Admission to Lycoming College

Lycoming College welcomes applications from prospective students without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, disability, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or any characteristic against which discrimination is prohibited by applicable law. The College will make reasonable accommodations for enrolled students with known disabilities as appropriate. Visit us at

Admission Decision Criteria

Admission to Lycoming College is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic preparation, talents, and interests, as well as the College’s capacity to help them achieve their educational objectives and career goals.

Successful candidates for admission have typically completed a college preparatory program in high school, which includes four years of English, three years of math, two years of modern language, two years of natural or physical science, three years of social science, and two years of academic electives.

In addition, successful admission candidates generally place in the top two-fifths of their high school graduating class and score better than the national average on the SAT1 or ACT exams.

From time to time, supplemental materials, as well as a personal interview, may be required prior to the determination of admissibility.

Admission Application Filing Period

Applications for the fall semester will be accepted from July 1st of the preceding year through May 1st of the year in which studies are to begin. Applications for the spring semester are accepted from the preceding  July 1st through December 1st.

Applications, when complete, are reviewed and evaluated on a rolling basis. Generally, applicants are notified in writing regarding the outcome of their applications within two weeks following the receipt of all required materials after December 1st.

Freshman Applicants

Freshman applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit a completed Lycoming College Admission Application or the Common Application.
  2. Provide official transcripts of all high school and post-secondary school studies (whether or not completed).
  3. Submit official results of the SAT1 exam or ACT exam.
  4. Submit two personal letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be written by a teacher.
  5. Submit a personal essay.

Transfer Applicants

Lycoming College considers applications from students who have attended other post-secondary educational institutions. These applicants must have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 (on a 4-point scale) in transferable courses at the post-secondary institution(s) attended.

Credit will be granted only for courses which have a grade of “C-” or higher. Courses with a non-grade such as “P” or “S” will not transfer. Lycoming College will determine which courses are appropriate for transfer and is under no obligation to accept any course. Lycoming College does not have a statute of limitations, but it reserves the right to refuse to accept some courses for transfer in which the content is out of date. The Registrar will consult the academic department(s) involved. Final determination of transfer credit will be made by the Lycoming College Registrar based on official transcripts only. Transfer courses will be shown on the Lycoming transcript with the symbol “T.”

Applicants may transfer up to 64 credits at the Lycoming College 100 and 200 level and up to 32 credits at the Lycoming College 300 and 400 level for a total of 96 credits. No more than 16 credits from approved online courses will be accepted as part of the above maximums. Students must complete the final 32 credits of the degree program at Lycoming College. At least 16 credits in the major area must be taken at Lycoming College.

Additional information regarding the transfer of college credit appears under Alternative Credit Sources.

Transfer applicants must complete each of the following steps:

  1. Submit the Lycoming College Admission Application or the Common Application.
  2. Provide official transcripts and course descriptions or catalogs from each post-secondary school attended. Students who have accumulated less than 24 semester hours (or 36 quarter hours) must also submit high school transcripts. (Official results of the SAT1 or ACT may also be required.)
  3. Submit the Transfer Student Admission Report. (

International Applicants

Prospective students who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the United States are welcome to apply for admission.

International applicants must complete each of the following steps:

  1. Submit the Common Application.
  2. Provide certified true copies of all secondary (and, when applicable, post-secondary) transcripts, mark sheets, diplomas, and certificates in the original languages, as well as in English (when the originals are not in English). Translations of non-English materials must be certified as true and correct.
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation.
  4. Provide proof of the ability to read, write, and speak English at the college level as evidenced by a TOEFL score of at least 525, 190 for computer assessment test, or 70 for the Internet- based test or a 6.0 IELTS test.
  5. Submit bank statements showing your family’s ability to fund your Lycoming education.
  6. International students who are currently studying in the United States must be “in-status” with the United States Department of Justice — Immigration and Naturalization Service. They must also be eligible to transfer to Lycoming College.

Confirmation of Intent to Enroll at Lycoming

Admitted applicants are asked to confirm their intent to enroll for the fall semester no later than the preceding May 1st, or by December 1st for the following spring semester, by submitting the appropriate deposit. New students are required to submit the $300 Confirmation Deposit. Admitted international applicants are required to submit all applicable deposits prior to the issuance of the I-20 form. The Confirmation Deposit is refundable prior to the start of the first semester of attendance if the official withdrawal date is not later than May 1.


Mathematics Placement:

New students take the mathematics placement examination that is coordinated by the Math Center. Those who wish to obtain a higher placement in basic algebra or the calculus sequence may further review the appropriate material and retake the exam / take an appropriate exemption exam at the Math Center.

Language Placement:

Placement in a modern language at the appropriate course level will be determined by the faculty of the Department of Modern Language Studies. Placement in an ancient language at the appropriate course level will be determined by the Department of Religion.

Student Orientation

All new students are required to attend one of three summer orientation sessions in June with at least one parent before they enroll in the fall. The purpose of the program is to acquaint new students and their parent(s) more fully with the College so that they can begin their Lycoming experience under the most favorable circumstances. There is also a week-long orientation session for international students in August and a final orientation during First Weekend for anyone who was not able to attend in June. Orientation is also held before classes begin in January for students who matriculate in the Spring semester. During Orientation, students take placement tests, meet their academic advisor, and register for classes. Information on orientation is mailed to new students after they confirm their intention to enroll.

Withdrawal of Admission Offers

Lycoming College reserves the right to withdraw offers of admission when:

  1. information requested as part of the admission application process is not provided by applicants;
  2. applicants misrepresent facts to the College during the application process;
  3. the conduct of applicants is not in keeping with the ethical or moral standards as set forth in the Lycoming College Catalog or the Lycoming College Student Handbook.

Readmission to the College

Students who leave the College for one or more semesters, including those who leave mid-term, must apply for readmission. To apply for readmission, one must:

  1. Complete the Application for Readmission form;
  2. Return the completed form to the Office of the Registrar; and
  3. If applicable, have official transcripts for all course work completed elsewhere sent to the Registrar.

The College reserves the right to deny readmission to former students. Reasons for denial of readmission requests include, but are not limited to: lack of residence hall space, unresolved financial obligations, academic deficiencies, unresolved disciplinary action, charges or convictions related to criminal activity.

Students will be informed in writing about the decision regarding readmission. To confirm readmission, students must send a non-refundable deposit of $300 to the Office of the Registrar. Students who intend to live in the residence halls must complete the appropriate forms in the Office of Residence Life.

Lycoming College does not have a statute of limitations, but it reserves the right to refuse to accept some courses in which the content is out of date. The Registrar will consult the academic department(s) involved.