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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Washington Monthly recently underscored Lycoming College's high graduation rate by ranking it fourth out of 249 national liberal arts colleges in a study to determine which colleges most increase the likelihood of the graduation of its entering students.
The study also ranked the 249 colleges on three broad criteria: Support of social mobility as shown by the admission and high graduation rates of students regardless of family income, commitment to community service and contributions to research, including both "cutting edge" scholarly activity and the percentage of students who go on to earn the Ph.D. On those three criteria, Lycoming ranked 112th nationally.
Other institutions whose ranks clustered around Lycoming include Drew University (N.J.), Ohio Wesleyan University, Scripps College (Calif.) and Sewanee, The University of the South (Tenn). Lycoming is also recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report in its 2012 edition of "America's Best Colleges."
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.