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

Lycoming College earns National Recognition as College of Distinction

Innovative and high impact educational practices earned Lycoming College placement among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

Lycoming College students earned college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs in more than a dozen countries, as well as through community service projects, research and internships.

“We’re pleased to have Lycoming College recognized for our educational excellence,” said Philip Sprunger, provost and dean of Lycoming College. “Our professors pour themselves into their teaching, and we offer many opportunities beyond the classroom that allow students to build professional skills and to contribute to the community.”

To be selected for the nation’s Colleges of Distinction, schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions — Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes. High school counselors and educators make nominations, and each school is evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment and curricular innovation. Colleges that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

The annual process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

“We’re happy to recognize Lycoming for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. Like Lycoming, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience that every student deserves.”

To view Lycoming College’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences it offers, visit

About Colleges of Distinction
Since 1999, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, visit

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