What Every Parent Wants to Know
"Choosing a college has been the biggest decision in our son Michael's life.
As parents, our concerns are obviously different from those of our son. Lycoming is in tune with the needs of parents. We felt at ease talking with the people of Lycoming, from the admissions staff to the faculty.
The following pages contain questions that were important to us and to Michael when looking at Lycoming. When we needed more detailed information we usually started with the Admissions Office but please feel as comfortable as we did to call any of the numbers listed if you have questions or concerns."
-- Mr. and Mrs. Charles, parents of Michael Charles
Important Contacts for Parents
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you select students for admission?
We offer admission to those students whom we feel will benefit from our academic and co-curricular offerings. Lycoming bases admission on the following criteria: college preparatory course work, GPA, SATs or ACTs, interviews and a sample of the student’s writing.
Will my daughter or son be successful academically?
By the fact your son or daughter is admitted to Lycoming we are confident he/she has the ability to be successful academically. The first year is an all important year as your student makes the academic and social transition to a new environment with new expectations. It is such an important year that Lycoming dedicates a full team under the supervision of Andrew Kilpatrick, Dean for First-Year Students, to make sure your student has the resources he or she needs to be successful. Click here for more information about our first-year services.
First-year students will also work closely with their faculty adviser. At summer orientation your son or daughter will be assigned an appropriate faculty adviser to explain the curriculum and to help your student select courses and to explore possible majors. If your son or daughter is undecided, they will be assigned to a faculty member specially trained to work with students who are still exploring possible careers and majors. The adviser/student relationship becomes an important aspect of a Lycoming student's education.
Furthermore, with a 13 to 1 student/faculty ratio, Lycoming students find all Lycoming professors within reach and willing to meet with them. Because 90% of Lycoming faculty members are full-time teachers, they are always accessible by appointment, or by phone, and most have a generous open-door policy.
What about cost? Can we afford it?
First of all, Lycoming College is competitively priced when compared to colleges of similar size and quality. In addition, 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid – from low-interest loans to grants, including academic and talent scholarships in art, music, creative writing or theatre, as well as a scholarship for community service. Students also have the opportunity to work on campus to earn extra money for books, supplies and other college expenses. Through the Stafford Loan Program, all students can receive a low interest loan regardless of need. Parents also have the option to participate in the College’s tuition payment plan, which offers you the opportunity to spread your college payments over a 10-month period. Finally, parents may also consider the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Parents may borrow up to the total cost of education less any financial aid received. For more information, please click here.
To apply for financial aid, you must submit the following documents:
- Lycoming Financial Aid Application (LFAA)
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
What if my student needs help in course?
The first person a student should approach is the faculty member who teaches the course when a student has difficulty in a particular class. Faculty members are only successful teachers when their students are successful learners. The faculty member will likely suggest learning strategies to help the student make sense of the course and may point the student in the direction of a tutor. In addition, the college offers a full compliment of academic support services through our Academic Resource Center located on the third floor of the Snowden Library.
The Academic Resource Center, located on the third floor of the Snowden Library, offers both one-to-one and group tutoring in all courses including math, writing, science and foreign languages.
A series of workshops are held each semester to assist students in developing, reviewing and perfecting academic skills. Workshop topics include time management, stress management, note-taking and word processing.
My son or daughter is a top student. How will Lycoming College challenge him or her?
For those students who excel academically, Lycoming offers the Scholars Program. Freshmen are invited into the program based on their GPA and SAT or ACT scores. Others may petition to join upon recommendation of Lycoming faculty. Being a Lycoming scholar is an honor. Students participate in Scholar Seminars, special monthly events, and receive such privileges as the opportunity to audit a fifth course free of charge and early registration for courses each semester.
The academic program also provides outstanding students with the opportunity to do independent study and to pursue honors projects within an individual department.
In addition, departmental clubs, honorary societies and regularly scheduled colloquia allow students to grow academically beyond the classroom.
My student is not sure about a major. Is this common and how do you help students who are "undecided?"
You'll be happy to know your student is not alone. Nearly 20% of our incoming first-year students are undecided about their future major. And even as first-year students, another 20% of the students will change their mind and pursue newly found interests. In many ways, college is the best time for students to learn more about themselves and the world around them. And often, it is the best time to choose a major and explore various course options and career paths. We're so certain of this advice that at Lycoming we do not require our students to declare a major until the second semester of their sophomore year.
Students who enroll at Lycoming and are unsure about a major are assigned specially-trained faculty members who enjoy working with "exploring" students. In many ways these hand-picked advisors are more familiar with our 30 majors and 700 courses than their colleagues because they are committed to helping their advisees "find their way." Also, encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of the seminars in career services. They offer a number of programs geared to the many career paths and opportunities available to the students (and graduates) of Lycoming College.
How safe will my son or daughter be on campus?
The safety of Lycoming students is a top priority. The Lycoming College Department of Safety and Security includes a director, patrol supervisor, seven patrol persons and three dispatchers. All staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR. Their services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our offices do not carry weapons.
All Residence Halls may only be entered by use of a secure proximity card access. This means only students with appropriate identification can gain access to these areas. Typically the academic facilities are open during daylight hours, but they too are only accessible to faculty and students after certain hours. There is ample lighting throughout the campus and smoke detectors are in each student’s room and in the hallways. A special Lycoming telephone number, 4911, is monitored at all times.
The Safety and Security Department provides special services such as transportation for students to and from medical visits and escorts for walking home at night. The department also offers numerous educational programs regarding campus safety issues.
The City of Williamsport is less affected by the many crimes common to larger campuses in more urban settings. According to CQ Press, Williamsport ranks fourth in Pennsylvania and within the top 15% of cities in the United States with fewest major crimes committed.
How will my daughter or son be able to maintain good health and well-being at Lycoming?
As in all of life, a good diet, good sleep and plenty of exercise is important for a healthy, fully-functioning person. Lycoming has enlisted a leading national caterer service to provide nutritious meals to our students. Students can choose from a wide variety of foods at each meal including hot dishes, assorted breads and cereals and items from our deli, salad bar and sweet shop. In addition to the main dining hall, students can catch a "grab and go" style of meal in Jack's Place or a cup of coffee and a bagel at Cafe 1812. Not feeling well? Meals can also be delivered to students who cannot leave their residence halls due to illness.
Students who are ill may call on Lycoming’s Health Service. A registered nurse is available during the week from 8 am to 4:30 p.m., and the college physician has office hours during the day. In addition, more than 250 doctors and specialists are available through the Susquehanna Health located blocks from campus.
Students keep fit at the Lamade Gymnasium and Keiper Recreation Center. There you will find an indoor running track, ample courts for basketball, tennis, and volleyball, a dance studio, plenty of weight stations, a swimming pool and a fully equipped Nautilus machine room. Staff at the recreation center put on numerous programs throughout the year such as total fitness, zumba, yoga, Pilates and more.
The college also supports its students emotional needs by offering a full array of counseling services and educational programming.
Tell me about student housing?
Lycoming guarantees housing for all four academic years. During their first year, students will live in Asbury, Skeath or Wesley Halls. Students are matched with a roommate based on their answers to a questionnaire or by mutual request. After the first year, students choose their own hall and room assignments based on a lottery system. Options include Williams, Rich, Crever, Wesley, Forrest and East Hall. Quiet and intensive study floors, as well as substance-free floors are also available in some residences. Upperclassmen may also choose to live in the new Commons (townhouse style), or in one of the 17 college-owned apartments.
Each freshman residence hall floor has a Resident Adviser, an exemplary upperclass student. The RAs are there to help first-year students navigate the system. In addition they plan special floor events, serve as student mentors and are there to be a friend.
What is there to do on weekends?
Don't expect to see your student home on weekends; Lycoming is not a “suitcase college.” Lycoming students typically remain on campus on the weekends because of the wide variety of cultural, social and recreational events occurring both on campus and in Williamsport.
Many special events come to the Lycoming campus attracting large audiences. In past years, groups that have performed include Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, Live, as well as Adam Sandler and also various regional and local artists. In addition, the college puts on five or six theatre productions yearly and bi-monthly exhibits of artists are displayed in the John G. Snowden Library art gallery.
Students enjoy shopping in the area, whether it is in the boutiques in downtown Williamsport or in the Lycoming Mall, just 15 miles from campus. Williamsport’s Community Arts Center is well known for its diversity in entertainment. Visits from Comedians like Bill Cosby and George Carlin, musical artists such as B.B. King and Sara Evans, and Broadway shows like Victor/Victoria, Rent, Cats and Annie have all traveled to the Community Arts Center. Orchestras and ballets perform at the Arts Center and popular films are also shown.
The Williamsport area offers a variety of outdoor activities, such as beautiful hiking and mountain biking trails, boating, and fishing in the Susquehanna River, hunting in nearby State Game lands and skiing at Ski Sawmill. The newest recreational attraction is the River Walk, a scenic 4-mile loop connecting Williamsport and South Williamsport.
Lycoming’s small size encourages involvement in campus activities and organizations. Many students use their free time on weekends to develop these outside interests. Students have the chance to exercise their leadership potential by participating in student government, a faculty committee, the Big Brother/Big Sister Program, Habitat for Humanity, and fraternities and sororities.
Others may choose to join an organization that directly affects campus life such as the Campus Activities Board (CAB), United Campus Ministry, the radio station (WRLC), the bi-weekly newspaper THE LYCOURIER, or take part in a singing ensemble, the renowned Lycoming College Choir, the concert band or one of the college's theatrical productions.
The "whole college experience" becomes complete through participation in campus activities and organizations. This is especially important for first-year students.
What about sports?
Lycoming students can choose from nine men’s sports and eight women’s sports or from a variety of intramural sports.
Varsity team sports include:
- Football (men)
- Golf (men)
- Softball (women)
- Volleyball (women)
- Wrestling (men)
- Flag Football
- Ultimate Frisbee
Club Sports Sampling:
- Water Polo
My son or daughter is active within our church. Are there ways in which this activity can continue at Lycoming?
Students who wish to stay active in spiritual events on campus are encouraged to join Lycoming’s United Campus Ministry Group. Members meet every Sunday and join together for a fellowship meal. Students help others by preparing meals at St. Anthony’s Center in Williamsport, participating in the Crop Walk for Hunger and building homes under the Habitat for Humanity program. The group also organizes the annual Christmas Candlelight Service, the Homecoming Weekend Dance and a number of fun events for themselves.
Lycoming College has both a campus minister and a Roman Catholic chaplain on its staff. Bible studies are held weekly and two retreats are scheduled in the spring and fall. In addition, local churches and synagogues warmly welcome Lycoming students and typically offer transportation to services.
How does Lycoming help students in find jobs?
In addition to assisting students with career exploration and career readiness, both the faculty and the people in career services make it their highest priority to assist our graduates. The process starts as early as early as the first year.
First-year students and sophomores are encouraged to participate in the SHARE (Students Having A Real Experience) program. This is allows students to shadow professionals in a career area that they may choose to pursue.
Nearly 80% of Lycoming students complete at least one internship within their four years at Lycoming. Williamsport is an ideal city for students to combine their classroom knowledge with real world work experience. As the major retail, financial, health care, judicial and transportation hub for all of north central Pennsylvania our students have numerous internship opportunities literally a short walk from campus. Check out the academic department pages to see the wide variety of internships enjoyed by Lyco students.
Career Workshops & Fairs
Students take advantage of the various workshops including résumé writing, interviewing techniques, “Dressing for Success,” and “How to Make a Great First Impression.” Lycoming also sponsors its own job fair and and has joined forces with neighboring schools such as Bucknell, Susquehanna, Penn State and Bloomsburg to bring in recruiters from regional and national firms.
What about graduate school?
Faculty members typically serve as the primary mentors in shaping and molding students for entry into graduate or professional school. But personnel in Career Services help with many of the details and give advice to students interested in attending a graduate or professional school. Those preparing for a professional school such as law, medicine, or seminary will receive special counseling from the appropriate pre-professional advising team. A large selection of books and practice tests are available to help students prepare for the MCAT, LSAT, GRE, DAT and the MAT.
What is unique about the city of Williamsport?
The city of Williamsport has an interesting history. In the late 1800’s Williamsport was known as the Lumber Capital of the World. The wealthy lumber barons resided in Victorian mansions still in existence and know as “Millionaires Row.” Today, visitors can relive the era by taking a tour on the town trolley or by riding down the Susquehanna River on the Hiawatha paddlewheel riverboat.
Each August thousands of fans come to Williamsport, the birthplace of Little League Baseball, to watch the Little League World Series.
The business climate in Williamsport is alive and strong. The Williamsport area is home to more than 260 businesses and companies with total employment exceeding 56,000. Examples of some industries include Frito-Lay, Kellogg’s and Pepsi. The Lycoming Mall with 110 stores is located to the east of Williamsport.
And, if I have any more questions?
Should you have questions about any topic before your son or daughter begins school call the Office of Admissions (800) 345-3920. Should you have questions about your son/daughter during their freshman year, call Andrew Kilpatrick, Dean of First-Year Students, at (570) 321-4358.