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Lycoming College is a traditional, residential four-year college located in Williamsport, PA. Its faculty...

Lycoming College

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Lycoming College is a residential, four-year college in Williamsport, PA, USA. This institution emphasizes exceptional student achievement with a comprehensive yet supportive educational program. A 13:1 student ratio, interactive classroom environment, and dedication to accessible human resources fosters mentoring relationships between students and faculty. While the student population may only be 1300 strong, it showcases incredible diversity, representing 23 countries as well as 29 US states and territories.


Since the college’s founding in 1812, its roots in the liberal arts continue to hold strong. Lycoming College offers classical degree programs in business, the social sciences and the humanities, as well as the arts, mathematical sciences, and education. Lycoming College boasts an impressive natural sciences program as well. Undergraduate STEM experiences at Lycoming College focus on laboratory-based instruction, helping students to better grasp theoretical concepts through practice rather than through textbooks alone. As an exclusively undergraduate college, this research emphasis offers a unique opportunity for students interested in pursuing a STEM career or graduate school.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,246 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
48% male — 52% female
48% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
89 full-time faculty
33 part-time faculty
12.5 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
94% of first year students live on campus
88% of all students live on campus

School Location

Lycoming College is nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Valley, an area filled with outdoor excitement year-round. Lycoming is set in an urban and rural blend near downtown Williamsport, ranked the sixth fastest growing small-city economy in the country. With this convenient proximity, students are just a simple foot or bike-commute away from a thriving business and shopping area. The college also offers complimentary open bus trips to nearby cities such as Washington D.C., Baltimore, New York City, and Philadelphia that allow students the opportunity to explore bustling metropoles with no fixed agenda.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


79% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)


71.68% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Black or African American 10%
White 67%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


At Lycoming College, almost one-third of the student body participates in one of the 17 varsity sports teams, which compete in 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, 40 conference titles, 24 Academic All-Americans and 129 All-Americans. The Lycoming College mascot is a Warrior and the school colors are blue and gold.

Other Information

Lycoming College is one of the 50 oldest colleges in America, having been founded in 1812 by a group of Methodists as the private Williamsport Academy, later renamed as a seminary. The Williamsport Dickinson Seminary’s roots quickly branched out and the institution’s true calling became the liberal arts. In the early 20th century, the seminary expanded into the Williamsport Dickinson Seminary and Junior College, the original private junior college of the state. Lycoming College officially became a four-year institution following the enrollment flood of military personnel after World War II. Throughout the many changes in the institution’s history, Lycoming College has remained true to its central focus of a liberal arts and sciences curriculum established by its founders over three centuries ago. The college is now recognized as a national co-educational, private liberal arts and sciences college, with the belief that these studies are the best preparation a person can have for a happy and successful life.

More Distinctions

  • Military Friendly institution - GI Jobs

  • STEM Friendly School

  • Baccalaureate Arts & Sciences College - Carnegie Foundation

  • National Liberal Arts Colleges and a Tier I Liberal Arts College - U.S. News & World Report

  • 2015 Great Colleges to Work For - The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • One of the best Northeastern colleges (2016) - Princeton Review

Undergraduate Research

Lycoming has been working to create funded research opportunities for students, recently earning a $100,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (the first from the Mellon Foundation in the College’s history). The grant provides opportunities to faculty members and students collaborating in research projects within the arts, humanities, and humanities-focused social sciences. In addition to expanding the scope of high-impact educational opportunities available to students, outcomes of these student-faculty research collaborations have included regional and national conference presentations and co-authored manuscripts intended for future publication that will place Lycoming College students in strong competitive positioning for top-tier graduate school admission.

Diversity in the Student Body

Lycoming College is taking significant steps toward becoming a truly national college in terms of diversity of the student body. The most recent freshman class (Class of 2020) consists of 50% out of state students, with students from California and Texas composing almost 10% of this class.  The membership of the Class of 2020 also suggests that Lycoming is successfully adapting to the dramatic change in the ethnic composition of the college-going population in the United States. One-third of the class are domestic students of color and 15% come from a Hispanic or Latino background, which positions 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. Almost 5% of the incoming class are international students who represent 10 different countries, including five from China and four from Mauritius.   

Diversity in the Curriculum

Lycoming College has a Cultural Diversity curriculum requirement that confirms the college’s commitment to celebrating the human differences inherent within a liberal arts education. It helps to prepare students for a diverse American and global environment. Cultural diversity courses must deal substantially, primarily, or exclusively with cultural diversity, in such a way as to provide students with historical or contemporary cultural perspectives outside of the predominant Anglo-American one in the United States. Global Diversity courses aim to help students understand the world beyond U.S. borders. Domestic Diversity courses concentrate on one or more non-dominant groups within the U.S., dealing with issues such as race, gender, social class, religion, political ideology, sexual orientation, or any combination thereof.

Global Learning

Lycoming College encourages students to take part in a study abroad program during their undergraduate career, and offers multiple different opportunities such as May Terms (a unique offering at Lycoming) and summer sessions, as well as entire semesters or academic years overseas. New exchange agreements at international universities in Grenoble, France, and Puebla, Mexico, complement the college’s direct enrollment efforts and create opportunities for Lycoming students to study in those countries.

Warrior Coffee

Lycoming also offers one truly unique interdisciplinary and global experience, funded in large part with every delicious cup of coffee served on campus: Warrior Coffee. Warrior Coffee comes from the remote mountains of the Dominican Republic, grown under a natural shade canopy and hand-picked by multi-generational coffee farming families. The purchase of Warrior Coffee supports Lycoming College’s enhanced academic experiences in the Dominican Republic — and sustainable development initiatives in the developing world. Through class, research and extracurricular trips to the Dominican Republic, Lycoming students learn how creative and mutually beneficial partnerships can produce excellent coffee — 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.


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  
Yearbook X

First-Year Seminars

In support of its liberal arts mission, Lycoming’s First-Year Seminar program offers first-year students the opportunity to explore a topic that may be totally new to them and is unlikely to be included in subsequent semesters. The First-Year Seminar provides a unique opportunity for a science major to explore civil rights, a criminal justice major to explore the biology of nutrition, a history major to discover the mathematics behind games and gambling, or an art major to study how groundbreaking technologies impact social relationships. First-year students can broaden their minds and discover a new interest by selecting a First-Year Seminar outside of their immediate areas of interest. All First-Year Seminars meet a general education requirement, so each one advances the student towards graduation.

Writing-Intensive Courses

The Lycoming College Writing Program was established in recognition that writing skills promote intellectual growth and are a distinguishing factor of an educated person. The program is designed to support the goals of student learning in general and subject mastery in particular, as well as students’ abilities to communicate effectively. In these designated courses, students are encouraged to write in a variety of contexts, in which they receive faculty guidance and reinforcement. All writing-intensive classes include formal writing instruction in the classroom, student writing, instructor feedback, and student revision.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 55 117 59 32 5 3 1 272

Intellectual Affinity Learning Communities

Lycoming’s innovative Affinity Housing Community program promotes the infusion of intellectual life into the residential setting by providing opportunities for students to live in an environment with others who possess similar interests. Students who choose to join an Affinity Housing Community have the opportunity to develop and maintain a community that integrates the values of liberal learning into the residential environment.

Affinity Housing Communities consist of 15-17 residents who organize around a common shared intellectual or thematic interest and develop their own practices and traditions, offering ideas for programming and outreach consistent with the mission and purpose of the community. Affinity Communities are self-governing with the supervision of a resident student Affinity Community Facilitator (ACF). Each Affinity Community is responsible for managing their programming budget and maintaining a relationship with a faculty mentor. Affinity Housing Communities feature co-ed clusters of gender-specific single and double rooms with gender neutral bathrooms.

Student Organizations

Lycoming College uses its small size to its advantage with a close-knit campus community. With over 80 clubs total, 60 of them chartered clubs and organizations and 25 intercollegiate and intramural sports teams, the college offers something for everyone. The numerous clubs and organizations at Lycoming College provide students opportunities for involvement and leadership. Students are expected to become contributors to campus life by actively involving themselves in the many student governing bodies, service and social organizations, academic clubs, religious clubs, and club sports.

Learning Outside the Classroom

Lycoming has recently invested in a distinctive initiative designed to improve life outside the classroom and develop student leadership abilities: the Outdoor Leadership & Education program. Learning while doing is one of the most effective ways to gain and apply new knowledge and skills. Lycoming Outdoor Leadership & Education is committed to providing students with opportunities to learn and grow through intentionally-designed outdoor experiences in an adventurous fun-filled environment. In its first full year of operation, the Outdoor Leadership & Education program has cultivated a growing student interest and offers opportunities for students to explore the Pennsylvania Wilds and “learn without boundaries.”

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  


Internships are courses co-sponsored by the College and a public or private company or a department within the College. These courses allow students to obtain college credit by working as an assistant, aide, or apprentice within the agency. The intern is expected to spend at least 50% of their effort on academic work related to agency situations.

The Internship Program at Lycoming College has two objectives:

  • to further the development of a central core of values, awarenesses, strategies, skills, and information through experiences outside the classroom or other campus situations; and
  • to facilitate the integration of theory and practice by encouraging students to relate their on-campus academic experiences more directly to society in general and to possible career and other post-baccalaureate objectives in particular.


Practicum is a course that requires classroom time along with 10-12 hours of work per week in a business, agency, or organization. Practica are offered in the departments of Accounting, Biology, Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, IMS, Psychology, and Sociology. Students can earn a maximum of 16 credits through practica.

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.


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.



1,876 Total Applicants
1,305 Total Admissions
343 Total Freshmen Enrollment

69.56% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Dec 1


Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record

Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Racial/ethnic status

Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 470 550
SAT Math 470 570
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 25
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

Admissions Information

Admission to Lycoming College is competitive because Lycoming students are some of the best in their class. However, the college’s approach is also holistic; test scores aren’t the only factor in admitting incoming students. Lycoming also considers the college’s capacity to help potential students achieve their educational objectives and career goals. Recognizing that standardized test scores may not be the best indication of the qualities valued in Lycoming students, the college offers the Test Optional Choice.

In lieu of SAT or ACT scores, students may submit two graded writing samples with teacher grades and comments. Students choosing the Test Optional Choice will be given full consideration for all types of financial aid offered by the College, including academic scholarships, talent scholarships, and grants. Test Optional Choice candidates will be evaluated based on the rigor of the high school curriculum, GPA, class rank (if available), letters of recommendation, and extracurricular and community activities.  An on-campus interview is highly recommended.   




Tuition $36,432
Fees $955
Total $37,387
Room and Board (on campus) $11,418
Estimated Total On Campus $48,805


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-16 ESTIMATED

$36,681 First year students
$29,394 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-16 ESTIMATED

85% on average, the percentage of need that was met
28% of financial need students that had need fully met

$29,394 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,630 Average need-based loan

Financial Aid Information

A college education is an incredibly important and valuable investments that will shape a person’s future, 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, and providing a variety of resources to help bridge the gap between family resources and educational costs.

Scholarships and Grants

Academic Scholarships

Trustee Scholarship – $25,000

  • Ranked 1st or 2nd in class (of more than 30 students) at the end of junior year of high school


Faculty Scholarship – $25,000

  • Top 20% of class or a 3.65 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

  • SAT ERW & M of 1310 (CR & M of 1250 on SAT taken prior to March 2016) 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

  • Top 50% of class or a 3.4 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

  • SAT ERW & M of 1170 (CR & M of 1100 on SAT taken prior to March 2016) or ACT composite score of 24 or higher


The Trustee, Faculty, and Dean’s Scholarship include an invitation to interview for a scholarship upgrade.

Lycoming Scholarship – $19,000

  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • SAT ERW & M of 1080 (CR & M of 1000 taken prior to March 2016) 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


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.

Talent Scholarships

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 resume or a list of production experiences, and a discussion of interests and goals

  • Directing – a resume or a list of production experiences, including production photos and programs, and a discussion of interests and goals

  • Design/Technical Theatre – a resume or a list of production experiences, including examples of creative work, 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-


Digital Media Communication Scholarship – Up to $3,000

  • Major in digital media communication

  • Electronic portfolio (websites, flash drives, CDs, etc.) with links to personal websites, public films or videos, photography, and/or digitally manipulated images.



Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant Program is designed to aid students with exceptional financial need . Federal Pell Grants are awarded only to degree-seeking undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree or professional degree, and they do not need to be repaid. To determine eligibility, Lycoming College utilizes the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) reported on the Student Aid Report (SAR) as formulated by the U.S. Department of Education using FAFSA information. The amount received is dependent upon the student’s EFC, the cost of attendance, whether the student is full-time or part-time, and whether attendance is for a full academic year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG):

A FSEOG is considered gift aid and does not have to repaid. FSEOG is for students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant eligible students who have the lowest EFC and who meet the May 1st priority filing date. Funding is limited; therefore, not all Federal Pell Grant eligible students will receive FSEOG funds. FSEOG can be awarded in amounts ranging from $100 to $4,000 per year depending on when a student applies, the level of need, and the funding level provided by the federal government to Lycoming College.

Lycoming College Grant In Aid

Lycoming Grants are awarded to full-time students who demonstrate financial need. Funding is limited; therefore, not all students meeting the criteria will receive a Lycoming Grant. Lycoming College grants are not available to students receiving Tuition Exchange Benefits, Tuition Remission Benefits, or Post 9/11 VA Yellow Ribbon Benefits.