Welcome to Lycoming College
Lycoming College is a residential liberal arts and sciences college with a distinguished past and an exciting future. It is dedicated to providing lifetime learning in a supportive, residential environment that fosters individual growth and close interpersonal relationships. Founded in 1812 in the aftermath of the American Revolution and the Constitutional Convention, it has played an important role in educating citizens to participate in our nation’s democracy while also preparing them to enter their professions.
Lycoming is ranked as a Tier 1 National Liberal Arts and Sciences college by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Lycoming is listed as one of “The Best Northeastern Colleges” by The Princeton Review and one of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes.com.
All of Lycoming’s resources and faculty are dedicated to the undergraduate education of just 1,400 students. With a 14 - 1 ratio of students to faculty, classes of five or ten students are not uncommon, while even large introductory courses average about 30 students. This means abundant opportunities for individual attention by exceptional faculty members who are truly committed to teaching.
The faculty members at Lycoming College are active teachers, committed mentors, and scholars who produce knowledge and creative work. They draw students into learning and prepare them with the skills needed to succeed in a world characterized by rapid change and intense competition. Lycoming students are superbly prepared to meet the challenges of life through an academic program that includes both breadth of study in the arts and humanities, math and languages, social and natural sciences and depth of study in at least one area of concentration. The College grants Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and offers 36 academic programs.
Lycoming students, who come from as nearby as Williamsport and as far away as China, embrace both the academic and the residential life of the institution. At Lycoming, students have experiences that produce profound learning that makes a difference over the course of a lifetime. High-impact opportunities can be found in abundance. For example, students do research with faculty members, complete internships and service or community-based learning projects, teach in the local schools, and study abroad.
Students who intend to continue their studies in health, law, medicine, the ministry, or teaching receive excellent pre-professional preparation. Through a number of cooperative programs with other colleges and universities, Lycoming students study clinical laboratory science, engineering, forestry, optometry, and podiatry, while still enjoying the benefits of a small college experience. Lycoming students are encouraged to complement their studies with international experiences. Students may take advantage of traditional study abroad programs through College partners and other approved programs or international internships. In addition, Lycoming offers a variety of short-term travel courses available during the semester and the May Term. Our cooperative programs also provide opportunities to study in Washington, D.C. or New York City.
One of Lycoming’s most popular and successful ways of blending career planning with a liberal arts education is through its internship programs. Close to one-third of Lycoming students gain real job experience as part of a semester course load. The Williamsport area is particularly rich in internship opportunities in business, communication, government, health, and social services. The close relationship between the College and the community has given Lycoming students a chance to roll up their sleeves and gain résumé-enhancing experience rather than mere observation.
The residential life of the college can only be described as vibrant. Lycoming affords students the opportunity to do things like perform with the choir or band, act in or direct a play, lead a club or organization, volunteer in the community, and many other things. At Lycoming, students learn both in the classroom and in the residential environment, and there are many opportunities for students to hone their leadership skills. The average graduation rate for first-time freshmen is 63%. (More information is available on the Registrar’s homepage under Student’s Right to Know.)
Lycoming is proud to offer its students the opportunity to participate in 17 varsity athletic programs (9 for men, 8 for women). The Warriors compete at the NCAA Division III level and are a member of the Middle Atlantic Conferences. Students may also take part in the College’s competitive intramurals program.
Lycoming’s campus lies near historic downtown Williamsport, a city best-known as the birthplace of Little League Baseball and the site of its annual international championship. The rolling hills and forestlands of north central Pennsylvania provide some of the state’s best scenery, as well as hiking, camping, kayaking, and other outdoor recreation, while the Williamsport greater metro area has a population of approximately 75,000 people. Lycoming is less than four hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.
The College enjoys a relationship with the United Methodist Church and supports its tradition of providing an education to persons of all faiths. The College is firmly committed to a policy of cultural diversity and expects its students to work together in an atmosphere of respect and tolerance.
Lycoming College prepares students for a lifetime of success at one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country.