Welcome to Lycoming College
Lycoming College is a liberal arts and sciences institution dedicated to providing the type of learning that can be used for a lifetime in a supportive, residential environment that fosters individual growth and close interpersonal relationships.
Lycoming is ranked as a Tier 1 national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the College is listed as one of “The Best Northeastern Colleges” by The Princeton Review and one of “America’s Best College’s” by Forbes.com. Lycoming is one of only 90 colleges and universities nationwide to have earned an “A” rating from Standard & Poor’s – a testament to the College’s stable financial foundation from which the academic and extracurricular activities are created.
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 10 students are not uncommon, while even large introductory courses average about 30 students. This means abundant opportunities for individual attention by a faculty truly committed to teaching.
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 students are superbly prepared to meet the challenges of life through an academic program that includes both breadth of study in the humanities, arts, social sciences and natural sciences and depth of study in at least one area of concentration. The College offers 36 academic majors and grants the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.
Those who intend to continue in health, law, medicine, the ministry or teaching will find excellent pre-professional preparation. Through a number of cooperative programs with other colleges and universities, Lycoming students can study forestry, podiatric medicine, optometry and medical technology while still enjoying the benefits of a small college experience. They can also study abroad at affiliate programs with Regent’s American College in London, England; the Westminster Business School of the University of Westminster, London, England; CUEF Université-Stendhal Grenoble 3 in Grenoble, France; Estudio Sampere in Alicante, Madrid, and Salamanca (Spain), Cuenca (Ecuador) and San José (Costa Rica); and the Otto-Friedrich-Universität in Bamberg, Germany. Lycoming also has a partnership with CAPA International Education, which has academic centers based in London, England; Florence, Italy; Beijing and Shanghai, China; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Dublin, Ireland; Istanbul, Turkey; and Sydney, Australia. Semester and summer programs in other countries and in Washington, D.C., or New York City are available through a number of other cooperative programs. Lycoming students may also study abroad through non-affiliate programs.
One of Lycoming’s most popular and successful ways of blending career planning with a liberal arts education is through its internship program. 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 resume-enhancing experience rather than mere observation.
Most students complete their program of study in four years, usually by taking four courses each fall and spring semester. However, students may take one course during Lycoming’s May Term and from one to two courses in each Summer Term.
Perhaps one of the most important qualities of Lycoming is its feeling of community. Lycoming is a truly residential college where all students, with the exception of close commuters, live on campus in one of the College’s residence halls or apartments.
The quality of campus life is enriched by a variety of extracurricular activities where Lycoming students gain valuable leadership training.
Students produce a newspaper, run the campus radio station, mount theatre productions, participate in a nationally acclaimed choir and concert band, as well as organize and manage their own social fraternities and sororities, special interest clubs and campus-wide social events.
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.
Students are often admitted free to productions at the Community Arts Center. Student-run programs have brought in national touring bands and comedians.
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 greater metro area has a population of approximately 75,000.
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. Yet Lycoming is less than a four-hour drive 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.