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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College ranks among "America's Best Colleges," according to Forbes.com. The ranking includes the top 20 percent of the nation's undergraduate colleges – 650 in all – prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C.
Rankings are developed by evaluating five general categories: post-graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rates, and competitive awards. Forbes.com looks at an institution's value by taking into account "the overall cost of each school as relative to the quality of the education provided."
In its report, Forbes said its rankings focus on "the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. We try to evaluate the college purchase as a consumer would."
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.