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ABOUT LYCOMING COLLEGE
From its proud founding in 1812 as a
coeducational academy serving a thriving
lumber community to its current position
as a national liberal arts and sciences
institution, Lycoming College has truly
witnessed a remarkable transformation
during its 200-year history. The College
stands as one of the nation’s 50 oldest
institutions of higher learning.
The keys to Lycoming’s longevity
have been its persistence and drive;
characteristics that have helped it evolve
from an academy to a seminary to a
junior college to the national liberal
arts institution it is today. Through its
evolution, the College has remained a
bastion of excellence in teaching and
learning for lives of service, leadership,
and achievement.
Academic Programs
– Reaccredited
by the Middle States Commission on
Higher Education in summer 2011,
Lycoming fully embraces its mission
of providing a high-quality, liberal arts
and sciences education centered around
a rigorous academic curriculum and a
caring residential environment. And it
proudly celebrates its position as a Tier
1 classification national arts and sciences
institution by
U.S. News & World Report
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Two undergraduate degrees
are offered: Bachelor of Arts and
Bachelor of Science. The curriculum
is interdisciplinary in its approach and
features 36 majors as well as numerous
minors and several pre-professional
programs. One of the distinctive majors is
archaeology, which attracts students from
across the nation and features its very
own faculty-led field school in Idalion,
Cyprus, and co-sponsors a dig in Gezer,
Israel. Lycoming is also recognized for
its environmentally conscious Clean
Water Institute and the Institute for
Management Studies, the latter serving
as a programmatic umbrella for the
accounting, business administration and
economics departments. Students are
encouraged to participate in study abroad
opportunities through affiliates in Costa
Rica, Ecuador, England, France,
Germany and Spain.
Lycoming’s nationally recognized
graduation rates further speak to
the success of its students and the
academic community in which they
learn. In 2012, the
Washington Monthly
ranked Lycoming fourth out of 249
national liberal arts colleges in its study
determining which schools most increase
the likelihood of the graduation of its
entering students. U.S. News ranks
Lycoming 12th in the nation among
liberal arts and sciences institutions for
graduation rates that significantly exceed
predicted rates.
The College is classified by the
Carnegie Foundation as one of just
44 institutions in the nation that are
small in size, focused exclusively on
undergraduate education, selective in
admissions and committed to a strong
residential experience, and graduate 80%
or more of their students in the arts and
sciences.
In the last 10 years, Phi Kappa Phi
has awarded five Fellowships and two
Awards of Excellence to Lycoming
students, attesting to the caliber of
student and educational climate at the
College.
Students
- Lycoming’s fall 2013
enrollment is 1,307 including 347
entering first-year students, up 26 from
the previous year. The first-year student
total over the past five years has ranged
from a high of 416 in 2011 to a low of
321 in 2012. Sixty percent of this year’s
new students come from Pennsylvania
with another 30% from Maryland,
New Jersey and New York. Of the total
student body, 12% represent racial/ethnic
minorities. Another 4% are international
students with the country of Vietnam
particularly well represented. First to
second year retention in fall 2013 was
79.4%. During the past five years, first to
second year retention has ranged from a
high of 86% to a low of 77%.
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