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Princeton Review recognition underscores Lycoming College’s innovation and strong academics

Princeton Review recognition underscores Lycoming College’s innovation and strong academics

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Lycoming College is one of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges, according to the Princeton Review, who recommends Lycoming College in the 2021 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 386 Colleges.” As one of just 14 percent of America’s 2,800 four-year colleges profiled in the book, Lycoming was selected in part based on the strength of its academic offerings data.

In a year when the pandemic caused many colleges and universities to struggle to meet their enrollment targets, Lycoming was among a group of top colleges that met their goal. The College opened with a new class of 340 students benefitting from in-person instruction. In addition, Lycoming increased its representation of domestic students of color to 40 percent in a year when overall enrollment by students of color declined. The three most recent classes recruited to the College have been defined by a growth in students from outside Pennsylvania, a greater percentage of students from the top decile of their high school classes and greater diversity.

“We are excited with the progress that we have made at Lycoming in recruiting classes each year that are more national, more diverse, and demonstrate stronger academic credentials,” said Kent C. Trachte, president of Lycoming College. “These results flow directly from investments that we have made in academic programs, facilities, and scholarships that were funded in part by the most successful fundraising campaign in the College’s history. Partnerships with charter schools and other access organizations have also enabled us to recruit talented students from the full mosaic of the American college-age population.”

In the profile, Lycoming College is praised for its interdisciplinary programs, engaging faculty, and tight-knit community with students commenting that “faculty and administration work hard to customize the…college experience to each student’s needs,” and that the “small and intimate campus” helps the student body feel “like a family.” Students also point out the vibrant student life with “volunteer opportunities, employment opportunities [and] events with speakers on relevant societal topics [as well as] programs to develop leadership [skills].”

The Princeton Review’s “Best 386” profile of Lycoming College can be found in the printed book, as well as online with free site registration at: