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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, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence, student satisfaction, which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates, debt, which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards, which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships.
In its report, Forbes said its rankings focus on "the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt."
Lycoming College has been recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the best institutions of higher learning in the Northeast, and appears in Washington Monthly's 2012 liberal arts college rankings.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.