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

Lycoming College continues its rise in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings

Lycoming College was once again recognized as a Tier One institution by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, climbing seven spots from last year to claim the No. 147 slot on the coveted 2018 National Liberal Arts Colleges list. The College joins other distinguished Pennsylvania schools on this year’s list, including Swarthmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell and Franklin & Marshall. Lycoming’s ascent in the U.S. News rankings, coupled with the recent announcement that it was named to the Princeton Review Best 382 Colleges for the first time, points to the College’s commitment to the liberal arts and its capacity to deliver an extraordinary education for students.

U.S. News & World Report provides objective college rankings that help students and their families compare the academic quality of higher education institutions across the country. The rankings are based on several key measures of academic excellence, and are weighted to generate an overall score.

Lycoming’s upward movement as a Tier One college in the U.S. News rankings reflects its success in providing an unparalleled college experience to young scholars. The College’s 21st-century education unites the traditional liberal arts with the power of experiential learning, enabling students to develop a deeper understanding of their major field of study while also preparing for lives of meaning and successful careers. When combined with small class sizes and the commitment of the faculty to residential undergraduate education, this curriculum produces positive student outcomes.

U.S. News & World Report continues to rank Lycoming as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. Many students and their families rely upon it in their college search, and we are delighted to once again be included in such a celebrated group,” said Kent Trachte, Ph.D., president of Lycoming College. “Lycoming has in fact moved up 17 spots in the rankings in just the past two years, and we consider this upward movement and other accolades that the College has received to be affirmation of our vision for a 21st-century liberal arts education, the hard work of our faculty and staff, and our record of changing lives.”

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