Admission to Lycoming College

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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 have better than average SAT1 or ACT scores.

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 June 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 May 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 three weeks following the receipt of all required materials.

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 or ACT.
4)      Submit two personal letters of recommendation.

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 outmoded. 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 semester credits at the Lycoming College 100 and 200 level and up to 32 semester 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 families 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.

Please note that the minimum amount required for each academic year of study (September through April) at Lycoming College is U.S. $44,392. Summer living expenses (May through August) average an additional U.S. $4,500, and are not included in the $44,392 amount.

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 $200 to the Office of the Registrar. Students who intend to live in the residence halls must send an additional $100 room reservation deposit and 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 outmoded. The Registrar will consult the academic department(s) involved.

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 commuting students are required to submit a $200 Confirmation Deposit. New resident students are required to submit the $200 Confirmation Deposit, as well as a $100 Room Reservation Deposit. Admitted international applicants are required to submit all applicable deposits prior to the issuance of the I-20 form.  Deposits are non-refundable.

Student Orientation

All new students are required to attend one of three summer orientation sessions 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. Students will take placement tests, meet their academic advisor, and register for fall 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)      misrepresentation of fact to the College by applicants occurs 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 
or the Lycoming College Student Handbook.

Admissions Office Location and Hours

Prospective students and their families are encouraged to visit the campus for a student-conducted tour and an interview with an admissions counselor, who will provide additional information about the College and answer questions.

The Office of Admissions is located on Washington Boulevard and College Place. For an appointment, telephone 1-800-345-3920, ext. 4026 or (570) 321-4026, write the Office of Admissions, Lycoming College, 700 College Place, Williamsport, PA 17701, or visit

Office hours are:


September through April: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
May through August: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


September through April:
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

May through August: appointments by request.