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

Admissions Criteria

Admission to Lycoming College is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic preparation, talents, and interests, as well as the College’s capacity to help them achieve their educational objectives and career goals. Although candidates receive a holistic review, successful candidates for admission have typically completed a college preparatory program in high school, which includes:

  • four years of English
  • at least three years of math
  • at least two years of modern language
  • at least two years of natural or physical science
  • at least three years of social science
  • and two years of academic electives.

In addition, successful admission candidates generally place in the top two-fifths of their high school graduating class and score better than the national average on the SAT or ACT exams.

As part of our comprehensive review process, supplemental materials, as well as a personal interview, may be required prior to the determination of admissibility.

Here’s what you should know about Lycoming’s Test Optional Choice:

The college application process can be stressful, especially if you know that your standardized test scores don't reflect your full potential. The pandemic has also caused disruptions in testing for those who had planned to take an SAT or ACT. While many of our incoming students place in the top two-fifths of their graduating class and have above average SAT or ACT scores, we're happy to evaluate the rigor of your high school classes, your GPA, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular activities in lieu of these scores.

  • You must either fall in the top half of your graduating class to be eligible or, were unable to participate in an administration of the SAT or ACT due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • You'll still get consideration for all types of financial aid. You will also get full consideration for academic scholarships, talent scholarships, and grants.

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