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Lycoming College ranked among the nation's best institutions

Lycoming College ranked among the nation's best institutions

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Lycoming College continues to be recognized on a yearly basis as one of the best liberal arts and sciences institutions in the country. Outlets recently recognizing the college for its academic prowess include U.S. News & World Report, and The Princeton Review. also has acknowledged Lycoming’s financial fortitude.

Lycoming has been recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report in its 2014 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” According to U.S. News, the nation’s 248 liberal arts colleges emphasize undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the arts and sciences. It also ranks Lycoming 32nd in the nation among liberal arts and sciences institutions in graduation rate when comparing actual graduation rate with the predicted rate.

Lycoming ranks among “America’s Best Colleges,” according to 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 reward schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

In Forbes’ new College Financial Grades, which measure the fiscal soundness of more than 900 private, four-year, not-for-profit schools with more than 500 students, Lycoming scored an impressive A- and ranked 112th out of 925 institutions included in the study. The grades measure financial fitness as determined by nine components, such as balance sheet health, operational soundness and freshmen receiving institutional grants. The grading and methodology was published in the Aug. 13 issue of Forbes.

According to The Princeton Review, Lycoming has been recognized as one of the best institutions of higher learning in the Northeast. The education services company selected Lycoming as one of 226 institutions it profiles in the “Best in the Northeast” section of its 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region feature.

The 226 colleges chosen for its “Best in the Northeast” list are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia. Collectively, the 643 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

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