Lycoming College

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
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United Methodist

Lycoming College is a private, four-year, liberal arts undergraduate college located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Lycoming College was established in 1812 as the Williamsport Academy and is one of the fifty oldest colleges in the United States. By the 1840, Williamsport’s curriculum included English, Writing, Arithmetic, Geography, Chemistry, Natural Philosophy, Mathematics, Latin, and Greek. Around this period, the school fell upon hard times financially and a group of Methodists led by Rev. Benjamin Crever purchased the Academy, renaming it Williamsport Dickinson Seminary. By 1929 the school added a junior college, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, and in 1947 following World War II, the school emerged as Lycoming College.

Academic Programs

Lycoming College is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Baccalaureate Arts & Sciences College and holds its accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Ranked as a Top Tier Liberal Arts College (U.S. News & World Report) and one of the best in the Northeast (Princeton Review), Lycoming College’s mission is to “provide a distinguished baccalaureate education in the liberal arts and sciences within a coeducational, supportive, residential setting.”

Lycoming College offers more than 35 majors and 50-plus minors with well over 700 courses; the top ten majors include Business, Psychology, Biology, Criminal Justice, Art, Communications, History, Archaeology, English, and Political Science. Lycoming College also offers several Academic Services to students, designed to support, challenge, and encourage students in their ongoing efforts to learn and succeed at school and life. Lycoming College’s services include the Academic Resource Center, Writing Center, Math Center, subject tutoring program, study group program, services for students with disabilities, and services for international students.

Student Life

Lycoming College has a total enrollment figure of over 1,000 undergraduate students, all of whom receive scholarships or some type of financial aid; female students outnumber males by about 6%. All students required to live in on-campus in College-owned housing and to participate in the school’s meal plan for all four years of their stay. Lycoming College offers housing in the form of nearly a dozen residence halls, apartments, and Douthat Commons. Each residence hall and the Douthat Commons are secured by a keyless card access system and most buildings have at least one lounge, a kitchenette, and one or more centralized vending areas and trash and recyclable rooms.

Lycoming College recognizes a variety of student-led clubs and organizations which cater to a wide range of interests including academic, professional, recreational, spiritual, social, and more and provide students with opportunity to connect with one another outside of the classroom and foster leadership skills. As an NCAA Division III school, Lycoming College’s varsity athletic teams compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference. Known as the Warriors, Lycoming College sponsors more than dozen men’s and women’s team sports.

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