Lycoming College today announced it has been named to The Princeton Review’s "The Best 382 Colleges 2018 Edition" premier college guide book. The annual “Best Colleges” guide is widely regarded as the most important and influential of college guide books as its paperback edition and website are among the most frequently accessed college search sources.
Lycoming was chosen for the value it offers students, including financial aid, faculty involvement and graduation outcomes. The Review’s assessment of the College is based on independent surveys of Lycoming students; extensive data about Lycoming’s programs, costs and post-graduate success; and a campus visit by Review staff to evaluate Lycoming facilities, programs and faculty engagement. These factors led to the Review’s high regard for Lycoming’s academic programs and other offerings.
“We are honored to be considered among the nation’s best colleges,” said Kent C. Trachte, president of Lycoming College. “The Princeton Review’s assessment affirms what we have long known about the quality of the liberal arts education provided by Lycoming’s dedicated faculty and staff.”
The assessment reveals high marks for Lycoming’s academics, including new programs in neuroscience, entrepreneurship, energy studies and astrophysics, which were designed to address a growing demand in these fields. The College has also greatly expanded learning prospects outside of the traditional classroom setting by offering more internships, student-faculty research and study abroad opportunities, as well as leadership training beyond the classroom, through its new Outdoor Leadership and Education program.
“Over the past four years, we have greatly expanded the number of enhanced educational opportunities that challenge our students to grow personally and professionally, and which prepare them to enter an increasingly competitive job market,” said Trachte. “Inclusion in ‘The Best 382 Colleges’ is a testament to our efforts and to what young scholars need to be successful in post-graduate pursuits.”
The College has also made significant progress toward one of its top priorities — the economic revitalization of the southern entrance into the city of Williamsport. The Gateway Project reflects the College’s commitment to a broader collaboration with community partners to enhance the city’s visual appeal and bring jobs that create a more robust commercial area near the College.
Robert Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review, commented, “We are truly pleased to add Lycoming College to our widely-used college guide, now in its 26th year. Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in the nation are in this book. In our opinion, these are ‘the crème of the crop’ institutions for undergraduates in America.”
Lycoming College is one of just six new schools to be named to the 2018 edition, which will be available in August.