Lancaster Bible College (LBC) is a private, co-educational Bible College located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was founded by Henry J. Hevdt in 1933 as the Lancaster School of the Bible. It assumed its present name in 1973 and offered its first bachelor’s degree in 1981. LBC is non-denominational.
LBC’s primary mission is to educate Christian students towards thinking and living a biblical worldview while proclaiming Christ through service in the church and the society. It focuses on the students’ journey to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. This mission has not changed since LBC’s inception.
The academic programs of Lancaster Bible College are categorized into four (4) main pathways: Traditional Undergraduate Degree, Biblical Enrichment, Degree Completion, and Graduate Education. Undergraduate Studies are provided by Lancaster Bible College’s seven (7) undergraduate departments including Arts and Sciences, Bible and Theology, Church and Ministry, Leadership, Counseling and Social Work, Education, Health and Physical Education, and Worship and Performing Arts. Biblical Enrichment Programs consist of non-college credit courses intended to help students gain personal, spiritual or vocational enrichment. These courses are offered through LBC’s iLEAD Center.
Also offered through iLEAD are Degree Completion Courses specifically designed for adults seeking to complete a college education without having to sacrifice work and family obligations. A bachelor’s degree can be completed within 15 months to two years of study, depending on existing credits already acquired by students and the number of courses they can handle for each term. Graduate Education as provided by LBC is comprised of 1 doctoral degree program, 12 master’s degree programs, and 8 graduate certificate programs. LBC offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership; Master of Arts in Adult Ministries, Bible, Children and Family Ministry, Church Planting, Leadership Studies, Marriage and Family Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Pastoral Studies, Sports Ministry, and Student Ministry; Master of Education in Consulting Resource Teacher, Elementary School Counseling, and Secondary School Counseling; as well as Certificate Programs in Adult Ministries, Bible, Children and Family Ministry, Leadership Studies, Local Church Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Pastoral Studies, and Student Ministry. Programs may be offered online or on-site. Lancaster Bible College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
Estimated cost of attendance for undergraduate study at Lancaster Bible Collegeis $27,980.00 inclusive of tuition fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses. Tuition for graduate education costs $1,491.00 per 3-credit course. Biblical Enrichment Courses cost $60.00 per unit. Degree Completion Courses cost $529.00 per credit hour when taken on campus or $399.00 per credit hour when taken online. LBC offers the same tuition rate regardless of residency. Resident students pay other expenses including $3,130.00 for room and $3,980.00 for board.
Financial aid is provided through federal and state grants, grants from other states, Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, Private Education Alternative Loans, and Federal Work Study. Lancaster Bible College also offers scholarships to traditional undergraduate students in the form of academic scholarships. Scholarships are generally given to full-time students only. Students can also opt for the payment plan offered by LBC which is essentially a monthly automatic debit plan.
LBC is a member of the NCAA Division III, NCCAA Division II, and NECVA. It fields its teams known as the LBC Chargers in at least 11 sports events, including soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, and lacrosse.
The total student population of Lancaster Bible College is 1,106 comprised of 923 undergraduate students and 183 post-graduate students. The academic staff includes 54 full-time and 52 part-time members. There are about 32 state and 14 foreign countries represented in the student body. Graduating students are given a towel along with their diploma to signify “foot washing” as a reminder to use their acquired education in the service of others.