Lycoming College Prep

"Opening eyes and minds to the possibilities" is the spirit of Lycoming College Prep, a pre-collegiate enrichment program that brings high-achieving, first-generation rising seniors from across the nation to Lycoming College for two weeks in the summer. The program’s goal is to invite the students to “imagine the possibilities” by giving them a hands-on introduction to the liberal arts and to college life at our beautiful campus nestled near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

2017 Dates: July 8 – 22.

Exposure to the breadth of a liberal arts education

Lycoming College Prep students take two unique, non-credit courses designed and taught by Lycoming College professors. For 2017, Dr. Caroline Payne, associate professor of political science, will teach “The Power and Politics of Coffee.” Dr. Christopher Pearl, assistant professor of history, will teach “The Historian’s Witchcraft: Salem Witches Fact and Fiction.” These courses will culminate in an opportunity for students to present and showcase their work for the Lycoming College community.

Other experiences include:

  • Preparing for the college search and admissions process
  • Enjoying “Slime Time!” with Dr. Jeremy Ramsey
  • Discovering the art of Taiko drumming
  • Studying poetry with Dr. Darby Lewes and “Lyco Dog”
  • Participating in leadership training and outdoor education
  • Dining with Dr. Phil Sprunger, Provost and Dean of the College
  • Reflecting on “That Special You” with Dr. Brenda Alston-Mills, Lycoming College alumna and member of the College’s Board of Trustees

Off-Campus Adventures


Lycoming College Prep students enjoy the gorgeous geography of northeastern Pennsylvania and welcoming communities of northeastern Pennsylvania. Experiences include:

  • Kayaking the historic Susquehanna River
  • Hiking the Allegheny Mountains
  • Digging with an archeology professor at an official dig site
  • Star-gazing with a professor of astronomy and physics
  • Doing community service at West House Personal Care Home
  • Taking a tour of the Little League International Headquarters
  • Enjoying the rides at alumnus Buddy Knoebel’s nationally recognized family amusement park, Knoebel’s Grove
  • Enjoying a picnic at the home of Dr. Dan Miller, Vice President for Student Life
  • Celebrating an awards ceremony and dinner with President Kent Trachte and his wife, Dr. Sharon Trachte, at the president’s home
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    Lyco Prep students take a moment’s break at the West House Personal Care Home, where they participated in a number of service activities.

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    Lyco Prep students enjoyed a beautiful afternoon on the Susquehanna River on the Hiawatha paddleboat.

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    Sean Nork, Area Retail Sales Manager, Heart of PA Territory, AT&T, met with the students to share his successful business experience and challenge them as they look forward to college and future careers.

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    Students enjoy another gorgeous day on the Susquehanna, this time on the most environmentally friendly form of power — muscle power.

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    Prep students show their class, professors and staff how certain chemicals, when mixed together, create a bubbling ooze.

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    Dr. Robert Jacques, Adjunct Faculty for the Philosophy Department, signed his book The Republic, in which he historically identifies the middle class as the greatest class ever; business as the world’s source of liberty and tolerance; and the family as the sovereign union which stands vigilantly between children and the state.

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    Lyco Prep students learn the basics of Japanese Taiko, a neo-traditional style of drumming that combines movement and percussion.

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    Students completed a 7-mile trip down the scenic and historic Susquehanna River.

Lyco Prep Team

The Lycoming College Prep Team

Andrew Kilpatrick, Dean of First-Year Students, leads the program with support from faculty, staff and students, including: Jessica A. Quintana Hess, Director of Admissions; Jake Jenkins, intern; and three current students, Tanner Fonjweng, Catherine Juarez, and Hoang Tung “Tom” Nguyen, who will serve as Lycoming College Prep facilitators (LCPFs).

Cost and Accommodations

All participants stay in the recently renovated Crever Hall. Thanks to the generosity of AT&T and Lycoming College, all costs are covered in full — including travel, housing, meals, snacks, school supplies and field trips.

Our thanks to AT&T for its generous support.

Our thanks to AT&T for its generous support.

Application Information

Applications are accepted from students from our partnership schools and organizations (KIPP, Yes Prep, MOSTe, Noble, and Say Yes), as well as from the eight school districts of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

For inquiries concerning the application process, please contact:

Dean Andrew Kilpatrick
Associate Dean of Student Success and Academic Services
Dean of First-Year Students
Director of Lycoming College Prep
Phone: (570) 321-4358
Skype: deanandrewkilpatrick1812

Follow us on Twitter at #LycoPrep.

Lycoming College Prep Program Schedule 2017