Lycoming College has been recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report in its 2011 edition of "America's Best Colleges." According to U.S. News, the nation's 266 liberal arts colleges focus almost exclusively on undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the arts and sciences. Bucknell, Dickinson, Gettysburg and Swarthmore are among other Pennsylvania institutions in the Tier 1 group.
In addition, Lycoming is ranked 11th in the nation among liberal arts and science institutions in graduation rate when comparing actual graduation rate with the predicted rate. While the vast majority of Lycoming's students graduate in four years, data from the U.S. Department of Education also confirms Lycoming's six-year graduation rate of 74 percent to be very strong when compared to other schools. Nationally, the average six-year graduation rate at all private non-profit colleges and universities is 54 percent while Pennsylvania's privates average 65 percent. The average six-year graduation rate reported for all public universities in Pennsylvania is 53 percent.
"Lycoming's high graduation rate is a testament to the good work of the faculty and staff members who see that our students get the attention and resources they need to succeed in the classroom," said James Spencer, Lycoming's vice president for admissions and financial aid. "And, it helps that Lycoming attracts committed, hard-working students."