|Category||Lebanon Valley College|
|Rankings||#6 among Regional Colleges in the North;
#3 among Best Value Schools in the North (2015)*
|School Type||4-year; private, not-for-profit|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $35,700**|
|Digital Communication Degrees Offered||Bachelor's|
|Digital Communication Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||10**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||73%**|
|Noteworthy||Digital communication students have received awards for their logo designs, posters and writing|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
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Lebanon Valley College
- Digital communication students work with emerging media and industry-grade software
- Digital communication students collaborate with faculty on creative projects and research
- Digital communication students complete a 3-credit internship
- Extracurricular Digital Valley Club offers guest speakers and collaborative opportunities focused on emerging media and technology
Lebanon Valley College enrolls approximately 2,000 students annually and has a low student-faculty ratio of 12:1. It awards undergraduate degrees in nearly 40 diverse fields of study, including art and art history, business, computer science and digital communications. Half of the 6-member digital communication faculty have Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.
The BS in Digital Communications program allows for a 12-credit concentration in business technology, communications, design, programming, user experience or video. Coursework for the major covers topics in digital graphic and information design, programming and technical communication for digital media, e-business and electronic storytelling. Undergraduates who specialize in communications can also take courses in advertising, digital media ethics and social media. The program culminates in a capstone project and portfolio.