Lycoming College is a private, residential, four-year liberal arts and sciences college in Williamsport, PA, that takes an innovative, high-impact learning and high-reward career-advising approach to education. With a small, welcoming student population of approximately 1300, Lycoming showcases incredible diversity—representing 30 states and more than 21 countries. Intimate class sizes facilitate engaging classroom discussions, allowing students to flourish as artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and, most importantly, leaders.
With an academic offering of more than 40 majors and 66 minors, Lycoming students can craft customized, cross-disciplinary degrees that match their passions and aspirations. Furthermore, a specialized Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences provides students with countless opportunities to apply knowledge outside the classroom in fieldwork, internships, global studies, or research alongside faculty. Since the College’s founding in 1812, its classic degree programs in business, social sciences, art, and education have held strong, but Lycoming also boasts an impressive natural sciences program. Laboratory-based instruction, cutting-edge instrumentation, and new facilities such as the Lynn Science Center and Detwiler Planetarium, allow students to explore theoretical subjects through hands-on experience. As an exclusively undergraduate college, this research emphasis offers a unique advantage for students interested in pursuing a STEM career or graduate school.
Get to know Lycoming College
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Outdoor Leadership
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Sustainability Committee
- Symphony orchestra
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
Lycoming students have countless opportunities to conduct undergraduate research, many of which are embedded right into the curriculum. As a college dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education, students have access to advanced research equipment early on—some of which is comparable to technologies found at major research centers. Between individual research conducted for methods courses and research conducted alongside faculty, students are constantly applying their knowledge in hands-on experiences. A new internship partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, opportunities with Lycoming’s Clean Water Institute, and an undergraduate fellowship at The David Library of the American Revolution are just a few of the ways Lycoming has expanded the scope of research opportunities outside the classroom. By presenting research at regional and national conferences and co-authoring manuscripts with faculty for publication, Lycoming graduates are primed for competitive placement in the workforce or at top-tier graduate schools.
“My Smithsonian internship with the National Museum of Natural History has allowed me to apply my passion for the past in a hands-on environment. This was my first experience in which I was able to apply my knowledge and skills to a research question.” – Jazmin Jones ’20, Archaeology major
DIVERSITY IN THE STUDENT BODY
Lycoming College is ascending into a truly national college in terms of diversity of the student body. Approximately 50% of the most recent freshman class (Class of 2021) was comprised of out-of-state students, with students from California and Texas composing almost 10%. The membership of the Class of 2021 also suggests that Lycoming is successfully adapting to the dramatic change in the ethnic composition of the college-going population in the United States. Nearly one-third of the class are domestic students of color, and 13% come from a Hispanic or Latino background. These numbers position the college well to compete for talented students from the fastest-growing segment of the college-going population in America. Lycoming also continues to recruit from the global market interested in American higher education. In fact, almost 5% of the incoming class were international students who represented more than 6 different countries, including China, Mauritius, Nigeria, Egypt, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.
DIVERSITY IN THE CURRICULUM
The College’s cultural diversity curriculum requirement reinforces its celebration of human difference, which is inherently emphasized within the liberal arts. These designated diversity courses provide students with both historical and contemporary cultural perspectives outside of the predominant Anglo-American one in the United States. Students are required to choose a global diversity course and domestic diversity course—global diversity courses aim to help students understand the world beyond U.S. borders, while domestic diversity courses concentrate on one or more minority groups within the U.S., exploring such issues as race, gender, social class, religion, political ideology, sexual orientation, or any combination thereof.
Students at Lycoming are encouraged to take part in a study abroad experience during their undergraduate career. Various opportunities like May Term and summer sessions with faculty, as well as entire semesters or academic years overseas, allow students to immerse themselves in long- and short-term global adventures. Students have spent time abroad in a wide variety of locations, including England, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, China, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and more.
“Our class’s May Term journey in England and France was certainly one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Learning about an event and its background in a classroom is one thing, but going directly to the sites to immerse oneself into the history and culture is a priceless holistic experience.” – Julia Nagle ’20, ENGL/HIST/MDVS 350: The Norman Conquest
The Warrior Coffee Program is a truly unique interdisciplinary and global experience, funded in part by every delicious cup of coffee served on campus. Warrior Coffee comes from the remote mountains of the Dominican Republic, grown under a natural shade canopy and hand-picked by multigenerational coffee farming families. The program starts in the classroom with a course called “Globalization in the Developing World.” Through class, research, and a trip to the Dominican Republic, Lycoming students learn how creative and mutually beneficial partnerships can produce excellent coffee, all while advancing responsible agricultural practices and providing family-sustaining incomes for the remote farmers of El Naranjito and Peralta. In addition to helping farmers in their efforts to improve coffee quality in yields, students and professors also work with community members to improve their quality of life in the areas of public health, water access and quality, and education. The sales of Warrior Coffee altogether fund quality-of-life projects for these regions while subsidizing the cost of travel for Lycoming students.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 77 | 10-19: 122 | 20-29: 64
30-39: 20 | 40-49: 4 | 50-99: 1 | 100+: 1
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 12%
White, non-Hispanic: 63%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 5%
Lycoming prides itself on a culture of faculty mentorship. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, individuals receive highly personalized attention and have opportunities to work one-on-one with professors on research, manuscripts, and community initiatives. All classes are taught by expert faculty members, 81% of whom hold a Ph.D. or the highest equivalent. All faculty members are also engaged in active research, writing, or fieldwork, while still making undergraduate success their top priority.
To facilitate a successful transition to the College’s academic program while encouraging deep thinking, Lycoming hosts a diverse range of first-year seminar programs. These creative courses often focus on critical thinking, writing, oral presentation, and informational literacy. They also give students the opportunity to explore a topic that is completely new to them. For example, some courses have provided unique opportunities for science majors to explore civil rights, criminal justice majors to explore the biology of nutrition, history majors to discover the mathematics behind games and gambling, and art majors to study how groundbreaking technologies impact social relationships. They allow every first-year student to expand their breadth of knowledge and discover new interests. All first-year seminars meet a general education requirement, so each one advances the student toward graduation.
ENHANCED ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES
To promote intellectual, professional, and personal development for life after Lycoming, each student is required to complete an Enhanced Academic Experience (EAE). This can be satisfied through the completion of a variety of projects, such as a departmental honors project, an internship, global study, faculty-sponsored collaborative research, a conference presentation, a publication, and more. Many individual categories of EAEs are able to overlap with distribution, major, or minor requirements.
“Our students are designing experiments, presenting posters, and writing research-style manuscripts and grant proposals. When I go to a national meeting with students, my colleagues often come by saying ‘I can’t believe you’re doing this with undergraduates.’” – Dr. Mary Morrison, Associate Professor of Biology, Neuroscience Program Co-coordinator
A foundation in proper writing skills lies at the core of Lycoming’s liberal arts tradition. No matter their major, all students are required to participate in writing-intensive courses designed to support intellectual growth and the ability to communicate effectively. In these courses, students are encouraged to write in a variety of contexts and styles and are supported by both faculty as well as tutors in Lycoming’s Writing Center. All writing-intensive classes include formal writing instruction in the classroom, student writing, instructor feedback, and student revision.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Cooperative education program
Exchange student program (domestic)
Teacher certification program
AFFINITY LEARNING COMMUNITIES
Lycoming College’s innovative Affinity Housing Community program enables students to develop and maintain a community that integrates the values of liberal learning into the residential environment, all while making valuable connections in a welcoming campus community. Affinity Housing Communities consist of 15-17 residents who organize around a shared intellectual or thematic interest, developing their own practices and traditions as they offer ideas for outreach consistent with their mission. These self-governed communities feature co-ed clusters of gender-specific single and double rooms with gender-neutral bathrooms.
The tight-knit Lycoming community is strengthened significantly through student involvement. With more than 80 campus organizations, including chartered clubs and intercollegiate or intramural sports teams, Lycoming’s wide selection of extracurricular activities encourages involvement, no matter a student’s interests. Whether as a sports team captain, the president of an organization, or even just a member of a club, every student has the opportunity to make their mark on campus and develop as a leader. Students contribute to campus life through service organizations, student government bodies, academic clubs, sports, special interest clubs, and religious clubs.
“Lycoming is full of opportunity, whether it’s through your classes or organizations on campus. When I decided to start my own organization in my junior year, the faculty and staff were tremendously supportive in helping my plans become a reality…it was a huge conversation piece that helped me land my current job!” – Darrian McClellan ’16
LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
As an institution that emphasizes learning through experience, Lycoming is constantly developing new opportunities aimed at student leadership development and out-of-classroom learning. In an effort to encourage students to pursue more experiential learning, Lycoming College recently created the Outdoor Leadership and Education (OLE) program. Through May Term courses spent hiking in the Grand Canyon, spring break trips, monthly hiking or kayaking trips, and a trip to Gettysburg each semester, OLE provides countless opportunities for students to learn hands-on leadership techniques that can be transferred into real-world experiences. In its first few years of operation, the Outdoor Leadership and Education program has cultivated a growing student interest and offers opportunities for students to explore the Pennsylvania Wilds and “learn without boundaries.”
Lycoming College is nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Valley, an up-and-coming area filled with cultural, artistic, and outdoor excitement year round. Williamsport, ranked as the sixth fastest growing small-city economy in the country, is thriving with local businesses and a wide variety of shopping and food franchises—all just steps away from the College campus. Perhaps best known as the birthplace of Little League Baseball, Williamsport offers something for everyone. The college also offers complimentary bus trips to such nearby cities as Washington D.C., Baltimore, New York City, and Philadelphia, allowing students the opportunity to explore bustling metropolitan areas with no fixed agenda.
At Lycoming College, almost one-third of the student body participates in one of the 17 varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III Middle Atlantic Conference. Since 2014, the football, men’s basketball, men’s soccer, and wrestling programs have all been ranked nationally. The athletic department boasts a notable history that includes two national championship appearances, 41 conference championships, 24 Academic All-Americans, and 208 All-Americans. Lycoming College athletic teams are known as the Warriors, proudly wearing their school colors of navy blue and gold.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 91%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
With the assistance of a dedicated group of career counselors in Lycoming’s Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences (CEAE), Lycoming students are well equipped for a variety of competitive internships, many of which are provided by Lycoming. Students intern with local organizations through Lycoming’s Williamsport Internship Summer Experience program as well as the Clean Water Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, Paradigm Management Companies, and many other renowned businesses and organizations. Through these opportunities, students put theory into practice, develop professional skills, and even gain course credit for experiential learning.
Lycoming’s four-tier career counselor model matches each student with a career counselor based on their major. These counselors illuminate internship opportunities provided by Lycoming, help students to perfect their résumés, and introduce students to external internship opportunities that will help them achieve their career goals. Through a variety of professional development workshops, students have the opportunity to hone in on and sharpen their skills in interviewing, professional etiquette, résumé writing, and much more.
CAPSTONE COURSES & PROJECTS
Every major at the College includes a capstone experience appropriate to the discipline that addresses learning outcomes for the major. The capstone serves as a culminating academic experience for students, typically at the end of their college career, to demonstrate all facets of major curriculum in one comprehensive project.
CENTER FOR ENHANCED ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES
Lycoming places experiential learning at the core of the institution’s academic identity. The Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences (CEAE) was specifically created to oversee career advising and internships, student-faculty research, and international education. The CEAE is directed by an Associate Provost from within the Academic Affairs Division.
The center serves as the institutional hub for supporting faculty endeavors and for developing and sustaining enhanced educational opportunities. Some may also cultivate additional avenues, such as fellowships, while others simply allow a student an in-depth look at a new area of interest. All of this occurs before it is time to graduate and enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies.
Rigor of secondary school record | Recommendation(s)
Class rank | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Application Essay | Interview
Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities | First generation
Alumni/ae relation | Geographical residence | State residency
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 490 | 75th Percentile: 600
25th Percentile: 498 | 75th Percentile: 600
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 25
Lycoming boasts an active student body of bright, innovative students who have consistently excelled as the best in their class. Becoming part of the Warrior community involves a competitive yet holistic admissions process. Here, students are evaluated based on more than just their SAT or ACT scores. Lycoming closely examines GPA, class ranking, extracurricular activities, community service, curricular rigor, and letters of recommendation in order to recruit an outstanding class of future Warriors.
Students interested in Lycoming are matched with admissions counselors and can experience campus life through open house events, campus tours, and “A Day in the Life of a Warrior” visits. Once accepted to Lycoming, students are invited to participate in Accepted Students Day, an event that hones in on Lycoming’s extracurricular and academic opportunities, financial aid offerings, and dedicated faculty and staff. As a school that values community and relationships, Lycoming fosters an extremely individualized admissions approach that allows students to envision their own unique potential as a Lycoming student.
For more information on admissions, please visit Lycoming’s admissions website.
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $12,568
A college education is an incredibly important and valuable investment that shapes a person’s future—both professionally and personally. Lycoming College is committed to forming a partnership with each student’s family throughout the college selection and enrollment processes. Lycoming’s comprehensive financial aid assistance program is based on recognizing outstanding academic accomplishment through a significant scholarship program, providing a variety of resources to help bridge the gap between family resources and educational costs. With an endowment among the highest per student in the country, 100 percent of Lycoming students receive some sort of financial aid.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS
Trustee Scholarship – $25,000 (with an invitation to interview for an upgrade to $27,000)*
- Ranked 1st or 2nd in class (of more than 30 students) at the end of junior year of high school
Faculty Scholarship – $25,000 (with an invitation to interview for an upgrade to $27,000)*
- Top 20% of class or a 3.65 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
- SAT ERW & M score of 1310 or ACT composite score of 29 or higher
*Both the Trustee and Faculty Scholarships include an automatic invitation into Lycoming’s Scholars Program.
Dean’s Scholarship – $22,000 (with an invitation to interview for an upgrade to $24,000)
- Top 50% of class or a 3.4 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
- SAT ERW & M of 1170 or ACT composite score of 24 or higher
Lycoming Scholarship – $19,000
- Minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale)
- SAT ERW & M of 1080 or ACT composite score of 21 or higher
Transfer Student Scholarship – Up to $24,000
- At least one completed semester of coursework and current (or previous) full-time enrollment at an accredited college or university. GPA ranges detailed below are based on a 4.0 scale.
- 3.8 – 4.00 GPA = $24,000
- 3.5 – 3.79 GPA = $22,000
- 3.2 – 3.49 GPA = $20,000
- 3.0 – 3.19 GPA = $18,000
Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) – $5,000
- PFEW Participants
Phi Theta Kappa – $1,000
- Transfer students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society
Third Century Award – $15,000
- Admitted students not eligible for a traditional merit scholarship are considered
Center for Energy and the Future Scholarship – $3,000
- GPA of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) and SAT ERW & M score of at least 1070 or ACT score of 23 or higher
- Essay (250-500 words) to be reviewed by the Director of the Center for Energy and the Future
- Active participation in Center activities is required each semester
S-STEM Scholarships – $7,400/year for four years
- Intent to major in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, engineering physics, biology, chemistry, neuroscience, actuarial science, or mathematics
- Demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
- SAT ERW & M score of at least 1160 or ACT score of 24 or higher
- At least one letter of recommendation from a high school science or math teacher
- Enroll at the College in the 2018-19 or 2019-20 academic years as a first-time freshman
Accepted applicants are automatically considered for all academic scholarships based on the grades taken from their high school or college transcript(s), test scores, and class rank (if available). Academic scholarships are renewed each year provided the student maintains full-time status and makes satisfactory progress.
Music Scholarship – Up to $3,000
- Interest in vocal or instrumental music & intent to perform
- Audition to perform two contrasting pieces and demonstrate sight reading abilities
- Vocal – at least one classical piece. If two pieces of classical repertoire are chosen, then one in a foreign language and one in English is preferred. No more than one popular piece should be included.
- Instrumental – technical/lyrical; fast/slow; two contrasting movements of the same larger work (i.e. two movements from a sonata or a suite), as well as a scales demonstration
Art Scholarship – Up to $3,000
- Major in art
- Portfolio of 10-15 pieces of original work
Theatre Scholarship – Up to $3,000
- Acting – two contrasting monologues (about three minutes in length total), a résumé or list of production experiences, and a discussion of interests and goals
- Directing – a résumé or a list of production experiences, including production photos and programs, and a discussion of interests and goals
- Design/Technical Theatre – a résumé or a list of production experiences, including examples of creative work, and a discussion of interests and goals
- Must declare a major or minor in theatre during the first semester of enrollment at Lycoming College and meet specific requirements set forth by the Theatre Department. Requirements will be discussed during the Talent Scholarship Audition/Interview.
Creative Writing Scholarship – Up to $3,000
- Major in creative writing
- Five poems and/or a short story (not to exceed ten pages)
- Must enroll in an introductory Creative Writing course during freshman year and maintain a minimum grade of at least an A-
Film and Video Arts Scholarship – Up to $3,000
- Major in film and video arts
- Electronic portfolio (websites, flash drives, CDs, etc.) with links to personal websites, public films or videos, photography, and/or digitally manipulated images.