Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

The Mission Statement

The mission of Lycoming College is to provide a distinguished baccalaureate education in the liberal arts and sciences within a coeducational, supportive, residential setting.

Guiding Principles

Lycoming College is committed to the principle that a liberal arts education provides an excellent foundation for an informed and productive life. Consequently, the Baccalaureate degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) is conferred upon the student who has completed an educational program incorporating the two principles of a liberal arts education known as distribution and concentration. The objective of the distribution principle is to ensure that the student achieves intellectual breadth through the study of the arts, humanities, mathematics, natural and social sciences and modern or ancient languages and their literatures. The objective of the concentration principle is to provide depth of learning through completion of a program of study in a given discipline or subject area known as the major. The effect of both principles is to impart knowledge, inspire inquiry and encourage creative thought.

Lycoming College promotes individual growth and community development through a combination of academic and co-curricular programs in a supportive residential environment that seeks to foster self-awareness, model social responsibility and provide opportunities to develop leadership skills. Students are encouraged to explore new concepts and perspectives, to cultivate an aesthetic sensibility and to develop communication and critical thinking skills. The college is committed to promoting racial inclusiveness, gender equality and an appreciation of cultural diversity. Through a holistic approach, Lycoming College encourages students to become ethical, informed and engaged individuals.

Institutional Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, a Lycoming College graduate will

  • have achieved depth of learning in at least one field of study
  • have demonstrated intellectual breadth through the study of the arts, humanities, mathematics, natural and social sciences, and modern or ancient languages
  • have enriched his/her education through the completion of one or more enhanced academic experiences
  • understand cultural diversity
  • be able to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms
  • be able to think critically
  • have demonstrated information literacy skills and technological competence appropriate for his/her discipline